Some Matchbox Taxis

Matchbox have cast many taxis over the years, both licensed and unlicensed. The London Taxi, would traditionally be in black but this Austin FX London Taxi is in blue. There were many colour variants of this casting, including black, red, white and even yellow. The American taxis are more traditionally yellow like those in New…

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…

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…

Soopa Coopa

Soopa Coopa is a strange looking Matchbox vehicle, I don’t think it’s futuristic design is based on any real car, the bonnet looks a little like that of an Aston Martin Lagonda. The seats are padded and quilted like those in a rather opulent sitting room. I found the metallic blue model in May and…

Monthly Acquisitions June 2017

Another interesting month of collecting. Last month saw 53 models added to the collection, this month has been more restrained with 20 models coming in. I managed to keep below my 100 lari budget…just (94.01GEL). I gave a preview of the acquisitions mid way through the month: The month so far when I had just…

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…