1992 – 1997 : Tyco Toys

2 October 1992 was the day Tyco Toys took ownership of Universal Toys, and thus now owned the Matchbox brand name amongst others.
On the advice of a trialled system by “Matchbox Collectibles” a division of the company in Australia, they changed the “Models of Yesteryear” range into a mail-order and subscription sales only, targeting adult collectors and loosing forever any remote idea that these are children’s toys. By doing this, they lost many of the collectors that they were targeting, by making the range more thorough and therefore more expensive for someone to collect all released models and its inherent variations
On the other hand they continued the tradition of producing the “1-75 Series” miniatures, both continuing existing cars and of course adding new ones and making them available in the normal way.

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