Monday, October 19, 2009

CORGI: MONKEEMOBILE


The Monkees were a pop rock quartet assembled by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider in Los Angeles in 1966 for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The members were Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones, who were supervised and popularized by Don Kirshner.

At the time of the band's formation, its producers saw The Monkees as a Beatles-like band. At the start, the band members provided vocals, and were given some performing and production opportunities, but they eventually fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. The group undertook several concert tours, allowing an opportunity to perform as a live band as well as on the TV series. Although the show was canceled in 1968, the band continued releasing records until 1970. In the 1980s, the television show and music experienced a revival, which led to a series of reunion tours, and new records featuring various incarnations of the band's lineup.



The 1/43nd scale ‘Monkeemobile’ was an accurate model of the customized 1966 Pontiac GTO as seen every week on ‘The Monkees’ TV show. The body was bright red with a red and white phaeton hood which was cast with the body rather than as a separate plastic item. The hood should really have been all white to be 100 per cent correct, but otherwise this is a flawless model, the Monkees logo on the doors being authentic. As Monkeemania ran out of steam in the early 70s the Monkeemobile was discontinued, after only a two year run.

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