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My Lesney/Matchbox Diecast Scale Model/Toy Bus Collection
Lesney/Matchbox
Matchbox/Lesney Buses
Lesney produced many different styles and variations of buses throughout its history until its eventual bankruptcy in 1982.  The "MATCHBOX" brand was introduced by Lesney in 1953.  When Lesney went bankrupt the Matchbox brand was purchased by Universal Toys and the Matchbox International Ltd. division was born.  Matchbox was again sold in 1992 to Tyco Toys, who in turn was bought out by Mattel in 1997.  See Wikipedia for a more complete history of Lesney and Matchbox.

Shown below are just a sampling of the many different buses that can be found from this manufacturer.
 

Matchbox #66 - GM PD 4501 Greyhound Scenicruiser
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Wheel Type:  Regular Wheels
 

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Wheel Type:  Superfast    Chasis Color:  Black    
Notes:  The box shows the old regular wheels model, but adds the Superfast logo and text.  I believe this indicates a transitional model.  
 

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Wheel Type:  Superfast    Chasis Color:  Pink
Notes:  Shown with its Superfast box.  These boxes are similar in style to the original regular wheels boxes.  The Superfast variants were also produced in the blister pack.
 

Matchbox #47 - International Conventional School Bus - 1:95 Scale
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Variation:  U.S. Army Military
 

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Variation:  School District 2    
 

matchbox international ltd mb 47 1986 automotive superstars school district 2 bus die cast scale model toy Missing Variation:  1986 Card - School District 2    Notes:  Currently in stock: 1986 Card.
 

matchbox international ltd mb 47 1987 automotive superstars school district 2 bus die cast scale model toy Missing Variation:  1987 Card - School District 2    Notes:  Currently in stock: 1987 Card.
 

matchbox international ltd mb 47 1990 tire card school district 2 bus die cast scale model toy Missing Variation:  1990 Card - School District 2    Notes:  Currently in stock: 1990 Card.
 

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Variation:  No red printing.
 

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Variation:  School District 2 Foreign Blue Box
 

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Variation:  Matchbox 75 Challenge
 

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MB #:  47 50110    Variation:  Police Prisoner Transport Mini Play Set
Notes:  In stock now: Emergency Action Pack Prisoner Transport Bus.
 

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MB #:  47 33000    Variation:  Wal-Mart Special Limited Edition
 

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MB #:  47 (No. 20)    Variation:  Collector's Choice White Rose Limited Edition
 

International School Bus (formerly MB 47) - The Mattel Years - 1:95 Scale
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MB #:  1    Mattel#:  36415-0910 3498EA
Series:  1    Card Year:  1998    Variation:  Ridge Elementary School, Ridge, NY
 

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MB #:  31    Mattel#:  96317-0910 0570EA
Series:  7    Card Year:  1999    Variation:  St. Thomas Elementary School - Rocky River, Ohio
 

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MB #:  15    Mattel#:  95211-0910G1 0252EA
Series:  To The Rescue!    Card Year:  1999    Variation:  Police Transport
 

MB #12 Setra Coach
 
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MB #:  12    Bus Type:  Setra Coach    Wheel Type:  Superfast
 

MB #67 Ikarus Coach
 
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Variation:  Gibraltar
 

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Variation:  Ikarus Coach    
 

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Variation:  Swiss Collection - Marti    
 

The Mattel Years
There was much uncertainty about the Matchbox name after it was acquired by Mattel in the late 1990s.  Fortunately Mattel has seen fit to continue producing nice quality die-cast vehciles of a realistic nature with the Matchbox brand name.  It seems though that these latest Matchbox models are being produced in far lower numbers than in the pre Mattel days.  As a result these models can be somewhat more expensive and harder to find.

MB #768 GMC School Bus
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MB #:  ##    Bus Type:  GMC School Bus    Variation:  Metro School District
 

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MB #:  ##    Bus Type:  GMC School Bus    Variation:  Child Care Learning Center
 

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Missing Missing MB #:  62    Card Year:  2010    Mattel #:  t8934-0910    Variation:  Star Home Tours    
 

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MB #:  120    Card Year:  2011    Mattel #:  W4802-0910    Variation:  MBX National Park - Cliff Tours    
 

MB #372 Chevy Transport School Bus
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MB #:  372    Variation:  Wilderness Road Trip
 

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MB #:  372    Variation:  Airport Service Shuttle
Notes:  A similar model in excellent condition is available in our eBay store: Chevy School Bus Airport Shuttle.
 

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MB #:  120    Variation:  Prisoner Transport
 

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MB #:  372    Variation:  Forest Fire Control Wildfire Crew Transport
 

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Mattel #:  36458-0910    MB #:  24    Variation:  National Car Rental
Release year:  1998    Notes:  In stock now: MB 24 National Car Rental.
 

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Mattel #:  92331-0950 - 92469-0910    
Release year:  1999    Variation:  "Coca-Cola" Polar Bear Fantasy Edition
 

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Mattel #:  95378-0950    Release year:  2001    Variation:  Science School Bus - School Spirit 5 Pack
 

Metro City Bus MB662
 
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MB #:  ##    Release Year:  20##    Variation:  Uptown Communities Airport Express
 

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MB #:  60    Release Year:  2005    Variation:  Metro City Bus
 

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Mattel #:  H5813-0814    MB #:  18    Card Year:  2004    Variation:  MBTA Metro Shuttle    
 

mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782 mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782
 
mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782 mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782
 
mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782 mattel 2006 matchbox 33 mbx metal metro local city bus mb662 native american iconography & symbolism die cast toy bus j2387 0814 30782
MB #:
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Release Year:
2006
Variation:
Metro Native American Iconography & Symbolism
 

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MB #:  35    Release Year:  2007    Variation:  Metro Rapid Los Angeles
 

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MB #:  ##    Release Year:  2009    Variation:  2009 Collection
 

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MB #:  67    Release Year:  2011    Variation:  Atrans Cross Line Transit MMXI Express 494