Which is the odd one out?

Ever since I bought a few Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Ambulances, I’ve been searching for a Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse because, according to Matchbox Cars Wiki, “In the back of the vehicle is a coffin, which has a hand coming out of the slightly opened lid!”

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Here are some Matchbox scale models I’ve bought over the past few years.

This ATV 6×6 is from 2011 and is the first release. I must have thought it was pretty cute, but now I don’t really like it that much. It will be among the first to go if ever my wife and I decide to let some models go.

This Ice Cream Van is from 2011 and looks really nice. A child playing with it could think up a lot of stories with it.

I don’t like the color scheme of this Blockade Buster from 2017; the black details (on the light gray body) are too loud for a military vehicle.

This NASA S.E.V./Chariot is from 2018 and is the first release. I think it looks really funny because it looks like a truck with an upside-down cab.

This ’09 International eStar is also from 2018 and is also the first release. Although its Matchbox Cars Wiki entry says its color is white, it’s actually a very beautiful metallic white. I love the large Matchbox logo on its side. This would be a very worthy representative for Matchbox models.

New models, old cars

I consider the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time. I also love the 1963 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ambulance/Hearse. I don’t have the Matchbox hearse, but I do have two of the ambulances.

The first one is from the 2012 Beach series.

The second one is from 2016.

According to the Matchbox Cars Wiki, the models from 2013 and before had a metal roof (the base has the text “MB780”) while the models from 2015 to 2016 had a roof window (the base has the text “MB994”). I suspect the change was made to reduce costs (by reducing the amount of metal), but I have no complaints. I like the version with the roof window better because it adds play value by giving a better view of the car’s interior.

The next two Matchboxes are so beautiful, I had to buy them even if they are not the type of cars I usually collect.

The Matchbox ’59 Chevy Wagon first came out in 2017, but this one is from 2018.

The Matchbox ’51 Hudson Hornet also first came out in 2017, and this one is also from 2018.

I love their colors, especially the dark cerulean of the Chevy wagon.

’71 Pontiac Firebird Formula

I bought a Matchbox ’71 Pontiac Firebird Formula a few weeks ago, then promptly forgot I had it. So when I saw another one in a different store last week, I bought it, thinking that I didn’t have one yet. I’ll probably open one of the two in the future, to be placed on my Majorette Transporter. The base of the model indicates that its scale is 1:65. (I am quite annoyed by this. With not much effort, they could have created the model using the more standard scale of 1:64.) The Wikia page states that its body color is “Orange,” but the paint is actually metalflake orange.

’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX

When I was young, I probably had around two dozen scale models to play with. Most of them were the lead characters in stories I would play in my mind. My Matchbox Chevy Van was the A-Team van; my Matchbox Pontiac T-Roof was KITT. But I remember having one car that was so ordinary that it was always a background character. It was a metallic beige sedan, most likely a Matchbox Ford Cortina (Mark IV) from 1982. I don’t have it any more, but I think its front doors opened. I liked that it had metallic paint and that it was an ordinary car.

A few weeks ago, I found a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX that reminded me of my metallic sedan. I normally collect only weird-looking cars or, on rare occasions, muscle cars, but I felt that I had to buy this ordinary-looking car, perhaps to remind me of the times I actually played with my scale models.

Attack Track


When I was a child in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Matchbox made scale models superior to those of Hot Wheels. The bases of the Matchbox models I had were made of highly detailed metal while those of the Hot Wheels models were made of extremely cheap looking plastic. A few decades later, the quality of Matchbox models dropped. When I started collecting scale models as an adult, I favored the weird-looking (“fantasy”) models of Hot Wheels over the boring normal vehicles of Matchbox.

But lately Matchbox has been making quality models that look really cool. I bought this Attack Track because I like affordable nice-looking military vehicles and because it has a detachable missile. In my experience, toys with detachable missiles quickly get discontinued, possibly due to complaints about choking hazards.

School buses

sbsiku Aside from collecting weird-looking vehicles, my wife and I also like to collect scale models of school buses. A recent addition is the Siku US School Bus #1319 shown on the left which I bought in Rustan’s in Alabang for around 180 pesos.

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Shown above are some Maisto school buses. (I mentioned the one on the left in a previous post.)

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The Matchbox GMC School Bus shown above left is really beautiful. It and the Hot Wheels School Bus shown above right come in many variations.

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We currently have three versions of the Hot Wheels Surfin’ School Bus. We bought the one above without a card. It seems to be a 2005 Red Lines Series collector number 96 made in Malaysia. The pictures in the cards below show the ridiculously small lone door.

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Knight Rider

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/103/Knight-Rider on July 2, 2012 9:28 AM)

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Another TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “Knight Rider.”

The vehicle used by the show’s main character, Michael Knight, was “an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible” “heavily modified” 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am called KITT (for Knight Industries Two Thousand).

As a child, my favorite toy car was a black Hot Wheels Pontiac Trans-Am (most likely the Hot Bird).  It could go very fast.  Unfortunately, a cousin lost it.  I had another Trans-Am, a Matchbox (shown at the right), but it wasn’t as fast.  Lately, I was able to buy an official Knight Rider KITT made by Hot Wheels.

The A-Team

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/102/The-A-Team on July 1, 2012 1:36 AM)

One TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “The A-Team.” The Wikipedia entry states:


The violence presented in The A-Team is highly sanitized.  People do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people.  The results of violence were only ever presented when it was required for the script.  In almost every car crash there is a short take showing the occupants of the vehicle climbing out of the mangled/burning wreck (even in helicopter crashes) […]

The van that the A-Team used was a 1983 GMC Vandura.  From Wikipedia:

It is a common error that the van is said to be all-black, whereas in fact the section above the red stripe is metallic gray; this error was even continued on most toy models of the van.

ateamjAs a child, I would pretend that my Matchbox No. 68 Chevy van was the A-Team van.  (Yes, it experienced a lot of collisions.)  Lately, I was able to buy an official A-Team van made by Hot Wheels.  (No collisions this time.)