When Vintage Matchbox Toys meet a Microanalytical and Imaging Scientist

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.

Dr. Shangshang Mu’s collection – a vintage railway playset circa 1979 and some Matchbox toy cars ranging from the 1970s to 2010s.

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.

About EDAX

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.