How fun has the Matchbox coverage been this week?
Obviously not everything that we have shown will appeal to all collectors, but there is quite a bit that does. The Best of the World line was very well received by collectors, and the upcoming 2015 and 2016 models have also created a ton of buzz.
That doesn't mean everything is hunky dory with collectors and Matchbox. Lots of generics you don't like, and the emphasis on off-road cars still has a few of you up in arms. But darned if things haven't turned in the last bit. Since the release of the Tesla Model S, the vibe has steadily been getting more and more positive. And this week it seems to have hit a high that hasn't been seen in a very long time. It is cool to see, and it is going to get even better. Trust me.
So let's dive into another model that should bring collectors to the orange pegs a little more than before, the BMW M5 Police.
This is one that has been high on the want list ever since I saw the 3D print last July at the Gathering:
I have always been a sucker for Matchbox police cars, and I am always happy to have a larger variety of police cars, especially from carmakers around the world. So the BMW made me very happy. I realize many of you would rather have a street version, and that would be nice, but I think the police version is more interesting. Same with cars like the Mitsubishi Evo and upcoming Stingray Corvette. It is a nice little unique niche for Matchbox. In fact, we should do a blog post focusing solely on the police cars Matchbox has released in the last few years. It is a pretty stellar list.
But let's focus on the BMW. Matchbox has appropriately started with the German "Polizei" livery, which is based on a real car:
Sure, no front and rear tampos which is a bummer, but considering the 2-pass rule, the police livery is far more important than the front and read detail. (But if you are listening, Matchbox, this would be a model to try and get four passes for. Let a generic get the blank ends.)
All in all, this is a great model, and hopefully we will see it sporting all kinds of cool police liveries in the future. We could show quite a few ideas, but that is for another post...
(Find the BMW M5 Police on eBay...)
Matchbox BMW M5 Police (2015 New Models):