It is nice to see an old friend. Among the preview models the Matchbox Team sent over was this flat gray VW Golf GTI. It seemed it has been awhile since we had seen it, and sure enough, 7 years. 7 years!
The VW Golf seems like it should be a Matchbox mainstay. Sure, we say that about a lot of models, but the granddaddy of the hot hatch should always have a place. And even if we are a couple generations past this version, it is still nice to see on the pegs.
So a most welcome return, especially for a Golden Age favorite. Since it has been awhile, and because this is a model that I have enjoyed collecting, let’s do a Cool Car Update. Below are all releases of the Golf, sans anything with cartoon characters on it (I know there has been at least one).
Collecting all of this casting isn’t easy. There have been several mainline releases, which are pretty easy to find. The Superfast (my favorite version) and Stars of Cars releases are more expensive, but available. It is the multipack versions what are toughest. Blue and especially the dull gray version, pictured below:
Still, whether you have all, or one, it is a great model to pursue. Thankfully you will be able to get the latest version in Batch H, due soon.
The latest plus the greatest: