Just a quick heads up on what will be a bit of a confusing start to the 2018 Matchbox year. As I mentioned in the preview video below, Matchbox 2018 Batch A is already out. You just may not know it.
Because of some delays, Matchbox 2018 Batch A ended up being a hodgepodge of models from 2017, including the VW Golf Country, Mercedes Benz G63 6×6, and Chevy Camaro. For the most part, everything is a repeat.
But there are two models that are new to the 2018 A Assortment, and are technically 2017 models. Because of some licensing issues, two models were dropped from the 2017 lineup, and Matchbox needed to replace them. Both slots were filled by Matchbox Originals, because no licensing approvals were needed. And here they are:
Those are the two, Sonora Shredder and Road Raider, both in red. The Sonora Shredder is a recolor of the earlier debut in dark grey, and the Road Raider a recolor of a previous multipack exclusive in military green.
This may only interest the completists, but info is info, and there is a good chance you have already come across Batch A. Batch B will soon follow, and will be full of new 2018 models, some of which were previewed on the Lamley YouTube Channel:
Another way to know you have hit Batch A is my grabbing the VW Golf Country. If the card art matches the Montana Green color of the model, you have found Batch A. Older versions of the Golf all had the bright green model art.
So 2018 is in full swing, just a little different than you might expect. Keep an eye out.