I don’t know if anybody has seen this article on CNN Underscored at all? Mattel were in New York this week for the annual toy fair and unleashed the first look at their upcoming Matchbox themed Top Gun Maverick license. We are going to be getting various playsets, Skybusters and so forth linked in with the new film heading our way in the summer. But what caught my eye can just be seen in the top right hand corner. I am a miniature collector, so seeing some miniature models piqued my curiosity.
I spoke with Abe at Mattel and he has graciously passed on some pictures of these models. Now they are not out yet, we are still looking at around 3-4 months until the toys hit, perhaps earlier if we are lucky. Of course I am currently unsure how they will be sold in the UK, so will be looking at Wheel Collectors to possibly lend a hand if needed. So without further ado, a quick look at the 10 miniature sized models we have to look forward to.
The models will be released in 2 different 5-packs. There are no names for the packs, so they will likely just be classed as pack 1 and pack 2. This is the first pack.
For those who have missed the announcement, this is the brand new MB1214 casting of a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1. Choosing this casting to add to the 2020 basic range was actually quite planned. The vehicle plays a noticeable part in the new film, so Matchbox decided to just go nuts and create the model for the long haul. I believe this version will actually arrive before the basic range version does.
The MB759 Dodge Challenger. Looking very nice in grey with black hood markings.
The MB788 Ford F-150 Raptor in black.
The MB695 Petrol Pumper in blue and white.
And a blast from the past. The MB027 Swing Wing Jet. Okay this was a big surprise, especially as the tooling has not been used in the 21st century. I am surprised it was even still around, so kudos to Matchbox for digging it out. I can see it has had a few modifications, and let’s be honest, being sitting in storage for over 2 decades, it was going to need a tidy up anyway.
Sorry Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower….
The other 5-pack.
This one will contain the MB1167 Mini Countryman in green. Similar to the 2019 basic range debut although this does look to be a noticeably lighter green and sports white stripes and all-black wheels.
The MB1226 2019 Ford Mustang GT Coupe in charcoal. Yes, this will be a 3rd release for this awesome new casting in its debut year. I wonder if this was a mere coincidence, or was it also pre-planned to be added because of the film too?
The MB720 Ford Bronco 4×4 in light blue.
The MB878 Jeep CJ-7 4×4 in red.
Plus another of the MB027 Swing Wing Jet casting in an alternate design. I will be looking forward to getting these ones to compare to the older releases. Expect that in my proper Monday post, once the sets are out and I have them in hand to prepare a full report on.
So again, many thanks Abe for passing on these FEP sample images for me to show. There may be a small tweak or 2 before production begins, but these are pretty much how they are going to appear. I have to admit, this is getting me extremely excited for the upcoming release. I can’t wait to get them. As far as I am concerned, these are 2 extremely amazing 5-packs. I am sure when I watch the film (and I will be watching it) I will see the real vehicles recreated in miniature here and I just know there will be a big grin going across my face.