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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South Eastern railways tempting visitors to Margate with cheap faresKent Online, February 18th
Expect a feast of playtime nostalgia at Hornby Visitor Centre, with its model railways, Scalextric tracks and Corgi toys. The Shell Grotto showcases subterranean passages lined with 4.6 million shells.” To find out more about the promotional visit to...Read more
Shares: New chief raises Hornby hopesScotsman (blog), February 15th
Shares in the firm, which as well as the famous model train maker owns Scalextric, Corgi and Airfix, are trading at less than half the 160p-plus levels they reached in 2010 and have failed to make any headway in the past year. Last month the firm...Read more
Famed Ashes To Ashes car for sale on eBayParcel2Go.com, February 14th
But that could be immaterial to a buyer with deep pockets, who will no doubt be swayed by the listing, which notes: "Such is the status of this car that Corgi have even produced a scale model of it complete with bullet holes putting it up there with...Read more
Cats and dogs invade Halifax galleryTheChronicleHerald.ca, February 13th
And so far, her four-legged companion Okie, a chihuahua-corgi mix, also seems down with the idea. “Don't stick your nose to that,” she says with a laugh as the shy canine tippy-taps across the gallery floor, curiously sniffing the yet-to-be-hung...Read more
Hornby recruits ex-Ladbrokes executiveFinancial Times, February 13th
Hornby, the maker of model trains, Corgi toys and Scalextric sets, has ended an 11-month search for a new chief executive with the appointment of Richard Ames, a former executive at Ladbrokes, the betting group. Mr Ames, aged 44, replaces Frank Martin, ...Read more
Tuesday Sports In BriefWashington Times, February 12th
Jordan, who turns 51 next Monday, married former model Yvette Prieto on April 27 of last year in Palm Beach, Fla. The reception took place at a private golf club in Jupiter, Fla., designed by Jack Nicklaus. Jordan owns a home near the The wire fox...Read more