Continuing with the Matchbox with opening parts on my 198th post is the ‘65 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback.
Last December someone here gave a tip that the Matchbox with opening parts were sold at Michaels. This was definitely great news as none of these were available at either Target nor Walmart at that time. Mattel released 3 models and 2 of them including this was based on the vintage model issued by Lesney back in the 60's. The other one was the Pontiac Grand Prix and I did not pick this up as the front looks horrible in terms of how the headlights were split between metal and plastic as seen below.
So as you can see it has full tampo on the front and back and the workmanship looks pretty good. So how does it compare with the Lesney version?
To make it more interesting let’s include the transitional Superfast version.
As you can see, it is not an exact repro of the Lesney version but it does come quite close. I felt that the opening doors on the Lesney somehow feels much more solid than the Mattel version. A few of the minor differences between the Lesney and Mattel version is the metal and plastic chassis. Also the Lesney Matchbox on both regular and superfast wheel has suspension while the Mattel version does not. The Lesney version calls it Volkswagen 1600 TL.
Below are the 2 Matchbox with opening parts that I acquired.
While the VW retails at $2.00, the Mercedes cost almost $5.00. What’s the difference? For the Mercedes you get the extra box type packaging, Superfast logo and chrome bumper and chassis.
Overall I hope you enjoy the comparison and that more classic cars from the Lesney era will start showing up.