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"A" Series Moko Box 1953-1954

Also known as the "script box" [due to the italic moko font] the first issue box for the 1:75 range was only produced for the first 7 models.

 

"A" Series End Flap

Just a plain blue end flap without a part number.

 

"B" Series Moko Box 1954-1960

Very similar to the "A" box but the Moko script lettering was replaced with a capital letter version.Full range of models produced as this box was in use for seven years with five end flap variations.

 

"B1" Series End Flap

Same as the "A" box end flap, just plain blue.

 

"B2" Series End Flap

All the "B" series boxes are very similar but do differ in size due to the models becoming bigger over time.What does distinguish each type quite clearly is the end flap.This version has the model number stamped in black.

 

"B3" Series End Flap

Same as the B2 but the black model number now appears in a white circle.

 

"B4" Series End Flap

Similar to the B3 end flap, but now the model name is added in a white rectangular panel.

 

"B5" Series End Flap

Similar to the B4 endflap, but the model name is added in white without a panel.

 

"C" Series A Lesney Box

Similar to the B5 box but the Moko name has been dropped due to Lesney being in complete control by dropping moko distributors.

 

"C" Series End Flap

Basically the same as the B5 box but some have new model added below the white circle as seen on the Anglia box.

 

"D" Series Box 1961-1967

The first of the picture boxes introduced in 1961 and some models were still available up until 1967 in this box type.

 

"D" Series End Flap

Model number and name in white with some boxes having "new model" added.

 

"E" Series Box 1964-1968

There are several versions of this box and again usually distinguished by the end flap. The main difference from the D box is the full curved Matchbox logo with a smaller "series" tucked in beneath it.

 

"E1" Series End Flap

Similar to the D box with model number and name in white.

 

"E2" Series End Flap

Similar to the E1 with a line drawing of the model inside a white circle.

 

"E3" Series End Flap

The first box type to feature a picture model on the end flap with the model number in a central position.

 

"E4" Series End Flap

Similar to the E3 end flap with the Matchbox logo added in red and the model number moved to the left side.

 

"F1" Series Box 1968-1970

Major changes here with the model picture much larger due to the Matchbox logo running in a straight line along the top. Has "series" inside the blue box underneath the part number. There are varying Lesney information base fonts.

 

"F" Series End Flap

End flap now in yellow with a good size picture of the model

 

"F2" Series Box 1969-1970

Similar to the F1 box but the "series" is now in red below the Matchbox logo.There are varying Lesney information base fonts.

 

"F1" Superfast 1969

These are basically regular wheel F boxes but with a red superfast flash to denote a superfast model. They were produced in the early transistional period purely because Lesney didn`t have time to print an updated superfast box [G] until 1970. The Superfast models were more important than the boxes to produce because of the Hot Wheels invasion in the late sixties. Only six of this box type was produced exist so well worth looking out for.

 

"F1" Superfast End Flap

Basically a regular wheel box but with a superfast red flash added.

 

"F2" Superfast 1969-1970

Similar to the F1 but most of the boxes actually show a superfast model. There are a few exceptions such as the MB50,66,74 etc but they will all have a superfast flash in black. There are couple of exceptions such as the MB8 and MB62 which show a superfast model without a superfast logo, these are ones to look out for.

 

"F2" Superfast End Flap

Similar to the F1 superfast but with logo in black rather than red.

 

"G" Regular Wheel 1970-1971

These coincided with superfast G boxes to give a full range of 75 models available in the same box type. There were only five produced as these models were considered unpractical to transform into superfast.

 

"G" Regular Wheel End Flap

PictureD end flap showing model in full detail.

 

"G" Superfast 1970-1973

The first proper range for Superfast. Very colourful with the superfast flash in line with the Matchbox logo.

 

"G2 Superfast Endflap

The same as the G regular wheel but with the superfast logo.

 

"H1" Superfast 1971-1972

Similar to the G boxes, but the superfast logo has dropped below the Matchbox name and a speedy wheel has been added to the end of the Matchbox logo. Model number now appears below the superfast font instead of the top right corner.

 

"H2" Superfast 1971-1972

Same as HI but without "new" below the superfast logo.

 

"H3" Superfast 1971-1972

Same as H2 but the superfast logo has now gone. The box containing the model number can have with or without "new" and with and without the red box.

 

"H" End Flap

The H range shares the same end flap but can have with or without "new".

 

"I1" Superfast 1971-1974

Similar to H boxes but the superfast wheel logo has been dropped. The model number and "new" can be in red or black.

 

"I2" Superfast 1971-1974

Same as I1 but the "new" has gone. The model number can be with or without the red border.

 

"I" Superfast End Flap

Similar to H with the model number appearing in a white rectangle rather than yellow.

 

"J" Superfast 1974-1976

A more colurful box with distinctive superfast or rolamatic logos. There are subtle variations such as with and without new but they are all basically the same.

 

"J" Superfast End Flap

Colourful end flap with superfast or rolamatic logo included.

 

"K" Superfast 1976-1982

Similar to J boxes but without the superfast and rolamatic logos

 

"K" Superfast End Flap

Similar to the J type boxes.

 

"L" Superfast 1977-1982

This is the last Lesney picture box to be produced. Again a few subtle variations such as with and without "new".

 

"L" Superfast End Flap

Similar to K boxes.

 

"M" Superfast 1981-1982

Over looked by many because its a generic type box but it was still used for the full range at the time. Still in use when production moved to Macau with the Universal takeover.

 

"M" Superfast End Flap

Generic to the whole range with model name and number printed in black.