Let’s just get to it right out of the gate. I am not going to title this Hot Wheels vs. Matchbox like I do with similar posts, because frankly the question “Who did it better?” isn’t relevant here. Both are great.
2016 Batch E from Hot Wheels includes the brand new ’17 Ford F-150 Raptor, which will undoubtedly be a popular model, at least here in the US. The Raptor continues to be a hit in general, and the 2017 version appears to take that “extreme truck” look even further. With more exaggerated features, it looks as mean as a car named after a dinosaur should.
And it makes for a great Hot Wheels. Sure, the Hot Wheels version is probably lifted a bit more, but other than that it a very accurate replica. The casting itself is nicely detailed on both the front and back, and the new off-road wheels suit it very well.
And this is where I would compare it to the Matchbox, but as I said before, there is no need. The Matchbox casting has been around for awhile, and like the Hot Wheels is a very accurate replica of the real thing. Only now the Matchbox is a miniature version of a truck that is a few years old. It of course has the stock look that Matchbox should always do, and even a playful tow hook on the rear.
So what we end up are two different, well-executed, and accurate replicas of Ford’s signature pickup. I only have this one version of the Matchbox, and I don’t anticipate getting more versions of the Hot Wheels replica after this one. These two suit the collection just fine.