Another week of Mattel-provided sneaks, and one tidbit of info. I will try to go a little heavier on the info next week, as I have some questions ready to submit to the team. I will keep you all updated.
Before the sneaks, let's talk about the 60th Anniversary line. Many of you have asked about where we will be able to find the line at retail. Obviously the first two batches have been available by way of hobby dealers for a couple of months now, as well as sporadic grocery stores in the US, and Tesco in the UK. If any of our friends find them elsewhere, let me know.
I am happy to report that the Mattel marketing team has confirmed that Walmart and Toys R Us will start carrying the 60th line later this month, so start looking. So far Target is not carrying the line. As soon as someone reports finding them at Walmart and TRU, I will report it here or on the Lamley Facebook Page...
Now on with the sneaks, which are, as always, shown with Mattel's permission.
My guess is these models will receive a mixed response, but here we go:
We start with one I am sure many will be happy to see. After skipping a year, the VW Karmann Ghia is back as a Gift Pack exclusive, following the theme of a simple deco and 60th logo:
Next, back by popular demand (you have no idea how excited the Matchbox team is to show this to eager collectors), is the All-Terrain Crane, prepped and ready for the 60th Anniversary Line. It is in less colorful clothes than its basic counterpart that we previewed a few weeks ago, but I will let the collectors have their say with this one.
Last, a new and very different Sky Buster model for 2013. Say hello to the Freeway Flyer, a dune buggy that spread its wings and fly. Kids (and the team has reiterated this is a very kid-focused model) can roll it around as a car, then rotate and pull out the wings to let it fly. It will come in two colors this year, starting with the red and blue version:
That is it for now. I will be back next week with more sneaks and info.