I can probably write whatever I want to in this space, because I doubt anyone is reading this.
Maybe I will write about the delicious dinner I had last night, or do a street-by-street list of how I am going to get to LA later this week. Or include a list of every model coming out in the next year. Whatever I do, it doesn't matter because none of you are reading this.
Not with the photos that are accompanying this feature. Like this one:
And this one:
Or even this one:
Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. That is a Matchbox Nissan Skyline. Who woulda thunk?
I will keep showing photos, and try to refrain from writing too much, so you won't strain your finger scrolling to the next pic.
But in case you didn't know, this is a mockup of the upcoming Matchbox 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X, which will hit the pegs some time in 2016. And it is a big deal.
It is a big deal because it is one of the first times in 1:64 scale that a Hakosuka 2-door Skyline is being done with the surf line intact. Just look at this:
|photo from Nissan Heritage Collection|
It is even a bigger deal that it is Matchbox doing it. Not only does it seem appropriate for Matchbox to do a stock Skyline, but this model also hints at what we have been suspecting: Matchbox is coming back, and in a big way.
I will always be a Matchbox apologist, as I loved Matchbox as a kid, and as a collector I have always gravitated to orange's approach. But I will be the first to admit that being a Matchbox collector has been very hard the last few years. Outside of the occasional gem like the BMW 1M and Dodge A100, there has been little to be excited about. And there are a lot of reasons for it, but that is a post for another time.
But there is a new team, and they are very serious about bringing Matchbox back to what made us all love it in the first place. And they are using the Skyline let us know.
The Skyline was actually decided on before this current team came aboard, but this team is developing it, and from their perspective there is no better model help collectors know what is coming. What is coming is not a focus on JDM, but a focus on realism, mini versions of cars old and new, and a TON of variety. We see that in the upcoming 2016 lineup, of which the Skyline will be a part.
What Matchbox allowed me to photograph and feature today is a hand-painted mockup of the Skyline, called a turnover model, the same that was previewed to a lucky few at JCCS a few days ago. This is essentially what the model will look like when it is released, with maybe a few adjustments for the production version. The upcoming first release might be a different color, but this is essentially be what will be flying off the pegs in 2016.
With all the excitement around this model, the folks at Matchbox have promised to keep us updated on its development, sometimes here on Lamley, but especially on their Instagram feed, @matchboxworld. If you are not following, you really should. The team is giving collectors unprecedented access to what they are doing, and there is bound to a lot more big news to come. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Alright, I will shut up now. This is a pretty darn good time to be a collector, especially with Matchbox returning to form. Where this is going will be fun to watch...