i thought matchbox folded in the 90's?
the hl in vegas keeps putting matchbox kits on their
shelves. i found a bf110 one month, this month they had 2
heyfords. the cashier said they sold 4. hr fifn't know where
they came from because he "was just a cashier".
I seem to recall that some or all of the Matchbox molds were purchased by
Revell Germany...some have been rereleased under the RG label...
I don't know if you are seeing a "new box" or if you are simply seeing someones
"old stock" that is just now hitting the shelves.
The copyright marks on the box should tell you if it is actually a RG rerelease
Yes, some of the latest releases of Matchbox kits in actual Matchbox boxes
actually had Revell's name in the fine print. A lot of the soldier/vehicle sets
Revell initially released had a Matchbox kit inside with some Revell vinyl
The fact that Revell has release about 10 Matchbox kits in Revell boxes and
labeled them 1/76 confirms that they at least control the molds now.
Modern US armor at
If I got the story right Matchbox went under in the early '90s. The
diecast business was bought up by Mattel. The plastic kit moulds went
to Revell AG with the proviso that the kits had to appear in Matchbox
boxings for a certain number of years. The easiest way to tell if the
kit was produced after the Revell takeover is the kit number. I've
built Gladiators with PK-8 (original Matchbox) and 40008 (Revell)
The certain number of years has passed and many M-box kits are in the
regular Revell AG line. I'm guessing that those that Revell doesn't
think are to their standards are still being boxed under the Matchbox
name. As far as being China-made, I'd bet quite a lot of their product
is no matter the name on the box.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
It's an interesting subject. The Revell release of the MB Wellington
was made in China, yet other Revell MB releases are moulded in Europe.
My undersatnding is that Revell control the moulds and had rights to
use the MB name for 10 years. That fell in about 2000.
There have been a lot of MB kits appearing out of China. I suspect
that these are intended for the Chinese domestic market, and are still
controlled by Revell (Presumably the MB name has more sales potential
there was a suspicion that these kits were counterfeit from the
original moulds, but that hasn't been confirmed.
The Wellington mould had obviously suffered some corrosion and had it
polished out - the excellent geodesic effect on one wing had been
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Speaking of Matchbox kits, I happened to pick up a 1/72 Matchbox
Hawker Fury kit just yesterday. This was the first of Matchbox's 1/72
kits, No. PK-1, released in 1972 (at least according to the date on
the box). I have a few of the kits in this range so now I'm seriously
debating whether I need to go on a quest to collect ALL the Matchbox
1/72 "small box" kits.
i picked up 5 some time ago, i found a guy on ebay from HK? who has stacks
of them dirt cheap, i get a min of 2 each time, that was the only source for
a load of Hawk 200 single seaters, i took the last but only got 4 which i
i can check his name if your interested
this minute going out so quickest way to find out who is, check my feedback,
mrcooljules and you will see a huge amount from one person, maybe
I bought many loads at a time so is easy to work out who from. couple of
months ago but not bought much recently.
"JULIAN HALES" wrote in
Gentlemen, I have him as a favorite vendor. Haven't bought anything yet,
but am going to.
Dragon Model Hong Kong
That sounds like the seller I bought from once. First time I ever sent
cash in the mail to HK so I wasn't sure if it would arrive or that the
kit would make the trip back. Turned out to be a successful venture.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Ebay's hiding stuff again. They removed the search link from the upper tier and
it's now only available in it's own little window further down the page. You
have to put something in that box and click search. You then will be on the
search page; click "advanced search" (it doesn't even look hyperlinked) and you
should see the "seller" hyperlink.
Thanks ebay, nice move!
The Keeper (of too much crap!)
Yes, this is getting confusing. I'd like to examine a Chinese and original
Matchbox side by side. Revell AG was supposed to not be able to use the
Matchbox name after 2000 although they still own the molds. I would assume they
still have possession of the artwork. Either they came to a new agreement with
the owners of Matchbox's intellectual property or they are getting the Chinese
to produce the kits and packaging and exporting from there. You know how
difficult it is to sue Chinese bootleggers and the only bootlegging in this
instance would be the packaging . IIRC anything coming into the US has to have
the country and date of manufacture on the package. Does this hold true for the
The Keeper (of too much crap!)
i looked at the chinkie ones last night, i have a lot and many many more
orig ones and the box, inst etc have a lot of chinease writing, they also
come with those tiny naff tubes of glue. The Churchil still has 1982
printed on it, but Made in XXXXXX wiped off, which IIRC Revell did too.
artwork seems to match too and decal options also.