Toy bus and packaging, 'London Bus MB-17', metal / plastic / cardboard, made by Matchbox International Ltd, China, c. 1987
'London Bus MB-17' Matchbox toy bus and packaging. The exterior of the bus is of white painted metal, with interior red plastic chairs, and a black plastic base and wheels. The commemorative bus was only available to the members of the Matchbox International Collectors. The toy bus is stored in a blue and yellow rectangular cardboard box featuring an image on the bus on the front, and red, black, and white text on the front, back and sides.
Commemorative stickers adhered to the right and left sides of the bus, printed in blue, red, white, and yellow 'MICA / MATCHBOX INTERNATIONAL / COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION'.
Trade name and information on the underside of the bus, embossed in plastic 'S=1/124 / C 1981 / MATCHBOX TM R / LEYLAND TITAN / MADE IN CHINA'.
Convention and company information on the front of the box, printed in red, white and black on yellow 'THE MATCHBOX INTERNATIONAL COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION / "MATCHBOX" SERIES / MB17 MB17 / M.I.C.A. COMMEMORATIVE BUS / 1987 / REGD. / FOUNDED JANUARY 1985'.
Company and trademark information on side of box, printed in black on white 'C 1987 Matchbox International Ltd. / "Matchbox" is the trademark of the Matchbox Group / of Comapnies and is the subject of extensive / trademark registrations. / Manufactured for / Matchbox Toys Ltd., Enfield, England.'.
Toy bus and box information on back of box, printed in black on white 'THIS UNIQUE MB17 BUS AND BOX / WAS PRODUCED BY / MATCHBOX INTERNATIONAL / LIMITED. IT WAS ONLY / AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS / OF THE ONLY OFFICIAL / COLLECTORS CLUB- / THE MATCHBOX / INTERNATIONAL / COLLECTORS / ASSOCIATION, IN 1987. / (image of a vintage car infront of a city scape)'.