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VW's Fast Making Big Bucks

Posted by: David Kiley on March 17, 2006


Some publicity surrounding these little plastic figuresnow appearing in Volkswagen’s GTI TV ads have made them collector’s items.

Fast figures are selling on for between $350.00 and $1,000 so far. There was stuff in the media saying that VW would only have some 600 of these characters, called your Fast. In reality, each buyer of a GTI this year—some 15,000 maybe—will receive one.

Meantime, those who got early ones—employees, members of the media—have been selling them.

Reader Comments

John Smith

March 23, 2006 12:44 PM

You have to love eBay! The ability to create a true market for objects that some would consider to be worthless junk is truly powerful.


March 27, 2006 6:28 PM



May 8, 2006 1:22 PM

what the heck do these "fast" things do?


June 7, 2006 8:09 PM

I have a VW Fast and there were only 600 made.... Happy Bidding!!


November 7, 2006 2:01 PM

R YOUS KIDDIN ME! u cudnt pay me to take that thing from u.its a ugly disgusting paperweight and a big waste of money on volkswagens part... happy times findin new mascot vw... LMAO!!


November 15, 2006 2:34 PM

Do the Fast's talk like they do in the commercials?

Faye Louise Allen

December 27, 2006 7:38 PM

Bought one for my fiance who has a GTI - yes, they talk and they sing the theme to "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' Seriously, people - its a fun thing, so let it be and let it go.


January 29, 2007 5:39 PM

I want a fast. It is a necesity for all GTI drivers, like myself.

Edward R.

May 18, 2007 9:42 PM

I drove a 1980 vehicle with an Actual MPG of 71 at 60 statute mph, and 58 Actual MPG in town while racing from red light to red light. The make was Volkswagon. The model was Rabbit. The engine was a diesel. Did the technology go to the scrap yard with the car?

Dave B.

May 29, 2007 4:10 PM

Your 1980 Diesel Rabbit weighed less than 2000 pounds. A new Rabbit is over 3000. That's where the fuel economy went.

My "Fast" arrived today, having bought a GTI last month. I haven't opened it, eBay here I come.


April 15, 2008 10:41 PM

I own a 2008 R32. They should have given me one of these...

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