Matchbox is another well-known brand amongst the popular die-cast toy names. Introduced to the UK in 1953 with their first 1-75 miniature range which included a dump truck and a cement mixer completed the original three-model release that marked the starting point of the mass-market success for the Matchbox series.
At first mainly British models were added, and continued to be added to the range, including cars such as an MG Midget TD, a Vauxhall Cresta, a Ford Zodiac, to name a few. With the growth of the line Matchbox introduced more international manufacturers including models of Volkswagen, a Citroen, and American makes.
To keep up with competitors ‘Hot Wheels’ in 1969 Matchbox introduced Matchbox Superfast, the Superfast models had different wheels to the regular models. Over the years the popularity of Matchbox grew and in order to reap benefits from this period Matchbox introduced multiple new lines, including the Sky Busters range of aircraft (incl. current and historic private, commercial, and military planes), Battle Kings military models, Sea Kings naval models, Adventure 2000 science fiction models, and the Two Packs series, which revisited the traditional Matchbox idea of a model and an associated trailer.
Matchbox became the most widely collected of all the die-cast toy lines. They remain incredibly popular and in demand today in the world of toy collecting. The collecting of Matchbox is primarily driven by three main factors, like all other collectable toys, rarity, condition, and the popularity of the model.
The packaging is not only an additional factor but can change the value of the item dramatically if still intact and in mint condition. If you have a collection of Matchbox toys or just one item you wish to get valued then do not hesitate to contact us.