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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Hornby to showcase Airfix lines at Royal International Air Tattoo
Toy News, June 30th

On show will be Hornby's new Battle of Britain inspired collection of Airfix and Corgi model sets, including the Ready for Battle Set and a 75th Anniversary Gift Set featuring Heinkel, Messerschmitt, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane 1:72 models...Read more

David Knott just Unloaded 14954 shares of Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG ..., June 29th

major shareholder, David Knott is the Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) 3.27 +0.02 0.62% 's insider that made a sale of shares of Rand Logistics Inc, 14,954 to be precise. The sold shares were based on an average stock price of $3.3, with the...Read more

One on One with Jason Espinoza
Albuquerque Journal, June 21st

I look at my dad (who) is really my role model in that. My dad came from a poor family. He was the first in his family to go to college, got a master's degree (and now) works at Sandia Labs. He's really a self-made man. He had every obstacle in his way...Read more

FTSE rises on strong retail sales
Herald Scotland, June 18th

Elsewhere, model railway firm Hornby saw shares fall seven per cent or 7.1p to 92p despite posting its first profit in three years and raising £15m to complete the overhaul of the firm. The Kent-based company, whose brands include Airfix, Scalextric...Read more

Troubled model trainmaker Hornby delists to raise £15m on AIM, June 18th

The model toy firm has agreed a new licence with HIT Entertainment, continuing a relationship it began 30 years ago when it first developed the popular train set. Hornby owns the Scalextric brand as well as Corgi and Airfix. Mr Ames has led a...Read more

Staffing agency president reinvents companies, June 17th

She enjoyed that job but had ideas about how to craft a business model that would better serve clients on both sides of the job search. One was to offer temporary and contract ... Fergus, their Corgi, is the official greeter. Part of Renaissance's...Read more

A Flowchart Guide to Choosing a Dog Bed
Wall Street Journal, June 5th

I SPENT NEARLY two years trying to find the perfect dog bed for Hank, my corgi-border collie mix. Though it was a fraught decision for a few reasons (he's built long and low, and a shedder), the real ... The dramatically curving Garda XL model (a...Read more

Why the Corgi is a model dog, February 7th

The Queen loves Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and it is easy to see why. They are agreeable little things: small, friendly and fun to walk. But, for the first time in its history, the breed has been listed as “vulnerable”. The reason is thought to be that...Read more