By Maz Woolley
Those collecting the Dinky reproductions made by Norev for subscription collections in various countries now have another variation to look out for. DeAgostini have just launched their own Dinky Collection using the same castings as Atlas but with DeAgostini markings on the base. Each model is shipped with a partwork magazine and the “free gifts” are largely the same as Atlas offered such as a reproduction Dinky Cub Keyring and the French Petrol Pump set. Subscribers can also sign up for a Dinky Garage model which comes with your final delivery if you pay 75p extra for each issue after the first one.
It seems a strange policy for DeAgostini to launch this series when the Atlas series is still running in the UK since Atlas is actually a DeAgostini group company. Even stranger is the fact that the DeAgostini models are actually cheaper since their price includes postage and packing. The DeAgostini collection is being produced in different colours to the Atlas collection and is planned to run for 80 issues.
The models publicised so far are shown below in images produced by DeAgostini for the series. Every one of these castings has already appeared in the UK Atlas Dinky Collection but in each case in different finishes.
Triumph TR2 competition model in pale blue – pink in the UK Atlas series
Bedford CA Kodak livery – Dinky Toys livery in the UK Atlas series
Ford Thunderbird in red – South African blue finish in the UK Atlas series
Mini Traveller in white – green in the UK Atlas series
Jaguar XK120 Coupe green – Two tone yellow and white in the UK Atlas series
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