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Friday, July 11, 2014

Gathering Prep: One Matchbox exclusive model from each of the last 7 years, plus the first sneak peek of this year's Dinner Model...


Exactly as week from now, we will be enjoying the Southwest in the great town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with our fellow Matchbox nerds at the 12th Annual International Matchbox Collectors Gathering of Friends.

We have already mentioned numerous times how much we enjoy this convention, so we are happily counting down the days.  And to help us do that we are looking at models from Gatherings past.  Last week we showcased the several Routemaster Buses that have been Gathering exclusives, and this week we thought we would pull one exclusive from the last 7 Gatherings.

Why 7?  No reason.  The 2014 event will actually be my 7th time visiting, and it would have been the 8th if certain circumstances hadn't prevented my from going in 2007.  So maybe these 7 represent the 7 years I have been involved.

So we picked a model from each year and gave them the Lamley treatment.  You can see that there is a large variety to the models picked, and the only consistency is that the models are licensed, and they are incredibly detailed.  The Gathering exclusives are always the nicest produced models of each year.

And that will remain true in 2014.  Event organizer Jim Gallegos had hinted to us that the models will not disappoint, and that they are some of the best models ever done for the Gathering.  He even provided a teaser pic and we are showing at the bottom of this post.  Scroll down and see if you can figure out what the model is.

So here we go, a model from each year since 2007.  Try not to drool, and let us know your favorite.  If you can pick one...

(In case you want one, some of these models are currently on ebay...)


2007 - 5th Gathering - 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA (Dinner Model)








2008 - 6th Gathering - 1969 Cadillac Sedan Deville (Dealer Model)








2009 - 7th Gathering - 1972 Lotus Europa (Convention Model)








2010 - 8th Gathering - 1971 VW-Porsche 914 (Convention Model)










2011 - 9th Gathering - '68 Ford Mustang GT/CS (Dinner Model)







2012 - 10th Gathering - 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula (Dinner Model)







2013 - 11th Gathering - '56 Buick Century Police Car (Dealer Model)










Finally, the sneak peek you have all been waiting for:

2014 - 12th Gathering - ________________ (Dinner Model)



Jim may have given too much away.  Especially with these hints:
  1. It is a Matchbox model.
  2. It has wheels.
  3. The Gathering logo is somewhere on the model.
  4. It sits in a plexiglass case.
  5. It will be opened by David Tilley, my Lamley counterpart, as soon as he gets his grubby hands on it.
Anyone excited?

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