Sometimes when you see something, you just have to have it. No ifs, ands, or buts. I did not attend this year’s Matchbox Collectors Gathering in Albuquerque, so as a big Mazda fan and ND owner, I was disappointed to miss out on this year’s dinner model. Then an acquaintance offered a pair for sale at a price somewhere between eBay and “that’s still too expensive jedimario what are you doing you idiot” and suddenly I had to have it. So here it is!
For those that don’t know, the Matchbox Collector’s Gathering is held each year in Albuquerque, NM. There is a dinner one night of the convention and Mattel produces a special livery for a new casting in extremely limited quantities for attendees of that dinner. There are typically two versions of this car and this year they were limited to 80 pieces for one version and 150 pieces for the other. Very limited as far as Mattel die-cast goes! The two versions this year are extremely similar with one small difference that I will point out below.
This year’s Miatas are done up in colors that are a tribute to Mazda’s LeMans winning 787B. That car was numbered 55, but since this was the 14th Gathering I will let Mattel slide on that one.
Both cars came identical plastic cases screwed to their plinth. They are very nice and have some high quality printing on one side with the convention logo for 2016. The side with the print obscures the car which is a bit annoying, but hey, you’re supposed to open these things up anyway right?
I stated earlier that there is a small difference between the cars. Both of them feature the Matchbox logo on the trunk. The car limited to 80 pieces has some text below the logo while the other one does not; that’s literally the only difference.
The tampo stamps are beautifully done all around and the details are excellent. Mattel really pulled out all the stops for these cars!
I figured some pictures with the 787B couldn’t hurt. Just to, ya know, make sure they compare well and all. This one is a Kyosho.
Mattel had originally wanted to match the colors and patterns of the LeMans winning car more closely but ran into licensing issues. Not sure how that works out when they already seem to have a decent relationship with Mazda...but I think considering that the final product turned out excellent!