1996 saw the series name officially change to Premiere Collection – World Class and the series numbers were started again only this time using Western Arabic (English Language) numbers instead of the roman numeral that had previously been used to indicate the series numbers.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Matchbox a special ”Birthday” collection of 50 vehicles was released, each car came with a small plastic license plate to represent each of the 50 states of America. There were an additional 4 vehicles exclusive (Mail in) models for 4 countries and another 4 models released world wide.
2018 marked the 65th Anniversary of the Matchbox brand and the packaging this year included a special logo to celebrate this fact.
There are 5 distinct segments that all vehicles were categorised in to for 2018, and they are: MBX Road Trip (Green road) MBX Construction (Yellow band) MBX Rescue (Red brand) MBX Off Road (Brown band) MBX Service (Blue brand) There were 3 types of packaging used :