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Matchbox Monday: 2017 Tesla Model X

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So it’s been two months since that article about the AUTOart Giulietta Spider, and I’ve finally gotten around to finishing another one. There’s also this year end diecast review for 2019 that I’m trying to put together, but I’m not gonna set any deadlines for that knowing I most likely won’t meet them.

We’re not even two weeks into 2020, and it’s clear that electric cars are going to rule this decade. In the past year alone we’ve been introduced to the Porsche Taycan, the Rivians, the Mustang Mach E, Audi E-Tron GT, the list is endless. These cars are all incredibly promising, but there is one brand that’s synonymous with the term “electric car”.

Ah, Tesla, Inc. They kickstarted this revolution of sorts. From the first Roadster to the newest Cybertruck, they’ve always been one step ahead of the game. I’m not one of those Elon Musk fanboys that run to his defense every single time somebody gives him criticism, but I can see that Tesla has changed the way we see electric cars for the better.

The Model X was Tesla’s first foray into the SUV market, and one of my favorite cars when it was new. With its gullwing doors and egg-like styling, it was unlike anything else out there in the market. While its spot as one of my favorite cars on the market has long since been taken by newer, slicker machines, it still holds a special place in my heart for helping me discover that there’s more to the car world than Aventadors and Veyrons. Yes that’s right, there was a time when the Bugatti Veyron was one of my favorite cars.

The model itself is a 2017 model that comes in red, a Tesla color that’s famously more expensive than the others. I think Matchbox has done a decent job, although this is far from one of their best efforts considering they were dropping bombs like the Subaru SVX and Merc 300TD Wagon all year long. Not a fan of the red B pillar, but considering that they had to make opening doors it’s completely understandable. Not to mention it’s a $2 model, so I can’t complain too much. The awkward B pillar isn’t noticeable with the doors open, so it makes sense that they decided to pack the car into the blister like that. On the other hand, the wheels look a bit small when compared to the real thing, I can’t say I like how the six spoke wheels look on it.

This Tesla Model X was in high demand for a while after its release, but I think that had more to do with Tesla hype than the quality of the model. While the Model X might not be among Matchbox’s best releases this year, I think they made a commendable effort, and considering the price and size, this model successfully captures the essence of its real life counterpart in miniature form.

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