(written from a Production point of view)
Corgi Toys is a British company which has produced die-cast vehicle models since 1956 under the Corgi and Corgi Jr. brands, among others.
Following its acquisition by Mattel in 1989, the company regained independence as Corgi Classics Limited in 1995 and headquartered itself in Leicester, England. Since 2008, it has been owned by Hornby, a renowned English model train manufacturer.
Star Trek releases Edit
Corgi reassociated itself with the Star Trek franchise in 1980 when it obtained the casting tools for two die-cast starship models previously produced by the bankrupt Meccano Dinky Toys. Just prior to the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Corgi licensed and re-released the models to retail, as Dinky had never formally marketed them in the UK.
|Packaging for the 2006 releases|
In 2005, the company obtained a license to release die-cast models based on starships seen in various Star Trek episodes and movies. Five to eight-inch long die-cast models of the USS Enterprise, a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, and a model of the USS Enterprise-D were first released in February 2006.
Later in the year, the company released unpainted versions of each ship in its "40th Anniversary Limited Edition" line. Each came with a numbered certificate, four AAA batteries, and an electronically-adjustable illuminated stand.
Replicas of the USS Defiant, USS Voyager, and D'deridex-class Romulan Warbird were scheduled for release in September 2007 but did not reach production. The USS Enterprise-E was also tentatively scheduled for future release but prototypes were not shown and the model was not produced.
Corgi obtained a multi-year license to produce collectibles based on props and ships from 2009's Star Trek film in January 2008, though it appears that most releases were intended to be released under the Master Replicas brand, a company that Corgi had merged with in 2006.  Master Replicas' involvement was widely lauded by collectors due to the company's high quality prop replicas from the Star Wars franchise and their "studio scale" three-foot model of the USS Enterprise (TOS).
Master Replicas' and Corgi's association with Star Trek ended abruptly in September 2009 when CBS Consumer Products announced that licenses to produce replica ships and props had been awarded to eFX Collectibles and QMx. 
Die-cast starships Edit
|USS Enterprise (refit)||148||1982||n/a||early card variant with "The Vengeance of Khan" imprint|
|n/a||1984||re-issue of 148|
|Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser||149||1982||n/a||early card variant with "The Vengeance of Khan" imprint|
|n/a||1984||re-issue of 149|
|USS Enterprise (refit) and Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser Doublepack||2542||1982||n/a|
|USS Enterprise (TOS)||CC96601||2006||1:1430|
|CC96607||numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand|
|CC96608||numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand|
|CC96609||numbered 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (7,510 pieces) on illuminated display stand|
|USS Defiant (DS9)||D6333||2007||n/a|
|Romulan Warbird (D'deridex-class)||D6335|