Matchbox Posts

How Do They Make Those Wonderful Toys?

Ever wonder how your favorite diecast vehicles are made? Well, here’s how Matchbox did it over 50 years ago.

These two short films come from the Pathé archives, a treasure trove of amazing old clips. See how many of these cars t you can recognize! (The Jaguar XKE is featured prominently.)  The idea that the prototype is built 5 times the final size and scaled down with a pantograph is mind-blowing!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

See the Future with these Matchbox Pre-Production Models

This is the Ambassador’s Report from the Matchbox Gathering, July 22nd, 2015. Lots of new models were announded for 2016, some of which you can see below.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka "Doka" is coming soon from Matchbox.

This Volkswagen 1990 Crew Cab Transports, aka “Doka” is coming soon from Matchbox.

By Larry Scaduto
INTRODUCTION

Good day to everyone! This report is the one you have been waiting for! We all get to see the new product for the rest of this year and into the following year. 2015 has been a year of change! There’s a new Matchbox Team in place, although the faces may have changed, the desire to improve the brand has never been more of a priority than it is today. Dave Weise, Michael Heralda and the rest of the gang set the wheels in motion to put Matchbox back on track. Gerry Cody and his team will keep going what these fine gentlemen started. 2016 models are already selected and 2017 is now the focus with collectors in mind. The proof of this is in the desire of Matchbox to listen to our ideas. The results of the Collector’s Poll are in this report. These are the models voters decided they would like to see made and the candidates will be posted in the War Room for consideration. Well I’ve talked enough for now. Onto the Gathering Report.

Thank you for reading…..Larry

2015 Matchbox Gathering Report

2015 & 2016 are looking great by what I’ve seen and heard. Not only did the dinner presentation provide us with a lot of information, but the seminar before that hosted by the Matchbox Team was an informal meeting of the minds that revealed even more information! Let’s jump right in shall we???? Matchbox is now under a new umbrella (or group) that is called The Toy Box! What that means to us is that we are no longer associated with the blue brand and that will give us freedom to pursue just about any model we wish without approval from them. Now it’s up to Mattel to let MBX accomplish this without restrictions. Are you listening Mattel??? To start out in mid-August there will be an exclusive Jeep Collection available at Wal-Mart.

Wheel Types, Baseplate Materials, Glass Color and other Details

hobbyDB recently added some new fields to our listings for several categories, such as Model Cars, to allow users to specify Baseplate Material, Baseplate Color, Glass Color, Wheel Type, and Wheel Color.

To some people this might sound obsessive, but to folks who collect certain brands like Hot Wheels, Playart, and Matchbox, these differences matter a lot. For example, Hot Wheels often releases the first few variants of a car with a metal baseplate, but later versions will switch to plastic.

For brands that have many well documented Wheel Types, we are constructing lists for you to pick from. Hot Wheels has its own page of over 30 different types, and similar lists are in the works soon for Matchbox, Majorette, and Playart.

The categories that now include these options are

  • Model Buses
  • Model Cars
  • Model Racing Cars
  • Model Trucks
  • Model Trailers & Caravans

If you are unsure of what to put, you can leave any of these fields blank.

The Catalog of Catalogs

Remember opening that box of Lego blocks and finding the instructions and maybe another booklet… a catalog of other Lego sets that were available? It was hard to decide: Play with those bricks right now or tear through that book and see what set you wanted to get next!

catalogsToy catalogs are a hot accessory to go along with your favorite collectibles. Several vintage and international Lego catalogs have been added to hobbyDB lately, but they’re not the only ones. Hot Wheels, Hubley, Schuco, and Matchbox are just a few catalogs on the site.

And auction catalogs, such as Christie’s, are a fun to see some really high-end collectibles.

You can easily spend hours digging through our catalog of catalogs as well.