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Volkswagen Type 181 (1974)
Debut Series 1-100
Produced 2008-Present
Number MB738
Scale 1:59
'75 Volkswagen Thing - 8677df.jpg


  • Creeping through the rainforest in search of a rare new monkey species, you hear the menacing growl of a hungry jaguar. Luckily, your Volkswagen Type 181 with its compact design can reverse unnoticed and then hammer through the jungle terrain before mama jaguar pounces for dinner!
    —From 2010 and 2011 Jungle Explorers cards


The Volkswagen Type 181 (1974) has been issued in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
MB76 (USA) MB16 (ROW) 2008 1-75/100: Outdoor Adventure 1/12 Yellow Black, White, Silver, Red and Orange tampos Black / Plastic Smoke Black M001f.jpg M4382 Thailand "'75 Volkswagen Thing" on card.
'75 Volkswagen Thing - 8677df.jpg
N/A 2008 10-Pack: Exclusive Pack Green Detailed trim Black / Plastic Smoke Black Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg M6403 Thailand MB738 - 2008 10-Pack USA.jpg
MB93 (USA) MB56 (ROW) 2009 1-75/100: Outdoor Sportsman 5/12 Light Blue Silver accents Black / Plastic Smoke White Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg P2973 (USA) P6437 (ROW) Thailand Base Code(s): B09 0993-VWThingBlue.jpg
MB93 (USA) MB56 (ROW) 2009 1-100: Outdoor Sportsman 5/12 Orange Black stripe on sides and Silver accents Black / Plastic Smoke Black Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg P6525 (USA) P6550 (ROW) Thailand 0993-WVThingOrange.jpg
MB98 (USA) MB69 (ROW) 2010 1-75/100: Jungle Explorers 4/6 Tan Brown Doors, Dark Green Camo, "Jungle Safari," "Stay In Vehicle" Black / Plastic Smoke Brown Ringed Disc Tan.jpg R5009 (USA) R5109 (ROW) Thailand Variations: Also available with faint light green camo or gray hubs.
Base Code(s): C28
MB93-VW Type 181-R5009-A.jpg
N/A 2010 Lesney Edition Red Black stripe, "The Thing", detailed trim Black / Metal Smoke Black Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg R1281 Thailand Base Code(s): C09 Lesney Edition 74 Volkswagen Type 181.jpg
MB98 (USA) MB69 (ROW) 2011 1-75/100: Jungle Explorers 4/6 White Black zebra stripes, "Jungle Thing", "Base Camp" Black / Plastic Smoke Maroon WhiteRinged Disc - 1288cf.jpg T8971 Thailand Base Code(s): D05 MB738 - 2011 1-75.jpg
N/A 2011 5-Pack: Volkswagen Classics Pearl White Detailed tampo Black / Plastic Clear Black Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg V0316 Thailand Base Code(s): D08, D22 2011-5P-VolkswagenType181-White.jpg
MB82 2013 1-120: MBX Explorers Metallic Bronze Black stripe on sides and Silver accents Black / Plastic Sky Blue Black Austin Mini Cooper 1275S - IMG 4912-2.jpg Y0871 (USA) BBK93 (ROW) Thailand Base Code(s): F36, F38 MB-82 Volkswagen Type 181.jpg
N/A 2015 5-Pack: Jungle Crew Matte Light Blue Elephant symbol, VW, Silver / Plastic Clear Olive Green 65px-M001f.jpg DJX99 Thailand Base code(s): H45, H46, H49 Volkswagen Type 181 2015 5Pack Jungle.jpg
N/A 2015 5-Pack: Jurassic World Desert/Island Maroon D5, JURASSIC WORLD tampo Light Brown / Plastic Blue tint Light Brown Black Rim Ringed Disc Gold Orange.jpg CJM07 Thailand Base code(s): H09, H10 Volkswagen Type 181 (2015 Jurassic World).jpg
N/A 2016 5-Pack: Shark Week Matte Gunmetal Blue MAKO, SHARK WEEK tampo Black / Plastic Smoke Black Blue Wheel.jpg DVG50 Thailand Base code(s): J29 Volkswagen Type 181 (2016 Shark Week).jpg
MB75 2019 1-100: MBX Off-Road 2/20 Light Blue Detailed trim Black / Plastic Smoke White Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg FYR81 (USA) GCF76 (ROW) GJC08 (PG) Thailand Base code(s): L52, M01, M03, M04, M06, M07 Volkswagen Type 181 (2019 RE).jpg
MB33 2020 1-100: MBX Jungle Olive Green Detailed trim & "The Thing" Beige / Plastic Smoke Beige Ringed Disc - 1288cf.jpg GKL00 (USA) GKM40 (ROW) GKN76 (PG) Thailand Base code(s): M39, M41, M42, M48, N09 Volkswagenthing2020.jpg
MB67 2020 1-100: MBX Jungle Tan Green doors and trim, Matchbox, VW Thing Green / Plastic Smoke Brown Image Not Available.jpg GKL04 Thailand Base Code(s): N23 DSC 1583.JPG
N/A 2020 5-Pack: Rocky Peaks White MTN RSQ, Corrales District No. 3 Light Gray / Plastic Smoke Light Gray Image Not Available.jpg GKJ09 Thailand Base code(s): N24, N40 74 Volkswagen Type 181 - 2020 7 Rocky Peaks.jpg