My Facebook feed has been overflowing with articles about the 10th Anniversary of the debut of Breaking Bad. I have read every single one of them.
I, like so many others, was mesmerized by the show. For so many reasons, from the amazing writing to acting to cinematography to intensity. It was event from the day it debuted. I loved it. Among the many reasons I was obsessed was its location. I indirectly associated the show with Matchbox, since every year I would visit the city for the Matchbox Convention. I was familiar with many of the locations seen on the show, and in 2010 ventured away from the hotel to find Walter White’s house, which I was surprised to learn was only a few blocks away.
So all of that comes together wonderfully with this:
Most of you know why this is significant. If you don’t, I will show this pic:
That is the Jeep Wagoneer of Walter White’s wife Skyler. Cars ended up playing a significant roll in the show, and outside of Walter’s Pontiac Aztec and maybe Jesse Pinkman’s Toyota Tercel. And because I highly doubt an Aztec or Tercel is in the Matchbox pipeline, I am very happy with this one.
I should mention here that this is not “officially” a Breaking Bad model. It is replica of a stock, wood-paneled red Wagoneer, a very common color. But one can’t help think of the White family driveway with pizza on the roof or twins down the street. Or one very frustrated wife.
For that, it is high on my must-have list for 2018. And even aside from the Breaking Bad connection, it is a must have. In fact, considering all the Jeeps Matchbox has done in the past, doing the Wagoneer is a no-brainer. So much in fact I am surprised it has taken this long. It’s a perfect Matchbox.
And it makes a perfect pair with Hot Wheels’ brilliant Wagoneer. The HW Wagoneer has been at the top of my “Underrated HW Premium Castings” list for awhile (we need to see this more), and I love it together with the Matchbox.
So, here is to wood-paneled classics in general, to good-looking Jeeps, and considering the anniversary, Matchbox’s wonderful unofficial tribute.