Among Matchboxes recent revival, a standout can be found in the re-release of the SLR McLaren. Somewhat surprisingly, it hasn’t fallen victim to Matchboxes continual cost cutting measures. I dug out my 2009 version and compared it to the new 2016 version, and while the colors are slightly different, it is thankfully the exact same casting, the same base, the same details, and the same quality of tampos. Only the rear plates, and the color are different.

The 2009 is more blueish, and the 2016 a straight silver. I know I’m not alone in appreciating Matchboxes efforts to return to their most recent ‘golden era” and this one is a welcome addition to that effort.

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