By: Larry Scaduto
Hope everyone’s day is going well. It’s time to publish my next report. Hope you like the articles I’ve included this time around. The new releases start out with the modified Cadillac Ambulance and then we got a new batch of questions that have been kindly answered by the Matchbox Team. I have also included the next installment of the Sea Kings story in pictures. Enjoy...
’63 Cadillac Ambulance
International CXT VA
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- Are there any plans to do the new Bentley Continental or bring back the old casting? The old casting may appear in the future.
- Do you have the MAN # for the Jaguar F-Type? Yes, it is MB975.
- Is the Nissan GT-R being considered for a future release? No.
- Is there going to be a Sports Car/ Modern Rides type 5-Pack for 2015? No, but there will be a Classic Rides 5-pack instead.
- Can the 5-Pack names for 2015 be released as of yet? Yes, they are as follows:
- Will the BMW M5 Police have a separate light bar or will it be a part of the windows? It will be part of the windows.
- What model is MB869? It is the 2008 Garbage Truck formerly MB742.
- Will future releases be limited to 4-parts or will there be exceptions to the rule? No exceptions.
- Are any of the tools given to Bulgaria still available? This is unknown since this was before the Mattel acquisition of Matchbox.
- When will the Crop Master be released? The Crop Master will appear in the Farm 5-Pack in the spring.
- How many Mission Force sets will be out for 2015? There will be 3 new packs & 4 carry forward packs.
- Any plans on introducing more new wheels designs? More will be introduced in the future.
- How many assortments will the Supreme Heroes come in? One in the spring & one in the fall.
- How many Sky Busters for 2015? There will be 30.
PREPRODUCTIONS FROM MY COLLECTION
Since early last week we had 19 inches of snow fall in 24 hour time period, I thought it was time to break out the Snow Plows!! The preproduction variety that is…… I’m starting out with a collector’s favorite and it is certainly one of mine: The Unimog! This version is in green with a gray Lesney England base and features an incomplete year of release.
Here is the Unimog in yellow with a black Lesney England base with a finished date of 1989.
Now we have the Highway Maintenance Truck in red with Aspen Snow Removal tampo.
And finally I’m showing the best PrePro of the bunch…A Peterbilt Dump w/Blade in black with a transparent white dump, interior and a 1998 Mattel China base.
These have nothing to do with the weather, but I thought you might like to see the NASA vehicles that were never made. No.60 Transporter Vehicle with a chrome rocket and No.27 Swing Wing. Both of these would have been well received in the regular lineup or a gift set.
Above: Battleship & Convoy Escort / Below: Guided Missile Destroyer & Anti-Aircraft Cruiser
I’m not 100% sure, but I believe this series came after SUTC. Another company decided to release the Sea Kings once again and this time they were even better than the any other sets that were released up to this point. These ships were called Battle Cruizers. The detailing on this series was exceptional. If you notice in the lower corner of the boxes there are 3 different companies that released this series. I’m wondering if full sets exist with each distributor’s name. Closer pictures of each logo are at the end of this section.
Above: Aircraft Carrier & Submarine Chaser / Below: Helicopter Carrier & Submarine
Ships of the Fleet
Now with Ships of the Fleet we see 4 of the 8 Battle Cruizers released in different packaging all together. But the ships are exactly the same and the distributor is now BMC Toys out of New Jersey here in the states. If you notice the date, it says 2001; almost 22 years after Lesney stopped making this series. These ships come in a stand up blister card that pops open quite easily. I’ve opened them for a closer look. (Sorry Mr. Tilley….I put them back in) Now you can appreciate the quality of the tampo printing. Maybe Mattel should see if these molds are still available. I would love to see this series again!!!
Guided Missile Destroyer
Land & Air 2-Packs and gift set pics sent to me from: Mavanerick
Mission: Flame Smashers
Mission: Mars Explorers
Close up of the ATV 6x6 found in the Mars Explorers gift set. Available at Toys-R-Us
2015 Batch B releases…..
1st model shown above: No.29 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
I found this 1971 Matchbox Commercial on YouTube. Thought you would like to see it
MODELS WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE MADE
1959 Aston-Martin DB4
2014 BMW I 3
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
1973 Lamborghini Jarama
1990 Scania G93M Fire Engine
2011 Opel Insignia opc Unlimited
2012 Volkswagen Up
2014 Jaguar xfr-s Sportbrake
Matchbox Seaport Playmat
After some digging I found my Sea Kings Seaport Playmat. It is a rolled vinyl diorama of a naval shipyard that is quite large. I forgot to measure it. It was a nice play environment for the ships.
Just to let you know that our 3rd European Matchbox Meeting is only couple of month away - check attachment.
The above information was sent to me from Dirk Schleuer
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