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The Last Year by broettonavarro The Last Year by broettonavarro
Dodge Viper GTS, made by Matchbox.
1:59 scale.
Also seen in here: [link]

This Viper was the #1 model of 75 miniatures Matchbox sold in 1997.
By those years, I was about to get into the automotive world, thanks to the release of the Gran Turismo games in 1998.
And because of that, I was also about to end up liking diecast miniatures of cars.

I was a mere kid, but I already knew the biggest companies were Hot Wheels and Matchbox.
But what me and my friends never understood was "Why is Matchbox a rival company of Hot Wheels, if both are owned by Mattel?"

Matchbox always seemed to be a rival of Hot Wheels.
That didn't make any sense to us. It was clearly visible that Matchbox miniatures were different from Hot Wheels toys. The pricetag was the same, but still... it was nonsense to us. Why Mattel didn't sold everything as Hot Wheels or Matchbox? Why keep different companies that sold the same products (miniatures), with the same pricetag, but with different brands?

We thought Matchbox was a rival of Hot Wheels, because Matchbox was a rival of Hot Wheels... until Mattel bought the british company in 1997. The same time period when I started to pay more attention to miniatures and so on.
We missed the last years of Matchbox being a company of its own.

This Dodge Viper was made in 1997. The last year before Mattel bought the Matchbox brand, and messed up some kids minds.


... I always prefered Matchbox models than Hot Wheels. And I hate the fact that Mattel doesn't sell Matchbox miniatures in Brazil since 2008.
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nismoz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Luckily, after 2008, MB came back to China again. maybe the feeling has became different.
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broettonavarro Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Rumors say that Matchbox will come back to Brazil in 2013 or 2014...
And I can't wait for it! =D
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95blckfirebird Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very cool pic, i just brought the 2012 viper model :) i have a collection of viper die cast models, thnx for your info on the toy makers :) very helpful
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broettonavarro Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you liked the text and the shot! Thank you =D

Oh, I'm yet to find a 2012 Viper... I want one of those!
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95blckfirebird Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:) awesome and hey, there are a few for sale on EBay. You might pick one up for $6. Good luck friend :)
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broettonavarro Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconsothereplz:
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Galactic-Rev Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Yay! Now its outta it's box, and it's sooooo sparkly!
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broettonavarro Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconimhappyplz:
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Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
YUS! :iconfreddiememeplz: :D
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devilsreject1983 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
in the early to mid 90's I bought a matchbox car every couple of weeks or so and didn't take them out of the box, only to come home one day from school to find my younger brother playing with them all in the sand pit grrr. Hotwheels at that time I thought were too over the top and didn't represent the type of cars I liked.
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