Chevrolet Corvette (Matchbox)

The Chevrolet Corvette was introduced by Matchbox in 1979, a difficult time, the Dinky factory had closed and the writing was on the wall for Lesney Matchbox. Lesney went bankrupt in 1982. Universal Toys bought Matchbox and changed the brand name to Matchbox International Limited and started making models in Macau. Later outsourcing work to…

Monthly Acquisitions: July 2017

25 more models added to my collection this month, but this included 11 in a Third Package from Estonia. 15 (60%) of the models are Matchbox. Only one was bought new, the rest were bought cheaply second hand for 3 lari or less a piece. It has been the least expensive month in a long…

A Dozen Matchbox

This month, so far, has seen another dozen Matchbox models added to my collection, Eight of these were in my Third Package from Estonia (Once again a big thank you, aitäh, Viljar.) As usual, I intend to review all the monthly acquisitions at the end of the month. Matchbox is my favourite diecast brand and…

Third Package from Estonia

I don’t do many trades by post, the postal service here in Georgia (country of the former USSR not the US State) is unreliable and the cost is high. I have however traded with one Facebook friend in Estonia. I wrote previously about the first package I received from Estonia  that was back in September…

Over 100 Fords

I have more models of Fords than any other car make. My records suggested I had hit the 100 mark, but getting them out and counting them showed me I had even more. In the picture there are 105; but I managed to overlook another three, so that makes 108 little Fords. The first car…

First week of July

First week of July saw these five models enter my collection: three are made in Thailand, two are made in Great Britain. Chevrolet Camaro (Majorette). This model was bought new from XS Toys. Majorette, a French brand; the models are now made in Thailand. This model has opening doors, a feature rare on recent Hot…

Majorette are returning to US market

Majorette pulled out of the US market in the nineties, but they return this summer, they have an exclusive deal with the Toys ‘R Us chain. I learnt about this on the Race Grooves Youtube channel: Race Grooves Weekend Show (Majorettes feature from 20:42 on) .  Majorette is a French manufacturer but like with Matchbox…