The new Matchbox Ambassador, Nigel Cooper, has just released his first message, and we wanted to make sure it gets posted here. Nigel has decided to use the Lamley Group as his main method of distributing his reports, as I did last year.
Once again, congrats to Nigel, and we look forward to his tenure. His message is below this breathtaking photo of the current and former Ambassadors with the members of the Matchbox Design Team attending last weekend’s Gathering. The screaming and adoring fans are just outside of the photo:
|Left to right: Ambassador #3 David Tilley, Matchbox Design Manager Dave Weise, Matchbox Designer Michael Heralda, Ambassador #6 Chuck Wiersma, Ambassador #8 John Lambert, Current Ambassador Nigel Cooper, Ambassador #7 Shabbir Malik, Ambassador #2 Jim Gallegos|
To those of you who I have not yet had the pleasure to correspond with I think I should give you some indication of my “Matchbox” background, not least to show how passionate I am about Matchbox and how keen I am to help move the famous brand forward.
In 1988 the famous MICA publication, “Matchbox – The First Forty years” was published. I wrote much of the Early Lesney history and all of the regular wheel chapter. I visited Jack Odell and the Lesney factory several times and was even invited to Les Smith’s home to talk about Matchbox. In the past twenty years I was commissioned to write a detailed article in a Japanese magazine and I have written numerous articles for the MICA magazine, the MICA ebook and the MICA Annual as well as the Model Collector and Diecast Collector magazine. I have also written a price guide for Ramsey’s Model Car Price Guide. I currently market a CD with a comprehensive Superfast wheels listing of every known variation issued between 1969 and the present.
I realise that many decisions which are taken regarding Matchbox miniatures at Mattel are often the result of communication between many individuals and committees and often compromise is the order of the day. Long gone are the days when Jack Odell took all decisions regarding the range, sometimes on a whim, but they were decisive enough to give all of us a love of the brand and so many of the models. I can only pass on information and views both ways and know that my comments will be read by Dave, Michael, Andrew and the rest of the Matchbox team.
My views on a model will, for the most part, be just as forthright as yours and rest assured that I will convey opinion to the team. However, we have to remember that Matchbox Toys are just that – toys for children and the company exists to make a profit and serve its shareholders. Jack Odell continually told me that all collectors are mad. Maybe we are, but there is so much enjoyment to be shared as we enjoy this madness!
Kind regards to all of you