|Model Name :||2010 Holden VE Ute SSV|
|Manufacturers Code :||MB807|
First released as part of the standard Matchbox 1-100 basic vehicle range at the end of 2010, this is the first Australian vehicle modelled by Matchbox for some years. Upon its release it became an immediate success in the Australian market place, particularly for the Holden fans, and a lot of collectors found that they couldn’t find the first release model in the store and had to resort to paying inflated prices on EBay or at collector’s fairs.
As of today (June 2019) there have been 7 variations of this model released in Green, Purple, Red, Blue & White. The casting was used by Matchbox from its release in 2010 for just 2 years with the last (white version) being released in the 2012 main line. The tooling was then retired and the casting would not be seen again until its release in the 2018 main line sporting the same colours as the original release. At first look there was no difference between the original 2010 release and the 2018 re-release until you look closely at the rear bed and realise that the casting has been modified to have a now split rear bed.
The Holden’s popularity was not only limited to Australia, this superb model found a lot of popularity with collectors outside of Australa as well, mainly due to the excellent design, many seasoned collectors commented on the design and the way in which the rear bed had been moulded in to the casting, little features like this made this a much loved model with everyone. The wheels chosen on the original release in green were the standard issue 5 spoke wheels used by Matchbox at the time, but are also very reminiscent of the wheels chosen by Holden for the real vehicle.
With the fine detail and design of the Holden VE SS Ute that Matchbox have done, it is hard to find fault; unfortunately there is one small detail that does detract from the finish, and that is the rear tail light tampo print does not extend itself to wrapping around to the side of the model as it would on the real Holden VE Ute. This small omission is a victim of the internal tampo rules that Mattel have to keep costs down; to get that wrap around look would mean additional tampo strikes and that adds cost to the finished product.
When the model was retooled for release in 2018, Mattel have seemingly added metal to the rear by shortening the rear plastic bed, unfortunately this in my opinion ruins the look of the rear bed to the detriment of the model.
Overall this is one of the better casting to come from Matchbox in the last few years, well proportioned, realistic and just what your discerning collecting would want for the price paid.
What do you think? do you like the casting changes? colour choices?
For the complete variation listing why not check out MB807 Matchbox 2010 Holden VE Ute SSV listing on the Matchbox Forum