Thursday, April 14, 2016
With Mercedes returning to Matchbox, what castings will return?
It might be just me, but I have to think that Mercedes is going to be on the minds of a lot of collectors over the next year. Japan has been all the rage for the last few years, and that is definitely going nowhere, but I think Germany will take the top spot for awhile moving forward.
Sure, there is nothing surprising about Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes being a cornerstone of the car world. Germany always has been. But there are ebbs and flows in the diecast world and it is pretty easy to see a slight shift happening. JDM will remain hot, but BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes have joined the party. Again, I know this is no bold prediction, but with Mercedes coming back with a flourish, there will be a lot of excitement.
And Mercedes is going to return in a big way. Why wouldn't it? If Mattel has the license, they are most surely not going to sit on it. And if the type of BMW and Porsche models that have come from both Hot Wheels and Matchbox lately are any indication, there are some doozies coming.
We already know of one, the G63 AMG 6x6 from Matchbox. It is a great model to set the tone. It is fun to think about what might be announced next. And it is even more fun to think of the potential models we could see. Feel free to post the Mercedes you would like to see from either brand.
But what models will return? When Mattel lost the license, Matchbox especially was producing some fantastic Mercedes models. And while some models are not nearly as current as they were 7-8 years ago, they are still excellent models that we would love to see return. We will focus on Hot Wheels on a future post, but what models might return to the orange brand?
Of course the first factor is the condition of the tools. Some tools could easily have been retired, and I don't know if Mattel would return to them. Another factor is whether or not Mercedes would approve those tools now. I don't know the status of either of those elements, but they definitely are the most important factors in whether or not we see some of these again.
Also, are some models so dated they don't make sense? Or are some outside of the 4-piece rule instituted by Mattel? It is a bummer to think about, but that could eliminate some as well.
Ultimately, there are some great options, and here are some we would love to see return. Which would you like to see?
E Class Sedan
Definitely a dated model, but it was underused when it was available. Makes for a great taxi.
I have always liked this model too. Incredibly close to the real thing.
One of my top choices to make a return. Street version is dated, but imagine it on new 5-spoke wheels? New life for sure. It will always make a great police car.
I would be surprised if we DIDN'T see this one soon.
I highly doubt we see this one.
Another I doubt we see. A bit of an awkward model. To big too.
I can only hope, but I doubt it.
Probably not. If I remember correctly Mercedes themselves weren't too thrilled with execution on this one.
I sure as hell hope so. An iconic design already. Still one of the prettiest cars Mercedes ever made.
AMG SLR McLaren
I don't think there is any doubt this one will return. Sadly underused, and it will be an instant hit once on the pegs. There was a blue ready to go in a 5-pack. Maybe rekindle that?
Sadly, too many pieces. 6x6 will obviously take its place.
Of course there are a ton of older models, but these are from the Mattel era, and maybe some of them make their way back. We will find out soon enough...