It’s Matchbox Gathering Week! Convention Agenda & Mattel-Donated Auction Items have been unveiled…

As far as my hobby goes, it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. The 14th Annual Matchbox Collectors Gathering of Friends starts later this week.

I am sure you have read me wax on several times about how much I love this convention.  There are a million reasons why.  For one, I love the drive to Albuquerque.  I am fortunate to live a state away, and in between my house in Salt Lake City and the Marriott in Albuquerque is some of the prettiest land you will see.  So when I can, I grab my daughters and make a trip of it.  Tonight is Moab, tomorrow Monument Valley, and Wednesday Durango, before we mosey on in to ABQ on Thursday.

Once I am there, the in-room trading, presentations, interaction with Mattel, the next-year’s new model lineup, the exclusives, and auction keep me coming back.  Most importantly, hanging with a good bunch of folks makes it unmissable.  
So expect a fair amount of Matchbox and Gathering coverage this week.  I plan on posting quite a few videos on the Lamley Facebook Live feed, including the presentation and some the auction, and of course a load of photos on the Lamley Instagram page.  Many of the photos and videos will end up here on the blog and on the YouTube Channel as well.
But all that is coming.  For now, let’s get ready.
Jim Gallegos, the show’s founder and organizer, has released the agenda and Mattel Auction items, which can be found below.  Those who are attending, prepare.  Those who aren’t, below is what you will miss.


Friday 7/15/16
Registration – Hotel Lobby
Door hangers and room trading participant info available at registration. Contact Bill Burgess if you miss this time.

Meet and Greet – Sandia Ball Room
6:00pm-8:00pm – Meet and Greet (Beverages and cake served)
                  Meet the Mattel Matchbox® Team from El Segundo California.

In Room Trading 
All Day –  Room numbers available by lobby elevators. Sign up at the registration table in the lobby to participate.
Saturday 7/16/16
Registration – Hotel Lobby
9:00am-10:00am – Contact Bill Burgess for badges if you miss this time.

In Room Trading  
All Day – Room numbers available by lobby elevators.

Workshops – Sandia Ball Room
10:00am – 11:00am – “Imitation is the Highest Compliment”                              
                  Subject: Jim Reid shares examples of copies of Matchbox® models
11:30am -12:30 pm Regular Wheel Variations  
 Subject:  Ali Sarkarati presents underrated regular wheel Matchbox® models
2:00pm – 3:00 pm – Matchbox® Team
Subject: Matchbox® Team discussion

Dinner and Auction – Sandia Ball Room
Pre-paid reservations required to attend all dinner events.
5:30pm – Doors Open for Dinner
6:00pm – Welcome and Dinner
6:30pm – Mattel Line Preview 
7:00pm-9:00pm Auction

In Room Trading Continues Room numbers available by lobby elevators.
Sunday 7/17/16
Toy Show and Sale – Grand Ball Room
8:00am-10:00am- Set up for Toy Show vendors
9:00am – Early bird floor rights (Admission $10) 
10:00am-3:00pm – Toy Show and Sale
             General Admission $3 Under 10 free with paid adult
10:00am-3:00pm – Matchbox® Play Area
11:00am-1:00pm – Mattel Autograph Session

First Responder Display – West Parking Lot
10:00am-3:00pm – Emergency vehicles on display

Gathering Mattel-Donated Auction Items:

MB1012 2015 Mazda Miata –
MB975 ’15 Jaguar F-Type Coupe–
MB617 Ford F550 Mini Pumper 
MB805 1985 Toyota 4 Runner
MB1009 Custom ’68 Ford Mustang Mudstanger –
MB892 BMW R1200 GS
MB596 BMX X5
MB953 Chevy K-1500 Pickup
MB844 Batmobile
MB806 Cadillac CTS Wagon
MB956 Lamborghini LM002 –
MB329 Humvee 
MB865 TORQUE TITAN™            
MB699 Off Road Rider –
MB831 ATV 6×6 –
MB931 Dump truck –
MB917 Mini Dozer –
MB586 Billboard Truck –
MB470 GMC Bucket Truck
SB128 Batwing™ Set of 3 on plinth  (One in pic is part of the plinth set not a single)
SB98 Sea Arrow™
1:64 Trucks Terrainiac® 
Creature Catchers
Creature Catchers Boat with Shark – need toy number to confirm
Creature Catchers Helicopter with Bear – need toy number to confirm
Real Working Rigs
GMC T6500 Airport Service Truck – need toy number
1:24th Scale

Excited?  I sure am.

More to come…

2 Replies to “It’s Matchbox Gathering Week! Convention Agenda & Mattel-Donated Auction Items have been unveiled…”

  1. I wonder if they'll share any news on Matchbox single packs coming back to Target. Despite the announcement on Instagram, I have yet to see them at any Targets.

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