Hopefully you have enjoyed the Matchbox previews I have been doing the last few weeks. The Matchbox Team has been great about sharing their 2018 progress with us, whether on Facebook, Instagram, or even here. In fact, this just dropped yesterday:
And the Team just doesn’t show new models. They will even update us on the progress of certain new tools. And when they sent over the last batch of preview models, they included a few First Shots. First Shots are the very early casts of a new model. Essentially it’s first run in the machine after the casting is complete. These models are painted with whatever paint is lying around, and they sit on whatever wheels are available.
A couple of the First Shots they sent over for preview were updates of older models, and that includes the Mercedes Benz G550. The new G Wagon is certainly not just an update of the old 280 GE, but it is what will be used moving forward. We have already seen it in the Jurassic World Series, but there is another one – mostly the same, but slightly different – coming in the Mercedes set later this year. This is the First Shot:
I don’t need to describe it, as there are pics, and my guess is most of you who want the model now have it with Jurassic on the pegs. But this one is slightly different (as you readers have pointed out), more of a street version, so no grill guard among other differences (I’ll do a separate post). So let’s go on with the comparison. I picked the 280 GE from the sadly-forgotten Euro Edition series, a European-Exclusive set released about 10 years ago.
So, what’s gone? Obviously the plastic roof and emergency lights. The tow hook and grill guard as well. Same with the split windows in the back, but that is to be expected as these are replicas of two different vehicles.
The model is a little more narrow, but the silhouette size seems similar. What I like most about the new one is that it can now be a street vehicle and not just an emergency vehicle. What I don’t like is the side windows seem a little too large.
But ultimately this is a most welcome addition, and a model we will hopefully see a lot of in the future, gussied up the way most G Wagons are these days.