Monday, August 10, 2015

August Matchbox Ambassador Update, by Dirk Schleuer...

Ambassador Update 01 August 2015

Hello Matchbox friends,

As said, I will send you frequent updates, rather than waiting to post the information until a next report is due to be issued. With the new team in charge, we do get pics and info at a stage that is way before we used to get them in previous years. Some info is spread direct thru Instagram “@matchboxworld” and some is coming thru our channels like my reports or the blogs like John and David's Lamley Group ( To cover you with the information in time as well I will use these updates.

You might have seen this pic from the new licensed GHE-O Toy Fair model already:

Surely a beauty and a must have for me!  Note that this will not be available at retail, so the secondary market is the only way to get one if you are interested.

We are proud that we can also show you the backside of the model:

Always nice to see what the boys can do to the design and details when they aren’t limited to create a $1 toy!!!

That brings us to the “next step up” models – the Best of World series is surely a home run. Also not tied up in the $1 problem the range, shows 12 super models to collect. My favorite so far is surely this Lambo LM002 with these perfect fitting tires and a nice deco:

But also the design for the standard model corvette to come is worth having a look at.  Especially if you check it against some weird decos from the last years:

And yes – I really want to collect your ideas of future models to come … the team is working on 2017 at the moment. As always around 25 new castings are in line. It is just a fact that being a $1 toy not every casting can be a licensed car, even if we only suggest licensed models. I'm pretty sure that we can still name hundreds of good alternatives to do as a Matchbox, but we might help the team more if we also find ideas for “Matchbox originals” (non licensed/generic), models like the glass truck from Larry’s report. So lets make an agreement: you send me your idea of a model, and it is licensed, you also include a Matchbox original idea, or a decoration for an existing casting.

Ok – I will start:

Being German and liking sport cars, I'm really a fan for this unique sports car: Wiesmann ( – you rarely see them on the street, but if you see one you take a second to enjoy it!

Ok – I will keep my promise to submit an idea for a Matchbox original model. Just passed one of these today – we see them in different versions around, and we all need them to get the road we want to drive on – a street building machine – picture is one version, but I guess we can all live with this being a nice addition to our “INC” company vehicles:

The other idea is a design for an existing casting. You all know we do get the BMW M1 (1M) last years in a very special livery for the Leipzig showBut the car was also used as a safety car – check this:

So far so good … Have fun



  1. PLEASE do the 1M and the Wiesmann. Beautiful cars both of them! Can't wait for the Best of the World series, especially, again, the 1M. Why, btw, and you may be able to answer this best, being from Matchbox, was it M1 for a while instead of 1M, and what caused the switch back to 1M?


  2. ...If you have the chance, take a look on the 1:64 Siku Wiesmann roadster. It's white with interior and wheels in red. It's a keeper. If you want I can send you a pic of mine!

  3. I would like to see a Saab 99 Turbo.. Fat chance, I know, but it would be awesome!!

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  5. Hennessy venom gt,sls black,LFA nuruburgring,r8 gt,2015 z28

  6. Hi Dirk. Thanks for the update. I like the two models pictured - the Lambo and the GHE-0. Waiting for the standard ones to come to the shores of the UK.

    For 2017 I'd like to see a log skidder. Whilst a John Deere one ( or other licenced one) would be nice there are lots of others there and a generic could look good. Doable in 4 pieces including a loose log holder/grapple. The other one I'd like to see is a oil field pipe truck. Ideally 8 wheels - but that isn't going to happen so I'll settle for 4. Go easy on spot lights, roof mounted air horns etc etc on these 2. Nice if they could drag/carry pencils etc. google image "terberg pipe carrier truck" and "timberjack log skidder"

    Thanks. Chris

  7. Venom GT and LFA.. I agree also.

  8. I've mentioned in a previous article that I would love to see the VW R36 Wagon in their hero colour Biscay Blue.

  9. LM002, Ghe-O and Corvette! I'm dead. Meet you guys in heaven! The Lambo and Ghe-O are awesome but the Corvette ZR1 was the final blow to my mind! Seriously, Matchbox, I salute you! Please keep more of these coming!

  10. that vette look gorgeous with that color and bmw too! damn i must have this