Since its debut in 2007, this has always been one of our favorite Matchbox models. So we will happily give this new blue version its own post.
Not much to write. Just pics to show. Some tidbits:
- It is almost the exact same color as the 2010 10-pack version. Audi is a stickler on colors used and design, so it is no surprise we see a repeat. This is the second color repeat, as we have seen two red versions as well. In both cases the wheels are different on each color.
- This is the 10th version of the Matchbox R8, and 5th with the side blades. Audi has recently preferred the side blades are tampo printed, so it creates a dilemma for Matchbox with their “two-pass” tampo restraints. In the case of this latest, the tail lights were the victim.
- There has been talk (including here) that this would be the last time we would see the R8. I don’t think that is true at all. The most consistent thing at Matchbox is that things change. I would not be surprised to see this collector favorite appear again.
- My favorite remains the fantastic white and black version. Somehow the stars aligned and this one got the full tampo treatment, and the dark rims finish it off. The tough-to-find Superfast silver version with black blades is also up there.
The pair of blues:
The other pair:
The entire family, oldest to newest: