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Dinky Toys began in 1934 as a line of "Modelled Miniatures" and were originally produced by the British company Meccano Ltd under the Meccano Dinky Toys Ltd. brand.

Long preceding similar lines from Corgi, Matchbox and Hot Wheels, later products were marketed as Dinky Die Cast Toys and primarily consisted of small-scaled automobile and truck miniatures.

The runaway success of Mattel's Hot Wheels line in the late 1960s precipitated the company's eventual demise as Dinky continued to lose market share. Over a long decline, its parent company was owned by a succession of other companies but finally succumbed to bankruptcy and was folded in 1979. Somewhat ironically, Dinky's assets are presently owned by Mattel.

Star Trek releasesEdit

Dinky Star Trek 1980 trade catalogue

Unreleased USS Enterprise refit (top) from 1980 catalogue

During the 1967-1979 period, Dinky released twenty-four licensed die-cast vehicle castings from television series including The New Avengers, Space: 1999, Thunderbirds, The Prisoner, and Star Trek.

In 1976, Dinky first produced the USS Enterprise and the Klingon D7 class battle cruiser for release in the following year. With many "play features" found on toys, they were nonetheless the first Star Trek model releases that were manufactured from die-cast metal.

Eleven centimeter-long die-cast versions of both starships were released in 1979 but saw limited distribution outside of the US, due to the closure of the company.

A USS Enterprise refit model, a modification of the larger-sized USS Enterprise model (No. 358), was planned for a 1980 release but did not reach production.

Item Item No. Notes Box art
1977 releases
Klingon Battle Cruiser 357 Boxed and windowboxed versions; fires plastic discs; 228 mm Dinky Toys No.357 Klingon Battle Cruiser Diecast box 1977 Dinky Toys Klingon Battle Cruiser bubblepack 1977
USS Enterprise 358 Boxed and windowboxed versions; fires plastic discs; plastic shuttlecraft included; 234 mm; see above for unreleased refit version Dinky Toys No.358 USS Enterprise Diecast box 1977 Dinky Toys No.358 USS Enterprise Diecast bubblepack 1977
Space Gift Set 306 Unreleased triple-pack with USS Enterprise, Klingon Battle Cruiser and "Galactic War Chariot" (unrelated casting) in windowbox Dinky Toys No. 306 Space Gift Set triple-pack (unreleased)
USS Enterprise and Klingon Battle Cruiser 309 Double-pack in windowbox Dinky Toys No.309 Enterprise-D7 doublepack 1977
1980 releases
USS Enterprise (refit) 801 Fires projectiles; not formally released due to bankruptcy - rare item; 11 cm Dinky Toys No.801 USS Enterprise-A 1980
803 Non-firing version with rectangular blister Dinky no 803 USS Enterprise UK rectangular blister
803 US non-firing version Dinky Toys No.803 USS Enterprise-A 1980
Klingon Cruiser 802 Fires projectiles; not formally released due to bankruptcy - rare item; 11 cm Dinky Toys No.802 Klingon Cruiser 1980
804 Non-firing version with rectangular blister Dinky no 804 Klingon Cruiser UK rectangular blister
804 US non-firing version Dinky Toys No.804 Klingon Cruiser 1980

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