Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Matchbox 2017 Preview, Part 3: 1970 Datsun 510 & 1966 Nissan Junior Pickup...

Alright, now that we are in Part 3 of the 2017 Matchbox Preview, how about some SLA models, or 3D prints?

The last two posts have of models in EP phase, which means - outside of maybe some minor changes - the castings are essentially done.  The SLA models are MUCH earlier in the development stage, meaning a lot could change between what is being shown here today and the when the finished product is released later.  That makes it even cooler that Matchbox shows these, and even lets me photograph them.

So here are two that bound to get some attention.  So much has been said about the upcoming Nissan Skyline, and the 510 Rally and Junior Pickup seem like great follow-ups.  The Matchbox 510 will be quite different than the Hot Wheels offering, going full rally with a higher stance and a roof rack.  The Peter Brock Mexican 1000 livery just stirs in my head, and I hope we see it some day.  I am just happy to have the casting now.

The Junior?  As JNC put it, it is a very interesting choice.  A Nissan Pickup isn't that out there, and neither is a Junior.  But this Junior?  Not only a vintage casting, but for those that know Matchbox, a purely vintage, throwback choice.  Think cool, think mainstream, and take a sudden left.  That is what Matchbox did a time or two every year back in the day, and it is so cool to see them do that this year.

So here they are, clearly two of the more anticipated models of 2017.  Thankfully the Matchbox IG page will let us watch them develop...

1970 Datsun 510 
*note that one of the mud flaps broke in transit to the convention.  It will obviously have both.

1966 Nissan Junior Pickup


  1. Interesting choice of cars! I do like how they're thinking more old school, just like back in their golden years! Every year during that time, they would have a whole slew of classic cars that still live up to their time! Glad to see them do that again!

  2. I love the headache rack on the Junior. Nice touch!

  3. I Love these models.

    I hope the rack is not going to be at the expense of the interiour because of the 4 part rule. Or are they going to make the interiour part of the base....

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    1. I agree. Where are the day to day cars or even aspirational cars? There hasn't been a current Mustang in the line for well over a decade. How about some classic Corvettes. It is apparent many of the old molds are retired. Bring back the same models with new molds. And too often when there is a real world car in the line it is so modified it limits the release: Corvette, 5-series, Gallardo, Explorer, Ram etc.

      New team, please o the street versions and then think how to convert them to the emergency releases. This was a power move in the 90s and early 2000s when the line was taking names and kicking you now what.

      I am a car guy and an emergency collector but I see so much more limitation on these JDM than on mainstream models. I know I am not alone as I see the Maisto moving at Walmart much faster than the MB. Much of their line is standard cars.
      How does it play in Peoria used to be concept.


    2. I want modern cars. Where are the Saabs, Audis, new Mercedes Benz, Bentley, Cadillac, nothing but the same thing over and over again

  5. JDM BRO, it's gonna be hot, will be even harder to find than the current Miata