Corgi Gift Set 40 The Avengers
The Avengers by Corgi Toys, Gift Set 40. Very, very near mint/boxed. Very scarce first issue with GREEN BENTLEY, with 3 original umbrellas & packing. From The Marc Mulvale Collection. Starting bid £600. Please note that QDT apply 12.5% buyer's commission.
This is a virtually mint, all original and complete example; the first issue version with the rare green Bentley.
Issued between 1966-69, this set would have been released at the start of the production run.
The set comprises:
1)John Steed’s Bentley in green and black finish, correct for this set with red metal wire wheels. Complete with all parts, and including the figure of John Steed at the wheel. Note this example even has both formed plastic pieces at the top of the windscreen! (Invariably either one or both is missing). Fine original tyres.
2) Emma Peel’s Lotus Elan S2 is in sparkling white finish. Virtually mint! No touch-ins (so many have touch-ins). Suspension on shaped spun wheels. Fine original tyres. Original figure of Emma Peel.
Three plastic umbrellas (all originals). These are notably the originals – so often they can go astray, particularly bearing in mind how small they are and how they were never stored in a packet but merely slotted into holes on the plinth. So many that we see have (pretty decent) replacements but they do lack the fine detailing of the originals. These originals have the furling details to the ‘rolled-up’ cloth part of the umbrella and delicate details on the handle, fine point at the base. Little details perhaps but really nice to see!
Inner card plinth is bright and crisp, with vivid illustrations. Lacks one of the little pull-tabs. Couple of tiny tears besides.
Original card packing piece is included.
The colourful card outer box is fresh and strongly-coloured. No tears or repairs. Minor shelf grubbiness in places.