View-Master / Matchbox Grand Prix Game

Greetings vintage mates. Check out fellow WP blogger Mike Pigott’s excellent die cast toys and models site. The following reblog ticks three boxes of some of my favourite toys: the View-Master, die cast cars, and board games 🙂

Mike Pigott's Diecast Toys & Models

Mike Pigott looks at a rare game that combines a board, a View-Master viewer and reels and four Matchbox Superfast cars.

Viewmaster Game BoardDuring the 1970s GAF, the manufacturer of View-Master, entered the toy market with a range of games incorporating 3D viewers and reels. One of these was a race game that had the novel idea of using Matchbox cars as playing pieces. What makes this product of interest is the fact that some of the cars included were exclusive to the set and were not available separately, resulting in them being among the rarest Matchbox models of all time.

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Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue 1986/87

Presenting scans from the 1986/87 Australian edition of the Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue.


Gallery 1 – Matchbox 1-75 range

Gallery 2 – Matchbox Convoy Range, Action Sets and Team Matchbox

Gallery 3 – Matchbox Models of Yesteryear

Gallery 4 – Matchbox Junior Collectors’ Club, Matchbox Calendars, Matchbox toys


Thanks for looking 🙂

Matchbox military vehicles

“M.K.” is the only artist I can see credited among these 9 superb French print adverts for Matchbox military vehicles from the 1970s. The artwork successfully captures the dynamics of land, sea and air combat as Matchbox explored the theme of war through their popular model kits and die cast lines like Sea-Kings, Battle-Kings and Sky-Busters.

Matchbox Spitfire model kit. Artist signature “M.K.” in bottom left.



thanks for looking 🙂

MATCHBOX

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The Matchbox die cast range was introduced to the UK by Lesney Products in 1953. The product took the name ‘Matchbox’ because their original models were packed in boxes similar in size and style to boxes of matches sold at the time. In addition to their die-cast vehicle lines Matchbox produced a wide range of toys and established itself as a hugely popular brand around the world. 

Matchbox various die cast. 1970s. France.


Die Cast Vehicles

Matchbox Super 6. 1976. US.

Matchbox 1967/8. France. ‘Models of the Month’.

Denmark. 1967.

Denmark. 1976. Image by Jaltesorensen.

Denmark. Anders. 1976.

Battle Kings. 1970s. France.

Sea Kings. 1970s. France.

Sky- Busters. 1973. France.

UK. Victor. 1975.

UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.

Matchbox Burnin' Key Cars special offer Collector's Showcase. UK. Eagle. 1983.

Matchbox Burnin’ Key Cars special offer Collector’s Showcase. UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Spider-Man and Hulk Match Up. 1981.

UK. Spider-Man and Hulk Match Up. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Model Kits

Denmark. 1980.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.

UK. Victor. 1973.


Track Racing

Matchbox Scorpions. 1970s. France.

France. 1970s.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Denmark. Anders. 1979.

Denmark. Anders. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


Other Matchbox Toys
France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

Linkits. France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

E.T. The Extra-terrestrial. France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

Golden Quest. UK. Eagle. 1984.

ABBA dolls. Denmark. 1978.


Post updated May 2019 with new images.