This is a picture heavy post, so bear with page load times. Quite possibly one of the coolest toys to come out of the original release overseas is this set of tin blocks by Chad Valley of England. Called 'The Nursery Play Toy', this set eluded me for years, but I finally acquired it, in its original box!!
Chad Valley toys is a very old brand in the UK, makers of fine toys for most of the 20th century. The brand is still active, most recently purchased in 2009 by Argos which exclusively offers Chad Valley toys today.