Corgi trio

When I wrote my review of the 1960s Dinky Captain Scarlet toys, I said that it was a shame that Corgi had not produced such a range, since generally their models were superior in quality. Three diecast Captain Scarlet models were finally produced in 2006, under the Corgi brand name. The three models are: Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV), Spectrum Saloon Car (SSC) and an Angel Interceptor. The first two of these toys are superficially similar to the old Dinky toys, but the Angel Interceptor is something new. The models are very attractively packaged as you can see from the photo above.

Corgi SPV

Corgi SPV

The SPV is approximately 5 1/2 inches long. A very attractive model with many operating features. Thankfully, there are no buttons to mar the appearance. Panel lines are nicely defined.
The wheels are moulded to represent the correct 'double-wheel' arrangement. Whilst the paintwork and signage is very well done, a few more details could have been added, such as black lines on the white 'bumper' and silver lining to the wheel fairings. These areas are well defined though, so we intend to paint these details on our model.
The overall look and feel of this toy is that it is high quality.

Corgi SPV

Pressing down on the front of the SPV opens the front hatch and launches a plastic missile.
At our Space City Firing Range(our hallway), missiles travelled a distance of up to 10 feet. Two missiles are supplied.
The driver's door is opened by pressing the roof ejector hatch on the opposite side.

SPV door open

The driver's door opens and closes very smoothly, and is made of plastic. A nicely moulded and painted Captain Scarlet figure is revealed when the door is opened.
All of the moving parts on this model fit with precision.

SPV tracks down

As with most SPV toys, the rear tracks fold down. Although this feature was never shown in the TV series, the idea seems reasonable enough, and certainly adds more interest to the model.
The twin rear aerials are finely moulded, and unlike their Dinky counterparts, they do not fold down by means of an obvious knob.

Spectrum Saloon Car

Corgi Spectrum Saloon Car

The car measures approximately 4 3/4 inches in length. This is a very nice looking model, with excellent detailing and paintwork.
In my review of the Dinky version of this vehicle, I lamented that their model didn't have opening doors. This new Corgi model SSC does have opening doors! It also has Captain Scarlet in the driving seat. This is a superb diecast model.

Car rear view

Opening driver and passenger side doors. No gimmicks.
this is a super looking model.

Spectrum car - door open

Here's the Captain Scarlet figure, very well moulded and painted.
As you can see from our photos, this is a very nice model of a great sci-fi car. As with the other Corgi Captain Scarlet vehicles, one gets the clear impression that a lot of love and care went into the design, creation and packaging.

Corgi Angel Interceptor

Corgi Angel Interceptor

The Angel Interceptor is approximately 6 inches long. It is well detailed and painted, and has a clear canopy and a pilot at the controls.

Angel side view

The Angel Interceptor has been modelled with the forward landing skid extended as if the aircraft was landed. There is no option to remove it for 'in-flight' configuration.

Angel jet underside

As you can see, the underside of the aircraft is equally well finished, and bears the distinctive "A" emblem.
The packaging is designed to show the model from all sides - Corgi are obviously justly proud of this model.

Corgi and Dinky Toys

Comparison of the Corgi models with their Dinky counterparts is unavoidable, since the two manufacturers were major competitors in the 1960s. Whilst the Corgi brand name has changed hands many times, these new Corgi toys echo the quality of the models produced by the original Swansea based company.
It's odd that although Dinky produced many aircraft models, they didn't make an Angel Interceptor.
In this photo the Dinky SPV and SPC are on the left, the Corgi SPV and SSC are on the right.