Corgi – Action Figure Insider The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61893577 Shapeways 3D Printed Thorgi Review Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:04:58 +0000 20150122_162654

Today I take a quick look at the 3D printed Thorgi (Thor and Corgi hybrid) figure sold exclusively at


Thanks to the miracle of modern science 3D printing is the future of pretty much a lot of things BUT let’s focus on its most impractical yet important use: figures!
This figure, designed by Corretta Singer, encapsulates the magic of 3D printing in its simplest form. I love this figure and had to have one immediately because I am a Corgi owner and this looks just like her in a Thor outfit.

The figure is printed in full color sandstone and looks amazing in person. These photos don’t do it justice. The detail on the helmet and chestplate is perfect.

This figure is light and feels a bit fragile but looks great and makes a great conversation piece. Especially if that conversation is dogs cosplaying.

If you want your own it’ll cost you $25 and you’ll have to go through Shapeways: here


I hadn’t heard of them before but was able to get my Thorgi quickly and easily. It takes about a week and a half, maybe more, because the figure is printed on demand making it that much more unique.

I’d recommend the experience and suggest you poke around if superheroic dogs aren’t your thing. They have a ton of great stuff. I did take pictures of Thorgi and Pancake (my corgi) but you have to go to for those!

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What’s in a Toy Company Name? Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:08:32 +0000 Recently I was staring at the cool packaging of the Super7 ALIEN ReAction line. As I noted how the ReAction logo pays homage to the original Kenner logo I started to wonder what “Kenner” originally meant. Then it occurred to me that I had no idea where many toy company names came from. Hence, my latest wormhole…


Founded as The Wallace Berrie Company in 1966 by Wallace Berrie. In 1979 the company obtained worldwide rights to The Smurfs and released figurines which became one of the best-selling toys of 1982. That year, the company acquired the Applause division from Knickerbocker Toys. In 1986, the company changed its name to Applause Inc.


Started by Digger Mesch and Donna Soldano in 1996, Art Asylum was initially just a work-for-hire sculpting studio but eventually decided to enter the market as a full toy company. The company dissolved in 2007, and some assets (including the Art Asylum name) were acquired by Diamond Select.


In 1947 Naoharu Yamashina began distributing toys in Tokyo for his brother-in-law. In 1950 Yamashina took over the business and renamed it Bandai. It is the world’s third-largest producer of toys (after Mattel and Hasbro). A quick Japanese translation search tells me that bandai means: all ages / eternity.


Bif Bang Pow! was founded in 2005 by Jason Labowitz and Jason Lenzi. And if Mr. Lenzi is reading this, perhaps he could comment below and tell us about the process he went about choosing the name! Couldn’t have anything to do with this, now could it?


Coleco is an American company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as “Connecticut Leather Company”. It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s.


The name ‘Corgi Toys’ was chosen in honour of the company’s new home (Fforestfach in Swansea,South Wales), taken from the Welsh breed of dog, the Corgi, and the iconic Corgi dog logo branded the new range. The name was short and easy to remember, further aligning the range with their rival Dinky Toys.


Diamond Select Toys was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comics Distributors (founded in 1982 by Baltimore-based comics retailer Steve Geppi) to create collectibles for children and adults, and has since licensed a variety of pop culture properties. Geppi named his new company ‘Diamond’ “after the imprint Marvel Comics used on non-returnable comics,” and although the publisher discontinued the symbol months later, the name remained.


The Ertl Company is founded by Fred Ertl, Sr., in 1945. In 1999 Ertl was purchased by Racing Champions.


Founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Price’s illustrator-artist wife Margaret Evans Price, and Helen Schelle, the name Fisher-Price was established by combining two of the three names.


After working for Mcfarlane Toys between 1993 and 1999, Chris Dahlberg, Eric Mayse, Eric Treadaway, and Jim Preziosi left to form Four Horsemen Studios. In 2005, Four Horsemen Studios began creating their own properties and designing and manufacturing the toys to support them.


Founded in 1998 by Mike Becker, the company was originally conceived as a small project that would bring back low-tech toys in the now high-tech world. Sold in 2005, Funko LLC is now headed by Brian Mariotti.


Beginning in 1894 John E. Hubley manufactured electric toy train equipment and parts under the name Lancaster Brand Iron Toys. The name was later changed to Gabriel Industries and still existed as a division of CBS as of 1978.


Galoob was founded by Barbara Frankel and Lewis Galoob in 1954 as an import business. Before it was purchased by Hasbro in 1999, it was the third largest toymaker in the United States.


In 1923, three brothers, Henry, Hilal, and Herman Hassenfeld, founded Hassenfeld Brothers, a company selling textile remnants, in Providence, Rhode Island. Having previously sold toys under the Hasbro trade name, the company shortened its name to Hasbro Industries in 1968.


Established in 2000, the company initially focused on producing 1:6 scale U.S. military special forces action figures before transitioning to production of high-end figures based on media properties.


Ideal Toy Company was founded as Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in New York in 1907 byMorris and Rose Michtom after they had invented the Teddy bear in 1903. Now, brace yourselves:
The company changed its name from “Ideal Novelty and Toy Company” to Ideal Toy Company in 1938. In 1982, the company was sold to CBS Toy Company, which in turn sold Ideal to Viewmaster International in 1987, which renamed itself View-Master Ideal in the process. View-Master Ideal was later bought by Tyco Toys, Inc. The Ideal line remained part of Tyco until Tyco’s merger with Mattel, in 1997. The UK assets were sold to Hasbro which has released Mouse Trap and KerPlunk under its MB Games brand. Whew!


Jakks Pacific is named after its founder, Jack Friedman, who also presided over the company until his death in May 2010. Headquarters Malibu, California.


Kenner Products founded in 1947 by brothers, Albert, Phillip, and Joseph L. Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was named after the street where the original corporate offices were located, which is just north of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal.


Knickerbocker Toy Company was founded by a family of Dutch immigrants named Van Whye in 1869. The company name was derived from the nickname “Knickerbocker” given to the Dutch settlers who populated New York State. The company was originally known for their lithographed paper on wooden puzzles and educational toys.


The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (born 7 April 1891), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934, his company came to be called “Lego”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”.


The original Lionel Corporation was founded in 1900 by Joshua Lionel Cowen and Harry C. Grant in New York City. Initially, the company specialized in electrical novelties, such as fans and lighting devices.


LJN Toys Ltd. was founded in 1970 by Jack Friedman, who later founded other toy companies, notably THQ and Jakks Pacific. The name LJN came from the initials of Lewis J. Norman, the reverse of Norman J. Lewis, whose toy company had employed Friedman as a sales representative in the 1960s.


Founded in 1919 in New York City by Louis Marx and his brother David, the company’s basic aim was to “give the customer more toy for less money,” and stressed that “quality is not negotiable” – two values that made the company highly successful.


Mattel is derived from Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler, who founded the company in 1945.


McFarlane Toys was founded in 1994 by Todd McFarlane Founded. The company was originally dubbed “Todd Toys,” but the name was changed in 1995 following pressure from Mattel (who feared the new company’s name would be confused with that of Barbie’s younger brother).


The Mego (pronounced Mee-Go) Corporation was founded in the early 1950s by David Abrams. David’s son, Martin, became president of the company in 1971. Martin’s younger brother, Howard, is credited with coining the name Mego by saying “me go, too” as a child every time his father traveled.


Mezco Toyz was established in 2000 by Michael Markowitz (Mez) from the ashes of the short-lived toy production company: Aztech Toyz.


In 1860, Milton Bradley moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, and set up the state’s first color lithography shop. Struggling to find a new way to use his lithography machine, Bradley conceived the idea of making a purely American game. He created The Checkered Game of Life, which had players move along a track from Infancy to Happy Old Age, in which the point was to avoid Ruin and reach Happy Old Age.


The National Entertainment Collectibles Association or NECA was founded in 1996. In 2002, NECA’s Reel Toys was formed as a division to produce action figures and dolls.


Established in 1994, Palisades Toys, was a manufacturing and distributing toy & collectibles company geared toward the adult collector market.


Parker Brothers was founded by George S. Parker and Frederick Huntington “Fred” Parker. Parker created his first game, called Banking, in 1883 at the age of 16.


Playmates Toys is a Costa Mesa, California toy manufacturer and a subsidiary ofHong Kong-based Playmates Holdings Ltd which was founded in 1966.


The Playskool Institute was established by Lucille King in 1901 as a division of the John Schroeder Lumber Company. King developed wooden toys to use as teaching aids for children in the classroom. In 1943, Playskool bought the J.L. Wright Company, the manufacturer of Lincoln Logs. In 1968, Playskool became a subsidiary of Milton Bradley; both companies were acquired by Hasbro in 1984.


Remco was founded in the 1940’s by two cousins: Ike Heller and Saul Robbins. Armand Daddis soon joined the two taking the company from simple ‘walkie-talkies’ to remote controlled toys. The name Remco comes from the two words “Remote Control”.


Sideshow Collectibles started out in 1994 creating prototypes for companies such as Mattel, Galoob and Wild Planet. In 1999, Sideshow began marketing its own line of collectible and specialty products under the Sideshow brand. The company then began creating items in the sixth scale format that sold through specialty markets, at which time Sideshow switched their name from “toys” to “collectibles”.


Since the year 2000, SOTA Toys, or State Of The Art Toys, have created and manufactured numerous licensed products based on the characters from popular movies, TV shows, hit video games, and literary works, as well as legendary musicians and pop stars.


Spin Master Ltd. partnered with Cartoon Network Enterprises in 2008 to create “multi-category consumer products programs for Spin Master’s portfolio of brands.”


The name Spy Monkey Creations is an amalgam of the online monickers of company founders Jeremy Sung (SpyMagician) and Bill Murphy (Fresh Monkey).


In 1946, Mound Metalcraft was to manufacture garden implements. Their building’s former occupant, the Streater Company, had made and patented several toys. Streater was not interested in the toy business so he approached Mound Metalcraft. Mound Metalcraft thought they might make a good side line to their other products. After the addition of a new logo with the Dakota Sioux word “Tanka” or Tonka, which means “Great” or “Big”, the company began selling metal toys.


ToyBiz originated in Montreal, Quebec as Charan Industries’s (founded in the late 1800’s) American brand. In the late 1980s, Charan Industries sold their toy subsidiary. Becoming an American-owned company, Charan Toys was renamed Toy Biz in ’88.


Mantua Metal Products was a metalworks business founded in 1926. In the 1930s Mantua began to manufacture HO scale model trainsof die-cast metal. In the 1950s, Mantua pioneered “ready-to-run” HO-scale model railroad kits under the TYCO (for Tyler Company) brand.


Founded in 1948, WHAM-O’s first product was the Wham-O slingshot. The name “Wham-O” was based on the sound of the slingshot’s shot hitting the target.

No doubt, some of the information I’ve present here is inaccurate or incomplete. I did my best. If you are “in the know,” please school me in the comments below!

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Geek Shall Inherit Episode 043 – Daniel’s Dark Secret Tue, 16 Oct 2012 05:24:18 +0000 Welcome to any new listeners that came to us through our interviews last episode! We hope you liked what you heard and will stick around (and subscribe). We’re glad to have you!

Well, it was bound to happen. For almost a full year, 42 episodes Daniel has been able to keep his dark secret from Jason. He knew he couldn’t keep it from him forever and he was right. The ugly truth comes out… and it doesn’t go well…

Things do eventually calm down and we are able to carry on and rationally discuss other things like new toys they have found in stores and what Jason will be at Halloween this year.

All that, PLUS-

  • Hasbro eyes Monopoly, Hungry Hippos movies.
  • David Tennant gets a World’s Record for Doctor Who.
  • Star Wars Angry Birds – that’s a thing now.
  • Last year Jason wrote a blog talking about how he had be searching for a bendy figure he saw as a child, 20+ years ago, while visiting the England with his family. Last week an AFi reader gave him a tip and now another”White Whale” – the bendy Captain Kremmen is in his collection.
  • A slew of new 007 toys are hitting in honor of the 50th Anniversary: remote control cars in 3 different scales with lights and sound from Toy State Industrial, Corgi is of course doing an Aston Martin in SKYFALL packaging, and Suntory in Japan is doing a set of 15 vehicles from the films in 2 different scales. Jason brought in one of the RC Bond cars for us to play with while we recorded this episode.
  • Also, Procter and Gamble is doing ‘007’ cologne.
  • Adele’s SKYFALL song
  • James Bond’s swimsuit sold for more than you’d thing a used bathing suit might go for last week at auction.
  • Jason got maybe the most awesome pen ever from his friend Eric. Here’s the pen. And here’s what it does!
  • JOHN CARTER- From the ‘lost’ file, someone is actually coming out with Halloween costume accessories: JC’s sword, a Thark sword and the Thern medallion. All between 6-9 bucks each.
  • Disney just released their Vinylmation set of 4 characters from ‘JC’.
  • Jason’s documentary pick up the week – TALIHINA NIGHTS-THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON – Amazing doc about the band.
  • THE BEATLES- Magical Mystery Tour hits BluRay this week.
  • And, because NO ONE demanded it…but we do talk about it this episode.. here is the “lost” Buckner and Garcia song “E.T. I Love You.”

You can listen here or on iTunes! (and don’t forget to subscribe!)

"Mexico: A Toy-velogue" or "An American Geek in Mexico" Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:01:47 +0000 My girlfriend and I recently took a week long trip to Mexico, the Motherland. I call it the Motherland because both my parents are Mexican, and while I was born and raised in the USA, I was brought up with a rich Mexican heritage and speak fluent Spanish. So naturally I’ve been to Mexico several times before, but never Mexico City or its surrounding areas. My family is from the north of Mexico and that’s pretty much all I knew of the place.


On this trip I expected fun, relaxation and adventure (the fun version that American tourists have when "discovering" a nice restaurant as described in a guide book). What I didn’t expect was to be hounded by toys and geek culture. My first encounter being at a KFC near our hotel in Puebla. They were offering Justice League toys with the kids meals, called Chicky Packs. Pictured below are the images from the offending KFC. Not pictured is the fact that KFC’s in Mexico also sell chicken butts, and no I didn’t have any, they’re too spicy.






While in Puebla, we visited the nearby town Cholula (yes, like the hot sauce, but you should know most hot sauces have corresponding towns in Mexico, so it’s no big deal). There we experienced a beautiful church and ancient ruins, but as is the case with most travels, no matter how amazing the site you always get distracted by funny signs.

While in Puebla we spent a day visiting markets and found some interesting things. Like this piñata that chokes the candy out of you with its mind:

The less said about these chicks the better, but yes they’re real and they’re spectacular:

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t show you some cheap toys sold in the markets, many collectors are familiar with Mexican knockoffs. Growing up, I visited my Grandmother in Mexico quite often and had my share. Most memorable was a knockoff Batman: The Animated Series figure made out of a rubbery, translucent plastic that was quite on-model. He could’ve been a stealth Batman. I was quite surprised with some of the random loose figures that are thrown in with the fake ones.

Later on we entered a real super market and I found some Marve Universe figures that were very conservatively priced at about $14 a pop. A real steal:

Our travels then took us to the scenic town of Tlaxcala. There we saw Mexico’s oldest bull fighting ring and some nice churches. BUT we also saw a carnival with some interesting attractions. Including this shooting gallery that as a reward for shooting the right button, your prize is having Freddy Krueger or Dracula pee on you:

Aqua Hamster Ball Carnival ride:

We also saw a booth at the carnival selling toys of course, but these quasi-artsy vinyl Homer Simpsons were pretty unique amongst their offerings:

I was confused by this though:

When we ventured back to Mexico City we took a day trip to Xochimilco, a wonderful excursion spot which I suggest you look up, where we found these being sold on the street:

I was quite surprised by the random Green Lantern, I don’t even know what line that figure is taken from. I also saw a lot of Ben 10 knockoff toys, he must be pretty big in Mexico, as he outnumbered Spiderman and Batman as far as I could tell, dwarfed only by Proffessional Wrestling and Toy Story figures.

On our final day we took in some local culture, starting with a couple of museums. This piece was from the Museum of the Templo Mayor in Mexico City, an ancient Bat-God, that could very well be a proto-Batman:

Masks seem to be a staple in terms of street goods in Mexico, these were from a market outside of Tlaxcala:

And these we found in Chapultepec on our way to the Anthropology Museum:

While we were at the Anthropology Museum we found some interesting ancient art, which led me to wonder, were ancient Mexicans early collectors? Look at this collection:

I mean the statues they coveted weren’t that big? What was the compulsion? Maybe they were just ancient geeks, that explains my collection, it’s in my blood! Although my girlfriend might take that argument to task. Ancient toy collectors? You be the judge:

Of course no culture tour of Mexico would be complete without taking in a Lucha Libre match, I snapped this prescient pic in my hotel room as I was flipping the channels, hours before the main event:

Cameras weren’t permitted at the fight but I snuck mine in anyway, you’re better off not knowing how. I was able to get a few pics:

So that was my trip, it was fun and filled with lots of historic sites, but not without its geeky merits. And of course, I couldn’t come home empty handed:

Thanks for reading! CZ

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Corgi International Limited announces a license agreement with EON Productions for James Bond. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 17:17:06 +0000 HONG KONGCorgi International Limited (Nasdaq GM:CRGI) today announced that it has entered into a Master Toy & Collectible Replica agreement with EON Productions. The agreement for the James Bond classic movie archive runs through 2010 and includes the forthcoming James Bond Movie due for release in 2008 and subsequent movies released during the course of the term.
This worldwide agreement will allow Corgi International to release both mass market product ranges as well as core collectibles on innovative product lines that include, Action Figures, Vehicles, Electronic Roleplay, Die Cast, High Specification Remote Control released under the Popco brand and High end Replicas released under the world renowned Master Replicas branding, amongst other items in varying scales and formats.
Corgi International CEO Michael Cookson commented, "Corgi has had a long association with the James Bond license, and as a licensee for over 40 years on Die Cast, we truly believe that we have reached an agreement where we can use our expertise in both the mass and collectibles markets to release products to a fan base that is both core and aspirational, something that most people believe James Bond to be. Our product range will commence before the movie release in 2008 with classic movie product and replicas and continue with some strong and innovative mass market lines, and we are proud to continue our association with such a franchise.
Keith Snelgrove, SVP Global Business Strategy for EON Productions, also commented " We pride ourselves in the long-standing business relationships we have with many of our James Bond franchise partners. Corgi has been with us since the beginning, and we are excited to see the new range of both toys and prop replicas that Corgi International will bring to market in conjunction with our next film and beyond. "



EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC, is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced twenty one James Bond films since 1962, including CASINO ROYALE. The James Bond films, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day. EON Productions and Danjaq, LLC, are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.


About Corgi International

Corgi International develops and markets innovative, high-quality licensed and unlicensed pop culture collectibles, gifts and toys ranging from high-end movie and television prop replicas to lower price-point gifts and toys.  The company holds licenses for pop culture collectibles, gifts and toys for many of the highest grossing film franchises of all time including Batman, Disney Classics, Harry Potter, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, Spiderman 3, and Star Wars. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Walnut Creek, CA, Chicago, IL, and the United Kingdom.


DC Direct Interview about the Mattel Deal Mon, 02 Jul 2007 22:10:57 +0000 When word of the Master DC Comic toy license going to Mattel was finally announced I shot some questions over to the gang at DC Direct to find out how this new deal will affect them.   It looks as if this deal was worked out differently that when Hasbro had the master toy license or even the Marvel license going to Hasbro, whereby DC Direct can continue to function in the Direct market while Mattel while handle the mass market. 

 Answering our questions are:

Cheryl Rubin — SVP Brand Management for DC Comics
Georg Brewer — VP Design and DC Direct Creative

AFI: So what does this announcement mean to DC Direct?

CHERYL RUBIN: DC Direct will continue business as usual. Our action figures will continue to be sold in comic book, pop culture and entertainment retailers and as always, will feature a wide variety of characters and artistic styles for fans to collect.  We have a great line planned for the rest of 2007 and 2008 including action figures, statues and props plus the introduction of some new collectible figural lines.

AFI: Is this new deal anything like your old agreement with Hasbro where you can still make more obscure characters?

CR: This is a very different agreement. DC Direct will continue to release product based on our ENTIRE library of great comic book stories and characters both past, present and future.

GEORG BREWER: The DC Direct line will still have all of the pivotal characters from the stories and titles on which they are based, and will continue to include Superman, Batman and the rest.

AFI: Will this deal function like the Hasbro/Marvel deal where Marvel in the licenesor and gets product approval or will that duty go to WB Consumer products?

CR: For all DC Comics products, DC is the licensor and Warner Bros. Consumer Products is our licensing agent. As licensor, we work closely with both our licensing partners and WB Consumer Products on product approvals.

AFI:  When does the new deal take effect?

CR: You’ll be seeing new product from Mattel as a result of this deal in 2008.

AFI:  Is it just the 6" figures that are off the table?    

CR: DC Direct will continue to release 6” figures of our entire library of characters for you, our core collectors. The primary distinction will be our artistic interpretations and execution of the characters as well as where they are sold. DC Direct action figures based on the DC Universe of characters will continue to be sold only in comic book, pop culture and entertainment retailers.

GB:  As a core collector line, all of the authenticity, high end sculpting, details and paint applications DC Direct is known for will remain.  We will still provide for those collectors who have invested in building a universe of our figures top quality additions for years to come.

AFI:  Can you still do Artist specific figures?

GB: Absolutely, "authentic figures. direct from the source" is not just sales copy, but our mission statement. Given the wealth of classic and contemporary stories and artists from which to choose, we have very exciting plans coming down the road.

AFI:  What does this deal do to things like the 13" line?  The DC Minimates?

GB: Both lines will be continuing and many new upcoming figures are already in the pipeline.

AFI: Will DCD still do statues and props?

CR: Mattel is not licensed for statues and props. DC Direct will continue to release a wide variety of high quality collectibles including statues and props based on the entire DC Comics library as well as film and tv projects.

GB: We recently re-introduced our prop program under the JLA Trophy Room brand, and have many cool, surprises coming that will extend that line into the future. 

So there you have it.  It looks like it will be business as usual over at DC Direct and we will just have more options of DC fans. Thanks to DC Comics for the answers.

Corgi International Limited announces a license agreement with Apple Corps and Suba Films. Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:59:55 +0000 HONG KONGCorgi International Limited (Nasdaq GM:CRGI) today announced that it had entered into a Licensing agreement on a multi year deal for a range of Beatles and Yellow Submarine Die Cast Collectables. Through to 2010

 This worldwide agreement will allow Corgi International to do territory specific programs utilizing iconic Beatles imagery on a range of die cast collectibles at different scales.

 Corgi International CEO Michael Cookson commented, "Corgi as a company has had a long association with the Beatles having produced the original Yellow Submarine die cast in the 1960’s and it was a priority for the company to re-initiate a program with Apple Corps/Suba Films for an innovative range of product, that people will once again enjoy purchasing. With the 40th Anniversary of Sgt Peppers, it was a perfect time for the deal to have been agreed, and we are truly excited to be partners again.’’

About Corgi International

Corgi International develops and markets innovative, high-quality licensed and other pop culture collectibles, gifts and toys ranging from high-end movie and television prop replicas to lower price-point gifts and toys.  The company holds licenses for pop culture collectibles, gifts and toys for many of the highest grossing film franchises of all time including Batman, Disney Classics, Harry Potter, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, Spiderman 3, and Star Wars. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Walnut Creek, CA, Chicago, IL, and the United Kingdom.

About Apple Corps : Apple Corps Limited is registered in England and Wales, Registered Number 00764797. Registered Office: 27 Ovington Square, London, SW3 1LJ.