Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Matchbox goes stock with the 2017 release of the VW Transporter.
The VW Transporter was easily one of collector's favorite new releases from Matchbox last year. Cool model choice, excellent execution, and the added fun of the bed variations.
But if there was one gripe, it was what the initial release looked like. The livery was cool - and was definitely a shoutout to Gerry Cody's love of all things bicycle - but many collectors were hoping that the first release was in a more stock color and style, maybe like this green version:
2017 to the rescue. Abe and the team pulled back and went full stock, matching the green above, going front and rear tampos, and using the more appropriate disk wheels. And the result is fantastic:
I didn't have a problem with the first release, but there is no doubt this thing is a gem. Everything looks right.
Last year was the teaser, this year's release is the fulfillment. It is pure Matchbox. And with Hot Wheels dropping their T2 truck this year, Matchbox's stock Transporter completes the perfect blue/orange pair.
And for those of you wondering is the bed variation is still there, yep, it is.
So keep an eye out for both. There should be equal numbers of both variations when the model is released in Mix G.
As always, thanks to Mattel and Matchbox team for sending these models over for a preview.