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With regard to the Matchbox 1-100 series. Do they produce the same quantity of each vehicle?

Let's say for example if Mattel only produced a million Matchbox cars a year would that mean that they would make 10,000 units of each vehicle?

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No, actual production quantities are different for each vehicle. For example, one model may be a US range exclusive and will last for 3 batches in the range. Another model may be a worldwide issue (available in the US, LAAM and ROW ranges), of which the US and LAAM ranges include it for 3 batches, and the ROW range keeps it for 6 batches. Another model may be a new casting which is slightly higher produced in earlier quantities. Another model may only last for 2 batches in the US range, but was also a part of the ROW range lasting for 5 batches, but not in the LAAM range. Another model may be a US exclusive, but was then also included in a batch of 10-packs as a non-exclusive issue. Then there is the Double Decker Bus which is run in slightly smaller quantities anyway (only produced one per box regardless, considering some castings may be 2 or even 3 per box). Models receiving 2 colors for one year are usually run in 3 batches in each color, but sometimes they will only run for 2 batches in one of the 3 ranges (US/LAAM/ROW), or may be slightly late arriving in one of the ranges.

Each mix of models for each range (US/LAAM/ROW) is looked at on an individual basis, and the Matchbox team try to balance out the quantities of cars inclouded in each batch to try and get the best mix of types of vehicle and colors too.

So basically, no, production quantities are different per model. However, we do not know exact production figures as Mattel will not release that information.

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Matchbox sell their models in 3 ranges. The US range consists of 100 models, and LAAM and ROW ranges are 75 of the 100. LAAM is LAtin AMerica, basically the whole of South America. ROW is Rest of the World. However, they are mainly sold in the UK, Europe and some stores in Australia/New Zealand. The US range is not solely for USA, as Canada and other stores in Australia/New Zealand take them too. Australia/New Zealand are unusual in that some take ROW models on small card, and some take US models on large.
 

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I only have a couple different versions but that's by choice.
They are skinny and they have lots of room to wiggle and bounce
around in the lane :)
Oh, yeah. Your talking about racing. Right? Yeah, I raced one down my nieces HW track. It didn't fare to well. They're a little top-heavy, as well.
 

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Matchbox sell their models in 3 ranges. The US range consists of 100 models, and LAAM and ROW ranges are 75 of the 100. LAAM is LAtin AMerica, basically the whole of South America. ROW is Rest of the World. However, they are mainly sold in the UK, Europe and some stores in Australia/New Zealand. The US range is not solely for USA, as Canada and other stores in Australia/New Zealand take them too. Australia/New Zealand are unusual in that some take ROW models on small card, and some take US models on large.
As David said Australia/New Zealand take both. In Australia the following happens:

Long cards are stocked at department stores & toy shops where as,
Short cards are stocked at supermarkets due to peg room issues.
 

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No, actual production quantities are different for each vehicle. For example, one model may be a US range exclusive and will last for 3 batches in the range. Another model may be a worldwide issue (available in the US, LAAM and ROW ranges), of which the US and LAAM ranges include it for 3 batches, and the ROW range keeps it for 6 batches. Another model may be a new casting which is slightly higher produced in earlier quantities. Another model may only last for 2 batches in the US range, but was also a part of the ROW range lasting for 5 batches, but not in the LAAM range. Another model may be a US exclusive, but was then also included in a batch of 10-packs as a non-exclusive issue. Then there is the Double Decker Bus which is run in slightly smaller quantities anyway (only produced one per box regardless, considering some castings may be 2 or even 3 per box). Models receiving 2 colors for one year are usually run in 3 batches in each color, but sometimes they will only run for 2 batches in one of the 3 ranges (US/LAAM/ROW), or may be slightly late arriving in one of the ranges.

Each mix of models for each range (US/LAAM/ROW) is looked at on an individual basis, and the Matchbox team try to balance out the quantities of cars inclouded in each batch to try and get the best mix of types of vehicle and colors too.

So basically, no, production quantities are different per model. However, we do not know exact production figures as Mattel will not release that information.

:) :D :p
I just gotta say this mate has his information wired tight. You work for Mattel at some point or do you just love the little cool matchbox cars as much as the rest of us? Either way thank you for the info, very helpful:thumbsup:
 

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No, actual production quantities are different for each vehicle. For example, one model may be a US range exclusive and will last for 3 batches in the range. Another model may be a worldwide issue (available in the US, LAAM and ROW ranges), of which the US and LAAM ranges include it for 3 batches, and the ROW range keeps it for 6 batches. Another model may be a new casting which is slightly higher produced in earlier quantities. Another model may only last for 2 batches in the US range, but was also a part of the ROW range lasting for 5 batches, but not in the LAAM range. Another model may be a US exclusive, but was then also included in a batch of 10-packs as a non-exclusive issue. Then there is the Double Decker Bus which is run in slightly smaller quantities anyway (only produced one per box regardless, considering some castings may be 2 or even 3 per box). Models receiving 2 colors for one year are usually run in 3 batches in each color, but sometimes they will only run for 2 batches in one of the 3 ranges (US/LAAM/ROW), or may be slightly late arriving in one of the ranges.

Each mix of models for each range (US/LAAM/ROW) is looked at on an individual basis, and the Matchbox team try to balance out the quantities of cars inclouded in each batch to try and get the best mix of types of vehicle and colors too.

So basically, no, production quantities are different per model. However, we do not know exact production figures as Mattel will not release that information.

:) :D :p
Thanks for that D-Train. :D

Great info.

Cheers Pete
 
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