Head-to-Head in White and Black - Welly vs.
by James Price, images by Doug Breithaupt
One could be forgiven for thinking these four sports cars came from the
same diecast manufacturer. Many long-time collectors of Matchbox have began
to wonder if their favorite toy car maker has changed names to Welly? It
seems that Welly has picked up where Matchbox has left off. The comparison
of the four models below tells the story.
The models on the left are from Welly while the ones on the right are Matchbox.
The comparison of the roadsters, especially with all of them in plain white
and black interiors, shows how Welly has made a new mark in diecast circles.
For years, the Welly name was little known and those who did recognized
it as a company who made basic copies of Tomica's fine models. In the last
few years, that has all changed. Welly began doing their own castings and
the quality and style was immediately compared to Matchbox. Of course, the
Welly models sell for about half the Matchbox price. In this same time period,
matchbox has moved away from realistic castings of popular cars and now
seems to focus on emergency vehicles, planes, boats and the like. The late
1990's when the Porsche Boxter and MGF shown here were produced, were the
last time Matchbox really did focus on what made the name famous for the
past 50 years, realistic cars.
Note how the Welly models have side mirrors and realistic badging.