Remember the Matchbox VW Golf Country I previewed last week? Hopefully you do, and based on the reactions from readers, there is a lot of excitement about it upcoming release.
Outside of the excitement, there was one other predominant comment:
“The wheels and color are off.”
Those familiar with the 1990 Golf Country noted its most common color was more aqua green (called Montana Green) than the green used on the Matchbox model, and that the low profile 10-spoke wheels didn’t fit the style as well.
Well you guys were on to something. Because that green model I previewed last week is no more. After getting the first samples of the green – one of which was sent to me to preview – Matchbox decided to change the color and wheels to better reflect the real thing. Hence, here is the VW Golf Country you will see at the store when it is released in Batch J:
To refresh your memory, here it is with the cancelled version:
And to further refresh your memory, here is a photo of the 1990 VW Golf Country, and you can see why the changes were made:
You can see that new color and wheels are better representations of the actual Golf Country. The tires on the 5-spoke wheels are still more low profile than the real thing, but they do look a lot better than the 10-spokes.
Of course we will be seeing more colors in the future, and probably some new decos, but this replacement is a far better debut for what is bound to be a collector fave.
It is cool to see a little behind the scenes. Changes like this happen, but we usually don’t see them. But with things like the wheel change on the Miata last year and this color and wheel change, we get to see the thought process. We even get to be involved ourselves in some cases.
My guess is most of you will be happy with the change. I am. And I know Matchbox is.
Look for this in Batch J, coming this summer.