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Lesney Matchbox Toys

  *** Latest Stock ***
*** Latest Stock *** Just arrived! All these Matchbox models have been added to the Tortoys catalogue during the last month or so.

  Lesney
Lesney

  1-75 Regular Wheel
1-75 Regular Wheel The original Lesney Matchbox miniatures series, manufactured between 1953 and 1969. Often referred to as the "Regular Wheel" range to distinguish them from the later "Superfast" wheel models which were introduced from late 1969 onwards.

  1-75 Superfast
1-75 Superfast This section contains models manufactured in the UK until 1986, when all production in the UK finally ceased.

In the late 1960s Lesney was coming under increasing competitive pressure from other brands, particularly Mattel's Hot Wheels. These models from the USA had special low-friction wheels on needle-thin axles, which enabled them to be raced on roller-coaster style tracks. Lesney responded in late 1969 by introducing Superfast wheels on the 1-75 range, both on new issues and on models which were previously available in "Regular Wheel" form.

A colour change often took place when a model was converted from Regular Wheel to Superfast, and sometimes "transitional" variations are found with the Regular Wheel colour scheme but with Superfast wheels - or vice versa. Some of these are very rare and can change hands for a lot of money.

The arrival of Superfast wheels heralded the introduction of fantasy models which were attractive to children because of their novelty value rather than because they represented real vehicles. For many collectors the 1-75 models made from 1970 onwards lack the period charm of the Regular Wheel issues, although some of the earlier Superfast are worthy enough of any collector's attention.

  Miniatures 1982 On
Miniatures 1982 On This section includes later Matchbox 1-75 models manufactured in Macau, China and other countries. The transition to non-UK production began after the Matchbox brand was acquired by Universal Toys in 1982, and with the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Macau. Production in the UK was gradually wound down, with the last 'Made in England' models appearing in 1986.

  King Size
King Size

  Accessory Packs
Accessory Packs

  Models of Yesteryear
Models of Yesteryear

  Sets
Sets

  Bargain Basement
Bargain Basement A selection of budget price Matchbox items. Some have a little more play wear than usual, others are suitable for restoration - have a browse, you might find a real bargain!

  Dinky
Dinky



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Safety Advice

The old toys in this shop are offered for sale as collector's items only. They may not conform to modern toy safety standards so MUST NOT be used by children as toys.
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Delivery Charges

Delivery is based on total weight. Minimum charge is £3.40 for diecast toys (e.g. Matchbox 1-75).   Minimum charge for smaller items is £1.30.

To see the charge for particular items, just add them to the basket, go to Checkout and select your country.  The delivery charge will be displayed.  You don't have to buy at this stage!

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