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Corgi 497 The Man From UNCLE 'Thrush Buster'

Corgi 497 The Man From UNCLE 'Thrush Buster'

Ref: 35849

Good. Box Poor

Price: 45.50

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) was a cult US TV series from the 1960s, starring Robert Vaughan as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin. They spent their time fighting the unfortunately-named THRUSH. If you want to know what that stands for look on Wikipedia! David McCallum's character was a big hit with young boys because he popularised the 'karate chop' as a means of hurting your friends in the playground, and also with young girls for quite different reasons.

The Corgi model was launched to cash in on the series' success, but no such vehicle ever appeared on screen as far as I know. Corgi recycled their Oldsmobile Super 88 casting and added some new features: twin searchlights, U.N.C.L.E. bonnet decal, bullet holes in the windscreen, and a roof periscope which, when depressed, makes the Solo and Kuryakin figures lean out of the windows to fire their guns, accompanied by a highly realistic 'click' to represent gunfire.

The bodywork is deep semi-metallic blue, with grey base, yellow interior and green tinted windows. The paintwork has a few chips but is still very presentable although the bonnet decal has discoloured with age. The firing mechanism works correctly; the periscope is actually a modern replica part, but it is indistinguishable from the original.

The model comes with its original display stand which is complete but rather worn; the outer box is missing, as are the 'Waverly Ring' and instructions.

Scale: 1:49
Length: 110mm.
Approx Years: 1966 - 1969
Condition: Good. Box Poor
Shipping Weight: 174g

497 The Man From UNCLE 'Thrush Buster'

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