Corgi Toys cars to collect from Avengers, Bond and Batman to a cross eyed lion21 April 2022 Film and TV merchandise tie-ins are certainly nothing new. As the popularity of franchises ranging from James Bond to Batman and Man From UNCLE to The Avengers took off, so did that of toys created to take advantage.
Corgi Toys was one of the manufacturers creating themed delights for kids. Its cars have become a sought-after collectable these days, either for across the board or a specific type.
The toys were introduced in the UK in July 1956 by the Mettoy company and manufactured in Swansea, Wales, for 27 years before Corgi went into liquidation. The brand name came from the Welsh dog breed.
The first of the film and TV tie-in models appeared in March 1965: The Saint's Volvo P1800 (258). Most successful was 007's Aston Martin DB5 (261) from Goldfinger, issued in October 1965.
A good selection is offered in the Toys & Models auction at Suffolk saleroom Lacy Scott & Knight on April 29. Here are five suggestions on what to buy.
Estimated at £300-500 is a Corgi Toys No. 267 Batmobile 1st issue (pictured top) without tow hook in gloss black with gold cast hubs with red 'Bat' logos. It includes the original inner pictorial stand which is in 'excellent condition', says the saleroom. It is sold with the secret instruction pack which 'has been opened but does contain folded leaflet and seven missiles'.
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The JB DB5
Housed in the in the original plastic vac-formed bubble packaging, this Corgi Toys No. 270 James Bond NEW Aston Martin DB5, silver is estimated at £250-300. LSK says it is a rare item.
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Steed and Peel own motors
Guided at £250-300, this Corgi Toys gift set No. 40 The Avengers comprises John Steed's vintage red Bentley (near mint) and Emma Peel's Lotus Elan S2 (near mint), complete with both figures and three original umbrellas, sold in the original sliding tray and all card picture box.
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A Corgi Toys No.497 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Thrushbuster, 'housed in the original all card box with sliding tray interior, card packing ring and original Waverly Ring', is estimated at £180-220.
Including Dr Marsh Tracy, Judy the Chimp, Paula, Clarence and Tiger figures, this Corgi Toys Gift Set 7 Daktari Land Rover is housed in the original window style box with pictorial header card.
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