It is late in the year. At least late in the Mattel diecast year. Hot Wheels has only one more mix to officially release, and Matchbox will be wrapping up the year within the next 2-3 months as well.
And Matchbox most surely backloaded the fun. Lots of good new models to come, including the new Basic Plus opening feature models, and yes, the Sapphire Gem Chase models.
The Toys R Us closing has thrown off a lot of brands, Matchbox included. One of the Sapphire Gems was slated to be released there, so a quick fix was in order. For now, what I understand is that all will go to Target, but that doesn’t mean, with wonky distribution, they won’t show up everywhere. Just keep your eyes open.
The VW Golf Sapphire Gem has appeared at Target, but it is the Cuda that has been elusive. Mattel sent me the cases to open for you, so here they are. Look for Case Code N and P. Enjoy.