Lesney Matchbox Speed Kings HAWL

If you don’t have a couple of the Lesney MBX King Size diecast in your collection, you owe it to yourself to change that. Mint condition vehicles can be pricey, but decent condition examples are really not that bad at all. To simplify, the King Size line had 2 sub-lines: the Super Kings are approximately 1:64 trucks and other larger vehicles, the Speed Kings are 1:43ish cars, some are larger versions of mainline 3in cars while others are unique to the Speed Kings line.

So I was trolling eBay, and came across a poorly listed offering with no bids and a few minutes left on the clock. (Helpful eBay reminder: make sure that all items are in the main picture for the listing!) Anyone who knows my preferences will not be surprised to learn that I was specifically looking for the wagon, but I certainly wasn’t going to turn down a lot.

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Here is the Mercury Commuter wagon in all its glory (I still need to sort out the lighting situation in my new basement man-cave, but right now I’ve got a mix of color temperatures going on, so white balance is kinda wacky). There was a 3in version of this, sans roof stuff (there also exists a police version with lights and siren on top instead of gear). Condition on this is quite good, aside from the stickers (I’m pondering removing them) and the missing spare tire (it’s only friction fit on the rim, so it’s kind of surprising that one is still there), it’s got fairly light playwear.

Research suggests that this version of the wagon came in a set with a trailer and race car. The trailer that I got matches:

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The race car, not so much:

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It’s the right casting, but should be yellow with matching stickers to the wagon. The seller was upfront about that and I’m not gonna complain for the price I paid. This car too is in good condition overall. Obviously there’s deterioration to the stickers, and the front axle has an appointment with my needle-nose pliers. I’m honestly not super excited about this casting, but it’s nice enough.

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The last item has the most battle damage, but is still a very interesting piece:

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Overall, it’s still not bad, but the window insert is cracked both on the windshield and the passenger window. I didn’t know there was a Speed Kings Miura, but I certainly wasn’t going to turn it down.

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Little known fact: the Miura was very popular as a tow vehicle among the discerning elite. You certainly don’t want that V12 going to waste.

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See, it works great:

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Actually, the front trailer wheel kinda drags, which is the only thing keeping the weight of the trailer from popping open the back end of the Miura.

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I guess hitches were just kind of obligatory on the Speed Kings, as my Corvette Kaper Kart (yes, that’s what this casting is called) has one too.

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In a shocking development, scale is really all over the place with these cars. The ‘Vette is actually very close to 1:43, so that kinda gives you an idea of what we’re dealing with here.

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