Trains and Toy Soldiers is proud to introduce the Corgi line of Die-Cast vehicles. Corgi's famous die-cast model vehicles capture the imagination of millions of collectors and, what were once simply toys for boys, are highly sought-after in the expanding collectibles market.
The Corgi brand was created by the Mettoy Company of Northampton, England which first started to produce colorful, pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The name Corgi was chosen for three reasons: because it was short and catchy; because the models were to be produced in Swansea and finally because of its strong association with the Royal Family.
The first Corgi models appeared in 1956 and featured British-built saloon cars of the period. Names reminiscent with nostalgia like the Ford Consul, Austin Cambridge, Morris Cowley, Riley Pathfinder, Vauxhall Velox, Rover 90 and Hillman Husky were among the first to be produced. Corgi has always been at the forefront to ensure a point of difference from other die-cast vehicles. Corgis were sold as vehicles ones with windows. Other later innovations included Glidamatic spring suspension, opening bonnets and boots and diamond jeweled headlights.
Without a doubt, Corgi's best known model is James Bond's Aston Martin DB 5. First produced in 1965 and featuring ejector seat and front-mounted machine guns, it was an instant success earning the United Kingdom Toy of the Year Award.
In 50 years, Corgi has produced models of virtually every type of car, bus and truck. Some of the most sought-after model cars include the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally Mini Cooper S; the 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E's 'Thrushbuster' Oldsmobile and the 1959-61 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop, pale green body, Corgi's Vietnam Series II of Unsung Heroes has gained in popularity and has become highly sought after by collectors of military vehicles.