Matchbox Toys is a brand of die-cast toy vehicles that was first introduced in 1953 by the British company Lesney Products. Lesney Products was a British toy company that was founded in 1947 by Leslie Smith and Rodney Smith. The company's name is a combination of the first and last syllables of Leslie and Rodney's first names.
Initially, Lesney produced various small toys and games, but in the early 1950s, they began producing die-cast metal toy cars. These were initially marketed under the name "Matchbox" due to their small size, which made them perfect for fitting into a matchbox.
The first Matchbox car was the #1 Road Roller, which was released in 1953. This was followed by several other vehicles, including a dump truck, a cement mixer, and a fire engine. The company's attention to detail and use of realistic colours and designs made the more...
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