Friday, December 18, 2015
Case Report: Opening a Matchbox 2016 B Case...
Remember when the Matchbox A Case came out. Boy, those were the days....a week ago.
Stuff is just rolling out, and it is fun to see what is next.
The Matchbox B Case may not have the same exciting models of the A Case (Alfa, Jag F Type, etc), but it is significant in that it debuts the first licensed model of 2016. That is the Freightliner M2 106 Fire Truck. You can count on at least one new licensed fire truck every year from Matchbox, and I think this is the first time we have seen a Freightliner Fire Truck. So it is most welcome.
The rest of the batch falls in the utility vehicle scope. Two fire trucks, the Ford F150 Contractor truck, some farm equipment, and so on. Not to mention Michael Heralda's Quick Sander, which serves as a twin to his Hot Wheels Fiesta. It is a solid batch.
Another interesting tidbit that I didn't mention in the last case report - Matchbox has now gone to 24-count cases. I think this is a good thing, as long as they go heavy on the licensed models. These cases will turn around much quicker, and it will be less likely that the MBX pegs will be inundated with pegwarmers. It is a step in the right direction when it comes to generating more interest in Matchbox, and making sure these models are available to all that want them.
Nonetheless, they are available now at Wheel Collectors:
Matchbox 2016 Batch B
And here is the Case Report, pulled, as always, 3-by-3 by Wheel Collectors.