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Based in El Segundo, California, Mattel is best know in the diecast world for their Hot Wheels and now their Matchbox vehicle ranges.

Prior to beginning their Hot Wheels line of diecast, Mattel had a series of die cast vehicles (?) with their own carry case accessory.

In 1970, they purchased Mebetoys of Italy. Mebetoys marketed Hong Kong made castings in Italy.

From the late 1970s to 1990 Muky reissued Hot Wheels castings using original molds obtained from Mattel in Argentina. These were also distributed to Paraguay and Spain.

Arcotoys is a division of Mattel and has issued various Hot Wheels play sets and larger scale pull back vehicles at various times.

From 1989 to 1995, they briefly owned Corgi as well and still retain the rights to the 1:64 Corgi Juniors line up of castings.

In the mid 1990s, Mattel acquired partial ownership of Leo in India. Using original Hot Wheels molds they issued Hot Wheels for the Indian market and also exported them to other countries. Examples of the tag lines used from their blister cards include 'The Heartbeat of India' and 'Speed Fleet'.

In 1997, Mattel acquired Tyco which included the Matchbox brand.

In 1998, Strottman International was making retooled Matchbox castings under license from Mattel for a promotional give away at Taco Bell's fast food restaurants in the USA. A second set was issued in 2000 and a 3rd set called "Racin' Rockets" is also noted but with an unknown distribution date.

In 2002, they began issuing their Disney licensed "Alantis" series featuring the "Troup Tranport" vehicle. Numerous other Disney tie ins have followed.

From 2001 to 2004, Bandia issued a diecast series called "Charawheels" in conjunction with Hot Wheels of Japan exclusively for the Japanese market. The models are approximately 1:64 scale vehicles and are based on movies and television shows that were popular in Japan at that time. The numbering system for the series is said to be confusing with some numbers issued twice, some not issued, and some models being unnumbered.

In the early 2000s, the authors of The Diecast Encyclopedia note in their entry for Fisher Price which is another subsidiary company of Mattel as being the marketers of a 4 piece Disney Character set of vehicles with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. These are the same characters being made by Arcotoys during at the time of their merger with Mattel.

In 2020, Just Play and Cool Things Ltd as divisions of Mattel (or licensed by Mattel) have issued various Hot Wheels castings, play sets and larger scale pull back vehicles.

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Membership - @Milton Fox Racing
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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