China began to produce tin toys in the early 20's. They were primitive and poorly made. After the decline of Japanese tin toy manufacturing, China assumed the role of the leading tin toy maker in the world. Early Chinese toys were noted for their cheap prices, which often reflected in their quality. Nowadays they are made to a much higher standard, yet retain the edge of being very affordable.

China produces a very wide range of reproduction tin toys with new ones being continually introduced to the market each year.

Chinese value and price guide

What's your 'Chinese' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Full Set All 92 Cards Pokemon Ex Legend 06/2019 £1 201.53
Mah Jong Set C 1920s Elaborate Carved 05/2019 £875.00
Mechanical Clay Faced Cat Tin Cymbals 04/2019 £789.99
Mahjong Set Carved Teak Box Bone Bamboo 05/2019 £460.00
Car Model Almost Real Mercedes Benz G 04/2019 £359.00
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Margaret - March 9, 2019

Dear Person I'm from UK and I'm looking everywhere for vintage 1960 s Peoples republic Chinese Doll in origional outfit about 14 I lost the bid on last one on Ebay. Where can I purchase one thanks. Margaret.
►reply: Sorry to hear you lost the bid... Maybe take a look on this page for Chinese dolls.