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…

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…

The month so far

17 June….midway through the month. Last month saw a crazy 53 models added to the collection (Monthly Acquisitions May 2017). This month, so far, has been more restrained, with just 8 models (although, with a couple of weeks left, anything can happen). I just wanted to share with you what has been added so far.…

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…

Monthly Acquisitions May 2017

This has been a really crazy month for the collection. I found a new store of secondhand toys in the basement of a house near the central station, where I picked up 15 models, mostly Matchbox for 3 lari a piece. I was like Ali Baba in the cave of the 40 thieves. I’ll present…

Monthly Acquisitions: April 2017

After adding just 8 models to the collection last month (see: Monthly Acquisitions: March 2017) this month was a bit crazy. I added 28 models to the collection. Almost one a day. It started with a K.I.T.T. Never thought it would come to this…. (my apologies to Hot Chocolate) The haul includes 15 Hot Wheels…

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…