Matchbox has always been known for rather realistic castings that are true to stock designs. In comparison Hot Wheels veered towards custom tweaks and oddly proportioned cartoon cars.
A few years ago, Matchbox seemed to slowly disappear from the scene with fewer new models released. 2017 proved to be a surge year where many new models showed up with an increasing focus on classics and modern JDM. This year we have the brilliant Jeep Wagoneer and the completely at odds Honda Civic Type R. Both have superb castings and good choices of wheels. One of the Matchbox highlights are the tampos showing number plates and badges. The Jeep features a neat wood trim on the sides. One issue though is that some lighter colors are laid on too thick. The Civic has thick paint making the panels gaps oddly bulbous.
Aside from that, these are great additions to any 3 inch model collection. And these were priced almost right at TK 190 each.
Words & Photos: E.R. Ronny