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Who's ready for MB 83? I managed to keep the scans pretty straight this time, but cropping them on Flickr takes forever - might see if I can use Paint to crop them before uploading

 

48787898908_5fe1a23b15_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 001 by RS, on Flickr

48788406802_27af3ddd34_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 002 by RS, on Flickr

48788404622_b4ac8b51df_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 003 by RS, on Flickr

48788257086_1684b3ed2e_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 004 by RS, on Flickr

48788398827_156c9cdd2d_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 005 by RS, on Flickr

48787888398_b3b8253784_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 006 by RS, on Flickr

48788394422_62e1d20544_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 007 by RS, on Flickr

48788247286_f1cae3ca77_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 008 by RS, on Flickr

48787881403_f89aa9fb0d_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 009 by RS, on Flickr

48787878823_103d613913_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 010 by RS, on Flickr

48788239586_12eef70c2f_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 011 by RS, on Flickr

48788380367_83866d4c02_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 012 by RS, on Flickr

48788233011_b3c260c396_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 013 by RS, on Flickr

48787867193_65993486da_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 014 by RS, on Flickr

48787864878_ed0628a950_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 015 by RS, on Flickr

48788370607_a3be7c169a_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 016 by RS, on Flickr

48788368607_42a233c4ef_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 017 by RS, on Flickr

48788221436_dcb5bfb473_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 018 by RS, on Flickr

48788219421_06b6641bef_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 019 by RS, on Flickr

48788382177_52271d2b41_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 020 by RS, on Flickr

48788217291_c266f920ce_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 021 by RS, on Flickr

48787852458_b7aeaa4953_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 022 by RS, on Flickr

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48788355902_ee9b3821e0_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 024 by RS, on Flickr

48788208256_646064ec5d_k.jpgMatchbox 1983 025 by RS, on Flickr

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Right, a bit of arsing around with the scanner settings and I seem to have resolved the cropping problem - should speed through these now so here's 83-84

 

48789764332_53e26f3b76_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 001 by RS, on Flickr

48789252818_7943d1be4c_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 002 by RS, on Flickr

48789759392_a1584a6c0a_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 003 by RS, on Flickr

48789247548_d98e2b2d93_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 004 by RS, on Flickr

48789608616_f35f7c662e_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 005 by RS, on Flickr

48789752617_e773df3cfb_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 006 by RS, on Flickr

48789749582_5320057321_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 007 by RS, on Flickr

48789600536_1dcf8e02a1_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 008 by RS, on Flickr

48789745042_8f0e50a5b6_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 009 by RS, on Flickr

48789596636_548e1c0be4_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 010 by RS, on Flickr

48789594371_d567141bfb_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 011 by RS, on Flickr

48789738722_6c2ebf00ec_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 012 by RS, on Flickr

48789736952_305cbb139d_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 013 by RS, on Flickr

48789734302_3efce79915_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 014 by RS, on Flickr

48789221638_521e38a06e_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 015 by RS, on Flickr

48789728217_9de3d6248d_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 016 by RS, on Flickr

48789215953_729a6f966e_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 017 by RS, on Flickr

48789723167_aad1d78be3_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 018 by RS, on Flickr

48789209983_7419ef5883_k.jpgMatchbox 83-84 019 by RS, on Flickr

 

I had that lorry carry case.

 

Really fed up of seeing MOY - going to buy the Cord or something and make a mad custom out of it to get me over it

 

That "Tyrone Malone"Kenworth doesn't seem to have been released looking like that - wheels are very unusual?! Found a pic of it as a slot car though;

 

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Any interest in this at £5.50 posted? It’s not recent and features quite a bit of ‘Days Gone By’ but also quite a lot of the 1-75 and Superkings range. I’ve already got the other Charlie Mack books so it’s duplicated information for me. The price guide is utterly useless unless you live in 1992 and spend only dollars. But it’s a reference at any rate...

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Good heavens Rich thanks for sharing these. I always thought my parents weren't that keen on my car obsession as a kid but on seeing the 83 and 84 catalogues I realise I was wrong. I have owned most of the 1-75 range and although I swapped a lot of them in the late 80s/early 90s for shite, I recall them so well. Thanks mum and dad! Oh and Granny too!

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So I’m told my first Matchbox Superkings was a Silver/Blue Mercedes 190E 2.5. My dad was always into cars, he’d always guide me towards the saloon car stuff, we’d holiday in France and look for the saloon cars in Majorette like the Alfa 75, Safrane, Volvo 740 etc.  In fact thinking back when I was about 5 I had the Superkings Volvo 240, the VW Golf with the petrol station, 750il BMW etc. So many of my memories as a kid are buying cars, getting the catalogues, asking my parents for stuff for Xmas that was probably a right fucking pain in the arse to source ‘I want the Mercedes Benz but I’ve seen the (German only) issue that’s in the brochure’ 

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Sorry to interupt the fantastic Matchbox catalogue scans, but I'd like some help identifying a couple of models on an old greetings card (!) As part of a strange seaside/holiday themed collection (don't ask) Mrs Concern has the card below and quite a few of the models featured on it. She's decided she'd like to collect all of them and there's a few I don't know..

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Hot rod

Caravan

2CV Corgi

Caravan Matchbox 57 (have)

Nash Rambler Station wagon Dinky 173

London bus x4 Matchbox No5

Caravan Dinky 190 (have)

Armstrong Siddley Spot-On (?)

Caravan Dinky 190

Cortina Estate Corgi 491 (have)

Caravan Dinky188

E Type Jaguar Coupe Dinky 131

Standard Atlas Dinky 295 (have)

Ford Thunderbird Convertible Corgi 215

Caravan Corgi 490 (have)

 So I don't know what the hot rod at the top is or the little caravan below it. Also the car I labelled as an Armstrong Siddley Saphire (I have one of these somewhere too) is actually something else, I think it could be a Spot On model due to the raised door appatures, but the suicide rear doors (handle position) is wrong. Any ideas and am I wrong on any of the others?

I know that trying to identify models from a painting not quite to scale is a bit tricky, but still what do you think?

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10 hours ago, FakeConcern said:

Sorry to interupt the fantastic Matchbox catalogue scans, but I'd like some help identifying a couple of models on an old greetings card (!) As part of a strange seaside/holiday themed collection (don't ask) Mrs Concern has the card below and quite a few of the models featured on it. She's decided she'd like to collect all of them and there's a few I don't know..

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Hot rod

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 So I don't know what the hot rod at the top is 

Possibly. Almost looks like the artist's imagination had a hand here, although the others look like very accurate representations.

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On ‎9‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 8:27 AM, Datsuncog said:

Out of interest, is the 1983/84 catalogue a UK catalogue, or one printed up for an overseas territory like Australia? And is it a Lesney-era publication?

 

14 hours ago, bunglebus said:

so here's 83-84

Cheers for those! Seems that it's a Universal-era publication for Australian territories, going by the inclusion of Mr. David Leeman of Sydney and his collection, plus the valuations given for first-release Moko Lesneys in dollars (presumably AUD).

Interesting to see that Universal were quick to recognise the duality of their market appeal, to both kids (as shown by the cover) and also adult collectors (on the first two pages).

Strange in a way that the Australian catalogue also only lists a handful of Superkings, advising "we have only illustrated some of the models available in the range" and advising enthusiasts to check in-store - possibly there was a state of flux and uncertainty about what would be carried over and what would be discontinued in the larger range? As mentioned, the K-9 Fire Tender appears in the UK booklet, but doesn't seem to have been manufactured post-Lesney.

Physically shipping the tooling in 1983 from London to Macau and then restarting production must have been a logistical nightmare, so I can understand why they may have hedged their bets.

From a quick comparison, I don't think there's any major difference between the models in this catalogue and the 1983 UK catalogue, other than timeline colour variations - with the UK cat showing newer versions: e.g. the MB1 Dodge Challenger is shown in new yellow and black 'Toyman' format for the UK, but still in orange 'Revvin' Rebel' decor for the Australian market.

Also, as Sierraman points out, the MB55 Cortina is still shown as a current model in Australia with the Sierra XR4i forthcoming in the 83-84 booklet, whereas in the UK the Sierra already occupied the MB55 slot. A few others still show models that last appeared in the UK 1982 cat too, and had been phased out. It's maybe possible that unsold old stock was allocated to the Australian market to clear?

The MB65 Airport Coach in red Quantas livery, rather than blue with BA stickers, is the only obvious Aussie-specific variation. I understand that at the tail end of the Lesney era, a few Japanese market models appeared in the Australian catalogue which were never offered in the UK (such as the Mitsubishi Galant Eterna) , but it seems these had been discontinued by '83.

Also noteworthy is that the 'new release' version of the old MB60 Holden Ute is called the 'Ruff Truck' in the Aus publication, but the 'Ruff Trek' in the UK cat (and which ultimately appeared on the base).

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Last-minute change of name, or did someone just mishear it over the phone?

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11 hours ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

I think it's probably a hot wheels & a siku caravan.

Probably, but which ones?

11 hours ago, sierraman said:

The caravan is a Matchbox Eccles caravan. 

The Eccles is one we have, I meant the one at the top just under the yellow hot rod and above 2cv.

2 hours ago, eddyramrod said:

The Armstrong Siddeley is a Dinky Studebaker, in the 1956-0n two-tone paint.  Before 1956 they were issued in single colours, this was usually pale green.  It should be pretty widely available if you aren't fussy about colour.

Thanks for that! I thought I did well to identify the Nash & T-Bird, but that was really tricky!  I never really collected Yank cars when I was a kid as I always liked the cars I saw around so only had stuff such as Mustangs and Camaros. I usually get the models from boot fairs these days, but I may have to keep a look out on ebay (already seen there are quite a few)

1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

Possibly. Almost looks like the artist's imagination had a hand here, although the others look like very accurate representations.

That looks like it to me, but what is it?

 

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to look at this so far...

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I've always been curious about the small Matchbox Range Rover,I've always known it as Police Patrol,maybe due to licensing?.The model has flat sides without the swage line that the real car has.However,the Paris-Dakar version in the 1983 catalogue is labelled as Range Rover,my version at home has Police Patrol on the bottom still.

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2 minutes ago, Datsuncog said:

Looks like a HO scale Wiking model to me!

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I think you could be right there.The hot rod at the top,could that be Micro Machines or something similar?

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19 minutes ago, 155V6 said:

The hot rod at the top, could that be Micro Machines or something similar?

I think you could be on to something there...

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1933 Willys Coupe? Seems to have been made in a number of different colourways, including with flame graphics - though I can't yet find a pic of that specific yellow/red version...

 

[Pro tip: when Googling 'images of 33 Willys' in work, turn the SafeSearch function to ON, yeah?]

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36 minutes ago, egg said:

New Norev arrival, Pug 201. Good nick apart from a gluey wheel and a tad of warpage. Model launched in 1967.

Weird, these have so much more appeal to me than Models of Yesteryear. Over-familiarity?

Either way, very nice!

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15 hours ago, bunglebus said:

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What they didn't mention is the (now late) David Leeman was the Lesney MD for Australia and the South Pacific region during that time

http://www.antiquetoys.com.au/for-sale/

http://matchboxclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/E-Mag-26.pdf

https://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/48456/david-leeman/

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13 hours ago, FakeConcern said:

Sorry to interupt the fantastic Matchbox catalogue scans, but I'd like some help identifying a couple of models on an old greetings card (!) As part of a strange seaside/holiday themed collection (don't ask) Mrs Concern has the card below and quite a few of the models featured on it. She's decided she'd like to collect all of them and there's a few I don't know..

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Painting is one of many, by English artist Jeremy Dickinson

 http://www.artnet.com/artists/jeremy-dickinson/

http://www.jeremydickinson.com/

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/price-guide/jeremy-dickinson/12148/

http://www.art8star.co.uk/jeremy-dickinson

Image result for painting jeremy dickinson stack

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30 minutes ago, 155V6 said:

I've always been curious about the small Matchbox Range Rover, I've always known it as Police Patrol, maybe due to licensing? The model has flat sides without the swage line that the real car has. However, the Paris-Dakar version in the 1983 catalogue is labelled as Range Rover, my version at home has Police Patrol on the bottom still.

Yeah, I've long since wondered about that too - the only possible reason I could come up with for not simply calling it a Range Rover was that it was originally part of the Rolamatics range.

They all had descriptive made-up names even when they were based on real cars - like the 'Piston Popper' (Mustang) and 'Hot Rocker' (Capri) - but the Range Rover was, I think, unique in being a completely new casting based on a real car. The rest of the Rolamatics range were either entirely new fantasy vehicles castings (Fandango, Clipper), new generic military models (Weasel, Badger) or versions of cars modified from older non-action castings (Beach Hopper, Turbo Fury, Piston Popper etc).

As shown in BB's scans, the Police Patrol also far outlasted all the other Rolamatics, still appearing well into the 1980s in a variety of roles, and still sporting the not-very-impressive rotating beacon mechanism. In its original release, it's possible that the broad orange band stood in for the distinctive RR swage line (maybe it was easier to apply the stickers that way?).

Perhaps it was just an oversight that it was still etched as 'Police Patrol' on the base, even when depicted as a military ambulance, rally security vehicle and site engineer vehicle?

Out of interest, does your Paris-Dakar version still have the Rolamatics logo cast in - or had Matchbox removed that from the base at some point?

I can only assume that the Rangie was a strong seller for the company, for them to have kept it in the lineup for so long.

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