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Matchbox Originals 1520 (mo)
Packaging
Word Document with all details

The term "Matchbox Originals", which stands for recreations of Matchbox models from the 1950s, was invented in 1991.

The first models to be known by this name, however, appeared already in 1988. They were issued in a gift set which was numbered G-1 and just called "40th Anniversary Gift Set" - commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Lesney company which actually started in 1947.

The last models developed were part of a gift set issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Matchbox brand in 2002.

I think not only the final models were poor but also the idea! Of course 10 years later people offer the models to ignorant buyers at the different internet market places as original models from the fifties

Most of the Models did have press-fit axels. Some models have also been produced with crimped axels as you can see in the pictures below.
Press-fitted Axels Crimped Axels

For all details download the document above. Individual document per Manufacturing Number can be downloaded at the Manufacturing Number overview.


Distributed in: 1-International 2-U.S.A. 18-Australia
Produced in:
1 MX101 15125/1
1988 LR 07-A
Horse-Drawn Milk Float
G-1 Anniversary Set
2 MX104 15135/1
1988 LR 01-A
Aveling Barford Road Roller
G-1 Anniversary Set
3 MX105 15139/1
1988 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
G-1 Anniversary Set
4 MX103 15132/2
1988 LR 04-A
Massey Harris Tractor
MO Series I (#4)
5 MX102 15129/2
1988 LR 05-A
(AEC) London Bus
MO Series I (#5)
6 MX104 15136/2
1991 LR 01-A
Aveling Barford Road Roller
MO Series I (#1)
7 MX105 15140/2
1991 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
MO Series I (#9) Man: Red and Gold
8 MX105 15160/2
1991 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
MO Series I (#9) Man: Red only
9 MX102 15130/3
1991 LR 05-A
(AEC) London Bus
MO Series I (#5) Recolor
10 MX101 15126/2
1992 LR 07-A
Horse-Drawn Milk Float
MO Series I (#7)
11 MX103 15133/3
1992 LR 04-A
Massey Harris Tractor
MO Series I (#4) Recolor
12 MX107 15146/1
1993 LR 13-A
Bedford Wreck Truck
MO Series II (#13)
13 MX108 15147/1
1993 LR 19-B
(MG A) Sports Car
MO Series II (#19)
14 MX109 15148/1
1993 LR 26-A
(ERF) Cement Mixer
MO Series II (#26)
15 MX110 15151/1
1993 LR 32-A
Jaguar (XK 140)
MO Series II (#32)
16 MX106 15145/1
1993 LR 06-A
Euclid Quarry Truck
MO Series II (#6)
17 MX111 15152/1
1994 LR 11-B
(ERF) Petrol Tanker
MO Series III (#11)
18 MX112 15153/1
1994 LR 12-A
Land Rover
MO Series III (#12)
19 MX113 15154/1
1994 LR 17-A
Bedford Removal Van
MO Series III (#17)
20 MX114 15157/1
1994 LR 18-A
Caterpillar Bulldozer
MO Series III (#18)
21 MX115 15158/1
1994 LR 52-A
Maserati (4 CLT/1948) Racer
MO Series III (#52)
22 MX113 15155/2
1995 LR 17-A
Bedford Removal Van
Mitre
23 MX102 15128/1
1996 LR 05-A
(AEC) London Bus
G-1 Anniversary Set
24 MX103 15131/1
1996 LR 04-A
Massey Harris Tractor
G-1 Anniversary Set
25 MX115 15159/2
1996 LR 52-A
Maserati (4 CLT/1948) Racer
Xmas ornament
26 MX113 15156/3
1996 LR 17-A
Bedford Removal Van
Bamca
27 MX104 15137/3
1996 LR 01-A
Aveling Barford Road Roller
MO Series I (#1) Recolor
28 MX101 15127/3
1996 LR 07-A
Horse-Drawn Milk Float
MO Series I (#7) Recolor
29 MX105 15141/3
1996 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
MO Series I (#9) Recolor
30 MX103 15134/4
1996 LR 04-A
Massey Harris Tractor
Xmas ornament
31 MX104 15138/4
1996 LR 01-A
Aveling Barford Road Roller
Xmas ornament
32 MX105 15142/4
1996 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
Xmas ornament
33 MX109 15149/2
2001 LR 26-A
(ERF) Cement Mixer
DYM 92127
34 MX105 15143/5
2001 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
DYM 92127
35 MX109 15150/3
2002 LR 26-A
(ERF) Cement Mixer
50th Anniversary Set
36 MX105 15144/6
2002 LR 09-B
Dennis Fire Engine
50th Anniversary Set