Matchbox 1970

1970 was a dramatic year for Lesney it is when the Matchbox range became Superfast. Mattel had introduced Hot Wheels in 1968, a range of three inch cars with track, that with their special patented mag wheels on piano wire, could go much faster than cars with the regular wheels like Matchbox had. Hot Wheels…

Royal Mail Vans

I have a soft spot for Royal Mail vehicles, I worked for Royal Mail from 1999 to 2009. I like the distinctive red livery with yellow lettering and crown logo. I didn’t work in deliveries but in the Worcester Sorting Office, so I didn’t actually drive a van. These three vans are all produced by…

Zee or Zylmex

This post was inspired by another blogpost: Zee Toys by Marcboz. Over the past 6 years of collecting, I have come across many diecast brands, which were unknown to me as a kid. My first love is still Matchbox with its nostalgic connection to my childhood and I also like Corgi, Majorette and Hot Wheels…

Rare

Rare is a big deal in the world of collecting. “A rare stamp, which originally cost 24 cents, exceeded the expectations of experts yesterday by selling for £184,000 at auction.” It was a stamp with an aeroplane accidentally inverted, there were only 100 of these stamps printed in 1918. Here is the link: rare stamp…

A Pony Trailer in need of a tow

On Saturday in a box of assorted vehicles at Drybridge Market, I came across a Matchbox Pony Trailer for the princely sum of 3 lari ($1.28). A nice model with both horses, but what tow car should I display it with? The police cars I have, don’t have tow hooks. The Pony Trailer would have…

Brazilian Cars

With the Olympics in Rio, here are a few models of Brazilian cars made by Hot Wheels. 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger… Highly collectible version from South America. It’s based on the Dart body, with a higher-compression 318-V8 engine. It’s also got elongated C-pillars and is tuned to use gasoline with ethanol.( Brazil has a lot of…