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 begin move from Margate warehouse to new base in Hersden, near ...
Kent Online, August 19th

The company announced the closure of its historic site in Thanet in June, after it revealed a £4.5m annual loss which could yet see the model railway maker leave its headquarters on the Kent coast entirely. The firm has been based in Margate for 60...Read more

Motor mouse mansion: Lake, helipad and summer house will drive buyers to this ...
Daily Mail, August 9th

The firm was born after a party for which Patti baked a cake topped with a Corgi model of a Bentley Continental GT – David's dream car. 'A couple of days later I was sitting at my desk rolling the car up and down and it struck me that it was just like...Read more

'World Of Warcraft' Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary By Giving Away Puppies ...
Headlines & Global News, August 7th

You can get your Molten Corgi during a WoW 10th Anniversary Event in November. (Photo : World Of Warcraft Blog) ... WoW has been revamping their character models throughout the year, beginning with a new female Human model. The character skins are ...Read more

Income-based repayment is growing in popularity - More courses don't mean ...
Politico, August 5th

ICYMI (and I'm not sure how you did if you're tuned into the education world because this went crazy viral), this is what happens when six Corgi puppies make their debut on a college campus [http://bit.ly/1nkJvXt]. I can't even handle this [http://bit...Read more

Collectibles make thousands at Shrewsbury toy auction
shropshirestar.com, July 25th

Tekno limited edition and Corgi Classic truck models from collectors in Welshpool and Whitchurch sold for a surprise £8,500. The Tekno lots from the Welshpool collector, which carried estimates of between £80 and £120, sold for £6,000 while the...Read more