When I posted the quick Matchbox M Case Report a couple of days ago, I figured a few models would garner most of the attention. I didn’t predict, however, was that the Holden Ute would dominate.
Judging by the comments I saw, a lot of people didn’t know that Matchbox had done the Holden Ute a few years ago. Many think this is a new casting. It isn’t of course, but it is kind of a repeat of the first release of the Ute.
Here is the new release, hitting with the M Case:
And here it is with the original release, from 2010:
Kind of the same, but not, and a valid repeat that missed out on the original release of such a unique Matchbox model. And a good looking on at that.
When the ’08 Holden was released in 2010, it was the result of a long, diligent effort by Matchbox collectors to convince Matchbox to do the Ute. Collectors started requesting the Ute SSV years before, and over time the Matchbox Team decided to oblige. And they truly nailed the casting.
The Ute was released in several colors in subsequent years, plus a couple of racing decos, but then it vanished. Only to return now, surprising those that missed it, as well as those who didn’t even know it existed.
Of course some will be frustrated with the fact they are practically the same model. Matchbox has recycled decos on a few models, which might save some licensing money or something, but this one is different enough. The shade is of course brighter, and the wheels are complete different. Ultimately I am just glad to see it back. Maybe this means more in the future, in a few more interesting colors.