We aren’t done with the coverage of the Matchbox Gathering. We have showcased the upcoming 2016 New Models, the Best of the World Premium series, and now it is time to dive into the current year.
With all the back and forth we have had on Matchbox – and it seems no other diecast brand brings out more passion, good or bad – there have actually been some really nice releases. I think most would agree that the Tesla has been the cream of the crop this year, but there has been a lot of love for the Porsche Cayman S, Lambo LM002, and BMW M5 Police, to name a few. That is a good thing.
And there is more coming. The folks from the Matchbox Design Team not only brought 3D renderings of upcoming 2016 models, but they brought near-complete or totally complete examples from the 2015 lineup.
We won’t bore you with all the details, and the photos will show you all you need to know, but concentrate on a couple of things. One, the abundance of models with front and rear tampos. Two, the realistic proportions. Golden Age-esque once again. There are unique models like the Cadillac Presidential Limo (The Beast), which is bound to super popular. There are realistic street models like the Jeep Cherokee, and classic models like the Jeep Willys Pickup, and sports cars like the Jaguar F-Type. Many of you are bound to happy to see the much-anticipated and oft-delayed Range Rover Evoque finally being developed.
Matchbox has a long way to go to return to glory, but the buzz is starting to spread. Japanese Nostalgic Car picked up the news on the new JDM models, and we have been seeing more and more excitement about where Matchbox is headed on social media networks. People are talking, and guess what? The new Matchbox Team is listening.
This may be a great time to be a Matchbox collector…
Upcoming Matchbox 2015 New Models: