Ah, the trispoke Miata. The model that never was.
If you remember, last year Matchbox debuted the new Miata casting on their Instagram feed:
All looked good, and the collectors were happy. Except for those wheels. The consensus was that the red model would look better with lower profile wheels, and in a very cool move, the Matchbox Team went back and changed the wheels to the more modern 5-spokes.
Well, after some discussion and reevaluation, we thought we’d throw these wheels on as well. What do you think….. ?@devilminer1 @jasonliuid @thelamleygroup , now all you other guys that barked about the first wheel choice can run to the shelves to buy the limited run, as they’ll now be changed to this version! Happy hunting! #matchboxgoodoldtime #wearelistening #miata #mazdamiata
It was a cool deal to see that happen for sure. The team made the request and the running change was made. From what the team had heard, some trispoke Miatas had already been produced, so it was thought that there would be an early run of the initial version out first before the 5-spoke versions appeared.
Except they never showed. The first releases sported the new 5-spoke, and that was that. The Team then thought it might show in gift packs, but that never occurred either. The trispoke Miata was never to be.
Well, the Matchbox Team is giving the Miata another run on the trispokes. This time the 2017 release will have them, and keep them. As far as I know, no running change. The Team sent over this Miata to preview, and trispokes it is.
Best choice? Not for me. I much prefer the lower profile wheels. But this release is a little different anyway. Gunmetal seems to be a logical color choice, and the full details in the front and rear are there. This one has an additional hood and trunk design as well. So with the stylized deco, maybe a more stylized wheel.
Not my first choice, but then again, over the life of the casting I am sure we will see all kinds of colors, decos, and wheels, so that is fine. Crazy to think this model has already sported three different wheels when you count the Gathering model from last year.
So there it is. The Trispoke Miata. Just not as you expected it.