This is not the time for the “Matchbox is back!” post.
I don’t know if I will ever do that post, because things are always evolving. There will be things I like, and things I don’t. I just hope that the things that I like…I REALLY like.
I think I can say I REALLY like the Matchbox New Models here in 2016. I wonder if I can say that about 2017 – we will find out next month when the team unveils the 2017 New Model list at the Matchbox Gathering – but the G63 6×6 is a great start.
My guess is 2017 will be a great list, mainly because 2016 is a fantastic list. It isn’t a long list, but the models have been for the most part stellar. Sure, I would love to see more, but as I look at the New Models released so far, I am happy with what I see. I have eight in hand at the moment, thanks to a couple of previews Matchbox sent over. There are three more that have yet to see – the VW Transporter (arriving this week from Wheel Collectors), the Volvo V60, and the ’71 Nissan Skyline. I have seen images of all three, and I like what I see.
But let’s focus on what is here, and showcase one of the next to be released, the fabulous 2015 Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler 300 off the bat doesn’t seem like the most logical choice for a new model. The 300 was a red hot car in the early to mid-2000’s when it’s looks made it the “poor man’s Bentley” and everyone was decking theirs out in a million ways.
Since then the 300 has lost a bit of its luster, but it maintains its signature design cues after a remodel a couple of years ago. It is a good looking sedan, hot or not.
So you may argue the timing of the Chrysler 300 becoming a Matchbox, but you can’t argue that it is a great Matchbox choice, and even more that was executed perfectly. We love Matchbox and realism, and the 300 sedan is a perfect choice for a car you see on the road.
And look how good the Matchbox version looks? The detailing is there, in the casting and the deco, and the dark red is a great debut color. I see it continuing the legacy of great Matchbox sedans you see on the road like the Dodge Charger, Lexus GS430, and Tesla Model S.
So add the Chrysler 300 to the 7 the licensed models I have seen (minus the Zamboni. I have no idea why I am not including it). The group is small, but they pack a punch.
Pick a fave:
Not bad, right? If I am picking a fave so far, I go with the Dodge Ram Police, but the next three coming might have a little something to say about that.
The Chrysler comes out later this summer…