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|28-Feb-2014||Ambassadors Report 27|
|ANSWERS FROM MATTEL|
1. The Princeton, WV Rescue Squad version shown on the Kimtek website I've actually seen in person. In fact, that's the main reason I was excited when I first saw the prototype version of the Matchbox one. Maybe Matchbox will consider a Princeton Rescue Squad version of this model in the future.
This is something to consider. Thanks for the suggestion.
2. We do already know that Matchbox won't be doing any Mercedes models until something changes in the licensing agreement between the two companies, so the Sprinter can't happen any time soon. But I do like the idea of a Chevy Express or the now-deceased Dodge Ram full-size van. I think it's high time that Matchbox had a minivan in the line-up, simply based on the number of kids that ride around in them...I think they'd be pretty excited to have a toy version of their family car. As far as minivans go, though, I think I'd vote for the Honda Odyssey. What does the Matchbox team think?
These are good suggestions. We do have challenges regarding their size and weight but we will take your suggestions into consideration.
3. I'd like to know if we're going to see anymore classic American Muscle cars from the 60's and 70's, like the 71 Firebird or the Mustang CS. I know Muscle Cars are more up Hot Wheels' alley, but, in my opinion, Matchbox's take on the 71 Firebird was much better than Hot Wheels' "custom" version, for example. From the stance, to the proportions, to the overall body shape, there's something about Matchbox's 'Bird that just feels right and I can't quite put my finger on it, but I do know I'd love to see more American cars getting the same treatment. My personal suggestion would be the 1973/1974 Chevrolet Nova, which, despite similar to the 1968/1972 models, has yet to be done in small scale. Is there a place for it in Matchbox's line-up, with the Firebird and Mustang?
Never say never when it comes to Muscle cars. There is always a place for them in the City Adventure segment. We are doing Mustang LX SSP this year although it's a police version. We have not abandoned Muscle cars but need to be prudent about where they fit in the line.
4. I think the already too-large wildfires around the world are going to become more common in the news, perhaps as soon as this summer, and I think the public's response to a Forest/Park Service themed fire five pack will be positive (perhaps frustrating me when I can't find them....). That said, I wonder if Matchbox will ever produce a European forest fire truck....Unimogs are commonly used as are other marques. While I'm on a roll, (we fire guys often call a fire response a "roll"), my best-case scenario has Matchbox making some Australian forest fire trucks too...there are some very interesting vehicles in use "down under", from all around the Australasian region. An "international forest fire" themed multipack would be a "hot" item in my book. (Puns intended....) (I'll keep dreaming about those, as the practicality of the idea is a bit far-fetched.) Would you consider making some regional fire vehicles? Your suggestions are not farfetched.
We are always looking around the world to see what new vehicles will work in our Heroic Rescue segment. You have some good suggestions.
5. When will you be able to provide the complete list for 2014 releases?
We hope to post this later this month. Revisions are always happening. We want to post a list that is the most final. The paint is not dry yet as they say.
6. Do you have any news on the Premier series planned for 2014 – just a clue would help?
Note that there is no “Premier” series for this year.
7. As the Acre Maker has received so many favourable comments and it has a tow hook, are you planning to release some trailers, either in the range or as parts of a set?
No plans for new trailers at the moment. We did want to make it compatible with our current farm trailer however.
8. A few years back Matchbox had a wonderful idea and recolored the whole range gold. It was known as the Gold Challenge. Could we have another one of these, please? It would stimulate sales and should be easy for you to do as there was no decoration on any model – just plain gold.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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In the 1960s most Matchbox models were replicas of vehicles that could be seen on the streets. The1970s saw a change in direction, not
only to feature unrealistic cars in flamboyant colours, but also to copy the most exotic and expensive cars often including concept
cars in the range that would never see the action outside of the motor show stand.
The full size Maserati Bora was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 during an era that spawned a myriad of mid-engined sports cars such as the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Boxster and BMW M1. The Bora dates back to the days when Maserati was owned by Citroen and although it was an Italian, Alfieri, who designed the real car, a number of French idiosyncrasies were included in the design. Citroen's high pressure hydraulic system not only meant no-travel braking but also was the source to raise and lower the headlights, tilt the front seat and move the pedals forwards and backwards. The seat was rigidly fixed to the bulkhead and so the pedals, steering column and seat squab had to move to accommodate different sized drivers. The Maserati Bora could be yours in 1972 for just £9832, which included air conditioning and electric windows and a speedo showing an optimistic 200 mph – its top speed was just 175 mph. Only 500 were made of which only 20 were right hand drive and so Matchbox decided to model the left hand drive version.
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