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Manufacturer: Cyclops   Site of Operations: Australia
Founder: -   Website:  
Parent Company -   Notable Lines/Models:  
Tricycles Made Since: 19    
Still in Business: -    

COMPANY HISTORY:

Since the foundation of Cyclops, Peerless and other smaller wheeled toy manufacturers had, and were, eating away the dominance of Lines Bros. (Tri-Ang) in the Australian market, they realized the need to re‑establish themselves in Australia, their aim was to either buy Cyclops or set up their own manufacturing workshops. Import restrictions in the 1950's saw their interest in Cyclops increase even greater and by 1951 had acquired 49% interest in Cyclops although strong attempts were made to fight off any amalgamation to merge with Lines by 1955 Lines Bros. had acquired the remaining 59% in the company to become Cyclops & Lines Bros. (Aust.) Ltd. As Cyclops was primarily a pressed steel and wheeled toy factory, the Lines company sought to buy an established plastic manufacturer to produce their British ­made products such as Tri-ang Railways and Scalextrics etc. by the late fifties they had achieved this through the purchase of the Melbourne based company Moldex Ltd. now Lines Bros. wore ready for their assault on the Australian market, and by the start of the sixties there were twelve varieties of pedal cars available alone! At their peak Lines Bros. was claimed to be the largest toy maker in the world, product ranges included: rocking horses, doll houses tinplate, die cast and plastic road vehicles, Pennybrix, Pedigree Prams and dolls, Minic vehicles, Minix cars, Mininmodels, Model land, Sindy, Wrenn Railways etc. etc. the list is just phenomenal (oh and Pedal Cars) there were associated companies world wide selling Tri-ang under their own brand names. The middle of 1971 came the news of the financial collapse of Lines Bros. Fortunately for the Australian operation of Cyclops Tri-ang, as it was then known, Tube investments (T. I. Ltd.) purchased the group and so Cyclops could continue business as usual.

 

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1930's era Cyclops head badge..

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1930's era Cyclops horsie tricycle.

1930's-40's Cyclops.

1920's Cyclops strap steel velocipede tricycle.

 

Circa 1940 Cyclops tricycle.

Circa 1930's Cyclops strap steel tricycle.

Circa 1940's or 50's tricycle with two seats.

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