A Tale of Two: Matchbox & Hot Wheels Tesla Model S, with a little Fisker mixed in…

This was an inevitable post, wasn’t it?

We could have titled this post “Matchbox vs Hot Wheels Tesla Model S”, but the outcome is a forgone conclusion.  We have all seen previews of the Matchbox Tesla, and we already showcased the Hot Wheels version last week.  It has been well determined that the Matchbox version is far better than the Hot Wheels offering.

But, because these models were released within a few days of each other, here they are side-by-side:

Did anyone change their opinion?  We actually don’t mind the Hot Wheels as much as we thought, and when looking at both, we don’t mind the difference in direction, but there is a huge gap in execution.  The Hot Wheels is a little sloppy, and the Matchbox is a sign of how good Matchbox can be.

There really isn’t much else to say about these two together, so we went another direction.  We decided to pair the Matchbox Tesla with what was once its rival, but like the Matchbox and Hot Wheels Teslas, there was no competition.

I remember when Felix Holst stood up at the Matchbox Gathering and mentioned the Fisker Karma was going to be a new model the next year.  I had no idea what it was, and I don’t think anyone else did either.  That of course led many of us online, where we saw this stunningly beautiful car that was going to run on batteries.

The only other thing that was close was the Tesla Roadster, and while its technology was cool, its looks were not.  So all the attention went to Fisker.  Matchbox released its versions, and as seven different colors were released over subsequent years, Fisker released the Karma in much lower numbers than anticipated, filed for bankruptcy (that is the VERY short version of that interesting story), and the company was sold to a group from China.  They came and then they went.

Whether or not we will ever see Fisker again remains to be seen, but for those few minutes the company actually existed, the Karma was one of the prettiest things on the road.  And the Matchbox version didn’t disappoint either.  Fisker licensors demanded the solar panel roof be included, and Mattel obliged.  They must have demanded front and rear tampos as well, because all seven versions include all those details.  The most recent version (and maybe the last version ever) highlighted the deco wonderfully in all black with black rims.

And that is the story of the Matchbox Fisker.  It is, for all intents and purposes, history.  We can’t imagine there will be much  interest in it moving forward, but it definitely has a place in this post showcasing the Tesla Model S.

In contrast, the Model S has found its place.  Every movie producer in LA traded in their Panamera for a Tesla (always a good indicator), and the car is popping up everywhere.  It is here to stay, and it looks like the Matchbox will be around for awhile as well.

The same amount of detail has been put into the Matchbox Model S as was put into the Fisker.  The casting is fantastic, the color realistic, and the front and rear tampos well placed.  We have said it a hundred times, but it is Matchbox at realistic best, and it is exactly what collectors would love to see more of from the orange brand.

This is easily our favorite Matchbox of 2015 so far, and we plan on parading it out a lot to showcase what we love about Matchbox.  Hopefully we see more like it…

(Find the Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S on eBay…)

Matchbox Tesla Model S (2015 New Models):

11 Replies to “A Tale of Two: Matchbox & Hot Wheels Tesla Model S, with a little Fisker mixed in…”

  1. It is so hard to believe that the two Tesla cars come from the same company, that Matchbox one is so far removed from the mess that is the Hot Wheels version, and to an extent, gives us hope in the future, that MBX can produce stunning cars without the need to turn into a posh Hot Wheels.

  2. Man the Mbox Tesla is beauty. I'm sitting here drooling over it before I head out for work. Hopefully I'll be able to get one in the next month or so. The HW isn't too bad IMO, but its def not the Mbx. if I find one I find one and if I don't, Oh well.

  3. I completely agree with everything you said about the Teslas. However, your story about Fisker was a little mixed up. They are planning to build more cars, and are mending all of the Fisker cars that did not sell or the owners did not want them once they realized they caught on fire. All of this is happening here in sunny Southern California.They have proposed to start building more cars as soon as early 2016, but with their already bad reputation, I do not think that it will work.

  4. I am pretty sure, As I live near the Fisker headquarters in California, and for the past couple times I have visited, they have literally been getting truckloads of Fiskers from all aver the world. The headquarters are near the John Wayne Airport in Anihiem. They are repairing all the unsold ones so they don't catch on fire, and have proposed to build new ones. I was just their a month ago to check out a batch that had just arrived from new jersey…..

  5. “we don't mind the difference in direction, but there is a huge gap in execution. The Hot Wheels is a little sloppy, and the Matchbox is a sign of how good Matchbox can be.”

    Thank you, that's what I've been trying to say since the first pictures came out. The problem with Hot Wheels isn't their focus on customs and performance add ons, the problem is that they're sloppy, and when both brands cost the same, they really have no excuse to be. Their models were far better a decade back or so. They weren't accurate models, but at least the lines and paint were crisp and it was easy to find well printed cars.

    Anyone wanting a sportier Tesla now would be better off customizing a Matchbox model than picking up the Hot Wheels.

  6. has anybody else noticed that the interior is exactly the same for both models? I looked long and hard and could not spot any difference between the two, and that's odd considering how different they are on the outside. Maybe this is another cost cutting measure from Mattel, sharing elements between brands, like they do in the automotive industry. And that could mean more dual releases in the future. What do you guys think?

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