SHANGHAI, May 18, 2021—52mbx.com celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. Evolved from its ancestor bulletin board system, the website serves as a recognized Matchbox toys resource in Chinese language, especially when its powerful search engine launched more than a decade ago. More than 1,300 Matchbox toys are covered in the database, with thousands of pictures and detailed analysis. It is now a unique online knowledge base prepared in Chinese language. “It is a tiny but meaningful milestone,” said Lingyun Chen, administrator of 52mbx.com, “I’ll continually develop the Matchbox toys search engine, as long as my hobby collection lasts. It is part of my whole life now.”
In pursuit of Matchbox toys around the world, many fans are simply chasing manufacturing numbers, variations, or hard-to-find pieces of model cars. Maybe no one has ever questioned whether vintage toys made in circa 1960s – 1980s contain lead.
Recently, Dr. Shangshang Mu, a former club member of 52mbx during the forum era, conducted analysis by extremely scientific approaches and has drawn a conclusion that those vintage toys are lead-free and are still safe to children. His research report is published on the EDAX Blog.
About Dr. Shangshang Mu
Dr. Mu is application engineer at EDAX. Prior to joining the firm, he was the lab manager at the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Consortium in Fayetteville, NC. Shangshang holds a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Chengdu University of Technology. He earned an MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Shangshang completed his PhD in Earth Sciences at Boston University.
EDAX is a unit of AMETEK Materials Analysis Division. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with annualized sales of more than $1.8 billion.