We have been great fans of Tintin since we opened the store in 1980. The author, Herge created 23 volumes of Tintin's adventures. The first, The Adventures of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets published in 1930 to the last, Tintin and the Picaros, in 1976.
The hero of of Herge's comic series is the intrepid reporter Tintin with his ever present fox terrier Snowy or Milou. In Tintin and the Picaros Tintin is with his sidekick Capt. Haddock. Opera singer Bianca Castafiore needs to be rescued after being arrested on false charges of attempting to overthrow the dictatorship of General Tapioca, ruler of a fictional South American country. Imprisoned with Castafiore is the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson who appear in most of the Tintin adventures.
We have on the site all the volumes of the Adventures of Tintin as well as many of the vehicles depicted in the Tintin series. The die cast 1/43 scale Chevrolet truck is from a series of panels from Tintin and the Picaros. Tintin's old friend General Alcazar is driving with Tintin in the passenger seat. Captain Haddock is sitting across from the brilliant but hard of hearing Professor Calculus in the bed of the truck along with two of General Alcazar's soldiers. In the panels that the truck appears, Tintin and cohorts are only moments away from being blasted by Tapioca' s soldiers with an anti aircraft gun.