Starting the monthly review early this month, so no idea how it will pan out, first car to add was an Alfa Romeo 159 by Kinsmart, scale 1:32. This was found in the local market where the stall had differential pricing a nicer Alfa 4C was 9 lari, so playing to my budget I bought the 6 lari 159.
Not the most exciting start. 6 May: I rummaged through the selection of Hot Wheels is XS Toys Rustaveli, not as good as XS Toys in Vazha Pshavela but I did find a McLaren P1. Metro Mart is the only store which still has Hot Wheels at 4 lari 90, so after much deliberation (the stock is old, 2014) I came away with a ’71 Dodge Challenger.
8th May, my first visit of the month to Drybridge Market and I found a hot pink Hot Wheels Funny Car, to add to my growing collection of funny cars.
13 May in Metro Mart I thought I’d examine the Polistil models a little more carefully, Polistil is a newly revived brand by May Cheong. I bought a Mercedes Police car from the Car City series and a Crane Truck from the Truck Series. I was more impressed by the Crane Truck.
On Saturday (16 May), one of my students cancelled their lesson, so I used the time to wander my favourite markets, first Vagzlis Basroba (the sprawling market around the station), where I found a Hot Wheels Porsche 911 GT3RS loose for just 3 lari. Then att Drybridge Market, I saw lots of vehicles, but only bought one…a Corgi Ford Cortina GXL “Police” (made in Great Britain), sometimes it pays to wait. I’d seen the Cortina months ago, then it was priced at 55 lari, now it had come down to 30 lari and with a little negotiation it was mine for 25 lari. The lady selling it spoke some French and I complemented her on her French (after the deal was struck). She had an interesting selection of models including a Polistil Porsche 914, a Tomica Toyota Crown, a Majorette Bertone Camargue, a Matchbox Yesteryear Rolls Royce, a Corgi Oldsmobile Tornado (minus a wheel), a Corgi JPS Lotus and a few others (maybe her son’s collection).
It doesn’t always pay to wait a Tomica Toyota 2000GT, I had my eye on, on another stall had been sold, I was hoping to wait out to negotiate a better price. The month is far from over, so check back later to see what else I find, if you are interested.
May 18, predictably after starting this post I found some more models. I actually found four on my wants’ list. First the Bburago “Fire Chief” Alfa 156 in Metro Mart…this came with a fire station play set….I haven’t taken in out of the packaging yet.
Then having some time before a lesson, the devil makes work for idle hands and all that, I visited XS Toys in Vazha Pshavela, where I found not one but three Hot Wheels models from my Wants’ List. I didn’t like the wheels of the Buick Riviera, so I left it and took it off my wants’ list (I still have a Corgi Buick Riviera on my Wants’ List). But I bought a red Lotus Esprit S1 (with UK Registration Plate), the white version from “The Spy Who Loved Me” is still on the list. I thought I’d checked every car on the display rack, when my eyes alighted on a Mustang Boss 502, which had been lurking with some Copa Camaros…now my monthly expenditure is dangerously close to my 100 lari limit (95.25 lari), can I go two weeks without another purchase? Obviously if I come across a Hot Wheels Escort, I’m getting it, but I’ll try to resist temptation from other quarters.
After 10 days I couldn’t resist temptation, visiting Vagzlis I found a Hot Wheels Chevy Pick Up, loose for just 2 lari so still under budget just.
Monthly expenditure: 97.25 Lari
Alfa Romeo 2, Ford 2, Dodge 1, McLaren 1, Porsche 1, Mercedes 1, Lotus 1, Chevrolet 1
Hot Wheels 7, Polistil 2, Bburago 1, Corgi 1, Kinsmart 1