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  • #16
    This idea for a 7-pack with a model for each decade is a nice idea! This could even work with some models currently under production.
    Lets think about, it is important to get some british and european models too. some ideas:

    50ies: Powell '58 or Buick Century'56 or Jaguar XK140 Convertible
    60ies: Jaguar E-Type or Lamborghini Miura or Cadillac DeVille '68
    70ies: MGB GT or Chevrolet Caprice '75 or Honda CVCC or Ford Capri
    80ies: Toyota MR2 or Mercedes-Benz S123
    90ies: Subaru SVX or Lexus LS400 or Chevy Caprice'94
    00s: Audi RS6 Avant or Ford Crown Victoria or Bentley Continental '06
    10s: Ford Interceptor Utility'16 or BMW Series 3 Wagon
    20s: Land Rover Defender '20 or Ford Bronco '21

    A possiblity would also be three or for of sets like that: one with only british cars (don't forget MBX was orginally british), only american cars, only european cars, only japanese cars or only emergency vehicles.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Douglas View Post
      Next year, 2023 will mark Matchbox's 70th annv, I have no clue if they are planning anything, guess we will find out next weekend when The Matchbox Gathering takes place and Lamley posts a video, but I had an idea for something I might like to see them do, and wondered if others had any thoughts on what they might like to see as special models for the anniversary....
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      Speaking of the Gathering being held this weekend is anybody from DG planning to attend this classic Albuquerque event? Or will you be like Doug and me and wait for the Lamley video?

      Here is the Gathering agenda for 2022 (sort of):
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      • #18
        CHEVROLETS of Coarse

        Mr. Bowtie
        Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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        • #19
          I'd love to see a reprise of the Lesney series in the 2009-10 era - w ith the Moving Parts castings, metal bases and period correct paintwork. I think it would be cool to see some "regular wheels" be reintroduced on certain models.
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          • #20
            So long as the cars themselves don't have a tacky anniversary reference stamped on them it should be fine.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by jedimario View Post
              So long as the cars themselves don't have a tacky anniversary reference stamped on them it should be fine.
              I think a lot of collectors would prefer they didn't either, although they often do, I'm not sure they did for the 40th Matchbox Originals series, although they were all special castings, maybe if they just stamped it on the base that'd be nice, but anymore they seldom leave room for anything more there.
              Doug

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Douglas View Post

                I think a lot of collectors would prefer they didn't either, although they often do, I'm not sure they did for the 40th Matchbox Originals series, although they were all special castings, maybe if they just stamped it on the base that'd be nice, but anymore they seldom leave room for anything more there.
                Outside of a London Bus that could highlight the 70th anniversary, it would be neat if they put a 70th logo on the base and not the model so collectors could still know in years down the road that it had been an anniversary release.

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                • #23
                  Instead of repackaging old issues, I think it would be cool to do brand new designs / castings that represent the vehicles they put out in their first few years. Something like the Merryweather Marquis, the Ford Fairlane Fire Chief, etc. Maybe for the 75th??

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by JBH6666 View Post
                    I'd love to see a reprise of the Lesney series in the 2009-10 era - w ith the Moving Parts castings, metal bases and period correct paintwork. I think it would be cool to see some "regular wheels" be reintroduced on certain models.
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                    I also would like to see highly detailed ALL METAL vehicles like the 2010 Lesney Editions. In fact, I would love to see Mattel start treating the MB line as equal as they do the HW line with more detailed all metal series.

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                    • #25
                      Some australian cars would be nice

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Skwerl View Post
                        Some australian cars would be nice
                        Ohhh, an XD or XE Falcon or Fairmont would be perfect

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Skwerl View Post
                          Some australian cars would be nice
                          Yep. Lots of Australia cars in 1/18, 1/43 and 1/87 from other makers but massive gaps in 1/64 or close scale.
                          How about this 1978 Valiant Van?
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                          • #28
                            What I would love to see is World/Class Premiere's detail level fully matched. I have a decent collection of them now, and I think in many ways, they beat Greenlight in the level of detail and quality.


                            However, I think I'd take an approach similar to Target's Retro line. Mattel seems stuck on the '80s, and they're even using liveries/castings that have nothing to do with castings released in previous generations. My focus is usually Lesney era, and select pieces only after that.

                            However, do it right.

                            Blue Shark is an example of how these things should be done. I still don't understand why that oddball from the early Superfast era has been chosen TWICE for special runs in the Mattel era.




                            Another example is those done in 1993 to celebrate the 40th.

                            I don't have any of those, but I own a handful of late '50s Matchbox, with the old Dennis Light Four probably being one of the better ones.

                            Two packs, similar to what I staged for the photo would actually be pretty neat, with an early Lesney casting and its modern equivalent.

                            54 Years Later by cody6268, on Flickr



                            Unrelated, but since Mattel still owns the Dinky name and are only licensing it to Atlas Editions, I'd love to see the repop Dinky toolings bought by Mattel and sold in stores.

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                            • #29
                              Didn't HW make a 50th anniv. car designed by different HW designers to take to shows around the country? Or am I confusing it with something else?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by ivantt View Post
                                Didn't HW make a 50th anniv. car designed by different HW designers to take to shows around the country? Or am I confusing it with something else?
                                Are you talking about a 1/1 car Ivan, if so I'm not sure I'd ever seen it, though Matchbox did have a special off road Ford firetruck built for them by Superlift some years back, I think they might still drive it to the convention every year.
                                Doug

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