Corgi Toys, by Mick Overton, Amberley Publishing, English text, Paperback, ISBN 9781445688084, 64 pages, 80 color illustrations. Available direct from Amberley, and from Amazon UK in paperback or Kindle formats.
Disclaimer: this reviewer and the author are friends. We have meet in-person only a few times, but we communicate frequently and virtually about toy cars.
MAR Online has reviewed one other Amberley book in the past. This new publication is similar in format but is released in their Britain’s Heritage Series. However, this book is not a history lesson on Britain’s industrial past nor a scholarly business review of the way things were, like Factory of Dreams: A History of Meccano, Ltd. from 2012. This book is one collector’s account of Mettoy and Corgi Toys from beginning to end with a slightly different slant.
Mr. Overton does cover the historical background of Mettoy (the parent company of Corgi) and many of the unusual Corgi variations, using color photos from Vectis Auctions Ltd. and from a few personal collections. Vectis was fortunate to handle the Ullman family’s and Marcel van Cleemput’s collections, and the author was fortunate to have access to the auction house’s photo archives.
The other important aspect of this book is that it covers the original 1:43 Corgi Toys (some with friction drive mechanism), the small 3-inch cars, and the larger 1:36 scale cars. These different scales are given equal weight in the book, which is not common in books or websites about Corgi Toys.
Because the author is also a collector, some guidance on fakes and where to learn about and obtain these old Corgi Toys is given. Therefore, this book can be a great supplement to the The Great Book of Corgi 1956-1983, by van Cleemput, published 30 years ago. This new work does not list every model like previous books, but it does give background and insight into many rare variations not published before. If you are a Corgi Toys fan, this will be well worth searching out and obtaining!
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