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Surprise Saturday - Lesney Matchbox Home Stores Accessory Pack

Model buildings seem to be the the theme for these Saturday posts, and here’s another. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox A-5, the Home Stores Accessory Pack. This little building was introduced to the range in 1961, and was not a hot seller, remaining only until 1962-63. It’s an unusual little thing, and it has good detail for being diecast metal:

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The sides have a nice brick finish:

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The rear and top are smooth:

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While the base is marked similar to a vehicle:

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The door has a mail slot, which is a cute touch, and it opens - but there’s nothing inside. The play value is in the detail seen in the windows, one can easily see the Heinz 57 and Oxo brands, along with others, good for a diorama:

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A fun thing about this is the scale - what is it? It seems too large for some vehicles, too small for others, as Matchbox scale was widely varied. This makes for interesting comparisons with some of my unboxed/loose models. I suppose the best way to measure scale is door height vs vehicle height. First, a 27a Beford Low Loader - the building is too big:

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Then a 45a Vauxhall Victor - maybe pretty close:

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The desirable 22b Vauxhall Cresta might be close, too:

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This 53a Aston Martin DB 2-4 seems a little large:

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While this 4b Massey Harris tractor could be close:

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This one is lucky to live in a nice “C” box - I think these were only sold in this box type:

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I am happy to have this - it’s a different chapter in Lesney Matchbox history, metal buildings - it didn’t last long. All together now:

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I try to include a pic of the real thing - I don’t know if this was based on the “British Home Stores” chain, here’s one from pinterest:

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