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I began by collecting Corgis and little by little Matchboxes began to turn up in mixed lots, in early 2009 I began to take a serious interest in the brand, I entually ended up with more Matchbox models and sub-brands of Matchbox than all the other diecast makers put together.

These pages are very much about the pictures. I've tried to give a set of consistent high resolution photos of these models, taken from a prescribed set of angles so that it is easier for someone searching for details of a die-cast which they own or may remember to get an accurate view with which to compare it. Over the years I've been doing this I've taken over a third of a million shots of my cars, many of which are on this website. Over time my kit has got more sophisticated and I have got better at taking pictures so you'll find more recent acquisitions have sharper, brighter photos. As new examples of the models come in I'm slowly replacing some of the older, muddier pictures and I'm trying to show boxes where I can too. So it is worth taking another look from time to time to see if the pictures are any better.

I've decided to get the Matchboxes into some order on these pages dividing them up into the following groups, click the link to view the page:

The Lesney Years 1-75 Range

Post Lesney & 1-100 Mattel Range

Models of Yesteryear

Great Beers of the World

Matchbox Collectibles

King Size and Superkings

Matchbox Dinkys

Skybusters

Remember - wherever you are on the website - all the little pictures are clickable links

either to more information or to bigger pictures

Acknowledgements

To produce these pages I have had firstly to find and then photograph hundreds (thousands) of Matchbox models of all shapes, sizes, eras, ownership periods and sub-brands, but without some excellent sources of information for my research I would not have been able to make the small amount of sense I have been able to from this wide-ranging and complex subject. It is not my intention to be a specialist in this area, far from it, I merely want to understand my collection better and display it clearly with some informed comment. I have relied on some first class specialists elsewhere for the informed detail in these articles, however the comment is all my own.

One further point. As I said I am not a Matchbox or Lesney specialist, Corgi is my home ground, so I apologise in advance for any errors you may spot. The information around versions and their rarity is drawn from a number of sources which sometimes disagree with each other. In these cases I've generally taken a view which means I have probably contradicted one or other of the sources. Please though, if you spot something you don't agree with or is just plain wrong, send me an email and I'll do my best to put it right. andrew@little-wheels.co.uk


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