Monday, August 4, 2014

August 3rd Matchbox Ambassador Report, by Larry Scaduto...

Ambassador’s Report August 4th, 2014
By: Larry Scaduto

Greetings to all and thank you for reading my first official Matchbox Ambassador’s report. I might not be posting every week but, I will do my best to get these reports out in a timely fashion. A lot of product was shown at the Gathering this July, so there are no new pictures from Mattel this time around. I’ve been promised that when something is available, photos will be passed onto you. All images and stories within this report are published with the permission and consent of The Matchbox Team and Mattel.

Matchbox Questions & Answers
1. Are there any thoughts on having another Line Preview sometime in the future? 
Not possible at this time.
2. When is Toy Fair and is there going to be a special model to look for? 
It is in November and we will have a model for this.
3. Is Matchbox making a model for Dream Halloween this year? 
This is TBD
4. When will the collector’s poster be available to print out and how will it be structured? Will it be a group picture of all models together or individual shots of each model? And lastly…. Will there be a checklist? 
The digital poster will be available in the fall but we can’t discuss the content yet.  
5. It was noted at the Gathering that you gear your presentation to just boys. When in fact there are girls who collect as well. Is there any chance of designing models that would appeal to girls as well? 
Since we are a boy’s brand, our main focus is designing models that appeal to them and the way they play. While we are aware that girls collect as well, there are still a higher percentage of boys that collect our product so we design accordingly for this.
6. Being a unique car, how will the Presidential Motorcade – Cadillac One ever be recolored? 
We will refresh the model in the future by selecting colors that are most suited for limousines since Limos can be seen in colors other than just basic black. 
7. With the return of a Ford Cab to the lineup, are there any thoughts of bringing back the Convoy Series? Having one in a Mission Force Set would be a good start! 
We are not sure if Convoy Series will return.  We just thought it would be fun to make this truck cab compatible with previous Convoy trailers. 
8. It was mentioned that there will be 125 models next year in the basic core line. How many will be recolors? 
We usually recolor 5 models as we did this year.
9. Will the mystery cars come on blister cards mixed in with the regular issues? 
The mystery cars will be sold in sealed plastic bags instead of blister cards. 
10. Also will they be part of the 125 releases or in addition to the regular issues? 
Models will be pulled from the 125 assortment but there will be 6 models with exclusive deco. 
11. Will 5-Packs ever go back to all exclusive models or will they continue to have just one? 
This is still TBD
12. Are Mission Force Sets continuing into 2015? 
Yes they are.
13. Can we get any information on the following MAN numbers: MB927  MB928  MB929  MB930  MB932  MB936  MB937  MB940  MB941  MB944  MB945  MB946  MB951  MB953 …………………… this is assuming these are all updated castings for older vehicles. 
Your assumption is correct. These are all updated castings. Some are old and some are relatively new. 

Here are the names according to your request:
MB927 Ford Raptor                                                                                      MB928 Desert Thunder V16
MB929 International CXT                                                                                    MB 930 Pontiac Piranha
MB932 Fire Smasher                                                                                                MB936 Water Tanker
MB937 Urban Tow Truck                                                                                             MB940 Road Roller
MB941 Jungle Crawler                                                                             MB944 Ford E-350 Ambulance
MB945 Subaru Impreza WRX Police                                                                                 MB946 Scraper
MB951 Pontiac Solstice Concept                                                                MB953 Chevy K1500 Pickup

No. 7 Hairy Hustler & No.6 Mercedes 350SL Pre Pro’s

The Matchbox GAF View-Master Grand Prix Game

This game is from my collection. I believe it was introduced in the early to mid 70’s.  It features a large fold out game board and 4 very hard to find models. (Well maybe 3) This was purchased overseas on e-bay and is considered the rarest View-Master sets.

The game is played on a Grand Prix circuit board, which slides out when you fold down the end flap of the box. The board then folds out to give a MASSIVE 4’ x 3’ playing area. Each player chooses a car and they line up on the grid, ready for the start. The dice are thrown and the cars move off around the track, one space for each number.

This story sent by fellow collector: Fabrice Declercq

First, a little introduction…. My name is Fabrice Declercq, 46 years old and I live in Belgium-Europe. I collect Matchbox since 2003. It all started after visiting the exposition at the Belgian Toy museum about 50 Years of Matchbox. Superfast models of the early seventies are my favorites. They remind me of my childhood and how much fun I had with these little cars. After having most of the regular variations of these models in my collection I start collecting the rare variations. Well needless to say, this is very expensive. Brazilian variations, pre-productions, errors etc...

I'm running on a limited budget so soon I found out that these are way too expensive for me. Feeling a little bit sad about this I try to find a solution. Soon after I was thinking: why not create my own MB Superfast variations? And so I started. They are as fake as can be but I enjoy the whole process very much. Going to swap meets searching for early Superfast models with good wheels is exciting and challenging. Thinking about which colors and decals - labels I will use can take sometimes several days. But the best part is for last when these little very beautiful gems are on display and I get that wonderful feeling of having something unique in my collection. It's a feeling I can't describe. Guess not many Matchbox collectors are doing what I do. So, after reading your first Ambassador report I thought to myself: why not giving it a try and send an e-mail to the new MB-ambassador about my special way of collecting.
Attached are some examples of my own created MB Superfast models.

Ambassador’s Note:  Thank you goes out to Fabrice for showing us his wonderful work.

First pic is of a Mod Rod is snow white with a primer black engine and Flying Bug heart shaped label.

Second picture shows a Blue Shark in BP yellow with #3 Monteverdi Hai label.

3rd picture is of a Beach Buggy in snow white with a sunflower label normally used on the Beach Hopper

4th picture is a Road Dragster also in BP yellow with a primer black engine and scorpion label.

What’s New 
 (Thank you goes out to Terry Ozima for some of these finds)     

The 9-pack & 5-pack were found at Target and the latest batch pictured above was found at Wal-Mart in the suburbs of Chicago!

Here’s a few Real Talker PrePro’s from my collection

Albuquerque’s Finest


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  2. Availability seems to differ greatly around the US. Where I live, most of the diecast I buy comes from either Bluefield, VA; Bluefield, WV, or Tazewell, VA. The Magic Mart in Tazewell, VA; and the Kmart in Bluefield, WV, are both stocking the last batch of 2013. Walmart and Family Dollar in Bluefield, Va are the most up to date, but they are still a few batches behind.
    I'd like a Mack B, which I have yet to find instore, but a 20X markup online is ridiculous.

    Glad to see that the Ford Brush Truck, Rescue UTV, and Crown Vic, are all in a 9-pack. This will make the third year straight that I've ended up having to buy a 9 pack for many of my must-haves on the list. In 2012, I had to get it for the F-350 Superlift. In 2013, it was the Brush Truck, Sowing Machine, Ford Interceptor, and Ford Explorer