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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GazetteNET, May 19th

Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture John Lebeaux described the current model of dogs roaming freely on the land as “detrimental” to agricultural, but said the agricultural designation of the land is not a policy of his department, but state law...Read more

In Music News: Warner Music Makes Money Off Streaming, Billy Corgan's CNBC ...
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Music artists need to figure out their true value in a free market, which they have been slow to do because you have that old model of telling artists they are not worth anything, that they are disposable. Similar to the things you've seen in the...Read more

Rise of the machines
The Economist, May 7th

Microsoft likes to boast that the object-recognition software it is developing for Cortana, a digital personal assistant, can tell its users the difference between a picture of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, two dog breeds that look...Read more

5 Things Only Second Royal Children Understand, Because You're Never ...
Bustle, May 2nd

Everyone grows up wanting to be a royal child — a real-life prince or princess! — but no one grows up dreaming about being a second royal child in particular. Isn't part of the whole fantasy of being a royal kid that you can someday grow up to be...Read more

Hornby on track to make £1.5m profit
The Guardian, May 1st

The Corgi version of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5, made for Goldfinger's 50th anniversary, sold out immediately. The Scalextric Arc One car racing set has also been very popular, and of its model trains the Pendolino, Flying Scotsman and Eurostar ...Read more

Fiat, Honda, Jeep: SUVs are shifting gears
OCRegister, May 1st

But there is room for an even smaller model that might be poised to take over the SUV crown. It's called the HR-V. Shorter and lower than the CR-V crossover but longer, wider and taller than Honda's Fit hatchback, it fuses the two in a vehicle that...Read more

eBay collectibles: Sell your old toys, models and other treasures for the ...
mirror.co.uk, April 24th

For diecast models, the manufacturer and the production number are very important (e.g. Corgi Toys Ecurie Ecosse Transporter No 1126). To capture as much search interest as possible, include the original manufacturer's title of the product too. You can...Read more

Why the Corgi is a model dog
Telegraph.co.uk, 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