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Lesney Jumbo the walking Elephant



1950 saw the introduction of the Lesney Jumbo the walking Elephant,
This one was unique as it was mostly made from tinplate and was fitted with a clockwork motor which would power the legs & make Jumbo walk.
Before the war J Kohnstam of Moko was importing Jumbos from Blomer & Schuler in Germany, It was he that suggested Lesney could make a similar toy which would help Lesney because their zinc stocks were under threat of being reserved for military use because of the Korean war, Because Jumbo was mostly tinplate he would not be affected by the embargo on zinc, Jumbo did have die cast zinc legs but in the event of a zinc embargo they could easily be switched to tinplate.
Lesneys Jumbo body was made in two halves which concealed the clockwork motor, he had four diecast legs and a grey wool tail, Lesney were never happy making Jumbo as they were excellent diecasters and copying a tinplate Jumbo was not really their thing,
The Lesney Jumbo was packaged in two different boxes, one was in blue and yellow and made no mention of Moko where the second box in red black had an identical design but included "Moko" in large letters along the top. Jumbo is quite a hard one to find but it does not seem to have the same attraction to collectors as the die cast toys do although it still fetches a hefty price when one does come up for sale. It was deleted in 1951.


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above: left, the Blomer & Schuler Jumbo. right, the Lesney copy.

above: the Blomer & Schuler Jumbo.

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Lot 2620 The Ron Slyder Collection - April 12th, 2007 Blomer & Schuler - Moko - tinplate clockwork Jumbo Walking Elephant - light grey - Good unboxed. Estimate: 100-130 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 130


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Lot 614 Matchbox Toys - July 11th, 2006 Matchbox early Lesney Jumbo tinplate clockwork Walking Elephant - Good unboxed. Estimate: 100-120 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 220

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Lot 810 Matchbox Magic 14 - April 5th, 2006 Matchbox Early Lesney Jumbo tinplate clockwork Walking Elephant - grey, red, yellow, white - Excellent in Good Plus Moko picture box - in working order and comes with key. Estimate: 600 -800 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 1300


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Lot 1693 Matchbox - June 9th, 2005 Matchbox Early Lesney Toys- Lesney Moko tinplate clockwork Jumbo Elephant generally Excellent and pre-war Blomer & Schuler tinplate clockwork Jumbo Elephant - Good, both in working order. Very hard toy to find in clean condition. Estimate: 150 - 200 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 1000