A few basic photos of the Dinky UFO Interceptor.
A fairly accurate representation of Shado's first line of defence, however the colour is a constant bone of contention with a lot of fans.
Why is it that colour? Only the Lords of Dinky know for sure. I've heard theories that there was a surfeit of metallic green paint left over when Dinky produced their 'Johnston Road Sweeper' model, which appeared at the same time and continued production until 1977. It could just be that Dinky had an aversion to all-white toys and didn't think they were good sellers.
Like most of Dinky's models, the Interceptor went through a few subtle changes. Early versions used the Joe 90 figure from Dinky's Joe's Car before replacing it with a proper pilot. The missile started off in white with an orange tip, which changed to yellow with black tip, and combinations of the two. The legs went from orange to red. As a cost cutting exercise the chromed parts were dropped leaving just plain red plastic. The canopy went from plain clear to blue clear plastic, and the painted gold engine and grills were left as bare metal.
The Dinky Interceptor came out in 1971 and, in spite of it's dubious colour choice, remained popular, and continued production until 1979.
The original box and display. This was replaced with the less exciting bubble pack and display plinth, and finally the window box.