A few years ago, we’d have been happy to see any premium Matchbox at all on the pegs, anywhere. For most European collectors, that unfortunately remains a wish unfulfilled, although it was good to see some Superfast showing up recently in Germany.
For the past couple of years, Superfast has been central to an expansion of the Matchbox peg space in my local Walmarts. But here in my local Calgary stores – which tend to reflect what’s going on elsewhere in Canada and at least parts of the US – we’ve been marooned on Superfast 2020 Mix 1 for months, mostly thanks to this champion pegwarmer.
This is one of two versions of the attractive MB1020 Volvo V60 Wagon casting to be released in 2020 (it’s also in the Auto Bahn Express five-pack). For my money, the original ‘Polestar’ blue version is hard to beat.
It’s not a unique problem, of course. Right alongside this Volvo-fest, we have a pegwarming masterclass being delivered in the basic range by the F-550 Super Duty (despite the based-on-a-real-truck San Luis Obispo deco) and Polaris RZR (despite a ton of people around these parts owning ATVs). But it is a pity to see so little love for the Volvo given that: 1) it’s a decent, rally-style model; 2) collectors supposedly always want more wagons and 3) any pegwarmerage does our already patchy distribution no favours. Ah well.
If you were wondering why I haven’t shown the Superfast model out of its packaging, it’s because I’m not a completist, so I didn’t buy one. Guilty as charged! But I do more than my bit to keep the local stock moving, as you can imagine. Hopefully a Volvo-lover will take pity on this cache of wagons…