I just don’t think Mooneyes and Gulf can be overplayed. I have seen that complaint from a few Hot Wheels collectors and I just don’t get it. If every model Hot Wheels released was Gulf, maybe, but that isn’t the case at all. Maybe 2 or 3 models a year get the treatment, and it makes for a nice fleet. Same with Mooneyes. Any model released in either theme is a treat.
And now we can bring in Matchbox, and I am thrilled. The Matchbox Team sent over a handful of models for me to preview for Lamley Readers/Viewers, and these two gems were among them:
We talk about the “Matchbox Treatment”, which in general means some vehicle gets a realistic take by the orange brand, mainly in comparison to Hot Wheels. That is the case here. We have seen a ton of Gulf and Mooneyes models from team blue, and I have kept every single one of them. But now they get the Matchbox Treatment.
I love the Gulf Raptor, and the racing deco works perfect as a Baja racer. But it is the Mooneyes ’56 Ford that is the highlight for me.
The ’56 Ford has been slightly modified, and to me it looks a lot better, especially with the wheel placement adjusted:
And with its new look, what better way to debut, than as what is essentially a classic Mooneyes shop truck. As Hot Wheels puts the Mooneyes logo on hot rods, there is no better way for Matchbox to compliment it with a shop truck. Alas, the Matchbox Treatment.
The truck is part of the Coffee Cruisers 5-pack, hitting soon.
The Raptor is in the Mainline, and it is hitting soon as well. The Raptor is an interesting casting, and can really be whatever you want it to be, from a street truck to a shop truck (Lamley’s Leaks!) to a Baja Racer. So this one fits:
Look for the Gulf Raptor in Mix K, and then look for its Sapphire Gem counterpart in Mix M:
Matchbox has had a sneaky good year, right? The opening parts models are coming, but even without them there has been a lot to like. These two trucks are definite highlights.