This needs to be shown.
It needs to be shown because what I try to do on Lamley is show cool cars, no matter what the brand. And this is a really cool car.
It needs to be shown because it is further evidence that the folks at Matchbox are pretty darn serious about grabbing your attention again.
And it needs to be shown so the folks at Matchbox can continue to see your responses. And I am not necessarily talking about the "Oh that is awesome!" responses. Those are great, but it is the "Please get Matchbox back in Canada!" or "I haven't seen a Matchbox in Brazil in years, and I would buy this!" responses. I am lucky that Matchbox gets stocked around here, and I can't imagine how frustrating it is to see these models on the blog and know that there is little to no chance you will see them at your local store.
I promise that the Matchbox Team is serious about fixing distribution, and they know that it starts with better product. Hopefully the evidence of that is mounting. The more interest that is shown, the easier it is for the team to get the ear of those in charge of distribution and make sure the product gets to those that want it.
So that is a major reason I am showing these. Not to flaunt them in front of those that can't get them, but to generate the interest in what is undoubtedly an improving brand, and getting that interest to a level that the suits at Mattel will listen. It is unfortunate that we are at this point, but we can make it better.
And with that in mind take a gander at this Corvette. The ZR1 casting has been out for awhile, released in several colors, but never like this. The 2016 version of this model comes in stunning black, and with the 5-spoke rims it sits on, it looks like a Corvette should look.
But it gets better. I will let the photos reveal it:
This is a stunner. The offset stripes are just too cool, and the team found a way to include front, top, and rear tampos. And with those wheels? Nossa, that is pretty...
In some ways this is even better evidence than the Skyline of where we are going. An existing casting looking the best it has ever looked, including in that last "Golden Age" I have been going on about for awhile.
As I said in the Skyline post yesterday, it is a good time to be a collector. Hot Wheels has some doozies coming out, and Matchbox is on a roll itself. Better make more space in the collection...