Matchbox has been in business far longer than most diecast brands. They started out with slow-wheeled vehicles based on real cars and trucks and farm equipment and carriages. Then they sped things up to meet the competition in the free-wheeling late 1960s. Eventually, they became the more sedate cousin to Hot Wheels under the same umbrella of Mattel.
If someone started collecting as a kid back then, how many do you think you would have? A couple hundred? A couple thousand?
Charlie Mack did that, and he’s up to… over 42.000 distinct variants. Some are obvious, such as completely different colors. Some are updates from those original wheels to SuperFast wheels. And some are subtle differences in glass color or even the presence of glass at all.
YouTube channel Bingeworthy has a video about Mack, full of insight and lots and lots of rooms and halls and closets full of Matchbox goodness.
Take a moment to marvel at his collection and maybe sigh in relief that you still have a little bit of room in your house for furniture.