Today we are starting a new feature. It is the debut of "My Favorite Matchbox", where the Lamley Group welcomes in a guest who will tell us about his or her favorite Matchbox. I leave the question wide open. It could mean a model from childhood, it could mean a current model. It could be a favorite because of the memories it sparks, or because it just looks good and is well-designed. It could be a replica of a family car or of a dream car. It doesn't matter.
We are very privileged to start the feature with one of the main cogs in the Matchbox range, Mattel's Matchbox Die-Cast Manager Dave Weise. Dave has been with Matchbox for several years after moving over from Hot Wheels, and has a hand in the design and direction of all the diecast ranges we encounter at the store - basics, multipacks, Real Working Rigs, etc. He is also responsible for the design of many castings from both Mattel die-cast brands. For example, that Hot Wheels Camaro Road Race that has been so popular? It was designed by Dave.
When I asked Dave what his favorite Matchbox model was, he came back with two. One from childhood, and one from today. And his descriptions highlight two key elements on why we collect - the memories of childhood, and the enjoyment of good design.
From Dave Weise:
|Photo from Dan's Matchbox Picture Pages|
Now that we have that perspective, it gives a clearer idea of who might have been behind this Matchbox Mercury Cougar that was released a few years ago:
One last thing about Dave. He one of the best liaisons collectors can have. He will once again be in Albuquerque later this month at the MC International Gathering of Friends, where he presents the upcoming range and brand direction. He is also known to sit and chat with collectors for hours, who annoyingly pick his brain about pretty much anything Matchbox-related. I might have been one of those annoying collectors last year, and he indulged me and my cohorts for much longer than he needed to.
As always, thanks Dave!