Yes, Pizza Hut has a holiday site called PizzaHutShop.com where the company sells assorted themed pajamas, ornaments, and replica glasses from the experience I remember as a kid. As far as I’m concerned, however, the Matchbox set is the star. Complete with a 1:64 version of the tiny 200hp pocket rocket and a miniature restaurant, this is a creative take on a miniature car set.
Unfortunately, it is currently sold out. Pizza Hut originally made 1,000, and fans and collectors who were lucky enough to get their hands on one in the first week bought it for $8.99. Fear not, because the initial launch was just an early access teaser; if you can wait until January, you’ll be able to find them at select outlets like Best Buy, CVS, TJM, and Fred Meyer.
The fact that Pizza Hut chose the 2006.5 Golf GTI gives it a passionate edge. This sedan came standard with a 2.0 turbo and a six-speed manual, and it was sold for around $20,000; the Golf is a perennial favorite for collectors.
“The thought process was to include a car that reflects modern reality,” a spokesperson told me. “Matchbox brings realistic vehicles to life and their design team landed on the 2006 Golf V GTI after thoroughly examining common delivery vehicles that are on the streets today. Collectors and kids love the GTI cast and the Incredibly fast sales time reflects this.
So do an IOU for yourself, for now, and you can get one in 2022. If you were one of the first buyers of the first 1,000 sets, I have a feeling they’ll be collectibles. and a little more valuable in about ten years. If you can refrain from playing with it.
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