I normally don’t like to put up posts over the weekend, but this weekend was an exception. The question of whether or not Matchbox should do chase cars came up, and I thought it would be interesting to see what readers thought. And I wasn’t alone. The Matchbox Team also wants to know, and so I asked.
That spurred a very interesting discussion with interesting discussions from both sides. Even the vote was even for most of the weekend. This discussion is definitely not over, so if you haven’t voted in the Lamley poll, now is the time.
More than a few times in the last couple of days, the comments centered around the fact that a chase model isn’t necessary because with the distribution the way it is, Matchbox models are already hard enough to find. And of all the hard-to-find models mentioned, the Tesla Model S was mentioned the most.
And I agree. It was incredibly hard to find for quite awhile. It seemed the Tesla was gobbled up as fast as a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt every time it hit the pegs. And for good reason. The Tesla is simply a stunning model, and indicative of what collectors hope for and expect from Matchbox.
The model is wonderfully done (by current Hot Wheels and former Matchbox designer Ryu Asada, who also designed the Hot Wheels version), the color is stock, and the tampos are realistic. Front and rear, and that is all that is needed. It fits in so well with the numerous realistic models Matchbox rolled out in the late 2000’s, like the Audi R8, Cadillac CTS Wagon, and Bentley Continental GT.
So it is no surprise it has been so popular. Thankfully it has returned to the pegs in later Matchbox batches, hopefully making it easier for those who haven’t found it to grab one. Keep checking.
And aside from that, you will have another chance. The Tesla is returning to the 2015 Matchbox line in blue, and – no surprise – it looks fantastic.
There isn’t much to say about the blue version that the photos won’t show you. I guess I can say that the Tesla obviously has a bright future in the Matchbox line, and I look forward to many more versions. I have already put my recommendation into the team that we need to see it soon in either white or black with black rims. For now, I will fully enjoy the red and blue versions.
Look for this one late this year or early next.