And for a moment it looked like they may not make them at all anymore. But thanks to the excellent sleuthing of previous DT advertiser Christopher Robin of Our Children's Gorilla, we can enjoy a few sweet vintage BRIO toys from Tradera, the Swedish eBay affiliate. If you can figure out how to buy, pay for, and ship any of these, let me know. [And yes, you can wait until after you win the bidding.] UPDATE: Check out tips from Rebecca, a seasoned international trader on Tradera, in the comments.
First up is the awesomest--what else?--a three-piece wood train [above x2], but this one is big [30-36cm each], mostly unpainted, and finished with just enough metal trim to raise the hackles of even the sleepiest CPSC inspector.
This BRIO Mec set is from the 60's, and it looks nice and playable, even though the condition's a little "skavda." Google didn't translate "skavda," but I like the sound of it just fine. Seems like a great word to start using as-is.
Hmm, interesting train, but it's looking a little skavda around the edges.
RELATED NEWS UPDATE: BRIO is not about to go bankrupt after all. The company announced that it had avoided its liquidity crisis through a capital infusion from owner Proventus and debt-to-preferred stock conversion that raises around 300 million kronor [$36 million]. Also, the company will split itself into two separate entities, BRIO Toy and BRIO Baby, and concentrate on the markets where it's strongest: i.e., in northern Europe.
Toymaker Brio wards off bankruptcy [thelocal.se]