Time for a Lamley Exclusive. Matchbox sent us pics of a couple upcoming models in the 2016 Mainline, and told us to “share away”. Share away we will.
One cool thing about these two? Both are both European in origin. One casting has been around forever, and the other is brand new. Let’s start with the new model.
Along with the MX-5 and Skyline, the ’90 VW Transporter Crew Cab has to be one of the most anticipated Matchbox new models of 2016. The folks at Matchbox wanted to show us how it is coming along, with these images of the EP (Engineering Product). This is pretty much the finalized casting, so the next time we will see it, it will be on its proper wheels with its proper color and deco. They haven’t provided hints yet of what each of those will be, but based on the casting, it doesn’t really matter. This one will be a good one.
You can see that body is metal, with the base of the bed attached to the interior. And it is always great to see the tow hook. Maybe a future Hitch & Haul?
Next up, is a casting that has been around a very long time, or at least most of this millennium. The Land Rover Discovery has been a mainstay in all kinds of lines, and it is nice to see it back in the basic range. If for none other reason than I had a hunch that there was too much metal on it to return to the mainline, considering the cost crunching. Yet here it is, and while it could have been modified, I can’t see any evidence as such.
Plus, a very cool police livery. Not licensed, but maybe we can say “Sussex-ish”. The latest Disco was slated to join the mainline at some point, but that casting was scratched, and the Range Rover Evoque was done instead. At least we have the classic version still usable. I like it better anyway.
There is no timetable yet for when these will be on shelves. But it will be soon. Can’t wait…