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It is time to bring Matchbox into the Case Report fold.
With things definitely on an upwards trajectory with Orange, it seems, at least to me, a prudent idea to see what is in each case. Of course one of the appears of doing a Hot Wheels Case Report is to see if a Super is hidden within, and that obviously is not the case with Matchbox. But, considering Matchbox cases are only 36 cars per case, it is interesting to see what assortments there are.
Which seems to be a good place to mention a topic that I have heard the Matchbox team talk about, based on comments from Lamley readers. Through all the Matchbox-related topics that have been discussed here, distribution and the unavailability of certain models has dominated. It starts with the fact that some areas don't see new Matchbox, but beyond that, 36-count assortments are not very big, and the good stuff can easily be gobbled up by the first person that encounters the batch. A new case could be pegged, and within a half-day what is left is just more generics.
That is why the Matchbox team is looking into assortments, and making sure the most desirable licensed models have the highest numbers. That gives more people a chance to get the models they want.
Of course the best solution is to have the cases full of desirable models, and I think over time that will happen. Not all models will be licensed, but I think more realistic models will start dominating the pegs again. And hopefully the best of the bunch will have the highest numbers.
So as we do Case Reports with our friends at Wheel Collectors, we will have to check the assortments and see what they look like. Happily, this case appears to get it right.
So here we go. A Matchbox 2015 M Case, opened by Wheel Collectors and pulled 3-by-3:
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A very interesting case. Still a lot of uninteresting models from the last Matchbox era, but that is to be expected. My guess is that moving forward you won't see models like the 4x4 School Bus and Vantom in the mainline much more.
But the frustration of those models is definitely overshadowed by two of the more highly anticipated models of 2015, the Cadillac One Limo and Jeep Willys 4x4. And thankfully they come in this batch as at least 2 or more models. This is a good sign.
There are a lot of debut models here, and frankly I don't know which of them are completely new outside of the Limo and Jeep. Maybe my Lamley partner David Tilley can fill me in.
All in all, some really nice models to add to the collection...