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Corgi 497 The Man From UNCLE's 'Thrush Buster'

Corgi 497 The Man From UNCLE's 'Thrush Buster'

Ref: 38842

Fair, unboxed

Price: 17.50

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.

In played-with condition with moderate paint loss to the raised edges and edges of the roof. Unfortunately the bonnet decal is missing altogether, but replica replacements are available from various sources. The firing mechanism still works, the searchlights are intact and the tyres are excellent.

Scale: 1:49
Length: 110mm.
Approx Years: 1966 - 1969
Condition: Fair, unboxed
Shipping Weight: 180g

497 The Man From UNCLE's 'Thrush Buster'

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