Between 1997 and 2009, Corgi released a number a diecast model Blackpool Balloon and Brush trams but since the release of Balloon 726 in its HM Coastguard livery in 2009 there have been no further models made available from Corgi (although Atlas Editions seemingly used the mould for a small selection of trams in recent years). But all that is to change in 2021 as two new models – one Balloon and one Brush – is on the list for release – although you won’t recognise the adverts included!
The 2021 Corgi range was announced during the first week of January and the two trams are two of the more unexpected models. They will both feature different adverts for Coca Cola, although, unless Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have got a surprise up their sleeves for 2021!, these are not designs which have previously been seen on a Blackpool tram.
No details are known as to the numbers of the trams or destinations but the Balloon will have the slogan “Open Happiness” and the Brush “Coke Side of Life”.
Both have an eye opening RRP of £38.99 (I can remember when the first Balloons were released in 1997 there were around £15 – maybe I’m just getting old!) and you can see more details on the Balloon here and the Brush here. They are expected to be released in summer 2021.
If you’re interested in what models in this range have been released before why not visit http://modelbuszone.co.uk/ooc/tram/435/435idx.htm Model Bus Zone?