Matchbox and generics is a touchy subject. For the most part, collectors don’t like them. Or at least that is how it sounds.
It is a bit odd that Matchbox gets a lot of guff for their generics, when Hot Wheels produces quite a few more, and way more outlandish. But it speaks to what collectors expect from Matchbox. They want realism.
My thought is that if Matchbox does more realistic generics, there will be a lot less complaints. A generic construction vehicle, or bus, or emergency vehicle that looked like something we would see on the road would be most welcome, and it seems there is a steady – but slow – move towards that. Generics are just part of the game these days, and since we have to live with them, hopefully there will be some we like.
So with that said, the next two generic models from Matchbox are interesting. Both could easily based on real cars, and therefore be licensed, but both are generic, and well executed.
The Sonoran Shredder is exactly how it is named. A desert rider based on an older modified pickup. I think square-body Chevy or Ford Ranger, but any one of us could see something different. It has the right lines, it just doesn’t have a badge. I personally like it, but if it were licensed I would be more inclined to add it to the collection. Let’s be honest, supercool though.
The Snow Thrasher – wow, these are some action-oriented names Matchbox – is a little more on the generic side, but playworthy for sure. It is some sort of snow vehicle, and I am sure loosely based on something. Again, my interest wains, but this one, like the Sonoran Shredder, definitely has play value. (Whisper voice) But, doesn’t it kind of look like the model is wearing a diaper with that big white base? Is it just me? (Back to normal voice)
I could see beat-up versions of both in playrooms all over, but maybe not in a ton of collector’s collections. But sitting in a playroom is still the number one purpose of these little things. Let’s see how they do…
Look for both in the coming months.