The modern era of toy cars started in 1933, when the British company Dinky Toys first began manufacturing diecast miniature cars and trucks. Dinky Toys sat atop the British toy market for years, until Mettoy Playcraft Ltd. began producing its own in 1956.

Mettoy called its diecast miniatures Corgi Toys. Produced in Wales (and named after a Welsh breed of dog), Corgi Toys sought to compete with Dinky Toys by introducing more realistic models—the very first cars, for example, were advertised as “the ones with windows,” a phrase which became famous as the company ascended to market dominance.

Mattel purchased Corgi Toys in 1989, but Corgi Classics regained its independence in 1995 and continues to produce model cars today. In the meantime, Corgi Toys and their endless variety—from police cars to race cars to Batmobiles and everything in between—have become coveted items for collectors.

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Daily Mail, September 18th

The latest 007 movie, code-named Bond 24, is currently in production, while takings from the franchise are now close to a staggering £3 billion. The roots of this huge success came 50 years ago this week, when Goldfinger — the first official Bond...Read more

Pampa teen has a knack for dog showing
Pampa News, September 16th

Just as models like Kate Upton and Gisele Bundchen might spend time fixing their make up and getting ready for their runway scampers, as do these pooches before they compete. Some dogs may take longer than others of course. A St. Bernard may take...Read more

Motivated to win for Rice, Ravens top Steelers, September 12th

"Take away those two minutes of his life and he's a model citizen. He's a great person." Rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley said: "Even though he messed up, every man got to go through their mistakes to get better. We wish him the best, but as a team we've...Read more

All American
New York Times (blog), September 9th

Dior Homme sweater, $1,450, Rag & Bone pants, $395. Dr. Martens shoes, $160, Corgi socks, about $78, Photographs by Matthew Kristall. Styled by Jason Rider. Lanvin jacket, $5,750, (212) 812-2866...Read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's dog Lupo immortalised in new book series ...
Daily Mail, August 30th

But behind the uplifting story of how cheeky Lupo does battle with the Queen's corgi, Vulcan, lies a tale of personal tragedy. Aby King, a former actress and model whose first book The Adventures of Lupo the Royal Dog: The Secret of Windsor Castle is ...Read more

Revealed: Thrill killer Charles Ian King's secret past
Herald Sun, August 30th

They dumped her corgi, Jodie, in bushland on the way out and headed to a drive-in movie with with Lowery's wife and other friends. Rosalyn Nolte with her corgi, ... Behind bars prison officers, described him as a model prisoner. The front page of the...Read more

Show of force: Ferguson brings focus to local police use of military-style tools
Columbia Daily Tribune, August 22nd

“From a psychological standpoint, it is a more intimidating kind of car than a general police cruiser,” he said. “It gets away from the old-fashioned beat cop model, when people in a part of the city were more connected with each other and the officers...Read more

Hornby First Quarter Sales Slightly Ahead Of Last Year
London South East, August 19th

The company, which also makes Scalextric toy race car sets, Airfix models, Humbrol paints and Corgi die cast models, said sales of its Airfix and Corgi products in the four months to end of July have been "encouraging", while it has made good progress...Read more