We are going to dedicate this entire day to the Matchbox Routemaster. As well we should. It is a model that totally deserves a little love. Two versions have been released recently, and the Matchbox team released the first sneak peaks of the modern Double Decker just a couple of days ago.
So this morning we are going to showcase those two new versions, along with a shot of each Routemaster released previously since the casting’s debut in 2006.
Both versions this year, the 60th Anniversary standard AND the chase, highlight what the future will be for the Routemaster casting. According to Mattel, the model is too big, has too much metal, as well as too many pieces, to be basic model. It is just too expensive to produce. So it will take the premium route. Think of it as Matchbox’s version of the Hot Wheels Drag Bus.
So here it is taking the premium route to great effect. The standard version, sporting a large Union Jack on either side, not-too-subtly pays tribute to Matchbox’s origins. It is also the first version to sport the very appropriate disk wheels. But the star of the show is definitely the chase. The clean deco combined with the spectraflame red paint make this bus the best version yet. Plus the nod to Hackney, Lesney’s home in the UK, gives it that final perfect touch.
The Double Decker is an iconic UK vehicle, but also an iconic Matchbox casting. There have been several versions over Matchbox’s history, so kudos to the Matchbox team for making it the symbol of the 60th lineup.
Matchbox Routemaster Bus (2013 60th Anniversary standard & chase variants):
The Routemaster Family:
2007 Best of British
2007 Matchbox Gathering of Friends Dealer exclusive
2008 Best of British
2008 Dream Halloween
2009 Best of British
2013 Toy Fair
2013 60th Anniversary Chase
2013 60th Anniversary
There is another Code 1 Bus mixed throughout as some of you know. There have been seven gold Routemasters produced for the outgoing Matchbox Ambassador. The 8th will be given away this July (I hope).