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Miniatures Box Type – F

Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F

Box type ‘F’ is the last of the ‘Regular Wheel’ boxes before the shift to ‘Superfast’ and was only used for two years 1969 & 1970.

All models in the range can be found in this style box with the exception of the following models :

20c : Chevrolet Taxi
30c : Faun Crane
35b : Snow Trac
69b : Hatra Tractor Shovel

The difference in the variations is on the placement of the word ‘Series’. It is worth noting that there are known to be many very minor variations of the ‘F’ style box that are not listed here.

In 1970 some of the ”Transitional” models were released in F2 style boxes that had the inclusion of the new ”Superfast” logo added to them

F1 F2 F3
Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F1 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F2 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F3
”Series” position : Inside blue number box ”Series” position : Underneath the final two letters of ”Matchbox” ”Series” position : Underneath blue number box
F4
Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F4    
”Series” position : Underneath the final two letters of ”Matchbox”

”Superfast’ logo added

   

*Information with permission from the  vintagebritishdiecast.co.uk website that was run by Nick Jones.

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Miniatures Box Type – E

Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E

Box type ‘E’ can be found in use from 1964 onwards and with the similar model image as the type ‘D’ boxes.  The major difference for this new type design was the position of the word ”Matchbox” it was now above the word ”Series” and not next to it as it was in the past.

The side tabs again were the point of difference between the variations on this box type.

E1 E2 E3
Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E1 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E2 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E3
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name & Number
Side Panels: Blue & Black
® Mark: No
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name, Number & Drawing
Side Panels: Blue & Black
® Mark: No
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name, Number & Image
Side Panels: Blue & Black
® Mark: No
E4 E5 E6
Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E4 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E5 Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E6
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name & Number
Side Panels: Model Name, Number, Image & ”Matchbox”
® Mark: No
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name & Number
Side Panels: Model Name, Number & Image
® Mark: Yes
Released: 1964
End Flap: Model Name & Number
Side Panels: Model Name, Number, Image & ”Matchbox”
® Mark: Yes

*Information & images with permission from the  vintagebritishdiecast.co.uk website that was run by Nick Jones.

 

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Miniatures Box Type – D

Matchbox Box Type - D

For 5 years starting in 1962 each model in the range could be found in box type ‘D’.  There are 2 main variations of this type with some subtle sub variations.

Each box now had an image of the model instead of the line drawing of previous issues

D1
Matchbox Box Type - D1
Available From: 1962
End Flap Text: With Serifs
Box Sides: 1 x Blue & 1 x Black
D2-A D2-B D2-C
Matchbox Box Type - D2-A Matchbox Box Type - D2-B
Available From: 1963
End Flap Text: Without Serifs
Box Sides: 1 x Blue & 1 x Black
Available From: 1965
End Flap Text: Without Serifs
Box Sides: 2 x Blue
Available From: 1966
End Flap Text: Without Serifs
Box Sides: 2 x Light Blue

*Information & images with permission from the  vintagebritishdiecast.co.uk website that was run by Nick Jones.

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Miniatures Box Type – C

Matchbox Box Type - C

In use from 1961, box type C still has the line drawing as seen on its predecessors but now that Lesney has bought out Moko, that brand name has been dropped from the box design.

The end flap was again plain blue with the model number in black text inside a white circle and the model name printed in white text.

Each model can be found in a ‘C’ type box with the following exceptions :

41b : Jaguar
47a : Trojan Van
59a : Singer Van
66a : Citroen
70a : Thames Estate
71a : Army Water Truck
73a : RAF Refueller

Matchbox Box Type - C

*Information & images with permission from the  vintagebritishdiecast.co.uk website that was run by Nick Jones.

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Miniatures Box Type – B

Matchbox Box Type - B

In use for 6 years from 1955 through to 1960 and having 5 different variations, this box type was used for all models.

The box still had a line drawing of the model contained within but this time the ”Moko” name was in the same bold font as the ”Lesney” name. The difference was in the end flap design; more specifically the text.

B1 B2 B3
Matchbox Box Type - B1 Matchbox Box Type - B2 Matchbox Box Type - B3
End Flap: Plain Blue End Flap: Black model number End Flap: Black model number in White circle
B4 B5
Matchbox Box Type - B4 Matchbox Box Type - B5
End Flap: Black model number in White circle with Black model name on White panel End Flap: Black model number in White circle with White model name

*Information & images with permission from the  vintagebritishdiecast.co.uk website that was run by Nick Jones.

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Miniatures Box Type – A

Matchbox Box Type - A

Produced from 1953 to 1954 this box contains a drawing of the contents on the front and is labelled ‘A Moko Lesney product’

More commonly known as the ”script box” this style was only used for the first 7 models (1 through 7a), the end flap was plain blue in colour with no other markings present.

It takes it name from the fact the the ”Moko” company name was printed in a script font as opposed to the Lesney company name which was plain text.

 

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Minature Box Types

Boxes and box design form a large part of some peoples collection. The boxes like the vehicles themselves have undergone massive changes through the years.
The first boxes from 1953 were a simple drawing of the model contained in the box, by 1962 the drawing at been replaced by a more colourful and complex drawing of the model. The 1970’s saw the introduction of the ‘Superfast’ branding and a lot more colour.
1983 with the takeover by Universal saw the cost cutting measures take place and for the first time a generic box was used instead of the more traditional individual boxes. Because the boxes were now generic, they had a clear perspex window placed in the box to allow the customer to see the contents. These generics boxes also underwent changes through the years in colour and design until their eventual demise and replacement in 2004 with blister packaging now used as the standard.

Although the miniatures have traditionally always been sold in boxes, in more recent years the boxes were dropped in favour of the blister pack but there has now been a nostalgic return to issuing boxes although mostly still contained in a plastic blister.

Below is a list of the various packaging box types released over the years.

Matchbox Box Type - A Matchbox Box Type - B Matchbox Box Type - C
A  B C
Matchbox Box Type - D Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – E Matchbox Miniatures Box Type – F
D E F
Matchbox Box Type G Matchbox Box Type H Matchbox Box Type I
 G H I
Matchbox Box Type J1 Matchbox Box Type K Matchbox Box Type L
J K L
Matchbox Box Type M Matchbox Box Type N Matchbox Box Type O
M N O
Matchbox Box Type P Matchbox Box Type Q
P Q

 

Matchbox Box Type J2 Matchbox Box Type J3
J2 J3
Matchbox Box Type K Matchbox Box Type L Matchbox Box Type M1
K L M1
Matchbox Box Type M2 Matchbox Box Type O1 Matchbox Box Type Q1
M2 O1 Q1
Matchbox 2002 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2003 Basic Range Long Card
2002 2003
Matchbox 2004 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2005 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2006 Basic Range Long Card
2004 2005 2006
Matchbox 2007 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2008 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2009 Basic Range Long Card
2007 2008 2009
Matchbox 2010 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2011 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2012 Basic Range Long Card
2010 2011 2012
Matchbox 2013 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2014 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2015 Basic Range Long Card
2013 2014 2015
Matchbox 2016 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2017 Basic Range Long Card Matchbox 2018 Basic Range Long Card
2016 2017 2018
Matchbox 2021 Basic Range Long Card (2021-01)
2019 2020 2021
Matchbox 2022 Basic Range Long Card
2022
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Marque

Search the models released over the years by their marque

Jump to:

A , B , C , D , E , F , G , H , I , J , K , L , M , N , O , P , Q , R , S , T , U , V , W , X , Y , Z

 

‘A’

Alfa Romeo Allchin Aston Martin
Alfa Romeo Allchin Aston Martin
Atlas Audi Austin
Atlas Audi Austin
Austin Healey Aveling-Barford
Austin-Healey Aveling-Barford

 

‘B’

Bentley BMW Boeing
Bentley BMW Boeing
British Hovercraft Corporation Bugatti Buick
British Hovercraft Corporation Bugatti Buick

 

‘C’

Cadillac Caterpillar Cessna
Cadillac Caterpillar Cessna
Chevrolet Citroen
Chevrolet Citroen

 

‘D’

Datsun Dennis
Datsun Dennis
Divco Dodge
Divco Dodge

 

‘E’

 

‘F’

Faun
Faun
Fiat Ford Freightliner
Fiat Ford Freightliner

 

‘G’

Gee Bee GHE-O GMC
Gee Bee GHE-O GMC

 

‘H’

Harley-Davidson Holden
Harley-Davidson Holden
Honda Hummer
Honda Hudson Hummer / Humvee

 

‘I’

Infiniti International
Infiniti International

 

‘J’

Jaguar Jeep
Jaguar Jeep

 

‘K’

Kurtis Sports Cars
Kurtis Sports Car

 

‘L’

Land Rover Lamborghini LEVC
Land Rover Lamborghini LEVC
Lockheed Martin Lotus
Lockheed Martin Lotus

 

‘M’

Mack MAN
Mack MAN
Maserati Matchbox logo Mazda
Maserati Matchbox Generic Models Mazda
McLaren Mercedes Benz MG
McLaren Mercedes-Benz MG
Mini Mitsubishi Muir Hill Engineering
Mini Mitsubishi Muir-Hill

 

‘N’

Nissan North American Aviation Northrop Grumman
Nissan North American Aviation Northrop Grumman

 

‘O’

Oldsmobile Oshkosh
Oldsmobile Oshkosh

 

‘P’

Pagani
Pagani
Pierce Plymouth Polaris
Pierce Plymouth Polaris
Pontiac Porsche Powell Manufacturing Company
Pontiac Porsche Powell Manufacturing Company

 

‘Q’

 

‘R’

RAM
RAM
Range Rover Renault Royal Crest
Range Rover Renault Royal Vehicles

 

‘S’

Scammell Scania Seagrave
Scammell Scania Seagrave
Sentinel
Sentinel Sierra Nevada Corp.
Studebaker Subaru
Studebaker Subaru

 

‘T’

Tesla Toyota
Tesla Toyota

 

‘U’

 

‘V’

Volkswagen Volvo
Volkswagen Volvo

 

‘W’

Willys
Willys

 

‘X’

 

‘Y’

 

‘Z’

 

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Matchbox Generic Models

Over the years many original designs or generic models have been released by Matchbox this is to help reduce costs and thus improve the profits of the range.  Many designs lend themselves really well to this concept like road rollers or graders as most children will not know (or care) about branding and licensed models.  Here is a list of all those models :

Matchbox MB919 : Acre Maker
Acre Maker
Matchbox Skybusters SB-86 : Airblade Matchbox Skybusters SB-55 : Airliner Matchbox Skybusters SB-62 : Airliner
Airblade Airliner (SB-55) Airliner (SB-62)
Matchbox MB679 : Ambulance Matchbox MB1114 : Armoured Action Truck Matchbox MB510 : Armored Response Vehicle
Ambulance Armoured Action Truck Armored Response Vehicle (MB510)
Matchbox MB606 : Armored Response Vehicle Matchbox MB1191 : MBX Armored Truck Matchbox MB831 : ATV 6x6
Armored Response Vehicle (MB606) Armored Truck ATV 6×6
Matchbox MB732 : Badlander Matchbox MB731 : Baja Bandit
Badlander Baja Bandit
Matchbox MB968 : Bay Brigade Matchbox Skybusters SB-85 : Biplane Matchbox MB842 : Blizzard Buster
Bay Brigade Biplane Blizzard Buster (MB842)
Matchbox MB934 : Blizzard Buster Matchbox MB907 : Blockade Buster
Blizzard Buster (MB934) Blockade Buster
Matchbox MB493 : Bulldozer Matchbox Skybusters SB-156 : Bubble Copter Matchbox MB1084 : Camo Convoy
Bulldozer Bubble Copter Camo Convoy
Matchbox MB1259 : Cement Trailer Matchbox Working Rigs RW040 : Cement Truck
CatCar Cement Trailer Cement Truck
Matchbox MB1250 : Chow Mobile II
Chow Mobile II
Matchbox MB662 : City Bus Matchbox MB992 : City Bus Matchbox MB795 : Cliff Hanger
City Bus (MB662) City Bus (MB992) Cliff Hanger
Matchbox Real Working Rigs RW010 : MBX Crane Truck Matchbox Skybusters SB-154 : MBX Crop Duster Matchbox MB834 : Crop Master
Crane Truck Crop Duster Crop Master
Matchbox Working Rig RW027 : Crop Sprayer Matchbox MB1113 : Deep Diver Submarine Matchbox MB891 : Deep Dive
Crop Sprayer Deep Dive Submarine Deep Diver
Matchbox MB993 : Delivery Service Truck Matchbox MB712-A : Desert Thunder V16 Matchbox MB928 : Desert Thunder V16
Delivery Service Truck Desert Thunder V16 (MB712-A) Desert Thunder V16 (MB928)
Matchbox 01A – Diesel Road Roller Matchbox MB916 : Dirt Smasher Matchbox MB1010 : Dirtstroyer
Diesel Road Roller Dirt Smasher Dirtstroyer
Matchbox MB918 : Drill Digger Matchbox MB710-A : Dump Truck
Drill Digger Dump Truck (MB710-A)
Matchbox Skybusters SB-152 : Enemy Strike Jet Matchbox Working Rigs RW028 : MBX Excavator
Enemy Strike Jet Excavator
Matchbox MB813 : Express Delivery Truck Matchbox MB1243 : MBX Field Car Matchbox MB902 : Field Tripper
Express Delivery Truck Field Car II Field Tripper
Matchbox MB519 : Fire Hovercraft Matchbox MB698 : Flame Tamer
Fire Dasher Fire Hovercraft Flame Tamer (MB698)
Matchbox MB949 : Flame Tamer Matchbox Color Changer MB1065 : Flame Tamer Matchbox MB564 : Foam Fire Truck
Flame Tamer (MB949) Flame Tamer (MB1065) Foam Fire Truck
Matchbox MB889 : Food Truck Matchbox MB999 : Food Truck Matchbox MB847 : Frost Fighter
Food Truck (MB889) Food Truck (MB999) Frost Fighter
Matchbox MB904 : Garbage Gulper Matchbox MB1217 : MBX Garbage Scout Matchbox MB742 : Garbage Truck
Garbage Gulper Garbage Scout Garbage Truck
Matchbox MB1042 : Glass King Matchbox MB640 : Go Rolla
Glass King Go-Rolla
Matchbox MB707 : Ground Breaker Matchbox MB948 : Ground Breaker Matchbox MB886 : Ground Grinder
Ground Breaker (MB707) Ground Breaker (MB948) Ground Grinder
Matchbox MB1048 : Hail Cat Matchbox MB796 : Hazard Squad
Hail Cat Hazard Squad (MB796)
Matchbox MB996 : Hazard Squad Matchbox MB1099 : Hazard Squad Matchbox MB778 : Heritage Ice Cream Truck
Hazard Squad (MB996) Hazard Squad (MB1099) Heritage Ice Cream Truck
Matchbox Skybusters SB-70 : Hypersonic Jet
Hypersonic Jet
Matchbox MB783 : Jungle Crawler Matchbox MB941 : Jungle Crawler
Jungle Crawler (MB783) Jungle Crawler (MB941) Jungle Crawler (MB1061)
Matchbox MB856 : Load Lifter Matchbox MB748 : MBX 4x4 Matchbox MB1176 : MBX Backhoe
Load Lifter MBX 4×4 MBX Backhoe
Matchbox MB1215 : MBX Cycle Trailer Matchbox MB1074 : MBX Flatbed King
MBX Cycle Trailer MBX Flatbed King
Matchbox MB1150 : MBX Rig I Cabover Matchbox MB695 : MBX Tanker
MBX Rig I Cabover MBX Tanker