I finished recording my thoughts on the first basic range batch of 2022, and now find myself temporarily without anything new to talk about again. Don’t worry. I have new things to talk about again as the first items are just arriving, and I am due to be receiving new stuff from Wheel Collectors at any time soon. I have been busy checking their site at wheelcollectors.com and new Matchbox stuff is arriving (as well as other brands). But rather than just take a week off, I wanted to do something to occupy my time, so decided to see what items I could pull out as a set and talk about. So for this week, I went with the 2010 Lesney Edition series. In 2004 Mattel had re-launched the Superfast series as a full set of 75 models, harkening back to the old Lesney era, along with boxes inside the blisters too. These ran 3 years, but in 2007 they only did a small selection, known as Superfast America. Another small group of Superfast appeared in 2008 and in 2009 a final set arrived dubbed 40th Anniversary Superfast (as 2009 was the 40th Anniversary of its launch). But after this they wanted to try a little something extra. So they came up with an even higher spec series where alongside the usual high level of tampo printing and (mainly) classic vehicles, they added a little something extra they knew collectors would like.
A die-cast base alongside the die-cast body. This gave the models quite a hefty weight in hand. You do notice the difference in them. They released a series of 20 models over the course of 2010 with this being number 1 in the series. The MB765 ’64 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S. Many of the bases were unpainted (or zamac plated) like this one was.
This model was issued in black with a Lyons Bros Racing livery on the side and an 8 roundel. Knowing that Michael Heralda is the man behind Lyons Bros, it is safe to say this was one of his designs. It also saw a yellow and black check roof too.
Being a high end premium model obviously means that we get full tampo printing all round, which really helps to enhance the looks of the model. And this was also from the era where license plates would sport many codes for people to crack. Some quite funny like this was. 7 18 15 23 12, substituting letters for numbers gives us “GROWL”. You know, Lyons Bros, growl! It’s these little extras that often put a smile on my face.
This was a nice start to the series. The models were released in this series in number order, with the first 4 numbered models being a part of the first batch in January 2010.
Number 2, part of the first January batch, was the MB736 ’75 Chevy Stepside in a smurfing good colour scheme. Okay anything blue with white on top is going to get some sort of smurf remark from me. This model also saw a nice additional touch with the Goodyear logo splashed over the wheels too.
This is still one of my favourite releases for this casting. I loved the shade of blue and the fading pin striping in white on the side.
And just like any other model, we saw full tampo printing which meant the base section saw a little tough with the Chevy bow tie detailed. Although that was a very little piece of tampo printing for that whole section. No lights touched up, no license plate details. Just a bow tie.
The rear simply saw the Chevrolet writing highlighted and rear lights picked up. But sometimes less is more. It didn’t need a lot to make it look good. I thought it was fine as it was. Perhaps a little more to the front, but that was just being picky.
Of course this did also get something else. A shade! Yes. You didn’t think I would do this report and not include at least one variation. I am a bit nuts for them. Short story. I actually found these both in Walmart in USA in April that year on one of my trips over there. We had been to a line preview in California (30 of us) and I had headed off to stay with a friend just outside of San Francisco. While there I hit a bunch of stores and saw these 2 on the pegs. I had already been sent a single example, but honestly, my gut usually tells me the right one to get. I really couldn’t be sure so got both. Turns out my one was the darker. It became a spare temporarily, but has happily been sitting in my office at work for over a decade now. I have a couple of hundred models in my office, all duplicates of items from my collection. The majority come from multipacks (getting a 5-pack again for a variation and ending up with others, or appearing in a 9-pack). But there are a few that do pop up simply because I ended up getting 2 to ensure I got a shade.
This one was a beauty. The MB739 ’69 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. This model came in cream with a matte black roof which really worked well giving it the feel of a vinyl one. They really should do more with matte tampos as these can make such a difference at times. It took the number 3 slot in the 2010 Lesney Edition series. and featured silver pin striping down the sides, around the window. And lot of details.
You can tell it is a ’69 (or perhaps a ’70) due to the headlights being paired side by side. The 3rd generation DeVille had pairs on top of each other until 1968. This was actually chosen simply because Felix Holst, who was in charge of Matchbox at the time, had bought a 1969 to do up with a friend of his, and so they created a model of it for the basic range too. Same reason as the Cadillac Hearse. Felix had one. Again the front end saw just a license plate detail to the metal base section, although it is a bit of an anomaly. Usually the base would have been chromed plastic, but being metal it was not. Most of that front end would be chrome in real life. It’s strange how things go sometimes. You do something to make it better, but it takes away another thing to compensate. Swings and roundabouts as we say in the UK. You can never win.
The rear end was the same. A license plate added to the base section and the body parts detailed where needs be. I think this model is a forerunner to the range of Cadillacs we have at the moment that have all appeared in this same sort of pale pastel creamy yellow colour. A recent 2021 Cadillac series model was in a very similar colour to this.
But obviously that was a core issue and this premium. So it didn’t see as much detailing as this did, as well as missing out on the beautiful matte black roof. The way they did that all over the top and down to the main body was beautiful. Plus this was one of many models that also saw whitewall wheels too. I like seeing those on classics at times.
This was number 4 in the series. It was the MB502 ’60 MGA. A lovely little casting that first debuted back in 2001 and saw very VERY little action over the years. Which is such a shame. It was a lovely model. And it is a small casting too. Because well, the MGA was a tiny sports car. But after debuting in 2001 in an Elvis series, and seeing a cost-reduced tampo multipack issue for Avon, we had a Coke collectibles model in 2003 and this. A grand total of 4 outings. Seriously! This was such a lovely little casting, and it only had 4 uses. This last one was the best though. British Racing Green and fully detailed, which didn’t actually need a lot. There was a small issue. Some were made without the clip in grille piece on the front and sent out. It was a tiny run but enough were found in stores to classify it as a variation. I never found one myself though.
Again the base section only saw a single item. A union flag on the license plate section at the back. The rest of the detailing was minimal, but perfect for that model.
Because there was really nothing on the sides that would warrant a tampo print. That was how they looked in real life. Simple little sports cars. I do wish this would come back.
They might need to alter the front end to have the grille a part of the base now. That’s an easy fix. With an MGB already floating about nowadays, I think the MGA would complement it perfectly. We don’t have enough convertibles in the range.
After the first batch, we did not have to wait for too long to get batch B. It contained 2 each of 2 models and 1 each of batch A rolled over in the box of 8. The first was a Matchbox Originals casting. The MB783 Jungle Crawler. Now this model had only just arrived as a basic range issue, but the collector market had quite taken with this one. People were seeing a number of vehicles it took its inspiration from, the main one being a Dodge Power Wagon Carryall. It was extremely realistic and as such people were okay with it being in the Lesney Edition as a high end premium product. Plus the look was very good too.
A sand colour with a black and brown camouflage over the top and sides. Plus a motif on the hood and doors that was very similar to one used on the debut of the 1943 Jeep Willys in the basic range. You might also note the bullet holes over the side too. This was really looking like it had been in the wars. A great job.
Now admittedly the rear did not get any detailing at all, which was a little unusual. Although it did appear to get a little of the brown tampo spray over the windows.
Just like the front was getting. I thought this was a decent little model, and these early Jungle Crawlers all looked very realistic with their army style liveries.
And again I did spot something. The brown tampo spray was notably either dense or light giving a different look to the camouflage on the model.
The other model in batch B was the MB738 ’74 VW Typ 181 Thing. This too was a model that had only just debuted in the 2009 basic range and was fun to see it in the premium series too. The bast part for me was the little bumper sticker rear section. I loved the peace sign stickers, with this model appearing alongside an army inspired vehicle. Coincidence?
This was another model seeing whitewall side wheels, and one of the few that did see the base painted. Most were left unpainted (or zamac as they call it). side detailing was simple. Door handles and “The Thing” strip.
The front and rear license plates had Fun2Go on them, as this was being showcased as a fun little model. It was, and still is, one of the nicest releases of this casting.
Batch C of the series arrived in April that year and consisted of 3 more models. Numbers 7 through 9. I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with these. Considering this was only 2010, social media was still in its infancy. Message boards were at the time the best sources for finding out about any new items. Remember me mentioning about the 2 blue Chevy Stepsides? Well, this was while I was at my friend’s house near San Francisco. I was busy hitting many stores to see what I could find. I found the 2 blue Chevys. I also found both those Jungle Crawlers and while keeping tabs on message boards was not expecting the next batch yet. Well I wandered in a Walmart and an employee had just brought out a new pallet of toys. I happened to start glancing over at them, and he shouted out (nicely, not in a bad way) that certain items were not on the pallet. I laughed and said it’s okay I am a Matchbox person. He immediately noted my accent. Asked where I came from. I explained from the UK and had just been to LA for a line preview and was staying with a friend. Thought I would see if there was any cool Matchbox I could take home. He said there was something, rummaged around and pulled out a box of Lesney Edition. He asked if I wanted to see. I said yes, obviously. He opened it, and inside was batch C. A batch that, at the time, nobody knew what was in it, or what they looked like. My heart skipped a beat. Yes that was typical. Nobody who lived in USA had found them. I popped over from the UK and stumbled upon the first sighting. Batch C were 2 per box and batch B had rolled over 1 per box. This MB758 ’54 Jaguar XK120SE was the first of them.
It came in a really beautiful pale mint with simple front and rear detailing again. Although are you like me and can see “2”s in the headlights?
It was another model sporting whitewall wheels. They really suited it. Yet again this was another casting that had only debuted in the 2009 basic range so was still in its infancy at the time too.
But I did feel that this colour choice was a really nice one to make. Sure British Racing Green is a standard for classic British sporty vehicles, but this pale mint green is also a great choice for them. Maybe they should look at doing a few more like this (MGB, Austin Healey, Jaguar XK140 etc).
Now this was probably the most fun model to obtain out of the whole series. Yes, it’s a Matchbox Originals design again. The MB782 Sahara Survivor, which was also another of the 2009 debut castings being immediately moved to Lesney Edition too. Just like the Jungle Crawler, this was immediately liked by the collector. Shades of Land Rover “Pink Panther” to this definitely. Never saw even a remotely pink release though. I guess tweaking it so as not to be the real one but painting it pink might be a bit too cheeky. But this army green. This was really good.
The side detailing on this was not over the top. Another of the triangle in circle logo models (alongside the Jungle Crawler shown previously and the Jeep Willys that had just debuted in the basics).
One of the novel things with this casting when they created it was the broken rear light. That was a great little touch. Sadly when they revamped the casting later on, they fixed the broken light. Doh!
But what you may be noticing is the mud spray. As I said, this casting in this release was a lot of fun. Once they put it together in the factory somebody went and hand sprayed it with a spray gun before putting it in the blister. This means that technically every single one of them is a variation. It was something unique they decided to do for this release. This is why you see the spray is not just on the body here. A little bit is on the black plastic top section where it just got caught, but the rear wheel did catch quite a bit of it.
As I said, when the employee opened up the box for me, these were the 2 inside it. The one at the front is sporting a pretty heavy mud spray. The one at the back (the one I had been showcasing), well not so much. This was a significant difference to me. He handed me the first as he was pulling them out, then went to hand me the second and thought it was the same. I asked for it anyway, held them both up and said wow! I pointed them out to him and he was like “oh yeah” in a monotone voice. You could tell he was impressed. So yeah, I had to have them both. These 2 were literally the star buys for me from my trip to LA/San Francisco that year. I remember returning to my friend’s house (who was also into Matchbox) and showing him, then trying to upload some pretty awful photos to the message boards to let people know they were hitting. I didn’t have my photo studio (obviously) and it was night time when I was at his house and trying to do my best under regular house lighting conditions.
Later on I was lucky enough to obtain this too. An example had been found where they forgot to spray it. Classic Lesney!!!! Mattel’s Lesney Edition models being like Lesney models. This was just freaking awesome. I loved it.
The last model in this batch was another that had only debuted in 2009. The MB780 ’63 Cadillac Ambulance. It proved to be quite a popular model in this orange and white colour scheme, so I was very happy that I happened to be in the right place at the right time to get it.
It was another casting that saw whitewall wheels as well as a very simple pin stripe and MBX City Ambulatory Service side design. Of course being a premium it did see roof lights painted too, apart from the middle siren which is a part of the window piece.
Again we saw no detailing to the front end, which was a part of the base section, but the upper body part did get a splash of tampo depicing the Cadillac emblem.
The rear was also quite simple with only the upper lights marked out. It might have been a simple design, but it looked stunning. I remember at the time many people were loving it.
So on to batch D, and the reason behind me deciding to do these. I only just showcased the MB760 ’69 Karmann Ghia Type 14 Convertible, and when I was doing a photograph of this, I thought to myself, next time I have a filler post I will do Lesney Edition. Do some more shots of this.
So this was number 10, which along with number 11 in the series appeared in May 2010. It was a light pastel yellow with whitewall wheels again and grey pin striping (plus wing mirror) down the sides.
The front end was very similar to how the basics were with all that is needed depicted out. Of course we also see a nice touch with the window surround also being painted up. Something that was common across the board (core and premium) at the time.
The rear had a ONE 2 NVY license plate (always enjoy checking license plates) and simple rear detailing as well as the Karmann Ghia logo on the trunk/boot. It was a really nice model, but as I mentioned last week, it was pretty close to a 5-pack release look which made a few people question about paying the premium for something that at a quick glance looks almost the same. But the higher level of detail, whitewall wheels and metal base do make quite the difference.
This model was release alongside the MB636 ’68 Mercury Cougar. This was number 11 in the series.
And yes, just like the Cadillac I showed earlier, this sported a beautifully tampo printed matte black roof which also spread down the sides to the main body. These models really were amazing to see and feel.
It came in orange with a high level of detail all over. Again this had whitewall wheels, but this time on the tri-spoke wheels rather than disk wheels others were getting.
Plus, added bonus, the base section which formed the front and rear of the model were in on the action too, with the rear lights depicted and license plate having MC on it for Mercury Cougar. They didn’t sacrifice the body print at the rear as this too had detailing.
And the front as well. Grille highlighted in black and the front badge marked up as well. This is another of those wonderful castings from the earlier 2000s which Mattel had created and this was only just starting to see a little more action after being consigned to a few premiums after debuting in 2004. However, unless things change, this is another like the MGA which has not been seen since 2010. Which is a real shame, as this was such a fantastic casting. I would love to see it return. It wasn’t used enough.
Neither was this. Seriously! The MB336 ’71 Chevy Camaro Z-28 was one of the 2 models that were in batch E which arrived in June. Taking the number 12 slot in the 2010 series, which marked a very welcome return for this casting. First we had seen of it since 2006. Even better, it saw a 5-pack release and was chosen to be a promotional issue at the Albuquerque Convention that year. 3 releases in 2010. I was extremely happy. Still waiting for the next one. Just like the Mercury and MGA, this casting has not been seen since 2010. I’m seeing a pattern. So many are either new for 2009 castings, or ones that got forgotten after the year finished.
It came in green, which was a much lighter shade of green to the 1998 basic range debut of the model (plus black stripes, not white, and you know, all the extra detailing). That was one of only 3 core range releases (I mentioned a 5-pack from 2010, but it was also a US only 2000 basic range release). A few premiums and a run in Superfast from 2004-2006 and the trio from 2010 are it for this. It’s a freaking ’71 Camaro! We see modern Camaros in the range now, and the classic ’69 recently returned too. I am really keeping my fingers crossed that they are working their way through classic Camaros and bringing them all back. It is still one of my favourite castings of all time, and one that saw almost the least action (don’t get me started on the ’98 Convertible).
With the base only being the base, the front and rear saw some lovely touches on this model with front bumper and lights all being depicted.
The sides saw simple detailing of the parts and being a model with dual stripes going over the top I was just loving it. It is my favourite model out of this set. I really do hope we see the casting again.
The other model in batch E, number 13 out of 20 was also green. This was the MB768 ’68 Toyota FJ Land Cruiser. And yes, this was a 2009 new casting. I did mention how so many were either 2009 newbies or models on their last year (unless we can convince them to bring those back).
The FJ Land Cruiser had proved to be a really popular debut in 2009, and the front end and roof were depicted exactly the same as the basics (and 1st Editions 10-pack) from that debut year. But being premium, this also saw some side detailing on top. Matchbox (they do like to sneak that in at times on models) as well as a metal grid like pattern too.
The rear also saw some enhanced detailing on top too. To be honest though, 610XL stumped me as a license plate. If anybody knows what that stands for please let me know in the comments.
This was a nice model. Definitely a popular choice in the early days. I know, it got cost reduced and has never been the same since. But this really showed what a great little casting it was.
Then we get to batch F. There were 3 models in the batch, numbers 14-16. This was number 14. To me, this seemed out of place with the rest. All of the other vehicles in the series were classic vehicles, sort of tying in with the Lesney moniker in that sense as well as the die-cast base. But this was the MB755 Pierce Dash Fire Engine. I was never a fan when it first debuted in 2008 anyway. I can’t explain it. I just kept calling it a fire thingy. But when you read up on the history of the Pierce Dash, it’s difficult to really pinpoint exactly when this is from. But I can discount the early Dash models. They first arrived in 1984 as custom bodies on frames, designed specifically for each fire department. But the early Dash model did have a more rounded front end. In 1988 they debuted the D-8000 look, which was a little more squared like this is, but the front end still does not look quite like this. The Pierce Dash 2000, which arrived in 1999 does. I would say this is the Dash 2000, so at best it is a 1999 vehicle. Not exactly fitting in with the classic timeline of the rest. So it really was out of place. Not just me not liking it.
Obviously the Dash had a unique construction with a separate plaster roof piece for the cab which could be used for an instant colour break without the need for tampo printing. Yet for the premium look they made it the same red. That was a missed opportunity. Although I guess it was down to the real license they obtained for the model. They did add a little tampo to the base section which forms the front bumpers and grille, but sadly they missed the opportunity to add a little black to grille too to make it stand out.
The rear was good. Highlighting all the right parts.
As I said, this had a real license. Pasadena Fire Dept. Engine 36.
So when you take that into account it actually is a really good rendition. I still felt it was the wrong range to put it in though. I think it would have been better as a core model. Even with a real livery. There should have been another classic vehicle inserted into the series instead.
Number 15 in the set I heard was not a big seller. Which is a shame. I liked it. The MB761 ’72 Lotus Europa Special. This batch F release was in August 2010 and I was long home by then, so was not in USA to see how they were doing. But I heard people saying this was a bit of a peg warmer. This was another of the 2009 debut castings that made the transition to the Lesney Series for 2010. It came in dark purple with yellow striping, Europa Racing and a 6 roundel. I thought it was a cool design. I guess I was a minority.
The front end saw the lights highlighted and the base section had the grille depicted in black. See they can depict them in black (going back to the Pierce again).
The rear base section also saw lights depicted on it, although sadly they didn’t do anything with the license plate area. Rats! I was hoping for a cool fun plate.
But then, for me, models with stripes always seem to get to me. Maybe I am biased as I liked the way these stripes split into 2 as they went over the top. I thought it was such a cool thing to do and a little different to the usual way of doing stripes.
Then final model in batch F was number 16, the MB777 ’71 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Guess what? It was a 2009 new casting. From the side the model was sporting pretty much the exact same design as the 2009 debut versions had been sporting. Although coming in this lovely black with brown interior and the wheels sporting whitewalls again was different.
But unlike the core issues we were seeing additional tampo printing on the rear of the model, which really helped to set it off even better.
Plus the roof rails were also being depicted in silver which really helped to enhance those too. I really liked this colour scheme, and have to be honest, it may be partly down to being premium, but this is my favourite Vista Cruiser. Although the 2011 5-pack edition with rear bumper stickers plastered all over it does come close.
Now sadly the front end on this did not see any detailing at all, but I didn’t mind too much. I still think it is a lovely model. After that gorgeous Camaro, this is my second favourite in the whole 2010 set.
So. Batch G. You are looking at it. That’s right Doc Brown (a sneaky reference to Back to the Future there), this was the entire batch. 1 model. Number 17 of 20 appeared in September 2010 and consisted solely of the MB734 ’70 VW T2 Bus in white over blue. But, shock horror, this was not a 2009 debut casting. It was a 2008 debut casting. But then the VW T2 was proving extremely popular, so I was not surprised they threw this one in there.
The model itself did not include any sneaky references to the film itself. The license plate was another of the coded ones I so enjoy. Although in this case I think they might have made a small error. 4R5M9N translates to “DREMIN”. I have a feeling there should have been either an “A” or a “1” in the middle of it to signify Dreamin’ instead.
Unless “dremin” is a word that means something I know nothing about. Again, if anybody knows, please feel free to leave notes in the comments for me. I like to learn too. The front and rear tampos for the model were just about perfect. Very realistic and very simple. It set this model off perfectly.
Plus the 2-colour paint for the model was absolutely fantastic. Something we don’t often get to see on models, but when we do get them, they look amazing. Daft fact, this may not have been the last we saw of the model, but to date this is the last we have seen of a 2-colour paint scheme. A 2008 toy fair promo, 2008 Gathering promo and 2009 Superfast mail-in are the only other 3 that saw a 2-colour side design. Again this was one of my favourites of the entire series.
So now we get to the final batch. Batch H. It arrived in October 2010 and finished off the series with the release of numbers 18 through 20. Number 18 was one of my favourite Mustang castings. A classic, in more ways than one. It was a 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet (MB298) and it debuted all the way back in 1997. It is still one of my favourite Mustang castings, but sadly, again (just like the Camaro, MGA and Cougar, this model has not been seen since 2010!
Where are all the cool ones going? I loved this. White with a matte black hood stripe. Sure there is no front print, but do white headlights really need it?
The stripe only went through the hood, and the sides saw a rather familiar red pin stripe that often appeared on the ’68s, as well as Ford and Cobra Jet on there too.
Something that was inspired by real Mustang Cobra Jets. So yes, a very cool side design.
The rear saw a simple lights depiction. I thought this was a great look, and loved seeing another release of this casting. I am still waiting for the next one. They even did a Mustang set for Walmart and ignored it.
Number 19 in the series was in zamac. This was something they were doing from time to time and in the mid-late ’00s and early ’10s we saw a number of zamac Matchbox models. Being left zamac (which basically looked unpainted) really helps to show off the detaling of the casting. Of course we get tampo printing over the top too. Red and black in this case and 12 roundels.
Of course this was the MB688 ’61 Jaguar E-type. Unlike most other items, the casting had already been around a while (debuted in 2006) and is still being used to this day. But then it is pretty timeless, and according to a certain Enzo Ferrari, the most beautiful car in the world.
Again this being a model with stripes, I am going to enjoy it. I do like the offset roundel models too. I don’t know what it is.
But having the 12 on the front like that, offset to one side, there is just something about it. We have had quite a few designed like that, and if you include the 65th Anniversary one from 2018 with the 65th logo offset, it makes for a great little subset. Can you tell I liked this one?
This bring me to the final model. The MB559 ’57 Lincoln Premiere in salmon. This casting first debuted in 2002 in an Elvis Diorama, and then saw 2 Barrett Jackson releases in 2003. After that we had a Superfast issue from 2004-2007, and 2x 5-pack appearances in 2006 and 2008. Then this. Then nothing. Again a casting on its last outing (unless they dig it out for more). Which again is a huge shame. I thought this was a great casting. Something completely different to the norm. Of course being in an Elvis film was its gateway into being made a model, but sometimes it is really cool to see some not-so-common models used. I would love to see it again.
The front end was largely made up of the base section, which was left blank, but the hood did get the name in silver and a hood latch depicted in silver too.
The rear saw simple tail light depiction and again the trunk catch depicted. The sides had simple pin striping. But the pièce de résistance to this casting is seen when viewed from above.
Black painted seats and a lovely attetion to the sun visors on the silver framed windows. I thought this was absolutely stunning, and was extremely happy seeing it again. I would love to see it again. So there you go, a little something to tide us over until next week when I return to going through some newer stuff again.
But I cannot believe that out of 20 castings they chose to do for the 2010 Lesney Edition series, these 5 fantastic little castings have not been seen since that year. All 5 deserve more love. Way more love. hopefully I am not the only one who would love to see these 5 castings revisited.
But you know what else I was actually quite surprised with. 5 of them were also British vehicles. That was quite a high content, which does sort of make sense. During the Lesney era, Matchbox was a British company, so it does sort of make sense that there was a high British contingent in the series too.
For those wondering, we saw 3 German vehicles, all VW related.
1 Japanese vehicle and 2 Matchbox originals castings (1 roughly based on another British vehicle and another roughly based on a USA one).
The last 6 castings all being US ones. So this is me done for my break week between new stuff. I hope you enjoyed a little recent nostalgia with the 2010 Lesney Edition. If you enjoyed it, please let me know and next time I get a week off from new items I will pull out the 2011 Lesney Edition for a reminder too. But next week will see me moving more up to date again, although (spoiler alert) it will be one of the 2021 stragglers I hadn’t talked about already which has just arrived. I have a couple more 2021 stragglers to talk about too, as well as lots and lots of great 2022 items. Until next week, I hope everybody has a safe and healthy week. Catch you next Monday.
4 Replies to “Matchbox Monday remembers the 2010 Lesney Edition series”
Hello David. Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane. I own almost all of these and I remember hunting for my favorites at Toys R Us. Unless I am mistaken Lesney Edition was the last time we saw a metal base for Matchbox. I’ve given up hoping Mattel will ever allow that to happen again. The Olds Vista Cruiser, Mercury Cougar, Lotus Europa, and VW Karmann Ghia are my favorites. Timeless toys.
To me these are the best Matchbox models ever produced in the Mattel era. The use of many of the great 2005-2011 realism era castings combined with metal bases and full detailing make this line incredibly attractive to me. Matchbox’s basic wheels are quite good looking and in some ways I find they work better than two-piece wheels, so I don’t mind that aspect at all. Aside from the misprinted “wobbly” whitewalls and rough deco work here and there, I would say most of these are exactly what I want in a Matchbox model. I have several of these but I’m always on the lookout for more.
A 5-pack of those VWs would be absolutely amazing! Quite a few others I would gladly pull from the pegs as well. Great article as always!
Hi David! Another great write-up.
6 – F
10 – J
XL – 40 in Roman Numerals.