Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 30th Matchbox Ambassador Report, by Larry Scaduto...

Ambassador’s Report March 30th, 2015
By: Larry Scaduto

Good day to one and all. Wow what an informative report this time around! I am starting out with one of the latest Supreme Heroes releases. The Chevy Suburban! The deco is simple and clean. This is a very nice addition to the series. I have a nice selection of PrePro’s in this report. I’m showcasing a collector’s favorite… The Volvo Container Truck! Oh….there is a small selection of 2015 models. And if ANYONE is interested……. I finally have a picture of the new Alfa Romeo 4C. Like I said……. it is well worth the wait!!!!


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Here’s the Alfa!!! I’m only able to show you the license plate!!! Hope you like it!

MB821 Ford Police Interceptor & The Sahara Sweeper

May I Introduce to you the Alfa Romeo 4C!!!
I know…. that was mean of me to tease you with just the license plate. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s rise in blood pressure!! So we now have the long awaited and beautiful MB905 Alfa Romeo 4C in red. There will be a recolor this year as well, Charcoal Gray. 


Up first is a PrePro of MB31 Mazda RX7. This model features a gloss black body and 1982 gloss black metal Lesney England base. Usually you’ll find this PrePro with a red interior, but this one sports a black interior. Quite striking in all over black!!!!  Boy, do I miss opening doors as well!!

Here I have a MB17 Ferrari 456GT. This is a PrePro of the Gold Challenge model. It is painted in a non-metallic dark copper / gold with a black plastic 1994 China base.  This model features a dark tan interior where the Challenge model had a black interior.

Pictured above is the MB34 Chevy Pro Stocker painted in a dark maroon with a 1980 Macau gloss black metal base. This model features a black interior and amber window. There’s enough metal in this model to make two or three of today’s regular line releases!!!!!

Next I have pictured a Taxi FX4R in white with an unpainted 1986 Macau metal base. This model also features light gray interior and clear windows.

This MB38 Ford Courier / Courrier van features a dark blue body and matching dark blue 1991 Thailand plastic base. It appears to be the PrePro of The Ideal Premium German Promotional 

I have always liked the Volvo Container Truck and I’ve tried to get as many variations as possible. And when it came to ASAP’s, there were more variations available than I had money to buy them! But I did what I could without starving my family too much!! Occasionally a PrePro would come along and if the price was reasonable I bought it. Here are the Volvo’s I have……

The first Volvo Container Truck has an Aqua Blue cab with black container and a gray plastic 1981 China base.

Next is an interesting version for Hawaiian Fruit Punch. This truck has a bright yellow body and a matching container. Here again the model features a gray plastic 1981 China base.

And this Volvo has a blue body and a matching hand sprayed blue container. I can see it was originally white where some paint has chipped off by an edge. This model also has a black plastic 1981 China base.  

Next I have pictured a cream colored PrePro of this wonderful model with a matching cream container. The base is the same, 1981 black plastic China. What sets this model apart from the others is that it has red rear doors.

And finally this Volvo Container Truck is white with a cream container and clear rivella labels applied. There’s a Blue label on the left and red on the right side. And let’s not forget the usual 1981 black plastic China base. So that’s it for PrePros this time around. Hope you like them!!


So it’s no big mystery that I really like the 48 car carry cases. I know I have mentioned this in an earlier report. What I’ve pictured above is all of the cases that I know of. I’m missing a few variations. One is a case that is molded in red vinyl and I’ve seen one in gray vinyl as well. This case color is usually found with a Sky Busters insert, but I did see one online that had a Super-Fast picture. There is also a case at the end of my pictures. It’s the blue case with a Lamborghini and Dodge pictured above three smaller vehicles. I was bidding on this case and lost the auction to another person. It appears to be a Canadian issue I’ve never seen before last month. But I did get the picture for my report. If somebody has one not pictured here, I would appreciate hearing about it. I’ve collected the other size cases as well but ended up selling them and just kept pursuing the 48 car variety. Just about all the cases pictured are the same with a different picture sealed under clear plastic. Plus different color trays can be found in the cases. The case with the biggest difference is the one pictured next to the last Canadian case. That one featured a clasp that closed the two halves of the case together. There are cardboard inserts that separate the models. Anyone who has this case knows you have to open and close it really fast or the models all fall out. Not exactly a great design…but a nice case none-the-less. 


I bit the bullet and purchased these on e-bay for (let’s say) more than retail! Since they are not going to be available as singles I thought these were the ones to get. This series was an exclusive for Kroger Food Stores here in the states. All models in this packaging were regular issues from somewhere within the Matchbox line, 5-Packs etc…. Nice packaging for Easter!!


1976 Chevy Monte Carlo

2014 Maserati Gran Turismo

BMW Aplpina B4 Bi-Turbo Convertible

1994 Venturi 400GT

Holden Special Vehicles / HSV Gen-F GTS


Honda Civic R-Type

1971 Plymouth Duster Super Bee

(Matchbox TV Commercial from 1993)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcBptm_n5bM


Thanks for including the Gathering update in this report.

Well, the 13th Annual Matchbox Collectors International Gathering of Friends Convention is less than 4 months away.  Have you made your reservations for dinner and your table?  The 1st 75 dinners have long since sold out but there are more dinners and tables available.

The dinner and dealer models have selected and the E-Sheets look great.  They are sure to be as popular as ever so do not miss out.  Michael again has outdone himself.  By the way, Michael and others will be at the event again this year.  We also have registered guests from Japan, Germany, England, Australia, and Canada as well as all over the US. Our seminars are being finalized with Ali Sakariti, Harvey Ristau and Jim Reid sharing their collections and knowledge with all.  The ever popular first responder display will be in the west parking lot and possible the Police Helicopter too.

Who will be the next Ambassador?  A tough act to follow for sure.

Now accepting auction items for the Gathering.  100% of proceeds from this event go to Rachel's Courtyard Children's Hospital.

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Thanks to all of you who have supported me in the past and again this year.  It could not happen without all of you.

Yours in collecting,

Jim Gallegos

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  1. Man that Sububan is perfect. I think they should do mainline versions cause I haven't even seen these in stores yet. The Alph is a great casting also. Like to see all of those made. Wasn't the BMW done in the 80s though?

    P.S. John L. Thanks for responding on the other thread . I think the blog is great and have been here since I found it thorough Swifty's Garage. I check in everyday and will keep doing so. Ignorance is bliss to some but I will not let ones stupidity ruin the good things in my life. Your response showed you do care. Also what happened to customs loved that segment?

  2. Thanks for the posting. Love the Alfa, looks good in red. Blue camouflage is a new one on me for the Sahara Sweeper. Not a bad model though.


  3. I'm certain that want levels for the Alfa 4C will reach astonishingly stratospheric levels. Oh, and money, too. Spending will be high.

  4. The GMT800 is looking very sharp! I would say its the best looking Supreme Heroes till now. The Ford Interceptor is looking equally nice. The livery looks simple yet realistic. If only the light bar was red, it would add more contrast and spice to the whole car.

    But my favourite is, needless to say, the Alfa 4C. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD it looks amazing! Matchbox nailed it. Proportions are perfect, colour is perfect, wheels are perfect and that number plate is amazing! This shows that Matchbox still has a lot of potential... if only they stop making plastic diggers and off-road school buses and concentrate on actual cars. Anyway, I can't wait to get my hands on that Italian red beauty.

    Speaking of Italians, I wish Ferrari hadn't cut the ropes with Machbox because that 456 is better than Hot Wheels and I would love if we could see more of it sometime in the future. Perhaps a dark metallic blue with chrome wheels. But that's never going to happen.

    Thanks Larry for adding the Venturi 400GT! I give it quite a lot of thought before sending that one. And I shall be sending more cars shortly. Good luck with the Gathering! And good luck to all who are attending it!

    1. Thank you....you send some awesome pictures of possible ideas for Matchbox.

    2. I'm with you on the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Ford Police Interceptor which in my opinion has a nice touch of blue but since I reside in Canada and in a city of more than 50,000 I may not expect to see 2015 Matchbox models till November (back in 2013 I had to wait that long for the white colored 2012 Dodge Charger police car and last November was when I was finally able to purchase a die cast model of a Matchbox school bus,BMW civilian bike,Dodge Charger Boone County Sheriff car and a Ford Police Interceptor Marshal Car.) Finally and btw another must have vehicles for Matchbox 2015 line up are the Cadillac One,GHEO rescue vehicle,BMW M5 police car or something like that and this generic BeachBuggy if they become manufactured and approved for distribution to retailers.

  5. One of my favorites of 2015! My hoppe is that matchbox will rise ...
    The alfa is perfect, the hotwheels is making wrong cars like the aston and the corvette. The transit and escort maybe will make it right

  6. The other cars are cool, but truthfully the Alfa is the only one I'm interested in. It is very beautiful, and it is nice to know that Matchbox has done a stellar job with it.

  7. Alfa or 1M? That is the question.