Dolls, Planes, Trains and Automobiles…even revolvers and reels Ice.
During the last eleven days I’ve found myself drawn back into my office and admiring to toys of my childhood. I still have a lot of my original cars, but I built an empire of C-10, pristine Moko-Lesney Original Wheels Matchbox collection.
Being an AF brat I traveled and moved a lot in my youth. My Matchbox cars always traveled with me and were an immediate icebreaker for meeting new friends with like interest.
My father made USAF TDY trips monthly to England and would always return home with five to ten new Matchbox cars for me. I believe he picked them up at Harrods in London. The usual cost were .15 to .25 a piece…not bad!
The Matchbox’s I collect are called Original Wheels 1953-1969. They were produce in England under the Moko and later Lesney brand. They had wheels made of metel, grey plastic and black plastic which greatly influenced the collecting prices. Other factors that greatly influence the price were the color shades. Some times they changed the color because they ran out of paint, when that was back in stock they would go back to the original color. For kicks, they would switch the colors on two-tone cars like the #13 BP Dodge Tow Truck below…most all had a yellow cab and green bed. Sadly, I do not have this BP Truck model, but if you want to pass one along to me….well, Jane knows how to reach me!
When Hot Wheels hit the US market in 1969, Matchbox changed to Superfast Matchbox to compete with the “Spoked Wheel” craze. Thus ending an era…which I’m gladly stuck in!
All other Moko-Lesney cars shown here today are from my collection. I have over 500 pieces in my collection, all well preserved in five sealed display cases within my home office for me to gawk at.