Rola-matics

Rola-matic vehicles are Matchbox models where a lug on one of the wheels engages and moves part of the vehicle, such as spinning a fan or radar dish, or causing an engine to move up and down. In some cases multiple wheels were used, each wheel engaging and moving a different part of the vehicle.…

Travels with Beetle

When I go on an excursion or trip, I like to take a model car with me, as there may be some interesting photo opportunities. On Sunday, I went on an excursion to Dashbashi Canyon (details of the trip: An Excursion to Dashbashi Canyon), in my pocket I took this Matchbox VW Beetle 4 x…

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…

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…

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…

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…