Thursday, August 6, 2015
What should be the next great Matchbox Wagon? Will it be as nice as this Benz?
We are so excited about where Matchbox is headed. It seems that things are wide open, and we could see some fantastic castings coming down the pipe in the coming years. There is a brand new team full of new, fresh ideas, and they are definitely listening to collectors.
So that makes our minds wander, wondering what the next great models might be. Since I am a bit of a nerd for wagons, why not throw some ideas out there.
But to inspire some ideas, let's go to one of Matchbox's best wagons from the recent past. Sure the Olds Vista Cruiser is an instant classic, and my favorite MBX wagon may be the Audi RS6 Avant, but this Mercedes-Benz E430 can't be ignored.
Of course we haven't seen one in awhile, with Mattel and Mercedes still not talking. But thankfully, before the license ended, Matchbox dropped a near perfect version.
The casting came in two versions, standard street and emergency. We saw some nice emergency versions, especially in the Europe-exclusive Stars of Cars series, but the street version was mired in some bad decos. Finally in 2006, this dropped:
Sure, the wheels are the infamous flower rims, but other than that, straight black with front and rear tampos, including Euro-style license plates. The model is a stunner, and exactly what is great about Matchbox: realism, accuracy, and familiarity.
I am guessing most of you agree with me that this is a beauty. It even has a metal base, but that is obviously not something we will see in the future. But looking at this does make one think that it is time to see more.
Matchbox is already on it. They have announced the Volvo V60 Wagon for 2016, and it should be a great addition:
But we shouldn't stop there. There are a TON more wagons that could be done, old and new, and knowing the car culture landscape today, they are bound to be popular. And while American land yachts will always be welcome, there are some European and Japanese options that need some serious consideration. Some of our ideas:
BMW 3 Series Wagon, complete with roof rack:
Volvo 1800ES Wagon:
Mazda RX3 Wagon:
Mazda 6 Wagon:
Those are only four, and we could keep going, and going, and going. But we want your ideas. Share your ideas, here, on Facebook, or instagram. In fact, tag your ideas #nextmatchboxwagon. And I promise, Matchbox will see this. What wagon should we see on the Matchbox pegs in the next few years?
While you think about it, some more pics of the fabulous Benz E430: