My colleague David Tilley is back to break down two surprising Matchbox Jurassic World finds in the UK:
Well this was unexpected. A nice little surprise if you ask me. Just as we thought Jurassic World was done, Matchbox have gone and thrown some more items out.
A new design and a new run of models. These are dated L39, which fits into the timeline of 2019 issues, so I am guessing this is a 2019 series of models. These 2 are part of the first 6 found, which also include the Ford Explorer 05, ’15 Triumph Scrambler, Gyrosphere and cream Textron Tiger which were all seen previously in various 2018 sets and appear so far to be identical.
The rear of the package has each model numbered at the top, wth the Jeep being 16/24 and Mercedes Benz 17/24. So it looks like there will be 24 models to look for in total here as the year progresses. I would think a number will be repeats, but I think we will still see some more new castings or variations in upcoming batches too.
So I think it is time to let those models loose.
These are the 2 newbies. At quick glance you may think they are ones we have seen before, but no they are new.
When viewing from the rear, the Mercedes Benz becomes more apparant. So let’s start with that one.
Let’s pull out the original release from the Jurassic World Legacy Collection singles. The design scheme is similar, but as you may see, it is a different casting. Daft fact, Mercedes was not due to release the ML class of vehicle until 1997, but filming took place in 1996. They donated 6 pre-production models, 2 identical of 3 looks. We had Montana, which was the style Matchbox released in 2018 as part of the Legacy Collection (and in the film survived), as well as Fontana which sported a bubble roof and hooks on the sides for people to sit on, and was pushed over a cliff by a T-Rex off screen, as well as Santana which had the open rear and is the new one modelled by Matchbox, again pushed over the cliff by a T-Rex, although this time on screen while pushing the Fleetwood RV over too. The Fontana was actually made by Matchbox back in 1997 as a tie in with the movie at the time. So in the recent issues, Matchbox have made the Montana and Santana variants. So what differences are there?
Obviously the most notable difference between Montana and Santana is the rear quarter, as Montana was a sealed vehicle sporting a bubble roor and spare wheel, as well as a ridged window piece. Santana has an open rear, and regular windows as well as no bubbled area to the roof, and additional roof lights.
At the front you do see the lack of hood (or bonnet) items on Santana, and you may notice that the rear view mirrors are regular, not enhanced like on Montana.
From the rear you do see the body sections are identical, with the lack of roof items and open rear being the only difference.
Looking a bit more from above, you may just about notice that Montana has 2 rows of seats whereas Santana has just a single row, and a cargo area from there back. So it does sport a different interior.
I mention that because the base is actually identical. This is why the front and rear at the base were identical too, with the same grappling hook at the front. The only change being that the new addition is now marked up as MB1119, whereas the old one was MB1125. Funnily the package states that the new one is a Mercedes Benz ML320 AAV, although AAV does not appear on the base. AAV was Mercedes talk for All Activity Vehicle.
So this was a nice surprise seeing a new Mercedes. The MB1119 goes well with the trio of MB1125s I currently have.
But there is the Jeep too. At first glance you think it was the same?
Nope. Jeep 12 never came with mud while it was in the Jurassic World Legacy Collection.
Jeep 29 was the muddy one, and was released in the regular Jurassic World series in 2018.
The eagle eyed may notice that the mud effect between Jeep 12 and Jeep 29 is actually mirrrored.
So we now have a Jeep 12 both clean and dirty. Could this mean a dirty Jeep 18 is on the cards? Or a clean Jeep 29? Or even Jeep 10? Where is Jeep 10. It was the Jeep without the canopy. Sorry, sidetracking there.
This is a great little casting, now up to 6 issues (half with canopy, half with roll cage).