Metalbox: Corgi made in Hungary (1990s)

 

After the first "non Socialst" diecast firm in Hungary - Siku - the second diecast manufacturer at this time in Hungary was the British Corgi (Corgi Toys Limited). The Corgi Toys Ltd. wanted to get a contract in 1986 with a Hungarian based diecast manufacturing company - Metalbox GMK - who able to set up in business (made, sell and distribute these cars) oneself without any supervising. (The GMK had a very special co-company form in the socialist era in Hungary) After the first contact the deal and the agreement was signing of within a short time. The machinery came directly from UK. The transfer and installation of the these manufacturing machinery was finished an unusually short period of time. Meanwhile the training of the workers has been completed also. After obtaining authorization from Hungarian Ministry of Trading - (in Hungarian = KERMI - Kereskedelmi Minisztérium) Licence Nr.: KERMI 133-10190/87 - the manufacturing of the Corgi diecast toy in Hungary started in the April of 1987.

The Corgi sell and take over the executive distribution rights to the Metalbox GMK manufacturing company relation with these Hungarian made models. According these contract the Metalbox GMK is authorised to sell their products only the Socialist and the domestic market. After all lot of product had been exported to "West region" Austria and West-Germany. Unfortunately, the contract was not long-lived, because the Metalbox GMK had some issue in relation with raw material, machinery and working council. So the Corgi Ltd eventually broke the contract with Metalbox GMK. in 1988. The production was finished in November of 1988. All stockpiled parts and almost all UK based tooling being returned to back to the Corgi ltd in same year.

You can see the following text on all of the Hungarian made Corgi's blister pack: Eredeti angol szerszámokkal gyártja és forgalmazza: METALBOX GMK. that is mean: Original English tools mint and distribute the METALBOX GMK.


The address of Metalbox GMK, Sze'pvölgyi u't 145, is a big garden with a big house. It is an elite part of the city and the opposite of an industrial estate. About 2 years ago I rang the bell at this address and the man who spoke through the intercom told me he has been living there for a long time and there was no production of model cars. I told him that I have a Yugo with his address on the blister, but he kept denying.
Who knows more? Please answers! Jeroen BAKKER

Well, The Szepvolgy ut 145 was the office block of the "Metalbox GMK" between 1983-1989 only, because the owner of the Metalbox Istvan Marosi live here and their firm registered at same adress as well.



 

You can buy these Hungarian made Corgi's from Breki on Ebay.

 

Corgi Juniors Healer Wheeler

 

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, clear windows,
light blue interior, light blue dome light, dbl spoke, "Ambulance" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, clear windows,
no interior, light blue dome light, dbl spoke, "Ambulance" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, clear windows,
no interior, light blue dome light, 5 spoke, "Ambulance" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, clear windows,
medium blue interior, medium blue dome light, 5 spoke, red cross labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, purple windows,
light blue interior, purple dome light, dbl spoke, "Ambulance" labels

 

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, blue windows,
transparent blue interior, blue dome light, dbl spoke, "Ambulance" labels

 

Corgi Juniors 36 : White, black plastic GB base, CORGI JUNIORS, blue windows,
no interior, light blue dome light, dbl spoke, "Ambulance" labels

 

 

Metalbox Healer Wheeler

All Healer wheeler from Metalbox have a black plastic base with IB (INDUSTRIA BRASILIERA) remove
and DC COMICS INC 1979 copyright from BATMAN !!!


 

 

 

 

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)


Metalbox : White, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS, medium blue windows,
no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, red cross on hood

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

Metalbox : White, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS, medium blue windows,
no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, "Ambulance"

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

Healer Wheeler AMBULANCE with the RED CROSS tampo in hood and Ambulance text in sides. White body, dark blue tinted windows and roof flash, black plastic base: Corgi, DC COMICS INC 1979, PATENT No 1278081, China type chrome foiled 4-division wheelss, but this is Made in HUNGARY. Produced with original Corgi tooling machines around the end of ´80 years.

(photos: Breki - Finland)


(photos: Breki - Finland)


Metalbox :Red, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS, medium blue windows,
no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, "3" on hood

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

Metalbox : Dark metallic red, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS, medium blue windows,
no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, no graphics

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

Metalbox : White, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS, medium blue windows,
no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, "Police" & blue stripes

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

Metalbox : Yellow, black plastic unk origin base, corgi DC COMICS,
medium blue windows, no interior, medium blue dome light, 4 division, "3" on hood

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

 

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

 

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

(photos: Breki - Finland)

 

 

Kiko: Corgi made in Brazil (1980s)

 

 

Kiko Healer Wheeler

KIKO C6 Futura Van : White, black plastic IB (INDUSTRIA BRASILIERA) base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, red windows,
no interior, red dome light, 5 spoke, "Ambulance" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

 

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

 

 

KIKO C9 Futura Van : Red, black plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, amber windows,
no interior, amber dome light, 5 spoke, "Fire Dept FD 766" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

KIKO C9 Futura Van : Red, gray plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, smoke windows,
no interior, smoke dome light, 5 spoke, "Fire Dept FD 766" tampo print

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 


(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)



KIKO C9 : “IND BRAS” and “SACI” on black plastic base (dies from JuniorsE36) : SACI is a brand name used for model dies sold by Corgi / KIKO and not later returned to Corgi
or
“IND BRAS” and “KIKO” on black plastic

(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)

 

KIKO C15 Futura Van : Black, dark gray plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, blue windows,
no interior, blue dome light, 5 spoke, "Police PD 8" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

KIKO C15 Futura Van : Black, black plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, smoke windows,
no interior, smoke dome light, 5 spoke, "Police PD 8" tampo print

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

KIKO C15 Futura Van : Blue, black plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, red windows,
no interior, red dome light, 5 spoke, "Police PD 8" labels

(photos: www.publicsafetydiecast.com)

 

KIKO C15 : “IND BRAS” and “KIKO” on black plastic base (dies from JuniorsE36) :

(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)

 

KIKO C15 Futura Van : Amber windows


(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)

KIKO C6 Futura Van : White, black plastic IB base, corgi KIKO DC COMICS, opaque black windows,
no interior, black dome light, 5 spoke, "Cebolinha” labels with cartoon child doctor on hood and sides
(from Gift Set 3030 MÔNICA Set)

(photos: http://www.home.railscene.com/garyscars/corgi/cjhun/index.htm)