Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The 2016 Matchbox '15 Corvette Stingray Police: The latest in a long line of stellar Matchbox Police Cars...
So where to begin on this one?
Matchbox has allowed me to preview the upcoming '15 Corvette Stingray Police, and there is a lot to say. Thankfully it is all good.
So let's go topic by topic:
1. The Fire Rescue Livery
A lot of you were surprised that the Vette is debuting in this yellow and orange Fire livery. Hell, a lot of you are wondering why make a "Police" Vette in the first place. Here in the US, seeing a Corvette Police car is what we might call a very infrequent occurrence. In fact, I am not aware of any.
But I love the idea of a Police Vette, and it sure does add to the stellar lineup of Matchbox police cars (more on that in a minute). Plus, police/emergency Corvettes do exist. The best example? Dubai of course:
Well look at that! Now it might a tad obvious where Michael Heralda got his inspiration from for this model. Hopefully the surprising yellow look of this one makes sense. To me it makes this model that much more desirable.
But for those that might not be too keen, this model will be back and back and back. I am sure we will see it sport a plethora of police liveries.
2. It pairs perfectly with the Hot Wheels Stingray
Don't think that Matchbox just put a lightbar on the top of Hot Wheels' casting and called it a Matchbox. Side by side there are plenty of differences. But size-wise they are nearly identical, and both are done almost perfectly. The Hot Wheels sits a little lower and is a little sportier, the Matchbox is more detailed, and they look perfect together. I love it when Hot Wheels and Matchbox produce replicas of the same car that compliment each other. Street to police, stock to racing, whatever. These two are as complimentary as it can get.
3. The Detail
Now that we have determined that this model was built from scratch, check out the details. Those cool little MBX touches are there, like a police interior, equipment in the back, and those fantastic side mirrors.
Those mirrors are some of the best looking I have seen on a Matchbox. No blobs. Seriously they might be my favorite part of the model.
4. This is the second Matchbox Corvette Police Car
The ZR1 appeared in police livery a few years back in a Police 5-pack. It still looks really good:
It is nice to have a pair now.
5. This is yet another fantastic Matchbox Police casting.
This is my favorite part of this feature. I love that Matchbox did a Corvette Police. Police cars have become one of the strengths of Matchbox, and even through darker days they continued to produce great police castings. And the variety is fantastic.
There isn't just your standard Crown Vics and Dodge Chargers, which they have done, but police cars that are used in different parts of the world, and form a multitude of carmakers. Ford, Chevy, Dodge, of course, but also BMW, Lamborghini, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and Buick. They are doing new cars and classic cars. And not just sedans, but sports cars, wagons, SUVs, and pickups (Dodge Ram Police is coming soon). Here are some of the police castings that have come from Matchbox over the last 9-10 years:
Ford Crown Victoria
Subaru WRX STI
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
Dodge Charger Pursuit
Mustang LX SSP
Is that a cool lineup or what? And these are just the dedicated police castings. There are quite a few older castings, as well as models that have been given a police livery. Quite a fleet.
When all is said and done, this model might get a bit overlooked by its 2016 New Model counterparts like the Mazda Miata and Nissan Skyline, but this one is, at least to me, a fantastic addition to the lineup. I am looking for a multitude of future versions...