Digging into the Matchbox Jurassic World models (and variations!) with David Tilley

It's been Jurassic Fever among the diecast folks this week.  I have seen all kinds of posts and photos of Jurassic finds at all kinds of stores worldwide.  It has been especially nice to see collectors in Matchbox-deprived areas, like the UK, finding these models. My longtime Lamley partner David Tilley came across both the … Continue reading Digging into the Matchbox Jurassic World models (and variations!) with David Tilley

10 Instagram accounts you need to follow if you are a diecast collector…

Instagram really has become the diecast hub. Sure there are tons of groups on Facebook, but almost too many to maneuver through.  It seems Instagram is more manageable.  It is easy to follow who you want, see what people are finding, and get a little diecast education along the way.I follow quite a few accounts … Continue reading 10 Instagram accounts you need to follow if you are a diecast collector…

Some Matchbox models that could use a modification, by David Tilley…

When you see a new Matchbox casting, do you sometimes think this could have been done in various ways?  Not just the one they created.  Well, Matchbox has a history of creating castings and then modifying them later on.  One of the most common ways is by creating a civilian vehicle and then turning it … Continue reading Some Matchbox models that could use a modification, by David Tilley…

A Complete Look at all 10 Matchbox Ambassador Routemaster Buses (plus one completely encased in acrylic)…

Last month, at the Matchbox Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a new Matchbox Ambassador was named.  Dirk Schleuer of Germany was chosen to take on the responsibilities for a span of twelve months, replacing Larry Scaduto.If you are a regular reader of Lamley, or any Matchbox-related forum, you know that the term "Matchbox Ambassador" is … Continue reading A Complete Look at all 10 Matchbox Ambassador Routemaster Buses (plus one completely encased in acrylic)…

What happened to change the "classic" Ford GT casting?

It hasn't been noticed by very many collectors, but the Matchbox "Classic" Ford GT has been modified.  David Tilley breaks it down:Well, I would imagine just about everyone has seen this model appear in the basic range from Matchbox this year (even if they haven’t actually found it yet).  A welcome return I am sure … Continue reading What happened to change the "classic" Ford GT casting?

David Tilley’s First Look at the latest batch of Matchbox Jurassic World singles & 5-pack, as well as the altered Toyota Land Cruiser tooling…

Lamley partner David Tilley discovered the newest batch of Matchbox Jurassic World models during his travels around the US this week.  That is interesting news, but what is more interesting, and sad, is the change he discovered on the Toyota Land Cruiser.  His write-up is below:I found these at Walmart today.The second batch of the singles. They are … Continue reading David Tilley’s First Look at the latest batch of Matchbox Jurassic World singles & 5-pack, as well as the altered Toyota Land Cruiser tooling…

First Look: New 2015 Matchbox 10-packs in the UK at Tesco, by David Tilley…

Well, things are finally getting moving in the UK.  We still have not touched 2015 yet with singles, but after the first 2x 5-packs appeared last month, we now move into 2015 on the 10-packs too.We get the Two Story Bus exclusive pack......and Caterham Superlight R500 pack.I was wondering just how long it would take … Continue reading First Look: New 2015 Matchbox 10-packs in the UK at Tesco, by David Tilley…

The latest Matchbox 10-packs are now out in the UK, including two new exclusives. A First Look by David Tilley…

The UK is not always the first place to get new Matchbox stuff, but I was rather surprised to see the latest two 10-packs for sale at Tesco.  Even better, Tesco are currently running a buy one, get one half price offer.  These usually tend to turn up in USA first, and usually as a 9-pack.  … Continue reading The latest Matchbox 10-packs are now out in the UK, including two new exclusives. A First Look by David Tilley…

A Lamley Correction: What we should have done with the Hot Wheels Mexico Convention Texas Drive ‘Em in the first place…

I was scolded yesterday by my Lamley partner.Among some normal email correspondence with David Tilley, the UK-based Matchbox-only side of the Lamley Group, I got this:BTW I saw that blog you did on a model in a blister.  Wuss!  A 5,000 piece run should be opened.  There are loads more.  Now get on with opening … Continue reading A Lamley Correction: What we should have done with the Hot Wheels Mexico Convention Texas Drive ‘Em in the first place…