Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Look: 2014 Matchbox 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula...

It is probably appropriate that this post hits this week.

We took these pics of the latest version of the Matchbox '71 Firebird last week, before leaving for the Gathering, and we wanted to use one older version for sake of comparison.  The model we chose was the recolor from 2011, in gold.

And a couple of days later, the person that made a classic gold Firebird iconic passed away.  James Garner, famous for his role on Rockford Files, and a serious gearhead himself, passed away at age 86 on Saturday.

So, while the focus of this post is the latest version of the '71 Firebird in green, consider it our tribute to Mr. Garner, who we loved in the Rockford Files, Maverick, and many other series.  It may not be his exact Firebird, but it'll do.  RIP James Garner.

With all that, don't overlook how great this latest version is.  Yeah, the wheels are more modern, but after several classic versions, this updated look really works.  Definitely worth picking up, or snagging on ebay...

Matchbox 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula (2014 Mainline):


  1. I think it looks neat. But what happened to the front detailng?! Either way, still looks sexier!

    And even if I'm not a fan of vintages, this is one of mine.

    And because this in my top 20 favorite MB models, not top 10, but 20, and in the 11th place.

    By the way, the gold recolor is my choice, and then the green, then blue, then there...

  2. ummm, did no one bother to check what the tail lights actually look like before they designed the tampo?

  3. The Boss 302-looking graphics and giant steam roller wheels kill an otherwise nice casting for me. If that's not enough, the Ford-esque graphic looks a bit amateurish with the placement of the text.
    One bright moment for this poor little model is the black interior. Still, in typical Mattel tradition - they get 50 percent right, and 50 percent wrong.

    1.'s just sad.....