Thursday, July 21, 2016
Matchbox 2017 Preview, Part 1: '59 Chevy Brookwood Wagon & 1951 Hudson Hornet Police...
Time to walk through the upcoming 2017 Matchbox New Models. Through the end of this week and into next, we will showcase the photos that Matchbox allowed me to take while in Albuquerque for the Gathering.
Hopefully you were able to see the presentation last Saturday night on the Lamley Facebook Live feed. If not, definitely check it out. Most of the details about the models were presented there.
Here, we will basically show the photos we were able to take. Some of of the models are EP status, meaning the castings are complete, but without the color and deco we will most likely see. The others are SLA, or 3D prints. A lot can change on those over the development process, but you can basically see what is coming.
I am excited about what is coming. More licensed is always welcome, and there are quite a few. Originals, or unlicensed models, are inevitable, so my only request - and I think most of you share this - is that the originals look real. Less fantasy and more realism. I am not too concerned about the brand of an Arctic vehicle, just make it look like a real one. And I think the team accomplished that this year. There is a lot to like, and a lot MORE to like.
But we will start with two licensed models, and more specifically two classics. The '51 Hudson Hornet Police and '59 Brookwood Wagon are Matchbox no-brainers. Two that seem like they should have been made years ago. They fit wonderfully and naturally.
Two things of note, one from each model. The Hornet will have lights cast into the body instead of with the window piece. We will see how that looks on the finished model. The Brookwood sports the fantastic roof rack and canoe, which I personally love. Accessories are all the rage, and this works well. The roof piece is removable, and the extra piece also means the Brookwood will have no interior. We might even see additional roof pieces made. If so, I have plenty of ideas.
So here are the first two. Many more to come...