Sure, anyone who is passionate about the A100 has already compared these two, but it is our turn.
Two reasons why we haven't done this in the past:
- As great as the Hot Wheels A100 van is, it hasn't really sported that signature deco yet. So far, we would say the 76 livery from the Slick Rides series is best, but we are hoping to see something better. Especially since this is a fantastic casting and deserves it. (Future Heritage model perhaps?)
- We have been looking for the purple Matchbox A100 for awhile now, and finally the City Market in Moab, Utah came through. Crazy that we first photographed this model last July at the Matchbox Gathering, and now, in March, we finally see it.
But now we have the purple version, and a very serviceable version in a Starburst livery, and we should put them together.
And how cool do they look side-by-side? Obviously, one is a van and one is a pickup, but it goes much further than that. One is pure Hot Wheels, modified, lowered, speedy, and one is pure Matchbox, standard ride height, Matchbox's "stock" wheels, and looking like it came straight form its proper era.
And that is why we hope both brands continue to push their respective A100's out. Let's get lots of versions, and let's put them side-by-side a lot. We could have categorized this post a Cool is Cool is Cool, because it most certainly deserves. These two are fantastic...