DINKY UFO TOYS


Dinky Toys produced three toy vehicles from the Gerry Anderson UFO series. A UFO Interceptor, a SHADO Mobile and Ed Straker's car.

Dinky interceptor

Dinky Toys UFO Interceptor

Overall this is a very nice model. The plastic, rubber tipped missile can be launched by a spring powered mechanism. There is a pull back lever on the base to prime and a button on the side to fire.
This Dinky Interceptor would have been excellent as both a toy and a scale model. Unfortunately, for some reason Dinky spoiled the model at the painting stage. Instead of appearing as seen here - white, silver and red, they released the model in green and orange. Totally inaccurate and not exactly nice to look at either.
I repainted my Dinky Interceptor within days of buying it in the early 1970s. I also replaced the pilot with a larger more realistic figure than that supplied. Luckily the model is held together with screws and is easy to take apart.
Pauline did a much more professional job of re-painting it a while ago, resulting in the model you see here.
Withsome work on the paint, this is a very nice model which compares well with its model kit counterparts. If you can pick up a model cheaply it's well worth getting one and repainting it.

boxes

Here are the Dinky Toys Ed Straker's car and the Dinky SHADO Mobile with their original boxes.

Strakers Car

Dinky Toys Ed Straker's Car

A diecast metal model of the car belonging to Ed Straker - head of SHADO.
The Dinky Straker's car was a little disappointing. The obvious thing for Dinky to have done here was to give the car opening gull-wing doors. Instead they opted for a keyless clockwork motor, which spoils the look of the interior. Aside from that though it's quite a nice model. I can't help but think that Corgi would have made a much better job of making this vehicle.

Dinky Mobile

Dinky Toys SHADO Mobile

A fun diecast metal toy which had lots of play value. It is also a pretty accurate model.
At the press of a switch the roof swings around 180 degrees to reveal a spring powered rocket launcher.