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So Many Volkswagens, So Little Shelf Space

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by Ron Ruelle

It’s always a crapshoot when you start rifling through the 5-pack sets of Matchbox or Hot Wheels at the store. There seem to be all kinds of rules regarding how these sets are compiled. In some, it feels like they just took a bunch of underperforming vehicles and dumped them into a special package that makes a nice last-minute gift.

In some cases, the cars are a little more curated, specially decorated to a theme such as snack foods or pop culture franchises. Those are a lot of fun.

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Every now and then, they really challenge a collector to resist. Take the annual-ish Matchbox Volkswagen 5-packs. Lesney and Co. have offered so many castings of VW vehicles over the years that they have no trouble with being redundant. And since most VW cars, old and new alike look great in all sorts of bright colors, they can make loud, attractive sets.

And I can’t resist. My family has owned several VWs over the years, though I have not. Nevertheless, I struggle to justify leaving a set of these on the pegs when I see them.

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The latest set includes the brand new ID.4, a recent generation Golf, a classic bay window bus with a pop-top, a Karmann Ghia, and a classic Baja Beetle. That is a solid history. So I irrationally snagged a set when it was slightly discounted. Now I want the previous years’ sets as well, which mixes things up equally well.

That’s what diecast collecting is all about, isn’t it? Make some awesome 1/1 cars, make some fun small-scale diecast of it, convince me I can’t live without one or the other.

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