Here is another Mattel-provided preview for you folks. And this one to me is super exciting. Matchbox’s unique take on the JDM craze continues with the 1962 Nissan Junior.
This seems to be the approach. Take something everyone is talking about in our little diecast world, and tweak it the way Matchbox likes to. Last year? We’ll take your Hakosuka Skyline, and raise you a serious short nose stock version, surfline intact. This year? You love your 510, so here is a rally version. And your classic Datsun trucks? How about the much lesser known Junior?
If our hobby is a puzzle, these pieces fit perfectly. The Hot Wheels vintage Japanese car kick happily continues, and Matchbox continues with its JDM curveballs. For those of us who collect all of this shit, it is pretty awesome. Happy times indeed.
So let’s look at the Junior casting. This model provided is an early test sample, and the finished product will obviously not look like this. In fact, the first release of the Junior, due at the end of the 2017 product year, will be greyish blue with brown interior, small disk hubs, and front and rear decos. A clean debut for sure.
This sample give you an idea of what the casting will look like. It is small. Smaller than other classic Matchbox pickups like the ’57 GMC and ’75 Chevy Stepsides. And it should be. The Junior was a small Japanese truck, and it will go nicely with the others. (Expect a full classic Matchbox Pickup post when the Junior is released.)
The Junior also sports a Matchbox hallmark, the tow hook. This is most welcome, and with rumors abounding of more Matchbox trailers in the works, I see some cool options coming.
So yeah, I am at my Matchbox homer best with this one. Such a welcome addition to the Matchbox return to awesome.
More previews to come. And some exciting developments too. Stay tuned.