Jack Odell, R.I.P.

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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 and giving thanks. Light a candle and raise a pint, gearheads. [Telstar Logistics]

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Filed under: Etc.Matchbox cars. We collected them. We played with them. We loved them. Heck, a lot of us still do. And over the weekend, the man responsible for making these simple, inexpensive pleasures a reality passed away. Jack Odell was 87 years old.