Matchbox “Made in Bulgaria”

After Lesney went bankrupt in 1982 some of the Matchbox moulds were shipped to Bulgaria and Matchbox models from the Lesney era continued to be made but usually in a wide variety of different colours. I think the Vauxhall Guildsman looks better in blue than it did in pink or red from the Lesney era.…

Chevrolet Corvette (Matchbox)

The Chevrolet Corvette was introduced by Matchbox in 1979, a difficult time, the Dinky factory had closed and the writing was on the wall for Lesney Matchbox. Lesney went bankrupt in 1982. Universal Toys bought Matchbox and changed the brand name to Matchbox International Limited and started making models in Macau. Later outsourcing work to…

Monthly Acquisitions: July 2017

25 more models added to my collection this month, but this included 11 in a Third Package from Estonia. 15 (60%) of the models are Matchbox. Only one was bought new, the rest were bought cheaply second hand for 3 lari or less a piece. It has been the least expensive month in a long…

A Dozen Matchbox

This month, so far, has seen another dozen Matchbox models added to my collection, Eight of these were in my Third Package from Estonia (Once again a big thank you, aitäh, Viljar.) As usual, I intend to review all the monthly acquisitions at the end of the month. Matchbox is my favourite diecast brand and…

Third Package from Estonia

I don’t do many trades by post, the postal service here in Georgia (country of the former USSR not the US State) is unreliable and the cost is high. I have however traded with one Facebook friend in Estonia. I wrote previously about the first package I received from Estonia  that was back in September…