This isn’t the only time this model will be featured this week, and it is surely worth a large amount of coverage. Later coverage will revolve around this:
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We will be @japaneseclassiccarshow on the Sat Sept. 23rd. Showing off some new stuff and you can check out the #matchboxcustomcontest2017 winners/ carshow. There will also be some mini posters and some raffles. Checkout the @nissanusa booth look for the Matchbox logo, see you there.
But first, here is a wheel variation to look for. The Matchbox Team hinted at an early run of Datsun 510 Rally models with 6-spoke wheels, and it looks like they are hitting.
The 510 is just starting to hit online, and I have heard of them being found at TRU. Hobby shops like Wheel Collectors and A&J will have them as well.
The planned wheels for this model are the disks, as shown on the artwork and the FEP model Mattel provided for preview. For whatever reason the first models off the line are sporting the 6-spokes. The question will be how many actually were made this way. At this point it is hard to tell. The Matchbox Team thinks it will be a very early run, with the model quickly changing to disks. But we have seen other times were the opposite is true, and it could be that the 6-spokes will be the more common wheel. Only time will tell.
So keep your eyes open. This is destined to be a popular model, and a wheel variation just adds to that. More on the 510 to come…
15 Replies to “Variation Alert: Matchbox Datsun 510 Rally with 6-spoke wheels”
I won’t be too bummed not to find this variation…the spoked wheels really aren’t the right look for the model. I;ll definitely pick one up if I find one, but no need to hunt.
The six spoke wheels seem more accurate vis a vis just about every online image I’ve seen of the 510 Rally.
This may sound off topic but since you mentioned Toys R Us in the article, whatever happened to Majorettes there? Shouldn’t we be on the second or third batch by now? It seems as if they’re not selling all that well and may get discontinued in our market, which wouldn’t surprise me since the execution of the cars is pretty bad. I could be wrong but I’m curious to see what the future holds with this brand.
I’ve seen Majorette there but they are below what expected. Size is wrong for me just don’t fit my collection but even if they were right below par in execution.
As for this MBX 5s don’t fit but I’ll also grab it if I see it. This cast is really nicely done and the original wheels fit perfect. Like to see a stock version w/o the roof rack.
This car vaguely reminds me of the old regular wheels Matchbox Fiat with the luggage on top with the rack cast into the top. But I like the Fiat much better. Anyways, the smooth-dubbed wheels look better on this car.
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just hope it lands here in the PI…
I’m surprised at the comments regards the Majorette not being up to scratch. They have some decent castings, their AMG GT for instance is way more pleasing than the HW version. Maybe because I got a fair few for less than £2 helps, but they have a charm.
I think the price is what’s hurting Majorette. Here in the States they’re $3.50 I think, while HW and MBX are under $1.
I know this won’t make me popular with a lot of folks, but the Majorettes that have returned to U.S. shelves are not even remotely worth the $3.50 they’re charging. The decos are boring, the metal feels cheap (way cheaper than Mattel…some almost feel like you could bend them in half with one hand), the wheels are ugly…I know plenty of people will be like “but opening parts!” or “but they have bouncy suspension!”. I really don’t care about either of those things. The only thing I think they’ve nailed is casting choices, those I can get behind wholeheartedly. One of the few new Majorettes I have picked up was the Renault DeZir because it’s an awesome choice of model, and it looked to be well done. The ass-end of the car scrapes the ground, so it doesn’t roll. That doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth.
I found the 6-spoke version at a Walmart today. Fantastic car. Looks very cool and feels great in hand.
Btw, also picked up the ’62 Nissan Junior and the Dodge Viper GTS-R. Diggin’ on the Junior, still trying to decide about the Vipe.
Finally found the disk wheels today, 11/17/2017.
I have seen nearly a dozen of the 6-spoke wheels around my area, but have only chanced across one of the disc-wheel variants.
Found disc wheels at two diff dollar trees the past couple of weeks.