Thursday, August 27, 2015

September 2nd Matchbox Ambassador Update, by Dirk Schleuer...

Ambassador Update 02 September 2015

Hello Matchbox friends,

Summer time is vintage car least for me...several smaller and bigger meetings, rallys and lots of fun.

Beginning in August, I went to a small place near the river Rhein called Hitdorf and did that with a very special car – see pic below.

Sorry – pic is from a local newspaper so you normally do get a better quality from me! You know that Matchbox sold a model of that vehicle only some years ago?

(Check: Economy Cars&uCatalog=3002)

With the special protection the trips to follow will surely be safe!

Having fun with our Messerschmitt KR200 Convertible – my Mom and me!

But know show you some new stuff coming:

New models from the 1-120 series:

New color for the very sought after Tesla:

And a new layout for the police Dodge Charger:

Even better from this angle?

All these pics will surely also turn up on Johns and David's Lamley Group (  My friend John Nijhuis has devoted an extra page for my updates and report – check:

Rather sad news is that the supreme heroes series has been canceled. Only wave A with four models was produced and the other models shown from coming waves were just samples and not produced. But don’t be too sad – the best of world series is coming and surely fill the gap – check pics of three more models coming:

Lets start with the bike – surely special even in this very special set:

Printing on the seat proves that it is still before production and the pic came in really hot from the design team at the ToyBox at Mattel.  I include big pics so you don’t miss a detail...

And it surely would be wrong to miss a detail on this Land Rover with emergency layout!

One more pic to enjoy!

Also we need a Cadillac – check out this beauty:

But we are not finished yet – highlight surely is Michaels 5.000 design – the bus:

And the other chocolate side...

But also the front view is nice and shouldn’t be missed:

Last time I did ask you about new Matchbox Originals to do and I still keep that question alive. I do get several ideas of licensed vehicles to be produced and surely everybody can name on the point 5- 10 castings never done before and surely worth doing. But I think these ideas will help the design team even more!

Oil field pipe truck:

Timberjack log skidder:

And on my lunchbreak a had one of these on my pedestrian way: Nilfisk City Ranger – surely a great challenge to create:

Because it bends in the middle to turn quicker:

Sometimes you find funny things on the way/road. This time a plane pulling kind of car...

If you know the wheels – yes – it is a duck (Citroen 2CV). At least the most useful and needed parts of it and surely it pulls a plane – prove picture!

I did take the picture on my rallye last weekend – the rallye was called “GoldRace” and took us from J├╝lich near Aachen (Aken) into the Netherlands and back home. Good weather and lots of fun:

Every team do get a Matchbox model Duesenberg with their own race number on it – so ours was number 2...

From time to time I play with the little explore the world model ;) You surely can guess its purpose?!

We had lots of fun at the rallye and I wish you also lots of fun with the best hobby in the world... 


The Tomica Limited Vintage Toyota Crown Custom, and the art of the TLV Wagon...

I think this should be more of a photo essay.

Every month is a good month for new Tomica Limited Vintage, but August was particularly special with the arrival of the 1971 Toyota Crown Custom from Japan Booster.  I don't think I have anticipated any TLV more than this one.

For starters, it is right down my alley.  My love for wagons isn't unique, but I come from a generation reared on them.  Say the word "wagon" and my generation thinks of wood-paneling and classy hubcaps.  We think of fold-up seats in the back-back and fold-down tailgates.  The word "sport" never preceded the word "wagon".

So while the current sport wagons of recent times get me giddy, the boats of yesteryear do even more.  Now obviously my connection is more to the Vista Cruisers and Grand Marquis, and not to the Crown.  But the Crown is wonderfully boaty.

So take that love of the land yachts, add in a little JDM obsession, mixed with a love for beautiful classic cars, and you know why I am so excited about the Crown.

Let's talk about that last part, love for beautiful classic cars.  The kujira Crown is a looker as a sedan, it is a stunner as a wagon.  There are some unique design features on the 4th gen Crown, most notably the tail lights, which have been replicated beautifully by TLV:

And it goes from there.  The three Crowns released in this batch by TLV are just amazing to look at.  They, not surprisingly, nailed the look and feel of the Crown.

But that is just what TLV does.  They will not do a model unless they have the real thing in the studio to study and replicate.  Not the plans, not a sketch, not a model.  The real car.  That is one of the reasons why the cars look so damn good.  It is why I can show my photos to others and they think they are looking at a real car.

And that makes collecting TLV Wagons such a joy.  So here we go.  We will start with the three Crowns, then I have photographed every TLV Wagon I have in the collection.  To quote Indiana Jones, these should be in a museum.


Prince Skyway

Toyopet Masterline

Mazda Familia

Toyopet Crown Wagon

Datsun Bluebird Estate

Nissan Skyline Van

Nissan Skyline 1600/1800 Van

Toyota Crown Custom