Dinky Toys

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Dinky Toys were die-cast zamac miniature vehicles which were produced by Meccano Ltd. Dinky Toys in England. Made from 1935 to 1979, the factory was at located in Binns Road, Liverpool, England.  There were also factories in Bobigny and Calais  France) and production in other countries.

Dinky Toys were the most prolific and diversified range of toy vehicles ever made, so much that the name 'Dinky' has been taken into common usage to denote any small toy car much as we often refer to the vacuum cleaner as a 'Hoover'. Dinky Toys have the greatest number of aficionados of any make of toy and are collected throughout the world.

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Dinky Toys were die-cast zamac miniature vehicles which were produced by Meccano Ltd. Dinky Toys in England. Made from 1935 to 1979, the factory was at located in Binns Road, Liverpool, England.  There were also factories in Bobigny and Calais  France) and production in other countries.

Dinky Toys were the most prolific and diversified range of toy vehicles ever made, so much that the name 'Dinky' has been taken into common usage to denote any small toy car much as we often refer to the vacuum cleaner as a 'Hoover'. Dinky Toys have the greatest number of aficionados of any make of toy and are collected throughout the world.

After Meccano's bankruptcy, the Dinky Toys name came under the ownership of Kenner Parker, and some small-scale diecast models made by Universal of Hong Kong were issued under the Dinky Toys name in the early 1980s.

In 1987 the rights to the name were purchased by Matchbox, then owned by Universal, which resulted in the "Dinky Collection" series of 1/43 scale models issued from 1988 onward. This series came under the umbrella of Matchbox Collectibles in 1991, and after Mattel had taken over Matchbox in 1996, the Dinky name was used only sporadically.

In recent times Mattel has licensed the Dinky Toys name to Atlas Editions, who have used it on a series of re-creations of vintage French as well as English Dinky Toys. This started in 2008 and still continued to 2016.

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