Company Name CORGI MODEL CLUB
Products Entered James Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Tell us about your business
The Corgi Model Club represents a carefully curated cross-section of some of the greatest die-cast models ever to come out of Corgi’s famous Swansea factory. Now brought exclusively and directly to the customer, thanks to our unique relationship with Corgi’s owner – Hornby Hobbies plc. Hornby have given us the exclusive rights to re-produce some of the rarest and sought after models from their 1960’s catalogues. The intrinsic value and collectability of the original models is testament to the enduring quality of their superb die-cast metal construction and detailing – not to mention the wonderful memories that names such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lotus and Porsche evoke.
Tell us about the products you have entered
Arguably the most famous Corgi Toy ever produced, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 feature packed model was rush-released just in time for 1965’s festive season. In only seven weeks Corgi sold three-quarters of a million of this marvellous model, causing stocks to completely run out by Christmas Day. Despite this huge number (it went on to sell just under four million!), fully-working mint condition examples in their original boxes are extremely rare and valuable today.
As to why the model was painted gold – unlike Bond’s silver DB5 in the movies – the story goes that Corgi bosses were concerned that the silver painted factory samples they were shown looked too much like 'base metal'. Any production delay would have meant the model not being in the shops in time for Christmas, so the quick decision was made to paint it in gold. The thinking was that gold would make the DB5 look more ‘special’ as a toy – a thought process no doubt influenced by the previous year's Bond movie, Goldfinger!
It hasn't been faithfully replicated until now, making our Corgi Model Club edition something very special, especially as it comes in a perfect facsimile of the original box and packaging, complete with the much sought after ‘secret instructions’, a 007 lapel sticker and that all-important spare ‘baddie’!
Size: Length: 102mm Width: 35mm Height: 28mm (40mm with open roof)
Why did you choose to enter the GOTY competition? have you entered in the past and has it helped your brand grow?
We are very proud of this die-cast model and felt that it would be great to show it off to a wider audience. Yes, I've entered in the past and it definitely increased awareness of our brand and products.
What other products will you be bringing to market in 2023
We develop a new die-cast model every month so here are the models announced for 2023 so far.
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Customised Racer
Ford Zephyr Police Motorway Patrol Car
Marcos 1800 GT
Volkswagen European Police Car
Ford Thames Airborne Caravan
Oldsmobile HQ Staff Car
Studebaker Golden Hawke
Where can your products be purchased
We sell direct to the customer through our websites in both the UK and the USA. We also sell our models to an online retailer in Germany.
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