Before we jump into the mainline release of the 6×6 (which the Matchbox team have provided for a preview), let’s acknowledge something kind of cool. This isn’t the first time we have seen the 6×6. In fact, its release shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone. The model was announced officially at the Gathering last July, but previewed by Matchbox on Instagram even before that. And we have seen its development since then.
It has been cool to see both Matchbox and Hot Wheels embrace Instagram as a place to interact with fans and collectors, and give us all little morsels of information. Gerry Cody and the Matchbox Team broke down some barriers to get the IG ball rolling, and Hot Wheels has followed. It is awesome to see. (In fact, Gerry has taken that same approach with his new position at Hot Wheels, so you’d better follow his new account @hotwheelssounofficial. It’ll be a blast. Abe Lugo has @matchboxworld running smoothly.)
Anyway, the 6×6. A much-anticipated model to be sure, and the first new casting to be released since Mattel and Mercedes renewed their licensing agreement. We saw the 6×6 as a Toy Fair model, which technically was not available to the public, and now the mainline release.
If you have been following, you know there is a difference between the Toy Fair and mainline releases of the 6×6. Matchbox developed two versions. One with an interior, and one without.
The interior version was done for premium releases like the Toy Fair and maybe future Best of releases, while the no-interior version was done for basic releases. The unfortunate reality is that basic has to stay within a certain budget to remain at the price point that major retailers require, so things like this happen. The 6×6 obviously needs a third axle, so in keeping with the 4-part rule the window was eliminated. So on basic releases the windows will always look tinted, but the model, in my view, still looks fantastic.
All that said, Matchbox still threw us a little surprise. From the side you see a cool pinstripe and the V8 and Matchbox logos. Looks good.
But look at the front.
And the rear.
Yep, the 6×6 got the 4-tampo pass treatment. The team got a little creative on the budget, and added a little more to the 6×6. I don’t know if that means taking a little away from another model like a generic, but I hear we will see a few models with extra tampo passes this year. This was done for us collectors, and it is pretty damn cool.
The 6×6 is just one badass replica of a badass vehicle. It is a brilliant choice for Matchbox, and I can’t wait to keep adding to the 6×6 collection.
This 4-pass mainline is a great start. Look for it mid-2017…