Monday, April 15, 2013
April 14 Matchbox Ambassador Update: Brand new Dodge Charger Police and other sneaks...
Greetings fellow collectors, and happy tax day for you folks in the USA...
First off, thanks for your patience last week. A lack of sneaks coupled with a heavy travel day meant we skipped the Update last week. But we are back with a slew of good stuff this week.
So we will just get right to it.
(As always, all photos are shown with permission from Mattel.)
We are starting with a model that has been on many of our "most-anticipated" lists since it was announced at the Matchbox Gathering back in...do you remember...July of 2011(!?!) Mattel announced this new model back then as a 2012 entry, but due to some complications it was delayed until 2013.
So almost two years later we finally have our first glance at the MB846 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit, and from my vantage point it was well worth the wait:
When the 2006 Dodge Charger was used as a police car, many were unhappy with the fact that it did not sport a light bar up top and push bars out front. Never fear, as you can see that the new Charger remedies all that, and it looks sharp. It is a true police car casting, and further strengthens the arsenal of Matchbox police tools, including the Ford Interceptor, Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru WRX, Dodge Monaco, and Lamborghini Gallardo, among others. Not a bad mix. I sense this model now and with future liveries will be a hit with police and Matchbox collectors. Hopefully we see a model soon with those signature Charger tail lights.
For the rest of the sneaks, we will stay with a "utility" theme. All of these models are existing castings, but with new decos for 2013:
First off, the current Ambassador's favorite construction model, the Scraper, going a little Zamac and sporting the new utility wheels:
And another construction vehicle, the Ground Breaker:
Next is the Humvee, which will look nice sitting next to the new International MXT MVA in desert livery.
And the Chevy Transporter as an airport van:
And lastly, the Vintage Ice Cream Truck a purple and orange outfit:
That is it for now. Next week we will go with a street car theme, showing another upcoming 60th Anniversary model, in all its British glory, as well as a handful of other realistic-looking street cars.