Monday, 9 November 2015

CORGI'S ASTON MARTIN D.B.5 - THE SPECTRE OF THE 'ORIGINAL' STILL LOOMS LARGE...


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Well, I told you I'd show it when I dug it out, and I finally
managed to find it.  What we have here is the original second
edition CORGI TOYS ASTON MARTIN D.B.5, alongside
the 50th GOLDFINGER Anniversary edition which I
featured on the blog a few months back (in March).

As you all know, the first Corgi JAMES BOND car was
issued in 1965 and was actually a D.B.4 gold coloured model.
In 1968, Corgi issued a newly tooled version in a slightly larger
scale, with extra features and the correct silver birch finish.  As
you can see, apart from the Aston Martin insignia on the front
of the car, the original has a better paint job and the bullet-
proof shield extends further from its slot.

On the more recent 007 car, the spoked wheels are
merely a moulded impression, whereas on the '68 model,
they're actually spoked.  Note also that the air vent doesn't run
the entire length of the bonnet, which doesn't follow the curve of
the windshield to the same extent.  Further, the line of the doors
where the hinges would be on a real car are different to the '68
release.  I find it annoying that a mass-produced toy for kids
in the 1960s is made to a higher standard than a limited
 edition model for (mainly) adult collectors today.

Want to see them bigger?  You know the drill...

However, it could've been worse.  Take look at the
mid-'90s model above.  The door outlines were unfinished,
the top line of the bonnet was asymmetrical, the overriders and
machine guns didn't appear to be extended even when they were,
the passenger barely cleared the roof when ejected (same as the
more recent release), the bulletproof shield was too low, the box
was uneven, didn't close properly, and its display window was
affixed with sellotape.  Everything about this version was
sub-standard, and I'm amazed that Corgi ever allowed
 it to be released, so abysmally poor was it.

What Corgi needs to do if they ever reissue the car
in future (which they will), is to make the eject mechanism
stronger, ensure that the passenger doesn't jam between the
seat and the 'dashboard' (which it tends to do on both the '90s
and modern versions), give it proper spoked wheels, make the
bulletproof shield extend further, and - most important of
all - give it a richer, fuller finish on the paintwork.

Only then will it be worthy of being regarded as the
collectors' item it undoubtedly once was.  Over 50 years
after the release of the original, and what we have today is
a second-rate stand-in, not the magnificent diecast toy that
children of the '60s enjoyed, and which their grown-up
selves still so fondly recall.

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