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Item/Description: Vintage 1980 Matchbox Lesney Bluto’s Road Roller CS-14 “tractor bulldozing over Popeye” die-cast metal motion car toy.
***This Bluto Road Roller bulldozer toy was one in a series of vehicle toys entitled “Popeye and His Friends in Their Exclusive Vehicles” that featured “Popeye the Sailor Man” characters, produced by Matchbox Lesney Products & Co. Ltd. London, England.
The front wheel of the bulldozer can be manually turned from side to side by twisting the protruding black knob on top of the front end of the bulldozer. This same wheel also has a decal of Popeye affixed to it and when the Road Roller moves forward and the front wheel revolves, it looks like Popeye has been “squished” flat by Bluto’s bulldozer.
Age/Period: Vintage - 1980 (1980s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underside of toy is marked “Matchbox Character Series No 14 Made in Hong Kong King Features Syndicate, Inc. © 1980 Lesney Prod & Co Ltd (England)”.
Material(s)/Format: Diecast metal (lead-free materials) and hard plastic
Size/Measurements: Approximately 2 ½”H x 3"L
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Toy remains in excellent functioning condition, with Bluto’s aesthetic condition being noticeably vintage looking in that he exhibits paint rub-off (primarily on his arms, beard and hair, with a couple of marks on the seat of his pants, back of his shirt and top of his hat). None of the plastic is cracked, nor does any of the die cast metal exhibit any dents or dings. The colors of the toy remain vibrant. The Popeye decal is completely intact.