Matchbox celebrates 70th anniversary with limited edition model

Matchbox die-cast model brand turns 70 this year and has big plans mark its anniversary.

To commemorate the seventh anniversary of the original Matchbox toy, a wide range of limited-edition models will be sold.

All vehicles selected pay homage to Matchbox’s heritage. The die-cast vehicles selected range from classic cars from the 1950s all the way to the latest electric SUVs.

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Matchbox 70th Anniversary

New Matchbox models feature platinum detailing to commemorate this platinum anniversary. Seven different assortments will commemorate each decade of the company’s existence, featuring many fan-favorite models.

Some vehicles are from the premium Matchbox Collectors line, such as the Jaguar D-Type and Porsche 911. They feature rich exterior detail, as well as real rubber tires.

Other highlights include a special edition Routemaster bus, as well as a Porsche 930 Turbo and an electric Mazda MX-30 – both with doors that open.

Individual 70th anniversary commemorative model series will be released annualand will host an even bigger celebration in July 2023.

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Matchbox 70th Anniversary

The Matchbox story begins in 1952 with the creation of British engineer Jack Odell. As a mechanic during World War II, Odell built miniature versions of Lesney’s die-cast rollers. This allows his daughter to bring toys to school, which only allows toys small enough to fit in a matchbox.

It was in response to Odell’s die-cast creations that the Lesney company created more miniature die-cast cars. Matchbox’s small size and affordable prices have made it a popular brand in the UK.

Matchbox was eventually acquired in 1997 by Mattel, owner of the rival Hot Wheels brand.

Most recently, Matchbox launched a project to ensure all of its toys and packaging are made from 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials by 2030.

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john redfern

The American editor who loves all things American. Woodgrain-clad station wagons and ridiculous muscle cars are a specialty.

Matchbox to celebrate 70th anniversary with limited edition models

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