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There was the "Last Golden Age" of Matchbox, but before that was the straight-up "Golden Age" of Matchbox. And with what Matchbox just introduced, it is becoming more and more apparent that we are entering the "Next Golden Age" of Matchbox.
To us here at Lamley, it is all about the models themselves. No matter how the model comes packaged, I want it roaming free. Sure, the packaging sometimes grabs my attention, like the Hot Wheels RLC Gasser, but normally it just ends up in the trash can.
But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the packaging. And when you talk "Golden Age of Matchbox", a lot has to do with the packaging. Matchbox is called Matchbox because they produced cars that fit in actual matchboxes, and that is how Matchbox was packaged, in matchbox-sized boxes. And over time those boxes became works of art:
Moving into the 80's and 90's this individual box art disappeared, but it was still a joy to go to the toyshop and check out all the boxes behind the glass counter and pick out a model for Dad to buy for you. Yes, I am old enough to remember that.
So count me among the many throwback Matchbox collectors who are ecstatic about the new Power Grabs for 2016. Last year the Power Grabs were a small assortment of models in bags, similar to Hot Wheels Mystery models, but now they take their best and true form: as individual boxes with individual art:
The boxes will come with a model, and you will be able to find these at hobby stores and on the shelf of your favorite store. I believe the model comes in a bag in the box, and the box is wrapped. Hobby Dealer Midwest Diecast Miniatures has them in their Fireside Gifts store, and was nice enough to let us use his photos.
And another thing that makes these great? The entire 2016 basic line will come as Power Grabs. That means you can buy them on the blister, or in the box, or both if you are inclined. (I might be.)
So not only are the model choices and execution getting better and better, but little throwback details like this make collecting Matchbox fun again. This is just too cool.
As soon as I get my hands on these I will do a full feature. In the meantime, you can find them on ebay:
Matchbox Power Grabs