Britains has a long heritage of producing classic farm toys and vehicles, including a variety of diggers and excavators.
Though the now highly collectable Britains Home Farm range was launched by Britains Limited in 1921, the firm in fact began trading as early as 1893 making toy soldiers from lead under the name of its founder William Britains.
Following a shift to war production during WWII, Britains launched its first farm tractor in 1948. The Fordson Major tractor was cast in lead and available with metal or rubber tyres. In the 1950s Britains began to manufacture more plastic toys.
In the 60s the UK toy company began producing Massey Ferguson tractors. The original and long-held philosophy of the UK based Britains toys was to make only models and toys of vehicles made in Britain.
In 1970 Britains released their first toy JCB digger toy. The JCB tracked excavator was a typically detailed scale model made of plastic and metal parts.
In the decades that followed Britains has greatly expanded its range to become one of the preeminent toy vehicle brands in the UK, celebrated by younger fans and collectors alike for its incredible range of classic toy farm vehicles and diggers.
In 1997 Britains was acquired by US die-cast maker ERTL. Today both brands are secure under the ownership of Japanese toy giant Tomy. So fans can look forward to more Britains digger toys in years to come.