Category Archives: MATCHBOX

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.



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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 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 November 2018 with new images.