It was definitely a crowd-pleaser when it was announced last July. When the Matchbox Team unveiled its plans for 2018 at last year’s Gathering of Friends Convention, there was a lot to get excited about. The BMW i8 was in the middle of it all.
First off, after Matchbox debuted the i3 in 2017, the i8 seemed like a logical next step. Both unique cars with unique silhouettes, the i3 and i8 needed to be together. So announcing the i8 for 2018, collectors were both not surprised and ecstatic. It needed to be done. Second, the Matchbox Team announced two versions. One basic version and another with opening doors.
We haven’t seen the opening door version – but I’m told the opening parts models are coming along nicely – but the basic version is on its way and will be here soon. In fact, the Matchbox Team teased the finished product in IG:
Full disclosure, that black version has arrived here, and will be part of my J Mix Preview. But the Team also sent this early First Shot, and it gives us an idea of the development of the i8.
Obviously the i8 is not going to be green, nor is the interior going to be sky blue. This is what First Shots look like. These days the interiors are blue, and they are painted whatever color is lying around. Looks like green was the choice.
The green does the the model no favors from a silhouette perspective, but it does show the details. Talking with the Matchbox Team, this model is particularly difficult to do, with all of its unique angles and flying pillars. BMW is appropriately particular about the details in replicas of its cars, so I can imagine there were more than a few restarts.
But the result looks good, and it will look even better in its finished state, in black. For now, here is how it is coming along.