Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The Volvo V60 joins the stellar Matchbox Wagon family...
There are a lot of Matchbox previews to come.
As they have in years past, the Matchbox Team granted a me a few minutes to photograph the preview models they brought to the Gathering. Many were upcoming 2016 models, and they had almost all 2017 New Models in some form or another, mostly SLA versions, or 3D prints. And we will show them all - Originals and licensed - coming up soon.
For now, let's stay in 2016. It's been a good year, and it will end great. The final batches are full of goodies, most notably that Skyline that seems to have folks giddy about. But after the Skyline rush has come and gone, a beauty in blue will make its debut, the Volvo V60 Wagon in Polestar Blue.
Maybe it is time to reiterate my love for wagons. It is rooted in the right place. Wood-paneled yachts with "back-backs" is what I grew up in. A hand-me-down Mercury Grand Marquis was my first car. And from my generation, I am not alone. No SUV options, so outside of the occasional Suburban all of those from that era grew up in wagons.
So our familiarity with wagons runs deep. And it can't go away. Wagons are just the right silhouette in our well-trained eyes. And in the last 20-25 years those boats have taken on a more sporty look, which just...seems...right.
And Matchbox has ran with it. They hit the nostalgic note with models like the Olds Vista Cruiser and upcoming Brookwood, but they also keep the contemporary wagons coming with the Audi RS6, Cadillac CTS Wagon, and now the Volvo V60.
It is hard to look at the Matchbox version of the Volvo and not want to go out and buy one. Especially the Polestar. Full of performance, all packaged beautifully, I want one. But I will stick to the one dollar version.
The Polestar V60 is one version, always in that blue, so just making the casting the V60 makes sense. More colors surely will come, and it will be a must-collect for me.
For now, we will enjoy the photos. Look for it late fall/early winter...