Discussing the 2018 Matchbox New Models with Designer Abe Lugo

Just before I left this year’s Matchbox Gathering of Friends Convention, Matchbox Designer Abe Lugo and I sat down to do a quick review of the 2018 New Models.

This isn’t all of them.  If you watched the 2018 Line Preview from Saturday night, all the new stuff might have been a little overwhelming.  But Abe was nice enough to sit with me for a minute and give a little background about each of the prototypes he brought with him.  Obviously, all of this is subject to change, but holy cow 2018 is going to be a great year.

Many thanks to Abe.  Enjoy the video.


*cough* Golden Age returning *cough*

9 Replies to “Discussing the 2018 Matchbox New Models with Designer Abe Lugo”

  1. Civilians need to learn the difference between a “Tank” and a “Tracked Vehicle”….
    that Thing “is not” a TANK…..
    Really like the 47 1/2 truck….. but would like to see some 1930’s Ford and Chevy trucks.

  2. So these two weren’t in the video above but were in the presentation, as a Jeep guy, thank you, thank you, thank you to the Matchbox team for doing both the Willys Jeep Station Wagon and a stock four door Wrangler Unlimited! I’m looking forward to just about every new model announced.

    The Jaguar XK140 is a great choice! To me, that’s easily one of the prettiest cars ever made. The Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) Matchbox already does is beyond excellent. Seeing the 3D print though, I really hope it’s not too late for some changes as the details aren’t right I don’t think. It’s got the door lines of the Drophead Coupe (DHC) (higher doors than the belt line that run flat across). But then it doesn’t connect to the windshield which it should on the DHC. And the convertible top doesn’t sit low like that on the DHC, but rather up high and extending past the body. And also the flat line at the top of the doors would notch up once it reaches the top. I’d be happy with a DHC, but I’d really love to see the Roadster. That may not be possible if this a modified version of the FHC casting, but to me it’s the best looking of the three body styles for the XK140. The doors don’t have the extra flat top and accentuate that swooping curve built into the body. But if some of the details are fixed I’d be happy either way. Oh, and I’d vote for no rear wheel covers. I think they look better without, but that boils down to personal preference I suppose.

  3. Really exciting stuff and hope it all comes together. 2018 promises to combine all the best bits of the last golden age (licensed models) with the best bits of the Superfast era (articulated parts), and some premium differentiation as an added bonus. Abe has really done his homework and listened to the fans while still keeping a firm eye on the demands of kids. Kudos.

  4. Unbelievable great preview, thee best post in a long long time! Great job again! The models are outstanding as of prepro. The finished products I predict will meet expectations.

  5. I find myself filled with an unusual combination of emotions after seeing the convention presentation and this video as well…it’s about equal parts unbridled excitement, and dread. The excitement is obvious…great models, and continuing improvement of the Matchbox range, but the dread is that I’ll struggle to find a lot of these. I won’t rush to judgment, but I just hope I don’t continue to find pegs devoid of the best MB models when these start showing up.

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