Lamley News: Registration for the 2014 Matchbox Collectors Gathering announced…

Mark your calendars.  The 2014 Matchbox International Gathering of Friends has been announced for July 18-20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It is the premiere Matchbox event, attended by Mattel, and where the 2015 new model lineup and other details will be announced.  
This will be the 7th year in a row that we at Lamley are attending, and it never disappoints.  The exclusive models provided by Mattel are always stunning, and chance to mingle with Matchbox designers is unique to this event, and most importantly, the company is great.
(Plus, you should make a trip of it.  New Mexico is beautiful, and we are a bit partial to the Four Corners area just north.  Durango, Colorado, plus Mesa Verde, plus Moab, Utah make for an unforgettable trip.  We will even see you there if you want.)

But before you go, you must register.  The dinner will sell out, and remember that the first 75 registrants will receive a special limited model to be given at the dinner.  Last year’s First 75 exclusive, the Zamac Routemaster Bus, remains in very high demand.

Below is the official registration announcement, along with the registration form.  Remember, don’t send it in until the actual registration date.

Who is going?
It’s coming soon…  

Time to register for the 12th Annual Matchbox International Gathering of Friends Convention. Registration starts at 12 noon (Mountain Standard Time) on Sunday, 19 January 2014. Be sure to reserve your place at the fantastic dinner and auction and reserve your table(s) for the Sunday Toy Show. All profits from this event will once again, go to Rachel’s Courtyard Children’s Hospital.

Registration forms available online @ your favorite Matchbox collecting web site, the Lamley Blog, Face Book Pages Matchbox Collectors Gathering or Mattel Landy Travels. Or please contact promoter Jim Gallegos 505-892-8848 with any questions.

The event includes:

  • The Mattel Matchbox Design and Marketing Team from El Segundo California.
  • The top collectors from around the world.
  • Exciting presentations form world renown experts in the world of Matchbox.
  • A Sit down Dinner followed by a Mattel Mini Line Preview Presentation by the Mattel Team.
  • Charity auction featuring many proto types as well as a large selection of models and memorabilia donated by Mattel and collectors from around the world.
  • Huge Sunday Toy Show.
  • Custom contest from novice to expert.
  • First responder vehicle show featuring, the Albuquerque Fire Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department, Albuquerque Police, SWAT and Bomb Squads as well as many others.
  • Come meet old friends and make new ones. This event is all about the friends we make and hobby we share.
The Registration Form:
(Copy and paste into an email and send to:
Thank you for your interest in the 2014, 12th Annual Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Toy Vehicle Convention, brought to you by Route 66 Promotions and sponsored by the Mattel Matchbox Team.  The Convention will be held July 18th-July 20th 2014 at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.    Please read and complete the following to secure your spot at the event!

  • Select which of the following you would like to purchase:
  • Dinner and Auction: Saturday evening 5:30pm, July 19th, 2014.  

The dinner is limited to 125 guests.  Admission includes dinner, participation in auction, early admission to Toy Show on Sunday, July 20th, and an exclusive Code 1 dinner model (1 of no more than 250 produced).  Must be present to receive models, they cannot be mailed.

** Please indicate names and # of dinner  guests @ $75 per guest:  ________________________________________________ 


  • Table(s) for Toy Show, Sunday, July 20th.  Table selection is available on a first come, first served basis.  By purchasing tables, you agree to the following:
  • Set-up time is 8-9:30AM, Sunday, July 20th.  Set-up must be completed by 9:30AM
  • No take down prior to 3PM
  • There is a limit of two people admitted per paid table reservation
  • Vendors and guests must wear provided badges while in the show
  • You will be directed to your space upon arrival
  • You must have a badge to be admitted to the toy show prior to 10AM on Sunday. 
  • There are no refunds after July 1st, 2014,       no exceptions
  • the promoters and/or sponsors CANNOT accept any liability for items lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise
  • Please indicate # of tables @ $45 per table: ____

  • Complete all fields below:

First Name:______________________   Last Name:____________________   Phone:____________________
Street Address:______________________________   City:____________________  State:_____ 
Country:____________________  Email Address:______________________________
List Guests here ___________________________________________________________________

  • Payment is due with reservation, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please choose from the following options
  • Money Order: Payable to Jim Gallegos
  • Pay Pal: All Pay Pal payments MUST ADD 5% to cover Pay Pal fees

  • Return this completed form via mail or email to: 
Jim Gallegos:
Address: P.O. Box 15414, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 87174

Questions? Contact Jim Gallegos at or call (505) 892-8848

 and mention Route 66 die cast convention code DIE.  2014 Convention rate is $99/night per room.

MATCHBOX® and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by and used under license from Mattel® Inc.  © 2014 Mattel®  Inc. All Rights Reserved.  This convention is not affiliated with Mattel® Inc.

2 Replies to “Lamley News: Registration for the 2014 Matchbox Collectors Gathering announced…”

  1. Dinner reservations are now open; the Albuquerque Marriott on Louisiana does NOT have the group rate in it's system as of January 22 so you might wait a little longer to reserve your room. Also, the form has a typo on the phone number for reservations: should read (505) 881-6800. But, you're all smart so you didn't need me to tell you. It's only people like me who call the wrong number….(it's disconnected, though last year it went to a private home or business…yes, I've made the same mistake before…)

    Have fun…see you there…b2young

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