It’s Matchbox season.
The Matchbox Gathering of Friends is next month, which means the unveiling of the 2018 New Models, among all kinds of other news. It is one of the great weekends for diecast collectors, and if you have never attended, you really should make plans on visiting the event in Albuquerque one of these years.
Coming out of that weekend, there are always a few new models that get the most attention. In 2015 it was the Nissan Skyline, and last year it was surely the Datsun 510. Who knows what must-have model will be announced this year?
If you ever wonder about how far in advance things are planned, just consider this. The Datsun 510 was announced as a 2017 New Model last July, and Matchbox even brought an early 3D print with them to show off.
Yep, that was shown a YEAR ago. It wasn’t until May of this year that the first prototype Datsun 510 was shown, looking a bit lost sitting on Hot Wheels 5-spokes. But we got the idea.
Well, it has been almost a year and the finished 510 is ready to make its debut. So here it, Matchbox’s jump into the diecast frenzy that is called the Datsun 510:
Call it a Rally 510, which has a rich racing heritage. But Matchbox has added its own touch by giving it a Dakar Racing look with the roof rack full of equipment and mud flaps.
And it is because of that roof rack that Matchbox went a different direction with the deco. The photos speak for themselves:
Yep, a fully detailed roof rack with hood and truck deco. It does leave the sides a little plain, but the bright orange helps make up for it. And hey, add your own decals if you’d like. (More on that in a few days.)
This model makes for a fresh new take on the 510 for Mattel brand collectors. Hot Wheels will obviously continue on with their 510 and 510 Wagon, and now you can add a full rally version from Matchbox.
It is also one of those signature curveballs that Matchbox likes to throw. A stock Hakosuka to compliment the converted GT-R version from Hot Wheels, and a Rally 510 to compliment the HW Sedan and Wagon. The more the brands mesh in my collection, that happier I am to see the variety.
Look for the Datsun 510 in the L Assortment, most likely in September/October of this year. And get your custom chops warmed up. That is coming too. Stay tuned.