Sam Morris and Mr Stone formed Morris and Stone Ltd, a wholesale toy distributor. They decided to have their own exclusive range called Morestone.

Production was mainly undertaken by Modern Products of north London (toy producers in their own right), although others involved included R. Smith (Diecastings) Ltd, partly owned by Rodney Smith, one of the founders of Lesney.

In addition to Morestone, the company also produced the 'Esso' series (with boxes to resemble petrol pumps) as a challenge to the Matchbox '1 - 75' Series, albeit these were rather crude, and larger size 'Trucks of the World'.

The name of Budgie Toys was introduced in 1959, although the initial releases were re-issues of earlier Morestone or Modern Products toys. Production remained with Modern Products even after Morris and Stone were taken over in 1961 by the toy form S. Guiterman and Co Ltd. In 1966 Guiterman failed, but Modern Products managed to continue the Budgie name, although much of the tooling was sold for scrap.

Nevertheless certain items did remain and these were produced for a company called H. Seener Ltd, specialising in the London souvenir trade.

London Routemaster bus

Perhaps the most famous Budgie Toy is of the London Routemaster bus. The original Budgie version was later distributed by Seener. Later Seener's Routemaster closely resembled the Corgi Toys version, but to a smaller, 1/76th scale. This Routemaster is now produced by Oxford Die-Cast Ltd.

Other Budgie Toys were varied and included an FX4 taxi, a Scammell Scarab, a Motorway Express coach, and a futuristic Supercar.

Budgie value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Budgie price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

Budgie forum (7 comments)

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Todd Behymer - February 3, 2015

Came across a No.8 Volkswagen, a No.19 Rover 105 (green) and a no.14 Packard Convertible with black wheels and blue windshield. Cool toys. Reminds me of the old early Lesney cars.

Gerald Teach - May 20, 2014

I acquired a little yellow land rover jeep with A A road service on it I was certain it had to be a matchbox toy, but I latter saw a picture of one under e bay die cast site all it had on the bottom was made in England now that I read about the budgie history I know why it is the quality of early lesney

Tom - June 3, 2013

Hi,I found a Budgie #296b BMMO Coach Washington DC/Blue Line Sightseeing Company Bus in great shape at local estate sale,Couldnt find any on Ebay.Was wondering what it is worth? Thanks Tom

Dave Gale - December 13, 2012

Yes, Martin I have an interest. Send me an email with all of the info you have. Thanks!
►reply: I will forward your message to Martin.

Martin Kimberley - August 2, 2012

I have access to the company who owns Budgie. They have a tremendious array of the original tooling and dies, boxes and models. These can still be produced. Do you have any interrest???Regards Martin

Dave Gale - November 26, 2011

I just picked up the green squad car at an antique store near my town today. It was in a box with some other loose diecast cars. I had never heard or Budgie but I new it was English and similar to Lesney just by first glance. I bought it for $2 USD and brought it home to research it. It's in good shape, no worse than the ones you're showing that are for sale on ebay. So, there are people reading your page to gain facts about these old toys. Thanks for your time and trouble to maintain this site. It's proving interesting to read the history. Dave
►reply: Thanks for the compliment Dave :-), working many hours to add more (vintage) toy brands!

S. Howell, Sr - November 16, 2011

I have a Budgie A.E.C. Routemaster 64 seater without a box but in great condition and want to sell it.
►reply: There are some Budgie Routemaster 64 for sale so you can get an idea what to fetch for it.