Be Amazed At How Matchbox Cars Were Created Back In The Sixties

When I was a kid, I started to realize that humanity is doomed when Matchbox cars started to become less durable pieces of plastic than rugged crushing metal. Things were certainly looking brighter in 1965. » 7/17/14 2:28pm 7/17/14 2:28pm

The Hidden Beauty Of The Bottom Of Toy Cars

Like most car-obsessed folks, I have many more toy cars around than a reasonable person with a mortgage should. It's a limited way of satisfying car-ownership urges without turning your yard into an oil-soaked scrapyard. Well, turning it into more of one, I mean. » 2/09/12 3:00pm 2/09/12 3:00pm

Meet The Grown Men Paid To Set Hot Wheels On Fire

What do you get when you combine a nice set of Hot Wheels and fire? My childhood. But some grown men in Montana get paid to relive my childhood. Except their game might just save your life. » 10/30/10 12:00pm 10/30/10 12:00pm

He Eats! He Dumps! He's Stinky The Garbage Truck!

Matchbox has had great success anthropomorphizing its products, but making a garbage truck named "Stinky" that eats and then poops when you push his "belly button" is maybe going a little too far. [Reddit] » 9/20/10 3:30pm 9/20/10 3:30pm

Matchbox Trains Kids To Fight Wars They Don't Believe In

These creepy print ads from Matchbox shows three weary kids playing soldier, not as we played it, but as depressed, homesick, lonely cogs in a war machine out of control. [Copyranter via Coloribus] » 7/16/09 10:00am 7/16/09 10:00am

Life Imitates Art, 80s Style: Shot Wheels Cars

You never know what you find when you start looking into the profound cultural effects of Wacky Packages. Not only did they begat Topps' Weird Wheels, but one card inspired real-life toy cars: Shot Wheels!
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Hot Wheels + Rocket Power = Inner Child Very Pleased

If you're anything like we were as kids eventually your mischievous dad handed you five pounds of bottle rockets with a subversive smile and told you not to blow your hands off.. well, you nearly wet yourself with joy, didn't you? What is it about pyrotechnics that makes young boys lose their minds with happiness?… » 2/21/08 1:00pm 2/21/08 1:00pm

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: Matchbox 50th Anniversary Commemorative…

Whether you're merely a novice Matchbox collector with a Rubbermaid container full of well-worn cars, or you're a pro carefully dusting your mint condition 1966 Open Diplomat, we think you'll enjoy this tome dedicated to the die-cast toys that filled our dreams. Filled with more pictures than details, the Matchbox… » 11/21/07 2:30pm 11/21/07 2:30pm

Jack Odell, R.I.P.

A giant has left us and we didn't find out until today. Earlier this month, Jack Odell passed away at the age of 87. If you're reading this site, Mr. Odell likely touched your life via his best-known creation, the Matchbox car. When we get back home tonight, we're pulling out the RS 200 we bought in Dublin back in '87… » 7/16/07 3:15pm 7/16/07 3:15pm

What's Your Favorite Car Toy?

I'll make a confession. While I no doubt owned Matchbox and Hot Wheels toys as a kid, I wasn't that into 'em. I loved cars of course, and seeing how we managed to spend so much time in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach when I was young, I could wander the streets with my car geek friend David while our folks finished… » 6/07/07 12:00pm 6/07/07 12:00pm

Mattel To Make Pink Sparkly Matchbox Cars For Future Soccer Moms

What this country needs is more girls who grow up wrenching on beater hoonmobiles, girls who see the Radiator Hoes as their role models. Mattel feels that it's kinda OK for little girls to play with toy cars, as long as they're, you know, all girly about it. Thus, a new line of toys is born: Polly Wheels! Essentially… » 3/01/07 5:24pm 3/01/07 5:24pm

Goddamn Matchbox, Just Because

We're having one of those melancholic evenings that seem endemic to self-styled pundits who give a care about the latest camshaft developments for the LS7, but could in reality offer up less than a literary a toss regarding any sort of technnincal penning, unless of course, they've got reason to be prefaced with the… » 10/13/06 12:00am 10/13/06 12:00am