Oct 10th Matchbox Ambassador Report, by Larry Scaduto…
Ambassador’s Report October 10th, 2014
By: Larry Scaduto
Good Day to everyone out there! Sorry for the delay in releasing my latest report. I’m featuring new 2015 models for the 1-120 Mainline as well as the Sky Busters Line. Hope you like what’s new! But first here is the BMW M1 for the 13th Leipzig Toy Show. You can see how nice a Matchbox Model can be when there are no restrictions on what the design team can do.
All pictures and information within this report are with the permission and consent of Mattel and the Matchbox Team!
New Releases for 2015
Here we have the return of the Checker Cab to the Matchbox line for 2015. The model has been modified to include the taxi sign as part of the window unit. Nice Model! The casting is now (MB980).
This next model is the retool of the Swamp Raider which will be in the 2015 Military 5 pack. We have now deleted the canvas bed cover and the hex fitting on the cargo bed. The roof is now part of the window unit similar to the retool of the Land Rover Defender 110 and the interior is now visible as well. This will now have an open pick up bed. The new MB number for this model is MB997.
Next we have the revised tool of the HUMVEE, but this deco will be used in the 2015 Mission Force Military pack.
Here we have 2015 refresh of the Dual Tail for Sky Busters.
Lastly we have the new 2015 deco for Sky Busters: Sky Shredder
Preproductions from my Collection
May I introduce….The White Nights
I’m not sure where the term White Nights came from. But I’ve known that white preproductions models were always called that. (If someone can shed some light on this, it would be appreciated) From what I’ve been told, white was the color of choice on many PrePro’s in the Lesney era for a fairly good reason. The white paint made any defects in the mold easier to see. So I have more in this color than any other. To this day, I still seek out the white models if they stay in a certain price range. I was bidding on one at the Gathering that went way over what I wanted to pay…ultimately it went to another collector and I was okay with that. Maybe another time…. But as you will see the white PrePro’s are stunning and make a wonderful presentation on their own. The pictures don’t do these models any justice, but you get to see the wide variety of molds that got the special White Night treatment. Enjoy and I welcome your comments……
In this week’s History section I am featuring the two story BP Sales & Service Station…Originally released in 1963, it was the same structure that was used in the ESSO Station. Only now the building was white with a green forecourt and sporting the famous green shield of BP. As with the Fire Station, there were no reported variations. These MG-1 Service Stations are from the Steve Gloss Collection and his eagle eye found an off white or beige version with a noticeably darker forecourt. (Please refer to the above pictures) This service station was available till around 1966 when it was replaced by a one story BP Service Station….but that will be reviewed another time!! Gas Pumps were sold separately for this set. They fit into an outlined spot near the front edge of the base. This is my personal favorite!!!
In these pictures I have a close up on the header sign. The “BP” logo features two different sizes for the lettering. The lower sign has the BP positioned lower within the shield which has visibly fatter lettering than the upper picture’s shield. I think it’s time to look at my service station to see what I have!!
What’s New in the Stores?
I was getting worried there would not be anything to show in this section for the 2nd straight issue. But…..that changed just before this report was to be released. As you can see above the Ford Police Interceptor has been corrected with the word Marshal having just one L instead of two. (I just found the first one myself) Below are some pictures from fellow collector Mavanrick who found the City Works 5-Pack at a Target in Georgia. The Mail Delivery Van is the first version. Nice Find!!! Also pictured is the display at Target. I might add its better than most I’ve seen. We’ll give this store a generous C+ for the effort!! I believe there will be a lot of product coming out soon before the holidays. So watch this section for the latest finds.
Below is a link to Mark Kasimoff’s YouTube video. He is opening up the Batch L case. Please take a moment to watch this informative video. A big thank you goes out to Mark for first, taking the time to do this and second, for giving me permission to post it on my Ambassador’s Report. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EXMAwjp8xE
Models we would love to see made…
And this time around we have another nice selection of ides. Starting at the top we have…. 1986 Mitsubishi Mills-Tui Pumper, 1993 Chevy Caprice Police Car, 2008 Nissian GT-R, 2015 Dodge Viper, Asphalt Grinder, Paymaster Semi Tractor, BMW I8, and 2016 Audi RS7
Pictured above is a selection of #1 Mod Rods from my collection. Not sure if I have anymore. If so, they got separated from this group. In the upper corner is the Roman numeral #1 Silver Streak. Below is a customized version of the Mod Rod once again from collector Mark Amies. It would have been nice to see this one in red during its production run. Nice work Mark!