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  • Matchbox brand toy cars are modeled after real and existing car models that are or were on the market; one can theorize that the brand's name came from the fact that the toys were originally matchbox-sized models of real vehicles. Hot Wheels cars were designed for flair--not to resemble real cars but to inspire imagination with cars that appear exaggerated for coolness and may even seem out of this world in appearance.

History

  • Mattel originally marketed the Hot Wheels cars in 1968 as a follow-up to their popular Barbie dolls. The Hot Wheels cars were originally aimed at young male consumers but would eventually come to be collector's items. Matchbox cars have been sold in England since 1953; at first, the two were first viewed as competitors. In 1996, Mattel gained ownership of both brands of cars after purchasing the Matchbox brand from Tyco.



Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5305983_difference-wheels-cars-matchbox-cars.html#ixzz31JirmWLs


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