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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Collectibles make thousands at Shrewsbury toy auction, 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

Building a detailed model of Philly, block by Lego block [gallery], July 18th

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Just ask Buzzfeed, which has a business model that includes creating videos and posts designed to go viral. But when it comes to marketing your firm, Eric ... So next time you're lamenting the fact that the recent blog post about the U.S. Securities...Read more

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Philadelphia City Paper, July 16th

a series of videos that turn prestige TV series like Breaking Bad and The Wire into Nintendo-era pixelated RPGs. We also talked about the corgi that appears in the background of many shots of Legodelphia, because we are serious suckers for a corgi...Read more

On Welsh corgis, computer vision, and the power of deep learning
Phys.Org, July 16th

Can you tell the difference between the two breeds of corgis? If you're like many, you probably are barely even aware that such dogs exist, let alone the fact that there are two—and only two—kinds of corgis. Add the detail that those two breeds are...Read more

Advancing artificial intelligence: Microsoft deploys corgis to beat Google on ...
ZDNet, July 15th

and speech recognition. Microsoft says it's taken a big step in creating true artificial intelligence (AI) with Project Adam — a deep neural network built on commodity hardware and adept at categorising different breeds of corgi. ... "The machine...Read more

Warlords of Draenor: New battle pet models
Joystiq, July 11th

Over the last few days we've all become intimately familiar with the new Molten Corgi pet and its model. Two more datamined battle pet models have joined it: the Grovestrider Hatchling and the Draenei Micro Defender. In addition, there's another new...Read more

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Joystiq, July 4th

I have no idea. I don't... I can't... what is happening? It's a corgi made of lava. They're actually calling it a Molten Corgi I can't even. Look at that. Am I to believe that this is Ragnaros' pet corgi? That after I killed him, his sweet little pet...Read more