Memory Alpha
Advertisement
Memory Alpha
Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)
Corgi

Corgi Toys is a British company that has produced die-cast vehicle models since 1956 under the Corgi and Corgi Jr. brands, among other trademarks.

Following its acquisition by Mattel in 1989, the company regained its independence as Corgi Classics Limited in 1995 and headquartered itself in Leicester, England. Since 2008, it has been owned by Hornby, a renowned English model train manufacturer.

Star Trek releases

Corgi Books, a subsidiary of the company, published Star Trek novels in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Corgi re-associated itself with the Star Trek franchise prior to the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when it licensed and retailed two entirely new die-cast starship miniatures, similar to Dinky Toys' earlier three-inch releases.

CorgiTrekboxed3.jpg Corgi40thAnnTrekIndivboxed.jpg
Standard
Limited edition
Packaging for the 2006 starship releases

In 2005, the company obtained licensing to release die-cast models based on starships seen in various Star Trek episodes and movies. Five to eight-inch long die-cast models of the USS Enterprise, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, and the USS Enterprise-D debuted at retail in February 2006.

Later in the year, the company released unpainted versions of each ship in its "40th Anniversary Limited Edition" line. Each came with a numbered certificate, four AAA batteries, and an electronically-adjustable LED-illuminated stand.

Resin and metal prototypes

Replicas of the USS Defiant, the USS Voyager, and a D'deridex-class Romulan warbird were scheduled for release in September 2007 but did not reach production.[1] The USS Enterprise-E was also tentatively scheduled for a future release but prototypes were not shown to the public and the model was not mass produced.

Corgi obtained a multi-year license to produce collectibles based on props and ships from 2009's Star Trek film in January 2008, though it appears that most releases were intended to be released under the Master Replicas brand, a company that Corgi had merged with in 2006. [2] Master Replicas' prospective involvement was widely lauded by collectors, as the company's earlier high quality prop replicas from the Star Wars franchise and its groundbreaking "studio scale" three-foot model of the USS Enterprise (TOS) had been enthusiastically received.

Master Replicas' and Corgi's association with Star Trek ended abruptly in September 2009 when CBS Consumer Products announced that licensing to produce replica ships and props had been awarded to eFX Collectibles and QMx. [3]

Die-cast starships

1982-1984 releases
Item Item No. Issue Scale Notes
USS Enterprise (refit) 148 1982 n/a early card variant with "The Vengeance of Khan" imprint Corgi Model No.148 USS Enterprise variant 1982.jpgCorgi Model No.148 USS Enterprise 1982.jpg
n/a 1984 re-issue of 148 Corgi Model No.148 USS Enterprise 1984.jpg
Klingon Warship 149 1982 n/a early card variant with "The Vengeance of Khan" imprint Corgi Model No.149 D7 Battle Cruiser variant 1982.jpg Corgi Model No.149 D7 Battle Cruiser 1982.jpg
n/a 1984 re-issue of 149 Corgi Model No.149 D7 Battle Cruiser 1984.jpg
USS Enterprise (refit) and Klingon Warship Doublepack 2542 1982 n/a   Corgi Model No.2542 USS Enterprise-D7 doublepack 1982.jpg
Crimefighters Gift Set 3116 1984 n/a two versions include 148 USS Enterprise (refit) Corgi 3116 Crimefighters Gift Sets.jpg
2006 Releases
USS Enterprise NCC-1701 CC96601 2006 1:1430   Corgi USS Enterprise NCC1701.jpg
CC96607 numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand Corgi USS Enterprise NCC1701 raw.jpg
Klingon Bird-of-Prey CC96602 1:1000   Corgi Bird of Prey.jpg
CC96608 numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand Corgi Klingon Bird-of-Prey raw.jpg
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D CC96603 1:3160   Corgi USS Enterprise NCC1701D.jpg
CC96609 numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand Corgi USS Enterprise NCC1701D raw.jpg
Canceled releases
USS Defiant D6333 2007 n/a CorgiUSSDefiantDS9.jpg
USS Voyager D6334 CorgiUSSVoyager.jpg
Romulan Warbird D6335 CorgiRomulanDDeridexWarbird.jpg

See also

External links

Advertisement