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Tom’s Voluminous Variety of VWs!

This is the awesome stack Tom gathered in January (not even counting the individual loose and carded cars he got). (By the way, I trimmed out the background flotsam from this photo so you could more clearly enjoy all the Volksy goodness.)
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Like nearly everybody else in America, I did not go see Herbie: Badly Animated Fully Loaded. So, I have no idea if this vehicle was even in the movie. But, ’tis a nice large-scale replica, and if it putts around under battery power, so much the better.
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Tom was having difficulty deciding which of two sets to buy. I kept goading him on to get this one, with its sweet Karmann Ghia. Wouldn’t ya know, he ended up getting both.
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Aaahh, would you just look at that. That is a beautiful thing to see. (By the way, I have first dibs if Tom ever gets tired of owning this one. Fair warning.)
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Set also includes this modified VW pick’em-up in classic white-on-red color scheme. No silly side-pods here!. Also, this puppy does a trick…
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Taaa-DAAAAAA!!!
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Now this is thoughtful: the modern classic Volkswagen drag truck backed by the retro classic Real Riders imagery. Model looks incredibly good, all done up in Real Riders livery like that.
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Yes, it’s true: Tom bought this set just for the T2 and the Bug. But, that “Action Radar” TV van looks pretty sweet.
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Extry! Extry! Old-Fashioned Car seen next to New-Fangled Car! Heh. Anyway, this is a pretty cool display piece. Even if it does cause bittersweet memories of the now-defunct K B Toys. (You know what’s most sad? I couldn’t even remember what the mall toy stores were, before they were taken over by K B. I had to Bing it: Circus World. Sigh.)
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Tom scores much happy two times with Honorable VW Drag Bus: once with fine customized vehicle, twice with rare Osaka Toy Show packaging! Hi-YAAAA!!!
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This is a sweet, sweet find: Schuo Piccolo series classic VW Bug. Well, I guess it wasn’t “classic” back then, it was “original”. You may notice that the “windows” are painted on; that’s because the body is a solid cast of metal. And I mean solid – this tiny tub has some serious heft for its small size.
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And how small is its small size? Well, here it is next to Hot Wheels’ 1:87-scale VW, which seems a pretty fair match. Which, again, makes the hefty mass of the Schuco just that much more impressive. Yeah, the HW VW has better detailing … but I’d prefer to have the Schuco.
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Tom gathered several nice holiday goodies during our December ’12 meeting, providing himself with a Very Volksy Christmas. Starting at bottom left, we see: the Getty premium VW Beetle; Sunagon (The Hot Ones re-issue); Campbell Soup 100th Anniversary; a Wiking 1:87 Beetle; and a Darda motorized Beetle. Yes, Darda. Those of you who remember the mid-70s may fondly recall the intoxicatingly fast speeds promised by the Darda Buggy.
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Tom collects VWs, and what better way is there for him to start out the new year than to grab this classic Redline-era Beach Bomb. Yes, its boards are missing, and it’s somewhat worn here and there … to which I can only reply, “Yeah, and?”
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Tom added both versions of the Kar Keepers edition of the Baja Bug to his collection at our February meeting.
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Tom goes all buggy at our April ’13 meeting, as he bugs out and buys a bunch of bugs, because it was bugging him that these bugs weren’t snug as a bug in a rug in his personal bug collection.
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