2009. december 28., hétfő

Diecast Toys - Made in Hungary: Corgi

After the first "non Socialst" diecast firm in Hungary - Siku - the second diecast manufacturer at this time in Hungary was the British Corgi (Corgi Toys Limited). The Corgi Toys Ltd. wanted to get a contract in 1986 with a Hungarian based diecast manufacturing company - Metalbox GMK - who able to set up in business (made, sell and distribute these cars) oneself without any supervising. (The GMK had a very special co-company form in the socialist era in Hungary) After the first contact the deal and the agreement was signing of within a short time. The machinery came directly from UK. The transfer and installation of the these manufacturing machinery was finished an unusually short period of time. Meanwhile the training of the workers has been completed also. After obtaining authorization from Hungarian Ministry of Trading - (in Hungarian = KERMI - Kereskedelmi Minisztérium) Licence Nr.: KERMI 133-10190/87 - the manufacturing of the Corgi diecast toy in Hungary started in the April of 1987.

The Corgi sell and take over the executive distribution rights to the Metalbox GMK manufacturing company relation with these Hungarian made models. According these contract the Metalbox GMK is authorised to sell their products only the Socialist and the domestic market. After all lot of product had been exported to "West region" Austria and West-Germany. Unfortunately, the contract was not long-lived, because the Metalbox GMK had some issue in relation with raw material, machinery and working council. So the Corgi Ltd eventually broke the contract with Metalbox GMK. in 1988. The production was finished in November of 1988. All stockpiled parts and almost all UK based tooling being returned to back to the Corgi ltd in same year.

You can see the following text on all of the Hungarian made Corgi's blister pack: Eredeti angol szerszámokkal gyártja és forgalmazza: METALBOX GMK. that is mean: Original English tools mint and distribute the METALBOX GMK.

Corgi diecast toys Made in Hungary:
  • 2-E Earth Dumper (Red, White, Brown, Blue, Yellow, Green, Emerald)
  • 8-D Rover 3500 (Red, Maroon, Lightgreen, White, Ocher, Blue Metal, Green Metal, Gold Metal) 
  • 6-E Rover 3500 Police Car (Red Metal, Green Metal, Blue Metal, Red, White) 
  • 12-E Mercedes-Benz Petrol Tanker (Red, White, Silver Metal, Blue, Black) 
  • 30-D Ford Mobile Cement Mixer Truck (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Emerald) 
  • 32-B Leyland Terrier Tanker SHELL (White, Yellow, Blue, Red) 
  • 36-B Joker Mobile/Healer Wheeler (White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Red Metal, Black) 
  • 43-D Container Truck (Yellow, Blue, Orange, Red, Black, Emerald, White 
  • 53-D Chubb Airport Crash Tender (White, Red, Lightblue) 
  • 55-B Refuse Truck (Yellow, White, Red, Green, Blue) 
  • 86-D Fiat X1/9 (Orange, Yellow, Green, White, Blue) 
  • 89-A Citroën Dyane (Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Emerald, Red Metal) 
  • 96-D Jet Ranger Police Helicopter (Green, Yellow, Red, White, Blue)

6-E Rover 3500 Police Car (photos: www.ebay.com, www.publicsafetydiecast.com, www.vatera.hu)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)

8-D Rover 3500 (photos - beczl)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

53-D Chubb Airport Crash Tender (Fehér, Piros, Világoskék) (photos: Breki - Finland)

32-B Leyland Terrier Tanker SHELL (photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: homepage.nifty.com)

36-B Joker Mobile/Healer Wheeler  (photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

(photos: homepage.nifty.com)

89-A Citroën Dyane (photos: Breki - Finland)

86-D Fiat X1/9 (photos: www.breithaupts.com)

12-E Mercedes-Benz Petrol Tanker (photos: Breki - Finland)

2-E Earth Dumper (photos: Breki - Finland)

55-B Refuse Truck (photos: www.ebay.com)

30-D Ford Mobile Cement Mixer Truck (photos: Breki - Finland)

With Goodyear sticker (Photo: www.ebay.com)
96-D Jet Ranger Police Helicopter (photos: Breki - Finland)

43-D Container Truck (photos: Breki - Finland)

You can buy these Hungarian made Corgi's from Breki on

And you can find more Hungarian made Corgi pictures in my gallery.

2009. december 14., hétfő

Unofficial/Illegal Hungarian Made Corgis

You should already read my previous post about the Hungarian made Corgis. This models build under the legal contract between the Corgi and the Hungarian diecast company - Metalbox GMK. Now I try to collect all information about the unofficial or illegal Hungarian Made Corgi's.

20 - Penguinmobile 1:60
Firm: Unknown
Color: "Corgi" Blue, Red
Wheel: solid plastic with or without silver painted center/hub
Baseplate: Back Plastic without any logo or marking
Window: n/a
Sticker: Umbrella or Aries decal on the hood, Univers decal on the tailfin 

 Penguinmobiles - Two illegal copy in left hand side and the one real in right (photos - beczl)

289 - Volkswagen Polo 1:32
Firm: Metalcar
Color: White, Red, Blue, Black, Green, Gray, Lightbrown, Blue with White doors, 
Opening doors and boot.
Baseplate: Back Plastic without any logo or marking
Window: Colorless, police/ambulance version lightblue
Sticker: Red cross, Police, Ambulance, John Player Special, VW Polo 4, Fire
The front grill, headights, taillights are made from metal sticker. Some models have a glass on the opening boot some not.

Volkswagen Polos - The Polizei version is a real Corgi version (photos - beczl)

VW Polo Bigfoot: Based on Corgi VW Polo

VW Polo Bigfoot: Based on Corgi VW Polo (photos - www.vatera.hu)

86 Fiat X1/9 Torino 1:60
Firm: Metal-Play-Mobil
Color: Lightblue, Orange, Red
Wheel:  6 spoke Metal-Play-Mobil style
Baseplate: Bare metal with Modell Corgi Juniors Fiat X1/9 label
Window: Colorless.
Sticker: Fiat Torino sticker on hood, Fiat sticker on boot

Fiat X1/9 Torino (photos - beczl, Breki - Finland)

R503 Corgi Cubs
Firm: Unknown
Color: Green
Wheel:  One piece plastic with plastic inner spun hub
Baseplate: White plastic without markings
Window: n/a
Sticker: Pirelli Solo Series, Porsche, 13

R503 Corgi Cubs (photos - www.vatera.hu)

To be continue...