This month didn’t have the excitement of a Super Treasure Hunt but I did find the regular Treasure Hunt from the Hot Wheels 2017 B Case “Fangula“. A fantasy model in the “Fright Cars” Series. I’ve seen a few on the pegs, but just got the one.
It has been an interesting month, nevertheless. I found some new hunting grounds around Tbilisi for models. In the secondhand clothing part of the sprawling Vagzlis Basroba market, I found one stall selling toys, with a basket of diecasts. I came away with four: No. 3 Shellzone Ford Mustang (Fletcher, Barnhardt & White), Dodge Viper RT10 (Matchbox International), a Mongoose Funny Car based on a Plymouth Duster (Hot Wheels) and 24/Seven based on a Mazda RX7 (Hot Wheels).
I think I exhausted my wants from the Hot Wheels B Case adding a Tooned ’68 Mustang, Ford F 150 Raptor and the aforementioned Fangula.
In a shop in the underpass at Liberty Square, I found a Chinese model of the Turkish Tofaş 131 Murat based on the Fiat 131 Mirafiori.
It was good to find some Matchbox (my favourite band), even if I didn’t find any from my Wants’ List. Only two chains carry Matchbox here and their selection isn’t the widest, most of the models are the unlicensed ones, which rarely interest me. I found a Jeep Willys 4 x 4 and a VW Beetle 4 x 4 and two secondhand models.
There was also a Kinsmart 1967 VW Beetle (1:32 scale), which stirred nostalgic memories of the old Dinky Beetle in the same colour.
A second visit to the stall in the secondhand clothes market, saw me add another three models to the ever growing collection (at 3 lari a piece). The playworn 1983 Corvette was Made in Macau, and debuted in 1983, the year after Lesney went bankrupt, the Matchbox brand name, some tooling, moulds and other assets had been sold to Universal Toys and David Yeh.
The other two models are Hot Wheels: on the left a ‘40s Woody, which was part of a series called Connect Cars (2009) Hot Wheels put out a series of fifty cars in interlocking boxes, one car for each of the 50 US states, the Woody represented California, the number 31, inidcating California was the 31st state to join the union (in the light of recent events, I wonder if it will be the first to leave). I don’t have the connecting box. Finally. on the right a tooned VW Beetle (2010 model), it will make a companion piece for my tooned ’68 Mustang.
28 February: After I posted this, I ventured to Drybridge Market check out my latest post: Just Looking….Who am I kidding? I found 5 old Corgis on Gocha’s stall and added three of them to my collection, pushing my spending over the monthly budget…
Totals: 19 Models: 7 Hot Wheels, 4 Matchbox, 3 Corgi, 1 Kinsmart, 1 Siku, 1 Hot Wheel (sic), 1 Fletcher, Barnhardt & White and 1 unbranded Chinese model
3 from Pepela, 8 from Vagzlis Basroba, 3 from Drybridge Market, 1 from Super, 1 from Smart, 1 from Liberty Square Underpass, 1 from Sabitumo, and 1 from XS Toys
Total Cost: 130.78 lari ($50.61)