Husky / Corgi Juniors by Mettoy
#2b Citroen Safari



Corgi retooled their tiny Husky Citroen Safari in a slightly larger scale in 1967, making it 6mm longer, and taking the opportunity to give it a plated metal baseplate with wire suspension in place of the fragile chromed plastic one of the 1964 version.
Only the same plastic boat in varying shades of reddish brown mounted on the roof remained unchanged.

All models featured clear untinted glazing plus yellow seats which could vary in shade depending upon how much yellow colour was added to the clear plastic raw material. The first relatively scarce issue was in a metallic green shade well known on some 1/43 Corgis and had 11x2mm solid gray plastic wheels.
All other Husky issues were painted metallic lime gold, initially with the same gray plastic wheels and brown boat but firstly gaining a bright blue boat and then 11x2mm black plastic tyres with inserted plated plastic hubcaps.
This version was still in production when the Husky name was removed from the baseplate mold and a Corgi Juniors paper sticker in either of two sizes applied instead.
This transitional model is extremely rare indeed because the recolour to metallic blue was introduced for the bulk of the no-name baseplate issues which also came with a white boat which was standard accessory for the remaining 3 years of production.

The introduction of Whizzwheels baseplates and 11 x 1.5mm plain black plastic Whizzwheels was accompanied by a body colour change to yellow enamel. Hot foiling of Whizzwheels with the 5 triangle pattern was introduced during production of these yellow cars and all subsequent issues.
Close to the end of this casting´s production life the body colour was changed to metallic purple although some Giftset Citroens featured a return to the earlier lime gold however whether this was old stock of painted bodies or using up old paint stock is unknown.

All Husky issues were packaged in the standard red on white generic Husky blisterpack with 1969 lime gold hubcap cars also being sold in the new post-Woolworths yellow blister.
All Corgi Juniors Citroens were packaged on long picturecard blisterpacks with Whizzwheels cars coming in both long and short picturecard blisters with the Whizzwheels strapline - there may also have been Whizzwheels cars packaged in leftover Corgi Juniors blisterpacks with added Whizzwheels paper stickers added although these rare blisters havent been found for all Whizzwheels conversions yet.



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Above: The earliest release in metallic green
photo courtesy Wolfgang Gehrt

Above: The second release was in metallic lime gold although this colour can be found with a husky baseplate, a blank baseplate with CJ sticker or a whizzwheels baseplate and either grey plastic wheels, plated hubcaps and bpw or whizzwheels.
It can have a brown, a blue or a white boat


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Above: The next release was metallic blue which was followed
by the yellow version which can be found with black or with
chrome whizzwheels. It has a whizzwheels baseplate and should
also have a white boat.

Above: The metallic purple Citroen has whizzwheels, a whizzwheels baseplate and a white boat.

Above: The earlier vanilla coloured 2a surrounded by the larger 2b in its various colours
photo courtesy Wolfgang Gehrt.


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code number
body colour
windows colour
interior colour
boat colour
base type
wheels
code 1
metallic green
clear
yellow
brown
husky
grey plastic
code 2
metallic lime gold
clear
yellow
brown
husky
grey plastic
code 3
metallic lime gold
clear
yellow
blue
husky
grey plastic
code 4
metallic lime gold
clear
yellow
blue
husky
plated hubcaps + bpw
code 5
metallic lime gold
clear
yellow
blue
blank, with CJ sticker
plated hubcaps + bpw
code 6
metallic blue
clear
yellow
white
blank, with CJ sticker
plated hubcaps + bpw
code 7
yellow
clear
yellow
white
whizzwheels
black whizzwheels
code 8
yellow
clear
yellow
white
whizzwheels
chrome whizzwheels
code 9
metallic purple
clear
yellow
white
whizzwheels
chrome whizzwheels
code 10
metallic lime gold
clear
yellow
white
whizzwheels
chrome whizzwheels

Values based on Vectis + ebay actual selling prices.
prices for mint models in blister pack, the value for uncarded models is approximately 1/3
metallic green - £30-£40
metallic lime gold (all) - £15-£25
metallic blue - £20-£30
yellow - £15-£25
metallic purple - £15-£25