Celebrated my birthday last week, and as a gift to myself, I bought a few cheap Takara Tomy die cast miniature toy cars.
These little goodies–which back in the late 70’s was generically and collectively called “Matchbox”–really made me sentimental. Remembering how I used to collect them as a toddler, I brought out my old set from storage.
I just had to compare the new toys against the old. In my opinion the old ones had better craftsmanship as well as slightly better detail in the casting of the metal.
Another key difference of the old versus new is where they’re manufactured. The new Tomys are now made in Vietnam or China. I’m guessing new Matchboxes are made in China too. Check out where the classic ones were made:
It’s really sad that nowadays, majority of stuff is made in China. Don’t blame us thirty-ish year old guys for comparing.