3 lari, 3 inch models

This month I have found a few secondhand models at a couple of new hunting grounds. Around the central station in Tbilisi is a sprawling market known as Vagzlis Basroba. I have visited many times looking for models. Recently, however, I discovered a secondhand toy stall amongst the secondhand clothing stalls. There was a basket…

Paul McCartney Mini

When I travel, I like to pick up a few diecast models on my trip. Visiting England and France usually turns over some good finds. Recent trips to Italy (2016) and Turkey (2017) have proved a little disappointing. In Turkey, after a brief afternoon in Ankara I headed to the tourist area of Cappadocia, full…

K.I.T.T.

K.I.T.T. is the car from Knight Rider. I’ve seen this car on the pegs for a couple of months, but I wasn’t particularly interested in it, as I had never seen the eighties TV Series from which it is derived. It is a good looking car, based on an ’82 Pontiac Trans Am, one of the…

More 3 pack and 5 pack dilemmas

Smart had a few multi-packs on display, the problem for me is the cars I want are scattered amongst the multi-packs and the multi-packs are expensive. A 3 pack is 23 lari ($9.43) and a 5 pack 35 lari ($14.34) ((single cars are 6.90 lari). Unlike XS Toys or Pepela, Smart doesn’t seem to have…

Hot Wheels Temptation

There are a lot of tempting Hot Wheels models on the pegs at present. NotI haven’t found  all the ones I want (I haven’t seen the VW Kafer racer yet) but I have picked up a lot of my recent wants. Looking at the pegs in Smart there aren’t many models which don’t interest me…

Corgi “Golden Jacks”

Corgi had many innovations; one of the company’s cleverest innovations the Golden Jacks ‘Take-Off Wheels’ system which first appeared in March 1968. Authentically detailed die-cast take off wheels were fitted to these models and were attached to the axle by means of the ‘Golden Jacks‘ – die-cast golden metal stands, which when folded downwards both…