I've seen it with Maisto flagrantly (and poorly) copying Matchbox' Audi Quattro. And in this post, I show a fascinating example of Playart copying Corgi's casting (although I suppose that there is a chance that Corgi copied Playart casing).
There are several companies who produced models of this car, the most well known of which is the (red) model by Lesney's Matchbox. That one actually looks very different (particularly in size, its easily the largest of the five) from the other models. I also have a Dynawheels model (in brown), a Zylmex model (in blue, #910), a Playart model (in blue) and a Corgi Junior/Husky model (in yellow - a "Rockets" version with extra speedy wheels/axles). Missing from my photos is a Speedy model that I spent an hour fruitlessly tearing apart my Matchbox collection trying to find. Regardless, the last four are very similar in appearance and size, particularly the final two. And upon closer examination, it turns out that the final two are actually copies of each other, with similar casting lines, choice of detail, etc. Examining the base and especially the opening engine compartment shows a very similar choice of detail.
In fact, the only two questions are 1. Who did the copying... Was it the second tier Playart copying toy giant Corgi, or was it the greater scandal of Corgi cribbing a design from no-name Playart, and 2. Why bother? Could it really have been that much harder to create an "original copy" of the real car?
P.S. I suppose that as long as I'm showing 5 distinct (or is it 4?) models, I should at least pick a winner... Who modeled the 910 best?
Although I'm a big Lesney Matchbox fan, its easy to assign the Matchbox in 5th place. Its a little too big, and just looks different from the others.
The next 4 are closer in comparison, all nice and worthwhile models in their own right, even though several come from brands that aren't typically collected.
In fourth place I assign the Zylmex, while its very nice - it just doesn't have the opening back hatch or the quality wheels of its competitors.
The final three are in almost a dead heat. But the Corgi's stance/wheels sets the model a little too high, giving it a 3rd place finish.
Between the final two, the DynaWheels is missing the opening hatch of the Playart (and the Corgi), but the metal roof gives it an advantage over the all plastic roof of the Corgi and PlayArt. The wheels also are slightly nicer. Overall, its enough to put the DynaWheels in first place, ahead of the Playart.
And of course the biggest irony is that the copy-cat Playart took 2nd place, beating out the copied Corgi...!
Thanks for reading!