One of the most popular items of Green Hornet merchandise, both in Britain and America was the Corgi 268 Black Beauty, which, considering Corgi sold well over three-quarters of a million of these die-cast toys, is still fairly easy to find in reasonable condition and at a reasonable cost.
According to Corgi model news in TV 21 issue 152 (dated December 16th 2067), the model was released in December 1967, and from then on continued in production until 1972.
There were two versions, which only differed in either spun or cast wheel hubs, and slightly different box art.
Mine is apparently an example of the earlier version with spun wheel hubs.
Sat in the rear seat is The Green Hornet pointing his gas gun. These are quite fragile and prone to being broken off. A tiny lever on the base turns the figure.
Kato sits in the driving seat behind the green tinted windscreen.
Flick down the front radiator grill to reveal the firing missile, and two fixed banks of missiles behind the side lights. The missile’s released by operating the forward switch.
Lift the boot (Truck in the States) using the rear switch. Flick it again and the Radar Scanner flies upwards at a speed easily capable of taking an eye out!
It originally came with 3 Scanners and 3 missiles, and if these got lost, which was highly likely, you could buy extra ones in packets containing 8 of each.
One of its most attractive features is the detailed Green Hornet decal on the roof.
Corgi model news featured The Black Beauty die-cast a couple of times.
Some advertisements for the Black Beauty, as seen in TV 21, and the Corgi catalogue.
"Let's roll, Kato!"