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    Posted 3 years ago

    Toyrebel
    (215 items)

    This was the first Matchbox I ever saw or had. It was around 65 in a hospital gift shop. I'd never heard of them, I don't recall seeing them in the toy store I frequented, but I might have overlooked them. The comic book ads for them didn't come out until about a year later. I was impressed with detail and colors immediately. I later got the Bulldozer, which was #18 I believe. I was about to enter Jr. High and Slot cars were the rage. If the Matchboxes had been available when I was younger I'm sure I would have collected them.
    Ftapache could verify/correct the following if he would be so kind. This is a 1965 first issue in a "E2" box(info update courtesy of Ftapache). Ftapache's colorful "Boxes" he's have inspired me and I at least would like to have this and the Dozer from my childhood.

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    1. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Thanks Thomas, Roll Tide!
    2. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      You have here an E2 box. The curved "Matchbox" with "series" underneath is the tell. The E2 variation has the car in a circle on the end flaps. This box is interesting as the paint scheme on the wrecker is reversed. Later E Boxes had the box art matching the model so this is an unusual box. Plus as the tow hook isn't red it is not the usual model. All signs of it being a first year early model.
      Great model and box.
    3. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Thanks Apache, I knew you could clue us in.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      PS don't change out that hook.

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