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Monday Matchbox City Light-Glow Carrying Case By Ideal Circa 1970

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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This was made by Ideal for Lesney. Lesney made the Matchbox brand but they did not have the equipment to make a piece like this. Ideal also produced some pieces for GI Joe although Hasbro made GI Joe. This is not a knock off as these were being made for Lesney to sell under their brand name.
    Matchbox City started sometime in the later 1960s. It is hard to say as it was never in the Matchbox catalogs. I believe these were sold through the Sears catalog and perhaps some other similar mail order catalogs. Wish book action.
    Enough of the confusing manufacturing and selling. This was a miniature city in a handy carrying case. Most of the inside pieces are vacuform plastic. I think they covered all the bases. There is a hospital, office building, police station, garage, construction site and so on.
    This is Light-Glow version which means it glows in the dark. Mostly the windows and road stripes. Guestimate is 197s for this.
    Later Ideal released this on their own as Mini-City after Matchbox lost interest in the project.


    1. Caperkid, 2 years ago
      Im coming over to play!
    2. McCoyNelson McCoyNelson, 2 years ago
      Welcome back from your vacation Fortapache! Hope you found lots of goodies!
    3. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much Caperkid. Come on over!
    4. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much McCoyNelson. This was the first of many. About a dozen to go.
    5. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much Thomas.
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 2 years ago
      I love your posts with all the history and background, and I especially love your toys and want them all, lol! Love this little city! Thanks for sharing. :)
    7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 2 years ago
      Upon further study, this is fantastic, so well designed. Did the vehicles come with it or was this meant to encourage kids to collect the different vehicles?
    8. roddyq roddyq, 2 years ago
      Excellent condition very nice addition to your collection!!
    9. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much katherinescollections. The cars were sold separately. The city was sold as an accessory to the cars. The large red building doubles as a carrying case.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      And thank you very much roddyq!
    11. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you
    12. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you
    13. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you vintagelamp.
    14. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.

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