“Why do this, when you can do THIS?”
That seems to be a mantra that most collectors love to see Matchbox embrace. And a few times a year they do. It is a formula that works really well for Matchbox. Some examples:
- “Why do a Karmann Ghia, when you can do a Karmann Ghia T34 Convertible?”
- “Why do a BMW sedan, when you can do a BMW 1M?”
- “Why do any Mercedes-Benz, when you can do a G63 6×6?
- “Why do a Mustang, when you can do a Foxbody Police”
- “Why do a VW Golf, when you can do a VW Golf Country?”
That last one is smack-dab in the middle of that mantra. The VW Golf is a popular car worldwide, and always a worthy choice for 1:64. All the major 1:64 brands have done at least one, if not several. And if I had heard that Matchbox was doing a 90’s era Golf, I would have been thrilled.
But why do the Golf, when you can do the Golf Country? Take a model that we are all familiar with, and go with the lesser known Europe-only off-road variant. It makes for a far more interesting model, and spurs a lot of wikipedia visits from collectors.
Mattel provided this FEP sample for me to preview for readers, and you can finally see the finished product. It is all there, from the front bumpers and guard to the swing-out spare tire. And while the green doesn’t totally match the green on the real thing, the “Country” side deco is there too. And all will still be there with the recolor coming a couple of months after the release of this one (mid-summer methinks).
Crossovers are so common on our roads now, I don’t think we even use the term as much to identify them. These soft off-roaders are everywhere. They weren’t in 1990. That made this Golf Country a quirky VW. And that makes for a great little Matchbox.