Well Europe seems to be in a drought with regards to the 1-75 range from Matchbox, but to my absolute amazement, of all places Singapore’s Changi Airport had come up trumps and led to my first purchases of the 1-75 range since March this year.
Ok, so they are the US 1-100, but that’ll do. These things are hard to get hold of these days – even the Amercian lot on the MCCH are complaining about distribution even though the grand pooh-bar himself states that not one bad word should be said against Mattel. (I have been given good advice that the grand pooh-bar likes nothing than to attempt to take legal action when his name is brought into a bad light. As I cannot be bothered engaging in any sort of this nonsense, his name will not be mentioned, but he claims to run the MCCH, so you know who this person is).
I will digress a little here, and I have said this time and time again: double standards. If you are American, you can complain – no issue. God bless US&A and all of that. Any other nations air their views, a slur is noted against the name. Is this just a cosy boys club…..you decide.
Anyway, enough of the silliness of the MCCH. let’s have a look at some of the batch of models that I picked up. Being a bit of veteran of buying diecast in Singapore, I have come to expect more Tomica than Hot Wheels, with no Matchbox in sight. However, I have to say I am surprised to find the latest batch available.
The one thing that stands out and caught my eye is the artwork on the front of the blister. More than anything, I looked at the artwork first before looking at the model. Wonderful! This is what I used to do when I was a nipper looking at the 1-75 range on the shelves/pegs in the 1970s. It is the artwork that really attracted me and the same trick has worked again 30 odd years on. This is also one of the reasons why I have found 1/64 Tomica such a delight to collect. No window depicting the model, just a lovely bit of graphic/art on the box.