With Matchbox in a full upswing, it is hard to pinpoint one model that got it all started.
The fact is that even in its darkest days 2-3 years ago, Matchbox was still releasing some real gems. Just not that many of them. But the 2015 line seems to be the start of something special. The Tesla, Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW M5, and Cadillac One this year are a good signal of what is to come.
But before that, in 2014 Matchbox released the 1993 Ford Mustang LX SSP in CHP livery. It was an instant classic. Police cars are right in Matchbox’s wheel house, and doing a police car like the Foxbody Mustang was a perfect “Matchbox-esque” choice. A stock stance, perfect wheels, and a look pulled right from its era. The model was gobbled off the shelves, and at least for me (and I am sure for a lot of others) it will always be a favorite.
Looking back, the Mustang was a good indicator that Matchbox was ready to move back to its roots of realism. This year even more evidence has emerged. And 2016 looks to go even deeper. It will be very interesting to watch how things develop.
The Foxbody will try to follow its stellar debut in 2014 with two versions in 2015. One in the Best of World line (it is quite the looker, and we hope to show it soon), and the other in the 2015 mainline. And today we have the mainline version here to show off a bit.
Can the 2015 version equal the 2014? Probably not, but what could? CHP is iconic, and maybe only NYPD could top it. This version has an unlicensed livery, but at least the looks are there. A new color, and an era-appropriate livery. And once again, those perfect disk wheels. Hot Wheels might have real riders figured out, but when it comes to mainline plastic wheels, there is no comparison between orange and blue. Matchbox wins.
I said earlier that Matchbox has the police model market cornered. The Mustang, BMW M5, and Dodge Charger Pursuit (look for a full feature soon) all are evidence. So is the Dodge Monaco and Buick Century. For good measure I included a couple of pics of the recent released of those two, both in 5-packs. Chrome would have been the better choice – the new team agrees – but these are still two very good looking models.
Enjoy the pics…