|I'm Mark Robbins and I am
mad, or so Adele, my ever suffering wife keeps
telling me. I'm obsessed with little toy cars.
Ah, but not any old cars. The 'old cars' that
interest me so much are the familiar Models
I have been collecting Matchbox
Models of Yesteryear for several years but
only since 1995 has my hobby become an obsession!
It was back in 1985, however, that my collection
really started. That year I left school for the
freedom and parties of University. During that
long summer I was employed by Matchbox on the
production line of their Rochford factory.
I worked on the
pre-school plastic toys but in a nearby
production area Yesteryears where coming off the
production line at a great rate. During this time
I purchased many current models from the staff
My main interest
now, however, is in the models produced between
1956, when Yesteryears were first produced, and
1972 when production temporarily stopped. Models
produced after 1972 lost the charm and
'realistic' wheels of the earlier releases and
although I have a reasonable collection of these
later models I do not actively hunt these down.
I hope you find
these pages interesting. They have absolutely no
official connection with Tyco, Matchbox
Collectibles, Mattel or any other owner of the
Matchbox name! They are my personal pages and any
opinion expressed is solely my own. They aim to
guide you around my collection of these early
models and give you some idea to the variants
available. Don't forget to have a look at my
collection of "Matchbox" Collector's
No collection is
ever complete and mine is being added to all the
time. I hope to update this site accordingly so
please revisit occasionally.
If you have any
comments on this site please send me a note or sign my guestbook.
Maybe in the
future, if the response to this site is
favourable, I will produce a site for my
collection of later models.