Big things with little cars
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28 Years of Matchbox

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Some things change, some things stay the same.

I was happy to see my local Walmart had a realistic casting that I hadn’t seen before. It’s #MB924, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup with the year 2014 on the card. For comparative purposes, I’m showing you the Silverado prior to DLM with #MB186, a Dodge Dakota ST with the year 1986 on the card. This one is staying on the card as I have a loose duplicate, and as the #MB17 indicates, was #17 in the series.

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The cards haven’t changed much, simply being modernized. The look and design of the eighties cards really take me back to my childhood. Aside from color, the logo hasn’t changed in all this time. 1986 also happens to be the year I was born.

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From a glance you can almost tell that they are both Matchbox.

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The reverse of the card is always interesting, and these examples do not disappoint. The only model I’m missing from the right card is the Peugeot Quasar! Note that all the cars on the right seem realistic and are thus appealing to me, while on the left the only model seems to be the two Chevy trucks. I guess some things do change.

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The only complaint I can put forth is that the headlight tampos are off kilter, but that aside, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen a decent realistic Matchbox at my local retailers. Matchbox, more of these please!

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This Dakota is a loose model that I’ve had for a long time. It was one of my favorites as a kid because I not only saw first gen Dakotas on the street, but even the occasional Dakota ST.

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I also grabbed the ‘93 K1500 4x4 (#MB249) that was listed on the 2014 card.

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It’s a re-release of an earlier casting (also #MB249), shown here.

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