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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Model rail firm enters digital age
Business Reporter, March 26th

The Kent-based company, whose brands include Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, set up an eight-strong team who will keep the firm's customer base informed about its latest promotions via Twitter, blogs, Facebook and other social media. The new unit, set up...Read more

#DogsofInstagram Model Mr. Porter's Spring Collection
Refinery29, March 24th

For spring 2015, the e-tailer has recruited five of Instagram's most famous dogs to model some of menswear's biggest trends. The mini-lookbook launched yesterday (timed perfectly to #NationalPuppyDay), and stars a roster of A-list pups: Geordi La Corgi...Read more

Firm is hoping for a busy military auction sale
Beverley Guardian, March 20th

There are diecast models by Dinky, Corgi, Lesney, etc including a Lesney Massey-Harris tractor at £60 to £90, Dinky Dublo vehicles, Corgi Batmobile and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc. The sale concludes with over fifty lots of model railway covering “N...Read more

The Queen meets David Gandy during tour of Battersea Dogs Home
Daily Mail, March 17th

'What Corgi?' the bemused royal asked, before turning to Gandy and asking, 'Have you got a Corgi?' 'No, Sir, but I am tempted,' the underwear model replied. The Queen once owned a huge pack of the pampered animals – a breed she has loved since she ...Read more

Pets of the Week March 15
Montana Standard, March 14th

Spike is an adorable one-and-a-half-year-old male neutered Chihuahua/Corgi cross. He is a friendly boy who loves people of all ages. He is active and loves to go for walks and play with other pups. Spike is housetrained and walks well on leash. If you...Read more

North Yorkshire couple put collection of over 2000 model cars and trucks on ...
Daily Mail, March 9th

They may look like any other children's toys - but this collection of model cars is expected to fetch a staggering £250,000 at auction next week. The rare set, which includes 2,000 Dinky toys as well as other classic car and train models, has been...Read more

Ride of the Week: Ride of the Week heads to Sweden
Malibu Surfside News, March 3rd

But doing just that in this car was like stepping into an original Corgi toy. It was so simple that you could say, like a kid, “Wow, the doors and bonnet actually open!” “I've had the Sonett for about a year,” Farhad said. “It turned out to be a family...Read more

Why the Corgi is a model dog, February 7th

Perhaps the Corgi is best branded as a patriotic breed, representing our island spirit. They don't stand for fuss; require little grooming; and can be trained to get larger animals to do their bidding. They are an idyllic accompaniment to the...Read more