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…

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…

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…

Lamborghini Countach

Countach. An Italian exclamation of astonishment! The hottest supercar of the 1980s.  Designed, like the Miura it replaced, by Marcello Gandini. In the eighties posters of the Countach would adorn the walls of any teen petrolhead. Jay Leno used one as an everyday vehicle in the eighties. It produced a whopping 455 hp, the first…

Royal Mail Vans

I have a soft spot for Royal Mail vehicles, I worked for Royal Mail from 1999 to 2009. I like the distinctive red livery with yellow lettering and crown logo. I didn’t work in deliveries but in the Worcester Sorting Office, so I didn’t actually drive a van. These three vans are all produced by…

Monthly Haul: July 2016

This was a crazy month for collecting. I made two trips to England, not for collecting but to see my dying mother and attend her funeral. But I did some rather serious collecting, too. I bought 35 models in total. I spent lari, Euro and pounds sterling. I only bought 6 models in Georgia…  Ford…

Brand Comaprison : Audi R8

I don’t have nearly as many Audi R8s as I do Porsche 911s, but it is a car that many diecast manufacturers have put out. I was hoping to find a Matchbox model but this has eluded me. I bought the Siku model in Pepela yesterday (2 July 2015) for the princely sum (or Prinzly…

Monthly Acquisitions: April 2015

I started writing the monthly review a week before the month ends, so the situation will probably change. So far I have bought just 8 models and spent almost 70 lari. In my last post I touched on the price hike for Hot Wheels and Matchbox at two of my major hunting grounds (Carrefour and…

Brand Comparisons

Sometimes two or more diecast manufacturers will make a model of the same vehicle, which allows a chance for the collector to compare the merits of both brands. Click on the links for more details of each comparison. Mecedes SLK Siku v Welly Winner: Siku Porsche 911 Bburago v Siku Winner: Siku Subaru Impreza Majorette…