was founded by Jack and Nathan Beneson who were based at
Walthamstow in East London. In 1954 they introduced the "TV
Series" range of 50 miniature toys. These were made to an
even smaller scale than the contemporary Lesney products and
although the models were not as accurate or constructed to the
standards Lesney were setting, the models were charming pieces
and the range covered a very broad spectrum of vehicle types. The
toys were packaged in a box made to look like a 1950's upright TV
set. In the late 50's the name of the range was changed to
"Mighty Midgets" and the box was changed to a more
conventional type "Mighty Midgets" box. Benbros toys are highly collectible but very
hard to find.
The models were not very accurate but they had a great deal of play value which made them much more attractive to children when compared with Morestones Esso series. Although the army vehicles were always painted military green and the AA vehicles were always yellow the rest of the range can be found in many different colours so I have not attempted a varation guide. Robert Newson has printed a Guide to Benbros which has had several updates since it's first printing and I suspect there are many more unknown variations waiting to be added.
Very few of the toys were enhanced with decals or labels and hand applied trim was confined to silver trim where it was needed and flesh tones to the figures which sometimes came with the model. Benbros also made a range of lead figures which ranged from Robin Hood and his mery men to farmworkers and animals and although Lead was being used as well as Mazac metal fatigue due to lead contamination of the mazac is not a great problem with these models but they should nevertheless be handled with care so not to repeat my own experience of having my thumb go straight through the baseplate of an otherwise mint and unplayed with model.
This guide covers just the TV series and the Mighty Midgets, The large scale Benbros will be included at a later date.