What does a young kid on holiday in Hong Kong and loaded up with red envelopes do? In the case of my son – spend the cash on pull-back action models of Hong Kong public transport!
Cheap and cheerful
The first range of pull-back action vehicles we found were at a newsstand outside the Star Ferry pier, but they seem to be everywhere, including a gift shop on Lamma Island.
Dirt cheap at around HK$28 per vehicle, their range of pull-back action vehicles include both types of Public Light Bus.
And red urban, blue Lantau and green New Territories taxis.
They are a product of Sun Hing Toys, and are approximately 1:87 scale.
And a little more expensive
At around HK$60 and up, we found these more detailed toys at 80M Bus Model Shop, who have multiple stores around Hong Kong.
My son bought a pull-back action police van and ambulance.
A fire truck, and a Mobile Softee ice cream truck.
There are seven vehicles in that range.
And he also picked up a die cast toy bus.
All of the above are manufactured by Cars Workshop.
And the big kids toys
80M Bus Model Shop is also full of far more expensive models.
Hundreds of different 1:87 scale buses to choose from.
Plus a range of 1:160 scale buses, that seems to have been shrinking since my 2010 visit.
And a handful of static Hong Kong train models.
Leaving me with a far lighter wallet after every visit!