A concise history of Corgi Toys and other Mettoy products Edited by Rod Ward
Mettoy was created by Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution in Germany in the 1930s. The company produced all kinds of toys and other products in tinplate, plastic and cast metal, but the best-known creations of its Playcraft subsidiary were Corgi Toys, made from 1956 onwards. Everyone knows that the biggest-selling Corgi model was the original James Bond Aston Martin DB5, with almost four million sold. But everyone is wrong: in fact the biggest-selling single model was the Batmobile, of which almost five million were made. It is noteworthy, however, that both of these top-sellers were character merchandise items, as was the top-selling Gift Set, which was tied in to the Daktari television series. When it comes to castings, however, more Land Rovers were produced than any other Corgi models (and of course the Daktari set included a Land Rover). In this publication we have the story of Mettoy from its creation in the 1930s until its demise in 1983. We also include listings of Corgi Toys, Husky, Corgi Juniors and many other fascinating toys from a bygone era.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850