The Mettoy Co. Ltd was a British toy company that was founded in 1933 by Philipp Ullmann, a Jewish businessman who had fled Nazi Germany. The company was originally based in Northampton, England, and specialized in the production of die-cast toys, such as model cars and trucks.
In the 1940s, Mettoy began producing a line of toy cap guns, which became very popular with children in the UK and around the world. The company also expanded its range of die-cast toys, introducing new models of cars, trucks, and other vehicles.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Mettoy continued to more...
Corgi Toys were produced by Mettoy Playcraft from 1956. Made in Swansea, South Wales, they were named after the Welsh dog, the favourite breed of the Royal family. The name was short and snappy like that of their intended rival, Dinky, and both Mettoy and Playcraft were based in Swansea, Wales giving it added relevancy.
Die cast vehicles were of a very high standard and came with many attractive features – plastic windows (Dinky cars had open windows) and from 1959, spring suspension and detailed plastic interiors.
The early ’60s saw the introduction of ‘jewelled’ headlights and opening doors and boots more...
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