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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James Bond bonanza for 007 fans at Lichfield auction
Lichfield Mercury, September 24th

There is plenty for 007 fans to get shaken and stirred about at next Tuesday's auction, including Corgi's 1964 golden Aston Martin DB5 toy. Model collectors also have a chance to bid on a rare Corgi Toys Toyota 2000GT, a spin-off from the 1967 film You...Read more

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Washington Post (blog), September 24th

And in the event that there is a sudden shift in public sentiment, in public trust and willingness to seek treatment, Meltzer's model will already have told the CDC how to prepare for it." Danielle .... Corgi interlude: When a Corgi and a lamb race...Read more

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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

Traders in shelled Donetsk market left to 'eat ash'
Yahoo News, September 15th

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

Corgi socks, about $78, corgihosiery.com. Photographs by Matthew Kristall. Styled by Jason Rider. Lanvin jacket, $5,750, (212) 812-2866. Rag & Bone pants, $395. Photographs by Matthew Kristall. Styled by Jason Rider. Saint Laurent jacket, $3,990...Read more

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Huffington Post, August 28th

Jael was a finalist on the hit show America's Next Top Model and an aspiring star until drugs took a toll on her mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores. Watch as Dr. Phil speaks with her behind a...Read more

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Huffington Post, August 28th

The work for cancer prevention does not operate the way a reactive medical model would -- for example, bandaging a wound or writing a prescription. That said, strategies for cancer prevention may include some medical practices such as a vaccine or a ...Read more