Monday, 19 September 2016
Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Matchbox Land Rover 6-Car Set!
The Matchbox 6-Car themed Land Rover set is finally available at Canadian Wal-Marts, so I've picked up a set to showcase for you guys and girls. I definitely do not regret picking up this set. While collectors spent the last few years gobbling up Hot Wheels as Matchbox's star faded, things are reversing quickly at the Orange brand. Sure, there were a few gems in 2013 and 2014, but not like we're seeing this year. The mainline is studded with stars and we're getting themed sets with surprisingly collector-friendly models.
The Land Rover 6-Car set is the perfect example of what Matchbox does right. Land Rovers are Matchbox bread-and-butter. Plus they're British, a little nod to Matchbox's UK heritage. All 6 cars in the set are worth picking up. Okay, the Freelander is a dud in my books, but it's still a licensed and realistic model. Plus, there's some absolute brilliance. The Defender 110 is one of the prettiest Matchbox models I've seen this year. The hood accents are proper and the mono-color, no side-tampo color scheme is perfect. My second favorite of the bunch is the Land Rover Ninety. The construction livery is great. You could totally see a local drywaller driving around somewhere in the world in a Ninety loaded with tools.
Third place, for me is the Evoque. The orange is a little dull and pukey compared to the mainline debut, but the details are equally fantastic. A perfect 'golden-age' release. The Discovery casting has always been a bit oversized in my books. It could've used headlights and dropped the gaudy-side tampos but all-in-all it's a good selection. I'm fine with it.The SVX is a cool little model too and gets some nice front end detail. The Freelander rounds out the bunch. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, I'm just not a fan of the vehicle or the casting and the deco is mediocre.
I'd be amiss if I didn't touch on the Defender 110 casting change in a Land Rover post. We all know Mattel is cutting costs and the Defender is a recent victim. The casting's height has been decreased to save metal and a smaller roof rack has been used. Am I a fan of the cost cutting or less metal? No. Aesthetically, though, the casting change is a win in my books. I always thought the Defender looked to tall, to the point where I was hesitant to pick it up when I first started collecting. That's been rectified. Cost cutting is no fun for collectors, but once in awhile it results in improvements.
Enjoy the photos and pick up this set. It won't break the bank and it's brilliant!