March 3rd Matchbox Ambassador Report: Entire 1-120 Mainline Lineup for 2014…

Nigel Cooper’s Ambassador Report for this week is the one we have all been waiting for.  Matchbox has unveiled the entire 1-120 lineup for 2014.


Read the report, look at the list, and tell us what you think.  What models are you happy to see?  What models are you frustrated were omitted?  We will post our thoughts a little later.

Enjoy…
Ambassador Report 28

INTRODUCTION
You have waited long enough. Today I can reveal the official 1-120 line for the US, thanks to the Matchbox team. Interestingly the ROW line is not yet available, presumably meaning that there will be differences, possibly in terms of model name. I will keep you informed. As explained before, some planned models had to be dropped or moved to next year. This year some military 2 packs will be making their way into Walmart. These contain one Matchbox vehicle paired with a Military Sky Buster plane.  The packs will not have exclusive deco’s but offer a different vehicle combo for those interested.
Your comments on the proposed line for 2014 will be most welcome. I include some responses from a typical collector which are intended to provoke further comment. At first sight, it is clear that there are 25 new models which will be numbered between 95 and 120 but only six of these will be licensed. The oldest castings will be MB222 Highway Maintenance Truck, first shown in the catalogue of 1991 and MB249 Chevy 1500 Pick-up. There is no reference to the Mega School Bus which was shown at The Gathering last July.  One wonders whether this been dropped.  There were not many collectors who found this bus to be appealing, but of course it was designed with children in mind.  I am not sure what a Seed Shaker is but I am sure we will find out in good time. 
Some of the returning models will doubtless be welcomed by many collectors. A typical collector’s response to this announcement might be as follows: 
Aston Martin DBS Volante – good
1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS – good
Porsche Panamera – good
Caterham Superlight R500 – good
Garbage Grinder – debuted in 2012, missing from 2013.  Not that popular.
1971 Pontiac Firebird – good.
Cadillac CTS – good.  It debuted in 2011, and had been missing ever since.
Crop Master – not a very popular model, but it fits into the farming theme
International CXT – okay
1957 GMC Stepside – no doubt a good choice
3-axle Dump Truck – fits in with extended construction theme, but not a popular model.  Also, why no MAN#?  Is this being updated?
Quarry King – popular generic construction so good
Toyota 4Runner – good
Chevy K1500 Pick Up – old casting but welcome to some
Cliff Hanger – Not the most popular
Hummer w/ramp – updated MAN# (I am guessing the rear no longer opens)
Jungle Crawler – a decent generic and likely quite popular
VW Beetle 4×4 – okay choice
Jeep Hurricane – a number of Jeep castings are rotated, it seems it is this one’s chance this year
International Brush Fire Truck – definitely going to be a popular choice
BMW X5 Police – updated casting, and I think a good choice
Armored Recon Vehicle – unusual choice perhaps no-one will care.
So what goes?  Many are going to be logical, but there are going to be a few people upset with some choices….
Fisker Karma
Batmobile
1966 Dodge A100 Pick-Up
Austin Mini Cooper
1955 Cadillac Fleetwood
1954 Jaguar XK120SE
1957 Chevy Belair Convertible
1969 Chevy Camaro Convertible
1963 Cadillac Ambulance
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible
Express Delivery
Dodge Viper GTS-R
Ice Cream Truck
Baja Bandit
2000 Chevy Corvette Convertible
VW Karmann Ghia Type 34 Convertible
2013 Ford Explorer
GMC School Bus
Chevy Van
Dodge RAM SRT/10
Jeep Rescue Concept
Cadillac CTS Wagon
Chevy Silverado
MBX Motorhome
Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible
TVR Tuscan S
Audi R8
BMW Mini Cooper Convertible
Rescue Helicopter
Austin FX4 Taxi
Gas Tanker
Skidster
Lotus Europa
VW Type 181
4×4 Buggy
VW Saveiro Cross
Mission Helicopter
Hummer H2 Concept
Isuzu Amigo
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Opel Speedster
Aqua King
Tractor Shovel
Rescue Boat
1978 Dodge Monaco Police
Jeep Willys Concept
2006 Dune Buggy
Out of these, I think the biggest shock is the Dodge A100 Pick-Up and VW Karmann Ghia Type 34.  Both of these were brand new castings in 2013 and both are extremely popular.  The Dodge in particular is probably the most popular new casting of 2013.  The dropping of the Cadillac Ambulance is going to be a disappointment too.  I notice the GMC School Bus is dropped and perhaps the Mega School Bus was intended to replace it, but that is nowhere on the list so we have no school bus at all.  The 2013 Ford Explorer is another unusual deletion.  Only debuting at the end of 2012, it had 2 outings in 2013 in the basic range and I wonder if they are giving it a year off to compensate.  I see no flying vehicles in the range.  Many collectors will see that as a good thing.  A number of older returnees from 2013 have been immediately dropped.  Some will not be noticed but the Dodge Monaco will be missed though, it has been replaced by the 1993 Mustang.  It is disappointing to see no vans in the range.   
All in all, it is not a bad range.  But here are a few unusual statistics….
Cars – 2013 = 20 cars 2014 = 9 cars (fewer than half of 2013)
Construction – 2013 = 10 construction 2014 = 20 construction
Licenses – 2013 = 56 licenses 2014 = 45 licenses (roughly 1/5 less)
No flying, but additional water vehicles
Many collectors look for a good scattering of cars in the range and so perhaps they will be disappointed.  Perhaps the removal of the flight related models is a good idea, when we have Skybusters. The fall in the number of licensed models will distress many collectors of authentic vehicles.  We slipped to under half the range last year, but we drop quite a few more here.  The range now consists of just over a third of licensed castings.
Of course the Matchbox team have to work under considerable restraints, not least in terms of budget and licensing, and you may find much that is pleasing in this year’s range. You may not be impressed by some of the model choices but we have to remind ourselves that at the current retail price these models are, in the main, produced for very young children and their preferences will vary from those of collectors. Your comments and suggestions will be passed on to the Matchbox team.
2014 MATCHBOX 1:64 VEHICLE LIST (DOMESTIC)
C/N
MB#
N/T
C/N
MB#
1
947
Porsche 911 GT3
51
782
Sahara Survivor
2
839
Urban Tow Truck
52
832
Jeep Wrangler Superlift
3
776
Street Cleaner
53
781
Rock Shocker
4
823
Aston Martin DBS Volante
54
764
Toyota FJ Cruiser
5
812
68 Ford Mustang GT/CS
55
838
Land Rover Defender 110
6
887
Two Story Bus
56
863
Vantom
7
816
Porsche Panamera
57
788
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
8
889
Food Truck
58
831
ATV 6×6
9
807
Caterham Superlight R500
59
783
Jungle Crawler
10
850
Garbage Grinder
60
748
MBX 4X4
11
810
71 Pontiac Firebird
61
819
Coyote 500
12
815
Cadillac CTS
62
818
Dune Dog
13
886
Ground Grinder
63
723
VW Beetle 4×4
14
834
Crop Master
64
670
Jeep Hurricane
15
840
Water Tanker
65
895
Road Raider
16
800
Road Roller
66
897
Blaze Buster
17
687
International CXT
67
898
Whiplash
18
786
57 GMC Stepside
68
894
Turn Tamer
19
3 Axle Dump Truck
69
900
MBX Coupe
20
745
Scraper
70
896
Range Rover Evoque
21
828
Pit King
71
893
BMW M1
22
704
Powerlift
72
949
06 Fire Engine
23
882
All Terrain Crane
73
935
BMW R-1200RT-P police Motorcycle
24
884
Dump Dozer
74
890
Amphi Flyer
25
950
Tractor Plow
75
771
Ford E-350 Super Duty Ambulance
26
868
Torque Titan
76
858
56 Buick Century Police Car
27
856
Load Lifter
77
843
Seagrave Fire Engine
28
852
Trail Tipper
78
824
SWAT Truck
29
703
Tractor  
79
755
Pierce Dash
30
946
Ground Breaker
80
885
Renault Master Ambulance
31
853
Sowing Machine
81
867
Lamborghini Gallardo Police car
32
737
Quarry King
82
817
Ford F-550 Superduty 
33
222
Highway Maintenance Truck
83
855
Oshkosh M-ATV
34
712
Desert Thunder V16
84
933
Dodge Charger Pursuit
35
864
International Scout 4×4
85
938
Ford F-350 Superlift Brush Truck
36
861
Sand Shredder
86
888
International MXT-MVA
37
805
Toyota 4Runner
87
821
Ford Police Interceptor
38
892
BMW R-1200 GS Motorcycle
88
881
Blaze Blitzer
39
845
4×4 Scrambulance
89
801
International WorkStar Brush Fire Truck
40
249
Chevy K1500 Pick up
90
872
BMW X5(police)
41
891
Deep Diver
91
510
Armored Recon Vehicle
42
899
Questor
92
866
Fire Smasher
43
842
Blizzard Buster
93
751
Subaru Impreza WRX Police
44
795
Cliff Hanger
94
784
43 Jeep Willys
45
767
Quick Sander
95
969
92 Ford Mustang Police car
New 
46
833
Terrain Trouncer
96
902
Field Tripper
New
47
847
Frost Fighter
97
903
Land Rover LR4
New
48
952
Hummer w/Ramp
98
904
Garbage Gulper
New
49
825
Road Tripper
99
905
Alfa Romeo 4C
New
50
797
Baja Bullit
100
906
63 Mack Model B 
New
101
907
Blockade Buster
New
102
908
Crime Crusher
New
103
909
Rapids Rescue
New
104
910
Sahara Sweeper
New
105
911
Toyota Tacoma Lifeguard
New
106
912
Trail Tracker
New
107
913
Mound Mover
New
108
914
Ground Grabber
New
109
915
Seed Shaker
New
110
916
Dirt Smasher
New
111
917
Mini Dozer
New
112
918
Drill Digger
New
113
919
Acre Maker
New
114
920
Ford F-350 Stake Bed
New
115
921
Terrainiac
New
116
922
Snow Ripper
New
117
923
Travel Tracker
New
118
924
2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
New
119
925
Rumble Raider
New
120
926
Sea Spy
New
The five recolours were to have been these five models but as the #97 Land Rover LR4 has been postponed until 2015, another model will be selected from the standard line in due course.  This will also apply to the #70 Evoque.  
International Scout 4×4
Blockade Buster
Travel Tracker
Crime Crusher
Land Rover LR4
 Note: Vehicle selections are subject to change at will by the Mattel Matchbox Team.
The Workstar Brush Truck is now being dispatched by Amazon. Mattel has responded to concerns regarding availability as follows:  I am also hearing that our special 6oth Anniversary International Workstar Brush Truck in now available for delivery from Amazon.  We do encourage folks from the UK and other countries across the pond to reach out to US collectors to get them in lieu of shipping issues that are occurring with Amazon. 
       MATCHBOX ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
  • What is happening with Walmart?  Many stores seem to be discounting all Matchbox items.  Is this Walmart dropping the brand, reducing the amount of stores taking them, or simply getting rid of stock to bring in new Matchbox items? 
Walmart has been restructuring their die cast brands in some stores.
  • What is happening with the number of vans in the range?  A few years ago there was talk of increasing the amount available due to the large area for tampo design on the sides.  Yet recently they appear to have vanished.  Models like the Ford Transit, VW Caddy, Ford Panel Van, 1956 Ford F-100 Panel Truck and 1965 Austin Mini Van.  The only one that appears to be continuing is the Delivery Van. Please can we have more vans? This will depend on the segment themes we have chosen for 2014.  
Since we add new tools each year, some tools will drop out to make way for them. We also have issues with the weight of some of these vehicles. Note however that the 65 Austin Mini Van will reappear in the “City works” 5 pack this year.
  • Talking of Ford Transit, it has been a staple of the range since 1976.  Has any thought been given to including the latest generation full size Transit? Ford will soon introduce the redesigned Ford Transit (full size van) and the Ford Transit connect . 
Hot Wheels showed their custom version of the Transit connect at the SEMA show last year. Matchbox won’t pursue either model at the moment.
  • There was talk in a previous q&a about Swedish cars.  Has any thought been given about retooling the Volvo XC90 into an emergency vehicle?  It would simply be an alteration to the roof to incorporate a light bar, and then you could re-issue it as ambulances, fire vehicles or police vehicles – vehicles that will all easily fit in with the current categories. 
This is a good suggestion. Thanks.
  • Are there any plans to work with Superlift again?  We had the Ford F-350 Superduty and Jeep Wrangler.  Could we see any more collaboration in the future?
It’s possible. 
  • The news that the Range Rover Evoque is hopefully on course for a release next year, will the model still be classified as a 2013 model when it does finally surface, or will it simply be released under its 2015 number?  We would like to know so we can either keep the 2013 list open until it reaches stores or close it after the BMW bike hits stores. 
The Range Rover Evoque will carry over into 2015 but as a 2014 model due the very late introduction.
  • Have you ever seen the TV series “Last Man Standing”?  It is a Tim Allen comedy on ABC Friday nights.  Quite often you see various Matchbox models laying around on the series.  He drives an early 1950s pick up.  I think it would be great if you could make a version of the GMC Pick up similar to his green one. 
We have had a similar request regarding a Canadian TV series with the same model. We probably would not tie into a direct replica of either one as there could be licensing issues.
  • Do you know how many models in the 5-packs are exclusive?  As pictures come out, it appears that some packs have barely anything exclusive in them. 
For this year 36 models will be exclusive. 24 will be from mainline.
  • Will the Garbage Grinder be seen again? I loved that mould and it would be great in a National Parks livery. l hope we see it again. 
Yes the Garbage Grinder will appear again this year in mainline.
  • Thank you for doing lime green fire apparatus. While not as popular as that other color in the States it is still used by many departments. Do you have further plans to use this colour on emergency vehicles? 
This has not been determined yet but we are glad to hear that you liked this color choice.
  • British and EU emergency vehicles are using a fluorescent lime and red (fire) blue (police) and green (ambulance) checkerboard. Could the Matchbox designers ensure that the colour match is more accurate as these colours have changed? 
We will do our best to create authentic colors when we can.  This does requires research that we find on the net and certain colors must be approved by our licensors when using licensed vehicles.
12. We would love some campus police cars. It’s Xavier from Barcelona, Spain (the MATCHBOX administrator of the Spanish uno64 forum). I still intend to send you questions from the Spanish collectors… it has been a hell of a time at work with many threatening deadlines, and I’ve been unable to sit down calmly to try to do a proper translation of the collectors’ questions, worries and frustration. And that’s one of the things that makes the task a bit more complicated: almost all the comments I’m collecting are full of bitterness, frustration and desperation as it is IMPOSSIBLE to get *fresh* Matchbox product in Spain. I’ll try to send you the input this week, and filter a bit the bitterness (and some proper language) from some of them. But I’m contacting you because of a finding I made today which only confirms the frustration of us Spanish collectors w.r.t. Mattel and the way they handle (destroy, swipe) the Matchbox brand in Spain. 
We welcome any questions that you may have from your home country of Spain. 
NEW RELEASES
There are six new images available to show this week. First is a new tool for 2014 and called Mini Dozer. It will be the smallest dozer produced under the Mattel banner.  It does have a shovel that can be raised and yes it only has one arm.

The Deep Diver which will be used in both the singles mainline and in a 5 pack for this year.
The next three models will appear in the 1-120 line.

Lastly a new decoration for the Freeway Flyer (flying car) in the Sky Busters range has been revealed.

A Little More History
MB 55 Ford Cortina Mk IV
The first Matchbox Ford Cortina, a Mark II, was issued in the regular wheel series as MB254 in 1968 and continued into the Superfast era. Though deleted from the range in 1972, it was revived in 1986 in Bulgaria in a range of colours. The Mark IV Cortina was first shown as a new model in the 1979/80 pocket catalogue. Both models were fitted with opening doors.
Pre-production models of the Mark IV Cortina come in a range of colours, for a different colour may be in use in the paint shop at any one time and in the early stages colour was not important. These colour pre-production models were used to check for minor errors in production. As the development of the model proceeds the castings may reveal slight alterations. The very first casting, which was possibly assembled in the toolroom, used the first shots from the moulds and was painted light blue with a beige interior and amber windows. The unpainted base did not have an MB number, year of manufacture or the “dots” on either side of the base. At this stage the doors were loose.
The next stage, which led to the first colour trial run, still did not show a model number. The reason for this was simple. If a production problem occurred there could be a considerable delay before a model went into production and there might be a need for a replacement in the range. Sometimes, a problem developed very late in the production process and there are examples of pre-production models with the wrong base number for example the 57 Carmichael with 45 base, 54 Mobile Home with 52 on base, 38 Camper Van with 35 and 17 London Bus with 50.
One colour trial model was painted red with a yellow interior and amber windows and a black base. Another example, as shown, was painted white with a black, red or yellow interior and an unpainted base. By now the base number had been added to the base casting. When models with opening parts were manufactured, these parts had to be given a strength test. Close examination of the white model shown shows the driver’s door missing. It had been pulled off in the strength test and was despatched to the waste bin for recycling. Some colour trial Cortinas were painted in the military green colour used on a number of range models at the time. Once the body colour had been agreed, in this case metallic lime green, discussion followed regarding the interior colour. 
Following the colour trial models a final pre-production run of approximately 5000 models were produced which had to be of a quality good enough to be put on sale. Usually these are then destroyed and sometimes a very small number are released. (The yellow MB 8 Rover was an example of this). In this case the pre-production models were released for sale but the only difference between these and the normal issue models is that the early models had no patent number. 
All subsequent variations, with the exception of the Chinese model, featured a patent number. The first colour change came with a bright metallic lime green colour which appears to be limited to the USA releases. The first worldwide colour change featured a metallic red body with a creamy yellow interior. A metallic brown version followed with a creamy yellow interior which soon gave way to a white interior. 
Though the model was replaced as a single in 1983, it continued as a component of the Twin Pack range with a plain red body with the doors fixed shut. At this time Matchbox were selling their “Streak Racing” sets where the models in the pack featured luminous windows which glowed in the dark. Perhaps the most interesting of the red Cortinas were those found with light brown interiors and those with black bases.
The final Cortina was only available in mainland China. Apprentices for the Shanghai factory learnt their trade on three models, one of which was a red Mark IV with tan and white flame tampo on the bonnet and roof. The base was painted metallic silver and was not cast with a patent number. The model was sold in a special blister pack.

   
Nigel Cooper      3rd March 2014
Advertisements

113 thoughts on “March 3rd Matchbox Ambassador Report: Entire 1-120 Mainline Lineup for 2014…

  1. There are many Scenarios in which people discover themselves require quick loans uk funds quickly. It could be that your vehicle no longer working and you need to correct quickly. perhaps You need to pay some bills immediately. Quick loans or quick loans for bad credit quick loans can be the best option for you anyway. Financial loans that will allow you exactly what you will do as quick loans, or “pikalaina” as it is known in pre-need. You will be forwarded to you in a quick loans quick manner and you must pay back in a short period of time, as you would with a normal loan.
    http://www.quickloans12months.co.uk/
    http://eloansintheuk.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/quick-loans-for-people-on-benefits-safe-reliable-and-quick-loans-at-the-time-of-emergency/

  2. Even if you deal with liquidity problems and needs are essential to achieve no credit check loans these loans are the right To insert source of funds in as little as possible. You do not need to waste your precious time just visit lender to lender on Office. About apply for the loan is very fast in this day and age. payday loans for bad credit You just have to go with the online mode, which is a procedure without problems of application that requires you You authentic information to the lender so that he approves your loan immediately. After confirming 12 month loans your information and approval of your loan is transmitted securely in your active bank account. http://www.3monthpaydayloans12uk.co.uk/ http://shorttermloanssuk.blog.com/2014/10/28/12-month-loans-no-fees-no-guarantor-no-credit-check/

  3. If you have the funds to compensate the person if their tax problems quickly and it is possible to overcome this to go? Did you get your cash at the right time of economic adversity, but could not get one because of his bad credit? Well, if you have more than 1 hour payday loans have specific alternative where you get the most out of it you can get it. Plans such as love / her problem naturally without any problems. Ultimately it is suddenly cash available for candidates at a time in their bank accounts quickly. Visit at : 1 hour payday loans : http://www.easyinstantloans.co.uk/1-hour-payday-loans.html

  4. If you're looking for a little help with the loan, the cradle of the test solution for text loans UK. Provide up to 100 pounds in 7 days, and then you can use depending on your needs. Do not bother with the loan payment is deducted directly from your bank account if you set a time. Not very comfortable with the process of repayment period were able to pay the lender can extend the time you have to ask. It will, however, the lender will require additional money for this service. Visit at : text loans : http://www.ukbadcreditpaydayloans.co.uk/text-loans.html

  5. Door collection loans are compulsory when you apply for the secured form of these loans. Presence of collateral will lower the interest rates and extend the repayment tenure. Door collection loans are no need of pledging any security when you apply for the unsecured form. Fast door collection loans are that the needed funds are directly dispatched at the door of the salaried people in the course of the emergency.
    http://doorcollectionloans.badcreditloansnocreditcheck.org.uk

  6. 12 month loanscan be attained within a short span of time. The loans are meant for those who need funds to overcome temporary cash needs. Even applicants having severe credit problems can attain the service of these loans. Bad credit unsecure loans that help individual in availing the money in a speedy and suitable way. The borrower who have borrowed the money have got all the liberty to use the amount availed in the fulfillments of their various purposes like that of paying off the house rent, grocery bills, education cost and so on. http://12monthloans.badcreditunsecuredloan.me.uk

  7. Doorstep loans are considered by many as convenient source of cash when there is some urgency involved in borrowing of the money from the lenders. Cheap doorstep loans are known to provide the monetary assistance right at your home without hassles of faxing the documents and going through many queries from the lenders. This mode is free from all the complex procedures of paperwork and documentation. Only a simple online application form will entitle you to this facility.
    http://doorstep.loans.baddebtunsecuredloans.org.uk

  8. It really is teeming with scams on the internet, really not normal. In one week I lost 500usd for payments. I had inquiries made ??at Dandy Cash.com came just disappointed. I would recommend anyone to advertise on the site.I've only tried it a different website, and when I had finally found someone who was still honest (steve.mccclaren309@gmail.com) Because he asked me in advance, but doubted he could give evidence and so I took the risk anyway and I was able to borrow from him. 30000usd,please don't email anybody said to be a loan lender in this website because they are all scams,they disappoint me and run away with my 500usd,Mr Steve Mcclaren is the only one i trust because he gave me the loan i needed,,please do not email anyone in this website because they are scams they pretend to be loan lenders they rip people of their hard earned money the USA Attorney General Of Police are searching for this guys in the internet right now so don't email this guys please they will rip you off like they did to

Leave a Reply