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    Matchbox collecting getting more difficult
    Posted by BB on Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 11:17:03 UTC (3106 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsA number of factors are conspiring to make this hobby less interesting and more difficult to sustain. The main lines from Mattel for Hot Wheels and Matchboxes are getting less collectible.
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2008 new models available!
    Posted by BB on Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 13:47:12 UTC (6401 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsA new line of Matchbox Superfast branded models is appearing in Wal Mart stores for the summer of 2008. These models consist of the car outside the box in a rectangular clear cellophane box. There are 10 of these boxes loaded into a flat cardboard display box.

    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2006 Waves of Die Cast Toys Appearing
    Posted by BB on Friday, July 07, 2006 @ 13:48:58 UTC (12020 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsAccording to the word on the street, the Matchbox Superfast 2006 line will be the last of this series of die cast toys from Mattel. The Matchbox 35th Anniversary and Matchbox 2005 sets have been great and I have picked up all waves from A to G in both series to get all 75 cars. I recently picked up the Autobahn and SUV series too. I am still on the fence as to whether I should get the 2006 series. They are underway already. There are only 15,500 castings being made of the Superfast Series 3 line.
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2005 update: Wave G Delivered!
    Posted by BB on Sunday, April 23, 2006 @ 05:34:55 UTC (4207 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsThe last three cars for Wave G in the Matchbox Superfast 2005 line finally shipped out. I was able to assemble and photograph the whole collection. I think that the black Dodge charger is my favorite in Wave G. Although it has turned sideways in its package, something that sounds pretty common according to the ebay auctions. I am particularly pleased by all the models with the throwback five spoke wheels. However my favorite model is the green camoflauge HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose wheeled vehicle or "Humvee"). It reminds me of the Superfast military vehicles of the past like the Weasel and Stoat. The Badger Rolomatics radar truck was one of my all-time favorites. However the cement truck version of the Badger did not make any sense.
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2006 Autobahn Set
    Posted by BB on Thursday, March 02, 2006 @ 06:03:22 UTC (5064 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsWal Mart has a new five car Matchbox Superfast set called "Autobahn Exclusive Superset(tm) Decos" that appears to have all new model variations and packaging for 2006! I have been wondering if there would be Superfast models for 2006. Although, I have yet to receive my 2005 wave G.....
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2005 Wave F and Wave G
    Posted by BB on Saturday, October 29, 2005 @ 06:33:23 UTC (8237 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast Cars
    The final sets for the Matchbox Superfast 2005 series will be shipping at the end of 2005. The Wave F will be available mid December. The Wave G will be available mid January. Unlike the 2004 Matchbox superfast series, the Wave G will only have 3 cars since there were no re-releases or shorted sets.
    Matchbox Hitch 'n Haul and Classic Super Kings classics
    Posted by BB on Sunday, September 18, 2005 @ 20:05:44 UTC (10147 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast Cars
    With the original Lesney Matchbox toys, their catalog is what kept their customers buying and collecting. The catalog listed each toy by number. Also future releases were shown in the catalog so that kids knew to look for them.

    In this day and age, the Matchbox catalog for the United States and Canada is on line at

    However, it is not the informative source you would expect it to be.
    Fun: Matchbox 2005 Wave E update
    Posted by BB on Sunday, July 24, 2005 @ 14:21:03 UTC (3806 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsWave E of the 2005 Matchbox Superfast series will be available at the end of this month. There are more cool new models. One of them is the GMC Terradyne which appeared at the 2000 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 2005 Waves A, B, C, and D updates
    Posted by BB on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 @ 17:15:11 UTC (4754 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsMattel is continuing with their very cool Matchbox Superfast collectible series. I like the packaging, which is a bubble pack with a Matchbox collectible box inside. The box graphics resemble those on the original Superfast packaging from the 1970s. The prices are quite reasonable for the average toy buyer too, should he or she be so lucky to find the model in the store!
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast Series for 2005 - More Waves of Die Cast Toys !
    Posted by BB on Thursday, February 17, 2005 @ 10:20:50 UTC (10729 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsThe Matchbox 35th Anniversary Superfast line of Die Cast Toys from Mattel seems to have been a hit for 2005. Seventy-Five models were released in seven waves. They were numbered 1-75 to throw back to the original Lesney Matchbox 1-75 superfast range, which was introduced in 1969. The models were supposed to appear at retail stores, but instead they have been selling by the case to collectors. And they are already commanding 5 times their suggested retail price.

    According to information on the Matchbox Community Forums, and collector web sites, there will be a 2005 series of Matchbox Superfast models! I cannot wait!
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary Wave G update
    Posted by BB on Thursday, February 17, 2005 @ 07:21:18 UTC (9140 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsThe 2004 version of the Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary commemorative set is finally completed with the release of Wave G. This brings the total number of models to 75, with an additional variation of the Honda Element (#44) with the wrong color. This is a great collector's set and has been very popular. eBay buyers are already seeing jumps in prices for the various waves. Complete Wave A sets are going for more than $100!

    The Wave G and Complete 2004 series list can be found here.

    Fun: Matchbox 35th Anniversary Wave D, E, F update 2005
    Posted by BB on Saturday, January 08, 2005 @ 12:29:03 UTC (3708 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsThe Matchbox Forum Page has an update on why the Superfast 35th Anniversary wave D shipped with only 11 cars instead of 12.

    Apparently the Honda Element is the wrong color and was pulled from the box. I received my wave D set with two Chevrolet corvettes.

    Here are links to the two previous Group29 articles about the Matchbox Superfast 35th anniversary cars:
    Article 1 - Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary Toys
    Article 2 - Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary Wave D, E, F update
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary Wave D, E, F update
    Posted by BB on Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ 07:31:09 UTC (9071 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsI have an update from a reliable source about the next three waves of Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary cars. Series D will only have 11 different cars. One of the cars will be duplicated (the 12th) in each shipping carton.

    Read more to see the listings of models for Wave D, Wave E, and Wave F.
    Fun: Matchbox Superfast 35th Anniversary Die Cast Toys
    Posted by BB on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 11:04:07 UTC (7168 reads)
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    Matchbox Die Cast CarsIn 1969, Lesney Corporation, manufacturers of the Matchbox 1-75 die cast toy cars, needed to compete with the Mattel Hot Wheels line. Hot Wheels had burst onto the toy car scene with thin wire axles and wide free-rolling wheels. At the same time, Mattel also came out with their orange Hot Wheels track to give their cars something on which to roll. The thicker axles on the Matchbox cars did not let them roll very far without constant pushing. Lesney responded by reworking the whole 1-75 line and replacing the wheels, axles, and wheel castings. Newer wilder "70's" color schemes were introduced as well in the Matchbox line.

    In commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the introduction of Superfast models in 1969, Mattel is offering a new series of distinctive models. The toys are packaged in a special blister card that holds the model and a box with a photo of the model appearing on both the card and box. The box is a replica of the original Matchbox Superfast packaging and uses the original Superfast logo.
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