No, not Matchbox. That “Matchbox is back!” statement gets used a lot every time Matchbox releases something cool. In all honesty they never did leave, they just hid for a bit. They’ve popped up before, getting collectors giddy with models like the Foxbody Mustang Police, just not that often.
What we are talking about is Matchbox Alfa Romeos. The Alfa 4C marks the first Matchbox Alfa Romeo since the “don’t make it a color other than red or white” Giulia Sprint, and it is nice to have Alfa back. You might remember, a few years ago Alfa Romeo licensors approved the Giulia Sprint for a 2007 release, but when Matchbox tried to do a color other than red or white, the only factory colors offered on that model, Alfa would not grant permission.
Hence, after several red and white versions, Matchbox retired the casting, but it is still fun hunting down those red or white versions you don’t have. (Be careful, some of the differences on them can be quite subtle.)
And as popular and loved as the Giulia Sprint was, it looks like the 4C will match. It is a fantastic model, full of old-school Matchbox traits: proportioned wheels, accurate lines, front and rear tampos, and a nice stance. The real 4C is small, quick and gorgeous, and the Matchbox looks the part.
So is Matchbox back? Who knows, and who cares. It may not be as frequent as it was a few years ago, but Matchbox is still putting out great models…
We were lucky enough to get this example from Tom at mdcmonline, who has been selling Matchbox for years. You can find them on eBay or you can email Tom directly to see if he has what you are looking for.
Matchbox Alfa Romeo 4C (2014 New Models):