1. Corgi Regains James Bond Licence

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-02-09

    In May of last year, it was announced that Model maker company Hornby had announced plans to purchase Corgi International, a company known for its 40+ year-long association with the James Bond series.

    Since then, Hornby had been working to regain the lucrative 007 licence in order for Corgi to be able to produce more Bond models. Toy News reports today that a brand new deal has finally been arranged, bringing the licence back to the company.

    Corgi will be bringing back the die-cast 1:36 scale Bond cars and will be launching products associated with both the classic 007 films as well as the forthcoming Bond 23.

    Frank Martin, chief executive of Hornby commented: ‘We are delighted to have the Bond licence back with the Corgi brand. It was a “must get” after acquisition of Corgi last year as we feel it the perfect association for Corgi.’

    After missing the opportunity to release tie-in models for last year’s Quantum of Solace, Corgi has lined up a new Daniel Craig Era set, which is due this May, priced at £30.00. Additionally, the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace DBS are available in a Showcase ‘Fit the Box’ Scale, at £4.99.

    A Pierce Brosnan Era set will follow in April at £30.00 and the Aston Martin Vanquish and the BMW 750i are both available in 1:36 scale (£13.99), along with the Showcase ‘Fit the Box’ Scale Aston Martin Vanquish (£4.99).

    Also due in April is the the Roger Moore Era set (£30.00) and the 007 Lotus Turbo in a 1:36 scale (£13.99).

    Complimenting these will be the release of the Sean Connery Era set (£30.00) and Little Nellie as a Showcase ‘Fit the Box’ Scale (£4.99). The Gyrocopter and Rolls Royce are available in 1:36 Scale (£13.99).

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