If you have encountered the latest Matchbox on the pegs, you might have picked up a red Nissan Xterra. It’s a triumphant return for the casting after taking several years off.
Only one major aspect of the model is different. That rear door doesn’t open. The original casting had an open door, this one, because it is basic, doesn’t.
There is another Xterra coming, part of the Basic Plus line. If you are not familiar with Basic Plus, it is a new line of models from Matchbox that are the same as the $1 basic models, only now with opening parts, and only costing $2. There are six models in the first batch – video preview coming – and one is the Nissan Xterra.
It’s back. Slightly different than the original, but with an opening rear door. The top roof rack is now plastic, which I think is better considering is gets a color break. And it looks great in baby blue.
This is also the first time we see how the plastic doors will look. As Matchbox developed the new Basic Plus line, in order to make some models work, the doors were done in plastic. Most are metal, but there are few in plastic. This is one. We were told the paint difference will be really hard to detect, and they were right:
The Xterra is a most welcome return. Matchbox has really pushed diverse, licensed, realism, and this fits in perfectly. That goes for the whole first batch: Xterra, Pontiac Gran Prix, VW 1600, Chevy Camaro, Crown Vic Police, and Jeep Willys.
Look for a preview in a few days, and for the models to hit the pegs later this year.