Slight scuff marks on the box appropriate with age due to several moves, does not deter from the quality and the authentic details of the cars. The foam inside is only for protection, it came with the set originally and can be removed.
Matchbox is a popular toy brand which was introduced by British die-casting company Lesney Products in 1953, and is now owned by Mattel Inc. Leslie Smith and Rodney Smith started the company in 1947.
They had a third partner Jack Odell, the engineering genius and the model maker. Collectors attribute Matchbox cars to Jack Odell.He started making toys during the Christmas season, and designed a scaled down version of the Lesney green and red road roller for his daughter, whose school only allowed children to bring toys that could fit inside a matchbox. This toy paved the way to the company's future success, when they decided to sell the models in replica matchboxes, thus yielding the name of the series. As the collection grew, it also gradually became more international, including models of Volkswagens, a Citroën, and American makes. To make such miniatures, the designers took detailed photographs of the real models, even obtaining some original blueprints. This enabled them to make models with surprisingly high levels of detail, despite the small scale. The size of the models allowed Matchbox to occupy a market niche barely touched by the competition; the associated price advantage made the toys affordable and helped establish "Matchbox" as a generic word for small toy cars, whatever the brand. We reserve the right to decline any return where the product is not in acceptable condition. Thank You for Your Support and Encouragement.