The UK is not always the first place to get new Matchbox stuff, but I was rather surprised to see the latest two 10-packs for sale at Tesco. Even better, Tesco are currently running a buy one, get one half price offer.
These usually tend to turn up in USA first, and usually as a 9-pack. In the US, Matchbox has shrunk the pack contents and hidden the gap by increasing the picture bottom left to cover up the space attributed to the bottom left model. The egg carton inside still has 10 spaces on it, and this is because they use the pack on all sets regardless of whether it is a 9-pack or a 10-pack. It is just the outer package that has a small picture at the bottom of the exclusive model and a 10th model, or a large picture and only 9 models.
Included in these 2 packs are the last 2 of the exclusive models. The first pack contains the first model that was also used elsewhere. All the other 7 models (Opel Frogster, Batmobile, Morgan Aeromax, Ford F-100 Panel Truck, Type 34 Karmann Ghia Convertible, GMC Wrecker and the Porsche Boxster in the other set released here) have not been used at all this year (and in most cases not for a good few years), but the Ford Superlift is not only found here.
It is also a part of the basic range in red.
But all the same, this is a really nice addition to the 9/10-pack series and we are sure there will be many collectors trying to get a hold of this one.
Under that exclusive model is a rather unusual looking Turn Tamer.
Shown on the right next to the basic range issue you may notice the wheels are smaller. This was not an error as all the sets at this store had the same small wheels on the Turn Tamer.
A close up of the wheels. Now this could end up being a UK only variation, as when these turn up in USA they could have been run at a different time and have the correct wheels on them. It does make the model look a little odd. But it is a cool little error style variation for those of us who want to try and get everything.
The other pack contains the first Porsche Boxster in 8 years.
This is a beautiful little version of the casting, and considering how long the model has been around, it still looks pretty crisp and fresh. Okay it may be the older style Porsche Boxster, but considering how little Porsche change their vehicles when they update them anyway many will not even notice.
The model is shown here with the debut release from 1999 and the last variation, the 2006 5-pack model. On a personal note, as a huge Porsche fan, I am really happy to see this casting again. I like that they throw us some recent castings dusted off and used in realistic liveries.
These last 2 pictures show us the pre-El Segundo versions and post El Segundo versions of the casting.
These sets should appear soon (minus the model in the bottom left slot) in USA.