We have lots of match box size toys to choose from, 1:64 scale. Loader tractors, dual wheeled tractors even one in pink. Plenty of attachments to choose from, they make great stocking stuffers. So stop in and see us to get that last minute Christmas gift. Remember the countdown is on and Saturday is your last shopping day at either of our locations to pick up that unique Christmas gift. #merrychristams#matchboxtoys#holiday shopping
At the Science Museum, in South Kensington, there used to be a gallery of dioramas filled with tractors. It was the most marvellous space, unchanged since it had opened in 1951. It celebrated the developments of mechanised agriculture. None of the painful discontinuities, no mention of Captain Swing, only progress. Progress! Why, even the benches were curved out of ploughs. And I used to love to sit on them, in the gallery that progress had left behind, while my then-toddler son would bounce up and down in delight at tractors plowing their furrows, sowing their seed, and - well to my untrained eye it looked rather like steamrolling the soil, though I’m sure it wasn’t exactly that. Very few other people would join us in the galleries; they were a place of quiet reflection, on change, and forgetting. The last time I went to the Science Museum, the galleries were lost behind hoardings. It seems they will now change and be forgotten.
So this, then, has to be my favourite object to have recently emerged from the Thames. It started as an encrusted lump, more morass than motor, but much like the Antikythera mechanism, a butterfly has emerged from the cocoon. True, it if it were a butterfly, it would be a bruised one, wings tattered, scales shed, but beautiful all the same. A few licks of postbox-red paint remain on the chassis; the hubs of the wheels retain just a touch of golden tan. And best of all is the sculptural delight of the radiator grill that still bursts forward. It’s a Massey Harris 475D, made by Lesney in the late 1950s (too late for the Science Museum). A fine one would would sell for many hundreds of pounds today. Not this one though; besides, I need it for my diorama.
Matchbox's 2018 release of the 2010 Holden UTE SSV appears to repeat its original 2010 livery in lime green. However, the green shades are not identical. In the photos the 2018 release is the model to the front. Once again, this casting has gone under considerable retooling. The bed has a diecast shelf to the rear where the original model had an all plastic bed. The interior has been reworked and there are some slight detailing modifications to the diecast body. The base engraving is redesigned and the model now sports different wheels. The tampa deco remains virtually the same.