With a history going back to 1953, thousands of Matchbox cars have been created down the years. The choice is overwhelming! Whether they’re detailed copies of real vehicles, famous fictional cars from movies and TV, or original creations, there’s something for every interest.
While Matchbox cars have great play value, you should definitely check out our guide to the best Hot Wheels cars as well – where Matchbox cars tend to be realistic, Hot Wheels are wild and imaginative.
Whether you or the person you’re buying for loves race cars, big rigs, construction vehicles, or something else, there’s a Matchbox car for you. And although they’re very detailed and realistic, almost all Matchbox toys are suitable for children aged three and up.
Here are the best Matchbox cars and playsets you can buy in 2023:
- Matchbox Cars advent calendar – best Matchbox Christmas surprise
- Matchbox 9-pack – the best for a new Matchbox collector
- Matchbox 50-pack – a complete toy chest in one
- Matchbox 4-level toy garage – the best Matchbox playset
- Matchbox Convoys Mega Ton Firetruck and Ambulance – the best Matchbox fire and rescue vehicles
- Matchbox Action Drivers Police Station Dispatch Playset – the best Matchbox police car set
- Matchbox Large-Scale sand truck with die-cast construction vehicles – best for young vehicle fans
Matchbox cars Advent calendar
Best Matchbox Christmas surprise
What could be more exciting for a Matchbox collector than getting a new car or accessory every day of advent? The Matchbox cars Advent calendar contains 10 cars and 14 accessories to open up one by one, stretching out the fun all the way to Christmas.
Best for a new Matchbox collector
The Matchbox 9-pack contains nine die-cast metal cars, trucks, construction vehicles, and other toy vehicles. These packs are a great way to start off a toy collection, as they offer excellent value for money. Each pack includes one unique vehicle not found anywhere else, and eight vehicles drawn from the Matchbox range.
A complete toy chest in one
If you want a bumper collection of toy cars and don’t want to wait, there’s no better place to start than the Matchbox 50-pack. This pack contains 50 different toys from a variety of themes, including construction, adventure, and rescue vehicles.
Matchbox 4-level toy garage
The best Matchbox playset
The Matchbox 4-level toy garage is a bumper-sized playset, with features that encourage many different kinds of play. The gates, levers, and elevator are great fun for little fingers, while the whizzing ramps offer the same visual thrill as a marble run. A miniature car wash and service station encourage imaginative play.
Matchbox Convoys Mega Ton Firetruck and Ambulance
The best fire and rescue Matchbox vehicles
The Matchbox Convoys Mega Ton Firetruck and Ambulance is an impressive fire and rescue set. The fire truck is extra long, with a movable fire ladder and a huge water tank. The emergency department paramedic vehicle is painted in the same bright red as its big brother. The set is part of the Convoys range, which is a great place to look for big rigs.
Matchbox Action Drivers Police Station Dispatch Playset
The best Matchbox police car set
With lights, sounds, a Matchbox helicopter and a Matchbox Ford Interceptor, the Action Drivers Police Station Dispatch playset is a great interactive toy perfect for imaginative play. Like all the Matchbox playsets, it will clip together with Hot Wheels City sets, letting your police car roll out of the station and straight into the wicked loop-the-loops of a Hot Wheels track.
Matchbox Large-Scale sand truck with die-cast construction vehicles
Best for young vehicle fans
This pack bundles together two different types of toy. The large-scale Matchbox sand truck is a chunky plastic dump truck designed for outdoors play on the beach or in a sandpit, complete with a kid-sized shovel. It’s a combination of bucket and spade, and a toy for imaginative play.
Fans of construction vehicles will love the five diecast Matchbox vehicles that come packed alongside the sand truck. With a bulldozer, lever arm digger, roller, and more, the play can continue on a rainy day.
You can learn all about the history of Matchbox in this documentary by YouTube channel Little Car:
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