Matchbox/Lesney BusesLesney 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 ScenicruiserWheel Type: Regular Wheels 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. 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 ScaleVariation: U.S. Army Military Variation: School District 2 Variation: 1986 Card - School District 2 Notes: Currently in stock: 1986 Card. Variation: 1987 Card - School District 2 Notes: Currently in stock: 1987 Card. Variation: 1990 Card - School District 2 Notes: Currently in stock: 1990 Card. Variation: No red printing. Variation: School District 2 Foreign Blue Box Variation: Matchbox 75 Challenge MB #: 47 50110 Variation: Police Prisoner Transport Mini Play Set Notes: In stock now: Emergency Action Pack Prisoner Transport Bus. MB #: 47 33000 Variation: Wal-Mart Special Limited Edition MB #: 47 (No. 20) Variation: Collector's Choice White Rose Limited Edition
International School Bus (formerly MB 47) - The Mattel Years - 1:95 ScaleMB #: 1 Mattel#: 36415-0910 3498EA Series: 1 Card Year: 1998 Variation: Ridge Elementary School, Ridge, NY MB #: 31 Mattel#: 96317-0910 0570EA Series: 7 Card Year: 1999 Variation: St. Thomas Elementary School - Rocky River, Ohio MB #: 15 Mattel#: 95211-0910G1 0252EA Series: To The Rescue! Card Year: 1999 Variation: Police Transport MB #12 Setra Coach MB #: 12 Bus Type: Setra Coach Wheel Type: Superfast MB #67 Ikarus Coach Variation: Gibraltar Variation: Ikarus Coach Variation: Swiss Collection - Marti
The Mattel YearsThere 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 BusMB #: ## Bus Type: GMC School Bus Variation: Metro School District MB #: ## Bus Type: GMC School Bus Variation: Child Care Learning Center MB #: 62 Card Year: 2010 Mattel #: t8934-0910 Variation: Star Home Tours MB #: 120 Card Year: 2011 Mattel #: W4802-0910 Variation: MBX National Park - Cliff Tours
MB #372 Chevy Transport School BusMB #: 372 Variation: Wilderness Road Trip MB #: 372 Variation: Airport Service Shuttle Notes: A similar model in excellent condition is available in our eBay store: Chevy School Bus Airport Shuttle. MB #: 120 Variation: Prisoner Transport MB #: 372 Variation: Forest Fire Control Wildfire Crew Transport Mattel #: 36458-0910 MB #: 24 Variation: National Car Rental Release year: 1998 Notes: In stock now: MB 24 National Car Rental. Mattel #: 92331-0950 - 92469-0910 Release year: 1999 Variation: "Coca-Cola" Polar Bear Fantasy Edition Mattel #: 95378-0950 Release year: 2001 Variation: Science School Bus - School Spirit 5 Pack Metro City Bus MB662 MB #: ## Release Year: 20## Variation: Uptown Communities Airport Express MB #: 60 Release Year: 2005 Variation: Metro City Bus Mattel #: H5813-0814 MB #: 18 Card Year: 2004 Variation: MBTA Metro Shuttle
Metro Native American Iconography & Symbolism