Sometimes it is nice to go meat and potatoes. Last night I did. I met a friend for dinner, and as I looked at the menu, two items stood out. The steak. And the baked potato. I’ve gotten the “if you had one last meal, what would it be” question, and while my answer changes a lot, it never involved a steak and potato. But tonight it did. I ordered a steak and potato. And it was marvelous. It was as simple as a meal can be. Full-on basic. I may not do it again for awhile, but I loved it this one time.
Matchbox just went meat and potatoes themselves, and it is equally marvelous. As 2017 draws to a close, one of the last new models in the Matchbox lineup will be the ’16 Chevy Camaro. It is just a Camaro. No frills at all. Maybe you can argue the lack of a roof is a frill, but not much more than that. And it is a Camaro, maybe the most commonly replicated American car, next to the Mustang. It isn’t a stock version of a more obscure car (VW Golf Country), or a unique take on a more well-known car (Datsun 510 Rally). It is a stock Camaro. And it is great.
Awhile ago I did a feature on the latest Camaro from Hot Wheels, and mentioned it would be nice to see a couple go without the large rear wheels. I wouldn’t call it a big complaint, but something that I think would be nice to see. You know where I am going with this. I hate doing the “this one is great, the other sucks” comparison, so know that both are nice. But for a collector like me who likes realism, the Matchbox wins this one.
Then add perfectly executed front and rear tampos (the Thailand factory does an amazing job – that is one of the reasons HW Car Culture moved there) and you have Matchbox’s steak and potatoes. And it is delicious.
Look for it in 2017 Batch M, due this fall.