110 - The first three numbers are the day of the year the car was produced, in this case 110 = April 19.
9 - The last number in the digits is the ending of the year, in this case 9 = 1999. If the four digit number ends with an 8, then the car was made in 1998.
BJ - The factory in China where the car was manufactured. So far, the factories are only known as BJ, EA and ME. I have only found one model produced at ME, the Kenworth T-2000. All others seem to be manufactured at BJ or EA.
If you look closely at the batch numbers, you can see that Mattel was producing the 1998 Matchbox line way into 1999. After promising the 1-100's for 1999 that we all have been waiting on, Mattel still insisted on filling the shelves with 1998 models. A few of last years models are now being produced with small variations. With the batch numbering system, it is easier to pick these out, if nothing else.
As of the last update, this is the revised location index we are using.
|Many collectors are finding different locations
for batch numbers on many vehicles, so we are going to
attempt to index where they are found. This index will
be changed frequently to keep it updated, so please
bear with us.
DATE - FACTORY - LOCATION - DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON CAR 3389 BJ UC 4 different locations
SYMBOL LOCATION SYMBOL LOCATION R = REAR F = FRONT RA = REAR AXLE FA = FRONT AXLE UC = UNDER CHINA AC = ABOVE CHINA LC = LEFT OF CHINA RC = RIGHT OF CHINA UMB = UNDER MATCHBOX AMB = ABOVE MATCHBOX LMB = LEFT OF MATCHBOX RMB = RIGHT OF MATCHBOX UMIL = UNDER MB INT'L LTD AMIL = ABOVE MB INT'L LTD UCN = UNDER CAR NAME ACN = ABOVE CAR NAME LCN = LEFT OF CAR NAME RCN = RIGHT OF CAR NAME BS = BELOW SCALE AS = ABOVE SCALE LS = LEFT OF SCALE RS = RIGHT OF SCALE AY = ABOVE YEAR BY = BELOW YEAR BCS = BELOW CRANKSHAFT ACS = ABOVE CRANKSHAFT T = TRAILER S = SKID UMI = UNDER MATTEL INC AMI = ABOVE MATTEL INC LMI = LEFT OF MATTEL INC RMI = RIGHT OF MATTEL INC