Thursday, November 26, 2015
What I am thankful for: Matchbox's brilliant return to realism...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone...
Lamley is about geeking out on minicars, but before I do, please know that I am truly thankful for all of you. Thanks for reading the blog. Thanks for the support as I start the YouTube channel. Thanks for your comments, and for your criticism. And most of all thanks for the friendships. This blog has created friendships with folks from all over the world. I am most appreciative of that.
But let's geek out!
Today on Thanksgiving, what in the diecast world this year am I most thankful for? Lots of things. Tomica Limited Vintage Crown Wagons and Nissan GT-R's. Kyosho Porsches. The Hot Wheels Mooneyes Dodge Van Super TH. The Candy Striper Gasser. The Toy Fair 934. Greenlight Hitch & Tow. It goes on and on.
But this year, I am most thankful for what has happened at Matchbox. After a long dry spell where realism was put aside in favor of exaggerated cartoonish models, Matchbox has been slowly returning to its roots.
During the dry spell there was the occasional gem, like the BMW 1M and Dodge A100, but if you look at the last year, the good stuff has been slowly returning to the range. It started late last year with the phenomenal '93 Mustang SSP and Alfa Romeo 4C...
Then the Chevy Silverado...
And Ford Stake Truck...
And all of a sudden brand new castings, diverse and real, starting popping up.
A Romanian Rescue vehicle:
A classic Lamborghini:
A European Police car:
A Brazilian truck cab:
A beautiful indicator of the future:
The Best. Jeep. Ever:
The President's limo:
A road traveler:
And a British beauty:
And those are just some of the licensed models. The new Ford Contractor Truck is one of my favorites of the year, and the new unlicensed models are thankfully better replicas of real vehicles as well.
And what else makes me thankful for these? It is just the beginning. 2016 brings Miatas and Skylines and all kinds of goodies, and the new Matchbox Team is hinting at an even bigger year in 2017. They say some VERY news is coming.
Matchbox is my first diecast love, and at its best nothing is more fun to collect. All indications are that we are returning to that. And for that I am thankful.
What are you thankful for?