You may be looking for the earlier Routemaster casting, released first for 1961 as London Bus, or the 1965 Routemaster Bus casting.

Double-Decker (Routemaster)
Debut Series MBX Metal
Produced 2006-Present
Number MB694
MB RMB 2013 60th Anniversary Chase front

The Double Decker bus model is based off of the iconic AEC Routemaster, best known for serving London, England's public transit needs for a half-century. The prototype underwent minor changes over its production run, and this model represents 1963 AEC Routemaster 3. It is a licensed model. Routemasters were officially withdrawn from London's fleet between 2003 and 2005, though many survive in heritage fleets and in private hands.

This is a large model for the mainline series, standing over 1-1/2" tall and 4" long. The body consists of two metal castings, at the expense of an interior; the steps seen at the rear of the bus are part of the base. A single piece of plastic accounts for all of the windows.

The Double-Decker is given out to every single person who holds the title of Matchbox Ambassador To Collectors.


The Double-Decker has come out in the following scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color/ Type Window Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
MB56 2006 MBX Metal Red The British Invasion Continues Black / Plastic Smoke Cut Tri-Spoke (Black) - 2851df J2382 Thailand MB RMB 2006 Basic
BB09 2007 Best of British Red MATCHBOX Best of British, 12 Oxford Circuss, Double Decker Bus Tour, Yellow stripe Black / Plastic Clear Red SuperfastSmall L1852 Thailand MB RMB 2007 Best of British
MB34 2007 MBX Metal Blue "Matchbox" Toys, Tottenham Ct Rd STN, No.5 Black / Plastic Smoke M001f K9489 Thailand MB RMB 2007 Basic
2007 Matchbox Gathering of Friends Dealer exclusive Dark smoke tint Black SuperfastSmall Limited to 300 pieces. MB RMB 2007 Matchbox Gathering Dealer exclusive side
BB10 2008 Best of British Green High Wycombe, Buckinhamshire, Union Jack, 363 Black / Plastic Smoke Cut Tri-Spoke (Black) - 2851df M4608 Thailand Routemaster Bus on card MB RMB 2008 Best of British
MB53 2008 City Action 9/12 Metalflake Tan Union Jack with "55+ Years of Quality and Heritage" and Red, White and Black Matchbox logo on sides Black / Plastic Smoke Cut Tri-Spoke (Black) - 2851df M5338 Thailand Routemaster Bus on card MB RMB 2008 Basic
N/A 2008 Dream Halloween Metallic purple 13 PYSCHIC ENCOUNTERS, Stripes White / Plastic Green tint Copper M001f Thailand Charity event exclusive MB RMB 2008 Dream Halloween
2009 Best of British Black / Plastic Smoke Cut Tri-Spoke (Black) - 2851df MB RMB 2009 Best of British
MB52 2009 City Action 12/13

Dark Grass Green

Black, White, Yellow, and Gold "The Matchbox Transport Sightseeing Tours" on sides Black / Plastic Smoke WhiteM001f P2960 Thailand

Routemaster Bus on card

Base code(s): B24

MB RMB 2009 Basic
MB71 2010

City Action


Red Union Jack, "Adventures don't just happen, What's your adventure?" banner Black / Plastic Dark smoke tint Cut Tri-Spoke (Black) - 2851df R4996 Thailand

Routemaster Bus on card

Base code(s): C07

MB RMB 2010 Basic
N/A 2013 Toy Fair Gold Chrome New Matchbox logo on side, Union Jack on roof, Matchbox Vehicles and Brown tampos on side, 60th Anniversary logo on rear, detailed headlights and tailights. Black / Plastic Smoke Gold M001f Thailand MB RMB 2013 Toy Fair
2013 Matchbox Gathering Dinner model Black / Plastic Smoke GoldRinged Disc - 1288cf Dinner exclusive, limited to 75 each MB RMB 2013 Matchbox Gathering Dinner models
MB694 2013 Matchbox 60th Anniversary 4/24 Red Matchbox 60th Anniversary on Union flag backdrop Black / Plastic Smoke Ringed Disc - 1288cf Y5336 Thailand Base Code(s): F12 MB RMB 2013 60th Anniversary
MB694 2013 Matchbox 60th Anniversary 25/24 Metallic Red Matchbox 60th Anniversary ads, bus routes, detailed tampos Black / Plastic Smoke GoldM001f Thailand Also known as the "Chase Model"
Base Code(s): F12
MB RMB 2013 60th Anniversary Chase
2015 Best of the World Yellow Rubber Tires MB RMB 2015 Best of the World

See AlsoEdit

  • London Bus, based off of the AEC Regent buses, which preceded the Routemaster in London service.
  • The Londoner, based off of the Daimler Fleetline, which was intended to replace the Routemaster but ultimately predeceased it.
  • Two-Storey Bus, a 2013 model of a modern double-decker bus.

For other London buses, see London Bus (disambiguation)

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