CORGITOYS Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG TIPPER

         page last updated: 22 February 2017

CORGI

409

Mercedes-Benz

UNIMOG TIPPER

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Here's a curiosity. 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 409, the original came out in 1971 - it was in the same colours, but reversed, blue chassis cab, yellow body. 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, a lever to tip the body, 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.

Ramsay lists this truck in red & white, but I can only find it in blue and yellow so I think that must be an error. This later release was made from 1976 to 1977 and other than Ramsay's mention of red & white, there are no listed variations.

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