Yeah, it is a rare occasion that I would dedicate an entire post to the Matchbox Highway Maintenance Truck. It is a model that has been around forever – while enduring a few modifications over the years – and doesn’t shake up the diecast world every time it hits the pegs.
But it is a nice model, and one that seems to have a place in the Matchbox lineup every year. No complaints here. It is fairly realistic – the casting was originally cast as a Chevrolet – and having a plow in the lineup makes perfect sense.
Still though, why dedicate an entire post to it? Well, because it is the next model to sport the Matchbox Forest Service livery. Any model that goes National Parks or Forest Service is significant, at least to me.
I have posted many features about these liveries before. National Parks and Forest Service are generic decos, but are loosely based on the National Parks and Forest Service vehicles here in the US. National Parks is my favorite, but Forest Service isn’t far behind.
Both debuted about 8-10 years ago, and ever since we see one or two models released each year with one of those liveries. And as much as I like them, they are easy to mix up. The teal color of both is very similar, and actual badges seem to be all over the place. I took these two pics of both sets awhile ago, and since then I have decided the Tractor Plow pictured with the National Parks models is actually a Forest Service model (orange trim).
Well I need to create an additional spot in my Forest Service collection, because the Highway Maintenance Truck is joining the fleet. Coming later this year, the Highway Truck will be released in the basic range with Forest Service livery.
Mattel provided the preview model, and it looks great. It is the modified version, where the base, front grill, and plow are the same piece. A truck like this would make a lot of sense as part of a Forest Service fleet, so yes, this is a no-brainer addition to the collection.
Matchbox has hinted that more from both deco themes are coming. I’ll make rom…