Friday, March 4, 2016
First Look: 2016 Matchbox Exotic 5-pack...
It's pretty easy to like this 5-pack.
A Ford GT, a Porsche 911, a Lotus Evora, and a Corvette ZR1? Only the Shelby Cobra Cocept leaves a little to be desired. But even then the Cobra is a nice version, so it is only the selection I would do differently.
We have already featured the Corvette and Porsche here on Lamley before, and both are stellar models. The Vette looks fantastic in black, and the stripes stand out beautifully. The Porsche? Great color, great wheels, no crazy deco. The 911 Turbo casting has been around well over 10 years, and still holds up really well with more current castings.
That leaves the Shelby, Ford GT, and Lotus. Considering the Ford GT made my Favorite 5 Matchbox list, I am ALWAYS happy to see a new version. The color really stands out, and while I would have loved headlight tampos and a more stock deco, I am very happy to have it. The surprise is the Lotus. You don't hear much about the Evora these days, and we haven't seen the casting in awhile. To me, that makes it a perfect 5-pack model. A chance to give it a little more life. In this case, they took it a step further with the racing livery and dark rims. I love this version, and it may be my favorite of the Evora releases.
Ultimately, I am glad to have the Exotics pack, no matter what models and decos are chosen. Matchbox 5-packs have, for the most part, remained simple and focused. Packs like Fire, Police, Construction, and Farm. There was a time that the decos got a little out of hand, but it seems that is under control now. Keep those simple themes and realistic models coming, and hopefully we continue to see packs like Exotics and Classics too. With the Matchbox lines limited, the 5-packs become even more important.
And thankfully 2016 has been a good year so far. And it is far from over. The Exotics pack is a highlight, as is Classic Rides, but both might be surpassed soon by an even better pack. Stay tuned...