When the Matchbox E Assortment appears later this spring, there will be a few models to talk about. The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will certainly be one of them.
There are a million angles to take on this model. The first is the actual car. Honestly, I’m a little meh. I see where Mercedes is going with this one, and I get it, but meh. I think I would just get a sporty MB sedan instead. But it is a car leading an automotive trend, so…
…it makes sense that Matchbox would make one. And that leads to another angle. I LOVE that they made this one. The Mattel – Mercedes relationship is budding again, and the fruits are here. The 6×6 and a couple of Jurassic models from Matchbox, some offerings from Hot Wheels, and the result is – I hope – happy collectors. The GLE is a great car for Matchbox to make. They should always make replicas of models we see on the road, from utility to sports cars, and everything in between. This is definitely an “in between” model. So it is perfect to make.
And whether or not I like the car, that really doesn’t matter. For Matchbox it should be about the quality and accuracy of the casting, even as a $1 model. And judging it from that perspective, it is fantastic. And most surely a model for the collection.
The model looks great. I love the mesh grill on the front, and as is the standard with the Thailand plant, the crisp graphics. It is a little on the small side, but that has become the standard now, so I have to live with that. Scale aside, I have no complaints. The car is crisp.
And that makes it hard to not collect, especially as a Matchbox junkie. Models like this one are why I like collecting Matchbox. It is good to see them coming more and more.