CORGITOYS MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG 406

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CORGI

406

MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG 406

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Anyone who has spent any time reading my comments on these pages will have a clear view of my opinion of the dumbing down of Corgi models which occurred in the early Seventies. Here is one that seems to work - at least on one level, that of usability.

This is a re-release of 406, the original came out in 1971 - it was yellow with red front mudguards and bumper and a charcoal coloured chassis. The original is extremely detailed. It has a fantastically detailed chassis, the right wheels with the right tread on the tyres, it has door mirrors, jewelled lights, in fact  everything this one does not have. However this one works as a toy, but the 1971 release is so finely detailed that it does not. It is more like a model designed for display than a toy for little boys to play with. This one would work in a sand-pit. the original would break.

While the re-released tipper is mentioned in the Great Book of Corgi, this model is not, which looks like an omission. The original highly detailed versions of this and the tipper are shown as being deleted in 1976. The tipper is mentioned as being re-released so I guess it was not that difficult to overlook this one. The second release 406 Unimog (Corgi chose to use the Mercedes-Benz model number, 406, as their model number too) ran from 1976 to 1977 and is always green over a yellow chassis with a tan coloured tilt. Ramsay mentions a blue & red version but I've not seen it anywhere.

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