Links & Photo References

My goal for this site is to present as comprehensive a listing as possible of Matchbox miniature models and variations. Photos of the models are, of course, a key part of such a listing.

Whenever possible I have used photos from my own collection. My collection is nowhere near as extensive as many collectors' however, and there are many rare or unusual variations that I don't yet have and, truly, may never see. As a result, and as is the common case with many of the extensive Matchbox web sites, I've relied on other sources for pictures of many of the models.

In all cases I attribute the photo to its source, whether my own collection (listed as MBX-u) or others. Under each photo is a reference field showing the source of the photo. A list of popular sites (with clickable urls when appropriate) and the most frequently used sources is shown below. There are some images that are of uncertain origin, which I list as 'OTHER'. And since the same photo is often used across multiple Matchbox sites, it's sometimes hard to tell where it's from originally. I've done my best to determine that, but certainly have some of them wrong. So, if you see any photos that you know are not referenced correctly, please drop me a note with the correct information and I will fix them.

I am still in the process of photographing my collection, and will replace photos from other sources with my own as that proceeds. I will do the same as I acquire new models.

This is a totally non-commercial site so the images are used for informational purposes only.

In the same spirit, my photos (those marked as source 'MBX-u') can be copied and saved, and I have no issue with them being used by other Matchbox collectors. I would ask only that you reference this site as the source.

Regarding my approach to my photos- my goal was to show the details of the model as clearly as possible. You'll find there are 2 views at the version level (from front/ left and back/right), and 2 views for each variation (side/top and base). I've tried to show the distinguishing characteristics among versions and variations (e.g. different info on the base of the model).

Reference NameReference TypeDetailsComments
2004 Mack SuperfastPublicationThe Big Book of Superfast Matchbox ToysMost up to date listings of all Superfast models from 1969-2004. In two volumes
2012 Mack Lesney Regular WheelPublicationLesney's Matchbox Toys: Regular Wheel YearsUpdated book with regular wheel list and prices.
70er MatchboxWeb Sitehttp://www.70er-matchbox.de/Home.htmSite dedicated to new models that came out in the 70's
Alans ToysWeb Sitehttp://www.vintagediecasttoys.com/Alan Wank's online store for Matchbox and other diecast models.
Andreas Mohr CollectionCollectionPhotos found on various web sites
Andreas Rehme's MB Picture DictionaryWeb Sitehttp://www.areh.de/Good photos of Superfast models with many variations. This site groups models that are basically the same (i.e. 1c and 1d Challengers).
Arief SatyawePostinghttp://kulitjerukbali.blogspot.deblog posting
Augsburger Spielzeug KisteWeb Sitehttps://augsburger-spielzeugkiste.comOn-line toy shop, many brands
Autoos InternationalWeb Sitehttp://www.matchbox.box.nl/jnmmenu.phpWeb store for Matchbox models and related items. Lots of hard-to-find items.
Bay Area MB Collectors Assoc.Web Sitehttp://www.bamca.org/Excellent site for the Bay Area Matchbox Club, including many of the Matchbox lines. This site does a great job at laying out the releases or 'lineup appearances' as well as info on the models themselves. Site is run by Dean Dierschow
Bob SteinbergeBay Sellerebay BOBBO13items being sold on ebay from his collection
Carcraze on ebayeBay Sellerebay seller: CARCRAZE7
Carr's CollectibleseBay SellereBay seller carrcollectablesukSite for Paul Carr
Cars And TrainsWeb Sitecarsandtrains.comCovers real and diecast vehicles
Christian Falkensteins MB SiteWeb Sitehttp://www.cfalkensteiner.comNEW WEBSITE URL! The source for much of the info on Matchbox models. Comprehensive listings of boxes, wheel types, and post-1970 models. Good selection of photos of overseas models (i.e. variations released in China, Blocker variation). Run by Christian Falkensteiner. His naming scheme for packages and wheels is a standard and used here.
Cobra Toys, AustraliaWeb Sitehttp://cobratoys.com.au/mbcat/Cobra Toys is an on-line toy seller. They also maintain photo databases of diecast variations, including Matchbox.
Dan's Matchbox Pictures PagesWeb Sitehttp://www.matchbox-dan.comAmong the best photos of Matchbox cars on the web
Diecast InvestorWeb Sitehttp://www.diecastinvestor.com/Source for many brands of diecast vehicles
diecasttpyexchangeeBay SellereBay seller: diecasttoyexchangeRon SLyder & Wayne Laughman on ebay
ebay storeeBay Sellerhttp://stores.ebay.com/fettlersworkshop/also ebay seller dr_bennett_1999; nice flat photos of pkgs on wood background
Frank's Matchbox Lesney PageWeb Sitehttp://www.fcarnahan.com/index.htmlFrank Carnahan's Matchbox site. Includes many links and references.
Gary's Cars SiteWeb Sitehttp://www.garyscars.co.uk/index.htmfeatures UK, Bulgarian releases. Good listings and photos of ROW releases/packages.
Hans DoeringCollectionCollection of Hans Doering
Hans Doering CollectionCollection
Harveys MatchboxWeb Sitehttp://www.harveys-matchbox.deHardy Ristau's Matchbox site (German). Also has ebay store under HArveys-Matchbox-USA
Illinois Matchbox Collectors ClubWeb Sitehttp://www.imccclub.comNewsletter and web site
jakesnowdogOTHERjakesnowdog@comcast.netPictures sent from Jake's collection
John & Bunne BaumWeb Sitehttp://www.bunne.com/Trucks/Index.htmlNice selection of various Matchbox trucks
Larry Scaduto ambassador reportssPostingArticles in monthly reports as Matchbox Ambassador
LesneyLegacyeBay Sellerebay seller: Lesneylegacy
Little Wheels MuseumWeb Sitehttp://little-wheels.co.uk
Marcel Bakker- Models in Perspex CasesWeb Sitehttp://www.moyshop.de/images/pdf/Mattel_Matchbox_Perspex_case_models.PDFList of special models in display cases, made by Marcel Bakker
MaseytoyseBay Sellerebay seller: maseytoys
Matchbox & Lesney Toy MuseumCollection62 Saw Mill Rd, Durham CONN, 06422Photos from Charlie Mack's collection/museum
Matchbox 1-75Web Sitehttp://www.matchbox1-75.com/Listing of main line miniature models. Also guides to packages and wheels and historical info.
Matchbox CatalogsPublicationVarious catalogs and publications from LEsney through Tyco years
Matchbox ClassicsWeb Sitehttp://www.matchboxclassics.co.ukMatchbox on-line store
Matchbox Collector's CommunityWeb Sitehttps://archive.is/www.mboxcommunity.comNote: the main site is down due to hacking. You can still look at archived information though, at the listed url.
Matchbox Convoy ProjectWeb Sitehttp://matchboxconvoys.com/Good listing and photos of Convoys
Matchbox Feature CarsWeb Sitehttp://pasionmatchbox.blogspot.com/2008/Spanish language site with listinngs and photos of Feature Cars
Matchbox ForumWeb Sitehttp://www.mbxforum.com/Comprehensive site for Matchbox toys. The Matchbox Forum is also an international Matchbox club with official models for members. Run by John Yanouzas & John Nijhuis.
Matchbox International CollectWeb Sitehttp://www.matchboxclub.com/Matchbox collectors club site with database, store and auctions. Produce a color annual publication as well. Membership required for some features.
Matchbox Picture Database, UKWeb Sitehttp://mb-db.co.uk/Good photo listing of Superfast models with MAN #s.
Matchbox University CollectionCollectionPhotos from Duane Falk's collection
Matchbox WikipediaWeb Sitehttp://matchbox.wikia.com/wiki/Matchbox_Cars_WikiA wiki-like site with info on miniatures models.
MatchboxmaniaWeb Sitehttp://www.matchboxmania.deForum for discussions on Matchbox; based out of Germany; membership required to post
MB USA NewsletterPublicationnoneMonthly newsletter put out by Charlie Mack for Matchbox USA Club.
MCCD clubCollectionhttp://www.matchboxclub.deSite for Matchbox Collectors Club Deutschland. Includes links to monthly club flyers as well as photos of code 2/3 models produced by the club.
Michael's Boxes PageWeb Sitehttp://www.staff.hs-mittweida.de/~mroehr/MBX/mbx.htmreference listing of Matchbox boxes and of Hitch 'N Haul releases.
Midwest Diecast MiniaturesWeb Sitehttp://www.mdcmonline.comOnline store run by Tom Sarlitto
Milan Kabrt: List of ModelsWeb Sitehttp://modely.kabrt.net/?page=introDetailed listing and photos of convoys
ModellAuto HungaryWeb Sitehttp://www.modellauto.huIndex to many model sites, including a page on Ikarus coaches
Moko Lesney MatchboxWeb Sitehttp://www.mokolesneymatchbox.comArticles about selected Matchbox topics, detailed listing on several models. Good source for info on 17-B models, code 1/2 and 3. Info about how to detect frauds and fakes.
Mom, Me & MatchboxCollectionModels from Steve & Eva Gal
MoyShop MatchboxWeb Sitehttp://www.moyshop.de/Web store for Matchbox models. Features many Model of Yesteryear releases. MCCD club and other special models also available here.
Nick and Debbies Lesney SiteWeb Sitehttp://www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk/Very comprehensive treatment of regular wheels models, including variations, histories, boxes and pricing guides.
Nigel Cooper's CollectionCollectionModels from Nigel Cooper's collection.
Official Mattel photos & informationWeb Sitehttp://www.matchbox.com
Online Toys AustraliaeBay Sellerhttp://www.onlinetoys.com.au
Osubuck on ebayeBay SellereBay seller: the-osu-buckeyes
Other SourceOthernoneother sources, ie unspecified ebay, net photos
Planet DiecastWeb Sitewww.planetdiecast.comWebsite with forums on diecast vehicles.
Public Safety DiecastWeb Sitehttp://www.publicsafetydiecast.comAmazing collection of model photos related to public safety- police, fire, rescue. Very comprehensive, including code 2/3 models.
Rails of SheffieldWeb Sitehttp://stores.ebay.co.uk/Rails-Of-Sheffield
Richard Boyle's CollectionWeb SiteCreates a number of code 2/3 models each year.
Rodger & Georgina's Web SiteWeb Sitehttp://www.darkens.net.nzPersonal collection of Matchbox vehicles.
Shabbir Malik's Matchbox SiteWeb Sitehttp://www.shabbir.com/matchbox/mbmenu1.htmlGood source for photos and info pre 2005. Best listing of Code 2 models- ASAP, CCI, CQ.
Slowdive on ebayeBay SellereBay seller: SLOWDIVE90; online store: Village Diecast
Small Diecast CorvettesWeb Sitehttp://smalldiecastcorvettes.com
Swifty's GarageWeb Sitehttp://swiftysgarage.netForum covering many diecast topics
The Lamley GroupWeb Sitehttp://lamleydlm.blogspot.comBlog run by John Lambert/David Tilley. Excellent coverage and photos of latest models and diets news.
Thomas BungeWeb Sitehttp://www.thomas-bunge.comPhotos from his collection
Tortoys Vintage ToysWeb Sitehttps://www.tortoys.co.uk/index.html
Toy Car CollectorWeb Sitehttp://www.toycarcollector.comSells regular wheels and Lesney SF, as well as accessories
Toy Van siteWeb Sitehttp://www.toyvan.co.ukComprehensive listings amd photos of van diecast
ToyMart.comWeb Sitehttp://www.Toymart.com
Trentula on ebayeBay Sellerebay Seller: TRENTULA32ebay store: Wild World of Deals
Vectis toy auction siteWeb Sitehttp://www.vectis.co.uk/Page/Index.aspxAuctions of Matchbox and other toys
Virtual Diecast MuseumWeb Sitehttp://diecast.spiraln.com/index.htmlVery nice photos of diets. Some Matchbox models are included along with many other diets brands.
Virtual Diecast Vehicle MuseumWeb Sitehttp://diecast.spiraln.com/index.htmlCovers many types of die cast; nice photos from right side of vehicles; mostly cars
Zoltan BukovszkyCollectionzabukovszky@yahoo.co.ukCollection of Zoltan Bukovszky