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Blue Box Toys Fty Ltd of Macau, is noted to have made 'copies' of various Matchbox castings in the 1960s. No specific vehicles are referenced or how many were copied (made) from previous Matchbox castings (molds). The Blue Box products were packaged as singles or in sets with buildings and accessories. One building example is a gas station with pumps.

In the 1970s, they issued "Happy Rays Car Lot" using a repurposed Matchbox gas station (perhaps the same from above?) as a used car lot that came with (6) Yat Ming made castings. This set was distributed by Tundra Imports of Minneapolis, Minnesota and included a plastic tow truck, mechanics, lifts, other accessories and a paper playmat.

In the 1980s, with New York showroom offices in place they began issuing diecasts with the Blue Box name brand on their bases. One reference notes the Matchbox car copies to be from just the 1986 Matchbox line.

In 1987, a series of "Diecast Convertibles" featured a lever to move the top up and down (so to speak.)

In 1988, the "Speed Sounder" series with 'racing engine sounds' and rear rubber tires was issued. These featured a rear axle device that made a clicking sound when rolled.

In the early 2000s, Blue Box was still making its "Parking Garage" using Summer made castings then. A series of plastic "Penny Racers" made by Takara were also distributed by them. They included a real USA mint issued Penny in the packaging that was used to help propel (?) the casting along.

Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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