A statement from Paul Holland, managing director read as follows:
"Rebel Toys will cease to handle the Maisto range of products from December 31st 2011. It is therefore with regret that I have to announce the company will cease trading on December 22nd 2011.
"It is with great sadness that I will also be losing my great colleagues and friends Shirley Shaw, Derek Worman and Mike Craughan who have worked with me for many years helping create Rebel Toys. Their dedication and efforts, especially over the last two years, have been beyond what anyone could expect.
"I would like to thank all customers for their support over the last 19 years and hope all have continued success in the years to come."