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    This one is sure to raise controversy.

    Dinky collectors will hold their nose and look the other way.

    Sometime in the early 1980s, the Universal Group acquired the rights to the Dinky trade name and trade dress (and shortly after acquired Matchbox as well). In an attempt to capitalize on the Dinky name, Universal released first a short run of former Kidco models on Dinky cardbacks, then another short run with Matchbox models...these in addition to the larger scale Matchbox models that appeared during this period with Dinky trade dress as well.

    While few I know would count these as actual Dinkys, they do make for some hard to find Matchbox and Kidco models.

    This model in particular doesn't seem to have been issued Stateside in Matchbox mainline blisters, it was usually in ROW Matchbox assortments (and in blue paint), so this one is a favorite of mine for the rarity and peculiarity.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Yes, I recall a number of articles/letters in Charlie Mack's Matchbox USA and other newsletters of the day with pro and con comments on the use of the Dinky name to keep it alive. I know I had some of these, including this Citroen, but also pretty sure they were among those that went elsewhere over the years. I think all of the Matchbox that had the Dinky cards/base markings were ROW releases which surprisingly in the days before internet were usually not that hard to obtain as there were European collectors in the club and I can recall at least one or two mail order dealers who stocked the ROW models.

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    • #3
      Looks pretty good!

      I have a BMW X5 from the Germany-exclusive Stars of Cars line, and Dinky is printed onto its base. Mattel really doesn't even have to bother now, since they are licensing the name to Atlas to produce reproducitons of the old larger-scale toolings. I'd love for Mattel to be able to buy out those tools, and start marketing them over here. Corgi has brought back the occasional repro of an old tool every now and then.

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      • #4
        The green one looks great, I only ever found the more common blue one, and it was loose.
        Doug

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        • #5
          There were color and interior variants as well...

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          The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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          • #6
            Oh there is a black one, thanks for showing the variations, mine has been packed away for some years, but I had originally thought it was black, but seeing blue noted in your post above, I thought I was mistaken about mine being black, and must be a real dark blue, but I see the blue isn't so dark at all, so from memory mine must be the black..
            Doug

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            • #7
              I've seen Dinky on the Blazer I have
              Mine has Kidco on it
              Universal owned Kidco too

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                Mr. Bowtie
                Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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