Wheels, wings and robots: Nikko, Matchbox, MB Games and Airfix

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

The Japanese company Nikko had a good reputation for producing quality radio control toy vehicles. The Toyota model above is a great example with its ability to transform into the ‘terrible Rovabot “La Justicier”‘

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

British company Matchbox specialised in quality die cast vehicles. The above ad is a special offer for the K90 Matra Rancho from their Superkings range.

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

The Milton Bradley Company was established in the US in 1860 and is responsible for many well-known board games such as The Game of Life, Twister and Yahtzee. The above advert is for MB’s Paris-Dakar game, based on the famous rally car race of the same name.

 

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1986.

France. Pif Gadget. 1986.

British company Airfix began producing model kits for the mass market in 1952, offering a wide range of kits aimed at all types of scale modellers. As seen above, one of Airfix’s Models of the Month for 1986 was the Fairey Swordfish Mk II.

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.