It appears that this year’s Matchbox Sapphire Gems were a hit. A special subset of four models mixed into the basic range throughout the year. Not necessarily chase models, but hard to fine nonetheless.
Well Matchbox is running with something similar in 2019. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Superfast, and Matchbox is celebrating, with Target to be exact. When Designer Abe Lugo was in Germany last weekend at the European Gathering of Friends, he unveiled the whole line of 6 50th Superfast models, all in gold, and all looking beautiful. You can see them, along with Abe’s explanation, at about the 6-minute mark.
I have three sent to me by Mattel, and will preview them soon, and they are quite pretty. Nice to hear the models that need VUM (chrome) are getting them, and that the 6×6 will be the more-premium version with interior.
Of course that is not all the Superfast in 2019. A new premium opening parts set is coming as well. “Superfast” is still the coolest term that has come from Matchbox, and it is nice to see it back.