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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Matchbox at its best: The upcoming Best of the Word BMW 1M...


Honestly it is hard to say why it is, but Matchbox at its best is always more exciting to me than Hot Wheels at its best.  And I don't mean better.  Just more exciting.

I am biased towards Matchbox.  I collected both brands as a kid, but I liked the feel and look of Matchbox so much more.  I rarely get nostalgic about those models, but I do remember my favorite being the bright blue Porsche 928.  I have no idea where that specific model is now, but it sticks in my mind as my favorite.  Maybe one day I will buy another and take some pics.

I little later on I remember getting the Hot Wheels version of the Nissan 300ZX, a car I was obsessed from the first time I saw it.  I liked the Hot Wheels version in maroon.  Until I saw the Matchbox version in yellow.  I knew I liked Matchbox better, and over and over my little car collection reflected that.

I say all that because Matchbox has always excited me the most.  My favorite Matchbox models are more special to me than my favorite Hot Wheels.  And that is not a diss of Hot Wheels.  I have quite a few favorites among the blue brand, including the Gran Torino, Kenmeri, BMW 2002, and Porsche 934, and am as giddy as the rest of you for series like the upcoming Car Culture.

But when Matchbox hits a home run, it just lands a little deeper.  It is probably rooted in the nostalgia, but there is more too it.  I root for Matchbox.  They have gone from the brand we grew up with to the little brand that could.  Hot Wheels is now the juggernaut, with the enormous budget and the full support of a massive corporation.  They don't need any help.  Matchbox is the little brother now, getting redefined by a new group who appreciates the heritage and looks to the future.  They threw out the rulebook and are tirelessly working to make the brand more exciting.  And they are doing that by pushing realism again.

As it used to be, the sports cars they do look like they belong in car shows and on the street.  The pickups look like they belong on construction sites and farms.  The police cars look like they belong in the median of the highway facing opposite directions as their drivers have a chat.  I could go on.  Matchbox reflects what I see.

And when I see a BMW 1M, which isn't very often, I stop in my tracks.  And when I saw the upcoming Matchbox Best of the World 1M, I did the exact same thing.


Top Gear famously highlighted how the real BMW 1M is a hodgepodge of BMW leftovers.  Pieces from other cars were added to create a car that they loved.  That can be said for the Best of the World series.  The ten castings being used already exist, and the wheels are leftovers from the now-defunct Supreme Hero line.  But the folks at Matchbox are taking all of that and releasing their first premium line in awhile.  For collectors.


Sure, the wheels can look a little too "tready", but look at the models as a whole and it will bother you less and less.  It is all the detail that is the highlight, the complete package, and nothing reflects that more than the BMW.

I have loved this casting since its release, and would probably say it is my favorite Matchbox casting if I had to name one.  And this Best of the World version is a complete stunner.  You need to look at the photos closely.  The deco mirrors the detail on the wheels.  The thin orange line separates the matte black from the gloss.  The carmel interior is rich.

The design was done by Miguel Lopez (@devilminer), and I remember him telling me, before wandering off to Spain, that this is one of his favorite decos he ever did.  Ya think!?!  It is stunning.  Incredibly clean.  Crisp as a mountain morning around here.

I haven't met a Matchbox 1M I didn't like, but this one is on another level entirely.  I am proud of my pics, but these don't do it justice.  Wait until it hits stores.  I dare you to try and not pick it up and take it home.  This is Matchbox at its best, and it feels good to say it...











12 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the pre-2011 days when Matchbox line was littered with these. It is stunning! Definitely my favourite of the BestOTW series. Well done Matchbox!

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  2. I agree john but I do have a grip...for a premium model, why not do the rear lights correctly? Those are the things that distract from an otherwise great model ...but that is my opinion.

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  3. Sorry to disagree but I think it will be one of the least successful cars of the upcoming line. Those knobby tires look completely out of place.

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  4. As much as i like them, all of them, A LOT, i will have more chance of meeting the POPE in my local ASDA than getting these, the last batch had a "dealer" offer me the full set and wanted over £100 postage, or about $160, now if that is not taking this piss, i dont know what is, i will just look, and smile, and hope that one day, someone, might import them to the UK at a decent price...... and not £10 a car, as they are not worth that much......

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  5. This is simply stunning. Matchbox at its best as mentioned. The only downside is the rear light tampos.

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  6. Definitely a winner with a couple flaws. I will reserve judgment on the tires until I see them as I know macro photography tends to over-enhance some of the smaller details. As stated a few times above, the taillight tampo is a disgrace. Do it right, or please don't do it at all. Very much looking forward to this series (at least until they cancel it) and hope to find all of them.

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  7. i mean ,..the m1 with wheels that usually belong to a truck,....now let's get real!
    the model and paint is great,...the wheels just don't go together,.......

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  8. This is right on , however they need another tire a flat smoother. These cars have low profile tires the nobby on the edge stick out take a little away from the brilliance of the detail. I think this great to see at least an attempt to get back to where it was. They get the distribution together and things will be right on track! They should double in sales with models like this....

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  9. This is right on , however they need another tire a flat smoother. These cars have low profile tires the nobby on the edge stick out take a little away from the brilliance of the detail. I think this great to see at least an attempt to get back to where it was. They get the distribution together and things will be right on track! They should double in sales with models like this....

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  10. The Model S should be in this line. Can we have it please?

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  11. I agree, a BLACK Tesla Model S would be A M A Z I N G. But back on topic, WOW this is one of the most beautiful diecast cars I've ever seen! I kind of like the look of the "off-road" wheels on the BMW, makes it look sleek yet rugged. But yeah, a Tesla Model S version that looks like this would just be the end of everything lol I'd buy every single one I found til the end of time. :-p

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  12. I have always love Matchbox cars from Lesney to present. Just gotten 2 of these M1.

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