Boone Co. Sheriff Matchbox toys exist thanks to production failure

Many states share the names of their cities and counties. It is not surprising that there can sometimes be confusion between some of them. That’s certainly the case with this production snafu.

THE STORY

A model car collection blog posted a article in which the writer tells the story of his friend from the Boone County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Department mentioning that he would like one of the department’s vehicles replicated in a Matchbox car.

The writer was an ambassador for Mattel when this conversation took place, so he put a microphone in their ear.

So I spoke with the Mattel team at the time and they were very enthusiastic. So I hooked them up with each other, and the rest is history.

Did you know that there are eight different states in the United States that contain their own Boone County?

  • Boone County, Arkansas
  • Boone County, Illinois
  • Boone County, Indiana
  • Boone County, Iowa
  • Boone County, Kentucky
  • Boone County, Missouri
  • Boone County, Nebraska
  • Boone County, West Virginia

It’s one of the reasons a northern Illinois sheriff’s office landed its own Matchbox toys, of sorts.

CONTRAST & COMPARISON

It is a patrol vehicle belonging to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Belvidere, Illinois.

Boone County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

Boone County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

These are patrol vehicles for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, Missouri.

Boone County Sheriff’s Office – MO via Facebook

Boone County Sheriff’s Office – MO via Facebook

The two departments’ logo designs are slightly similar but visibly different.

Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office – MO via Facebook

Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office – MO via Facebook

Here is an image of the Matchbox toy.

Dajakaty through eBay

Dajakaty through eBay

With a trained eye (or a really good zoom), you’ll notice that the only thing this design has in common with the Boone County, Missouri design is the badge.

THERE IS MORE

Someone commented on this post suggesting that the fire truck in this set is not from Illinois Where Missouri.

Dajakaty through eBay

Dajakaty through eBay

If you are interested in buying the above item, you can find it here and others here.

Speaking of Illinois and eBay, people are selling haunted dolls… so it’s done now.

Plus these suits scream “Illinois”