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"Dinky Toys" began in 1934 as a line of "Modelled Miniatures" and were originally produced by British company Meccano Ltd under the Meccano Dinky Toys Ltd. brand.

Marketed later as "Dinky Die Cast Toys" to consumers, the line primarily consisted of small-scaled automobile and truck models. The runaway success of Mattel's Hot Wheels line in the late 1960s precipitated the company's eventual demise as Dinky continued to lose market share. Over a long decline, parent company Meccano Dinky Ltd. was owned by a succession of other companies but finally succumbed to bankruptcy and was folded in 1979.

Star Trek association

During the 1967-1979 period, Dinky released twenty-four die-cast vehicles that were licensed from television series such as The New Avengers, Space: 1999, Thunderbirds, The Prisoner, and Star Trek.

In 1976, Dinky first produced the USS Enterprise and the Klingon D7 class battle cruiser for release the following year. With many "play features" found on toys, they were nonetheless the first Star Trek model releases that were manufactured from die-cast metal. 1979 saw the production of retooled three-inch versions of both ships.

Upon the bankruptcy of Meccano Dinky, competitor Corgi acquired the tooling dies and molds for the three-inch versions of the Star Trek models, and re-released them several times during 1982-1984 period under the Corgi brand.

Item Item number Release Notes
Klingon Battle Cruiser 357 1977 Boxed and bubblepack versions; fires plastic discs
USS Enterprise 358 Boxed and bubblepack versions; fires plastic discs; plastic shuttle craft included
Enterprise and Klingon Battle Cruiser double pack 309
Dinky Toys No.357 Klingon Battle Cruiser Diecast box 1977 Dinky Toys Klingon Battle Cruiser bubblepack 1977 Dinky Toys No.358 USS Enterprise Diecast box 1977 Dinky Toys No.358 USS Enterprise Diecast bubblepack 1977 Dinky Toys No.309 Enterprise-D7 doublepack 1977
USS Enterprise-refit 801 1980 Fires projectiles; not formally released due to bankruptcy therefore quite rare
803 US non-firing version
Klingon Cruiser 802 Fires projectiles; not formally released due to bankruptcy therefore quite rare
804 US non-firing version
Dinky Toys No.801 USS Enterprise-A 1980 Dinky Toys No.803 USS Enterprise-A 1980 Dinky Toys No.802 Klingon Cruiser 1980 Dinky Toys No.804 Klingon Cruiser 1980

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