The internal working title for the new Matchbox Moving Parts series was “Basic Plus”. That’s appropriate. Since starting the project to bring opening doors, hoods, and tailgates back into Matchbox, the Design Team always pictured two lines. One premium – which is happening as well – and one a step up from the standard Matchbox Basic range.
The premium set is great. Previews are coming, but Matchbox premium is different than Hot Wheels. And it should be different. Wait and see.
But Matchbox Moving Parts is brilliant. Take basic models, enhance them with moving parts, and release them for only $1 more. It is the Matchbox universe, only elevated. Great model selections, realism, and maybe that little touch to keep the complainers happy. The last few years of Matchbox has created a nice subset of complainers, and we wouldn’t want to empty their tank right away by moving all chassis to VUM. I mean what would they be able to complain about after that? That the models are too good?
Anyway. Keeping these models essentially basic is a great move, and it shows in the card art. Same size – save for a larger blister – and same art. The new card style was unveiled midway through 2018, and it has been met with a stellar response. Moving Parts is literally no different. The Design Team sent these pics:
Cool, right? Look for these soon.