Dinky Toys were, in the 1950s and 1960s, a dominant force in the toy car market. In fact, they were so dominant that, to this day, a lot of people use the term “dinky cars” to refer to (mostly 1/64) toy cars in general! However, no one company is infallible, and even in their heyday, the mighty Dinky division of Meccano had one massive screw-up that forever changed the collecting landscape. That unfortunate debacle dealt with an attempt to create a toy using a completely different material than was traditionally used. It was to be a great achievement, and it was hoped that high sales would make the gamble well worthwhile.
Sadly, things didn’t work; the toy in question, the Dinky Supertoys Avro Vulcan, ended up as the most troublesome-to-produce Dinky of all time. It was so troublesome that the dies committed suicide after only 500-odd toys were made. Rather than a flood of Vulcans on toy shelves, all that was produced was a drop in a bucket, and these were quietly shipped to Canada to erase the shame of their failure at home in the UK. Today, the Dinky Vulcan is one of the most sought-after Dinkys of all, and with less than the original 500-ish still left, it is a rare bird indeed.
However, the Lagoon does pride itself on providing looks at the rare and weird, when they’re chanced upon, and thanks to my brother, we can now all enjoy a good look at the Dinky Supertoys Avro Vulcan. Check it out on the Military Dinky Toys page!