Sorry for the delay in today's post. All was scheduled to go until I encountered a bit of a curveball last night. Let's just say I am now an adamant subscriber to the "Don't eat sushi on Mondays" theory.
Moving on, it is time for the orange section of this year's Lamley Awards vote. We have already voted on several Hot Wheels categories, and we have at least one more coming in a few days, but now it is time for our Matchbox category.
I think most of you will agree that this has been a very interesting year at Matchbox. After a few rough years, it seems Matchbox is back in the conversation. I see a ton of Matchbox posts on Instagram, and quite a few of you have mentioned visiting the orange pegs lately. Realism seems to be an emphasis again, and from what we have heard, that will continue into 2016 and 2017.
There is still a ways to go, including in important areas like distribution, but it does seem like it is time to get excited about Matchbox again. I certainly am, which is no surprise to any regular readers of Lamley.
And if you look at the New Models this year, especially the licensed New Models, there are definitely enough to merit a vote. The models are wonderfully diverse, from cool police cars to some splendid sports cars to realistic utility vehicles. So it is time to vote on your favorite Matchbox Licensed New Model in 2015.
This will be slightly different than Hot Wheels. I tend to stick to Hot Wheels' scheduled year when doing the Best and Worst votes for them, meaning roughly October to September. With Matchbox we will keep it mainly in the calendar year. That means a couple of 2014 stragglers are included in this year's vote, and some upcoming 2015 models, like the Jag F-Type and Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, will wait for the 2016 Lamley Awards.
But there are definitely enough that hit the pegs this year. So take a look at the list below, and vote on your favorite. We will announce the winner along with all the Lamley Awards later this month.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Tesla Model S
'13 Ford Cargo
'14 Porsche Cayman
BMW M5 Police
'75 Mack CF
Jeep Willys 4x4
'15 Ford F-150