Monday, January 23, 2017
The Matchbox Subaru WRX STI Police is a great addition to the fleet, but not all is right...
Matchbox police cars are a mixed bag for some of you. There are so many cars out there that collectors want to see get the "Matchbox Treatment", meaning realism compared to the more racing and modified style of Hot Wheels.
So when you say Subaru is doing the latest WRX STI, there is bound to be excitement. It gets a little mixed when you find out it is going to be a police car. Especially since Matchbox already did one a few years ago. For me? I love it. It seems to fit the direction of Matchbox, and it is always welcome especially with overseas police liveries. The Matchbox fleet of police cars grows with this one, and fits in nicely with the older Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo Police.
But yeah, it would be super cool to see a stock, street version of the STI from Matchbox. Gold rims, blue body, and front and rear detail. That would be tasty. So I get why many would rather see that.
But it is a police car, and it debuts in 2017 with a UK-inspired livery that matches the previous release of the Evo Police. They make a great pair.
Even cooler, the Subaru sports front detailing as well (blank on the back), giving it a more complete look to match the Mitsu. Pretty darn cool.
But my guess is you are looking at the photo above and noticing what I notice. Something isn't right with the STI. It just looks a little off. If I think WRX STI, even WRX STI Police, what I see in my head is not what I see here.
First thought, it sits too high. Second thought, it is a bit squashed. The real car isn't big compared to others, but still this one looks like it got squashed from both sides. The hood bulges a bit, and the stance exaggerates that even more. Compare it to the last Matchbox STI, especially at the front and rear.
So yeah, bummer. This one still goes in the collection, with all the other Matchbox police cars, but yeah, it leaves a little to be desired, especially with the good looks of the other 2017 releases like the Chevy Van, Tuk Tuk, and 6x6. You win some and lose some.
Look for this in the spring/early summer, and as always, many thanks to Matchbox and Mattel for sending the model for preview...