Are any of you children of the ‘80's? Do you remember these from Matchbox? Maybe this commercial will jog your memory:
There were 4 different variants shown below, the Ferrari was a late edition, hence it not being included in the commercial.
Let’s start with the Corvette, it appears to be a 1964 C2 Sting Ray. Here’s the box:
Here is a picture of the actual toy:
Now, there were stickers included, but as you can clearly see, things are painted and look better on the box art, as most toys did back then. As a child, I always remember the disappointment, when I opened the box and the toy was so much less detailed. Now-a-days toy manufactures are able to add so much more details to the molds and even cost effectively paint lots of things, it’s really awesome. Some of our younger readers may take this for granted.....
For this one, I was able to find a picture with the stickers applied, in new condition:
I’d sat not too shabby, all things considered, but remember, there is no belt-line molding on this car. So stickers really are able to cover most details.
Here is the best picture I could find of the actual toy, in new condition:
On this Ferrari, you can see the molding around the windows were painted on the box art along with the centers of the wheels and the black rubber strips in the centers of the bumper. I just think it looked better on the box!
Another interesting item to note is that they made all of these cars in only one color and the Ferrari wasn’t molded in red? Tisk, tisk
Now of course, I’ve saved the best, IMHO, for last!!! I hope most of you know me by now and could have predicted this was coming?
Here is the box art of my car:
Here’s the model with no stickers:
Here is a picture with the stickers applied, in semi rough condition:
Now I’m NOT going to go through all the nuances between the car and the box art in this installment since I think this post is running a bit long. Don’t worry, that will be fully covered in a future post.
In the next post I plan to focus on the functions of these toy cars along with the inner-workings.