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Anyone ever collect Husky diecast
A little history of the Husky
This is a brand highly appreciated by older English miniatures collectors, and our friend Mauricio Nunes tells us a little about the history of the brand.
The history of Husky mingles and mixes with the Corgi Jr., and for many was never clear who is who and why.
Husky was established in 1964 by Mettoy Playcraft Ltd of Swansea in !+$*+ in the UK. The creation of this brand Mettoy was to fight his immediate rival Matchbox, specifically the so-called line of Matchbox 1-75 in three-inch scale.
In the case of "Jaguar E-Type" almost not the color changed. But the details of Matchbox wheels are better because they are of cast metal and Husky wheels mimic the rims only.
In the case of trailers with the boat even the color has changed a lot.
The Jaguar Mark 10 was an iconic and very popular car in the English taste and perhaps can not be attributed to manufacture Husky model only to combat Matchbox model, which by the way is more detailed and open the hood.
The Husky miniatures were sold only in Woolworth's department store (USA, Canada and the United Kingdom) until 1970 for an exclusive contract and for a lower price than the price of Matchbox miniatures.
From 1966, the Husky miniatures began to be sold outside Woolworth's network in other countries where the store was not present. And after the exclusive contract with the department store, the Husky line was incorporated into line Corgi Mettoy, who has enjoyed a great reputation in miniature 1:43 scale. The line was rechristened Corgi Jr.
The base Corgi Jr. changed to accommodate new wheels and logo "WHIZZWHEELS" that was the answer Corgi Jr. to runway models of Hot Wheels Mattel.
In its first line sold to the public, his miniatures were zamac with plastic base coated in chrome, and the suspension used was part of the plastic base of geometry and this weaker form than its target competitor. It is not difficult to find miniatures of the time with the loose wheel for lack of support from the suspension or broken or "sunk". Husky models based plastic today in good condition has a high price, just the apparent fragility of the plastic base.
This plastic base not pleased and Husky then launched a line with metal base, but continued to work with both types of base even after being incorporated into the line Corgi Jr., who kept the two types based on their line until the sale line Corgi Jr. for Mattel.
In the wake of the market leader at the time, Husky also had a line called "Husky Major" trying to cope with the line "Major Pack" Matchbox.
Note: The number 2002 is seen below on the right is the model number and no year of manufacture.
The diversity and detail of models Husky greatly pleased. A bit of everything seems to have been the company's strategy.
- Car & Service:
- Agricultural Segment:
- Bus and different service cars than existed at the time. The same basic model Volkswagen Pick Up could accommodate different structures as both a platform for working at height as an airport car service for baggage handling inside the plane.
When you turn the gray button, the wake of the bags and ran carrying the luggage into a plane.
Husky existed as a trademark only for six years, but his designs continued to be sold under the brand Corgi Jr and certainly leave miss the good level of detail, diversity and inventiveness of the models produced.