On Saturday, 2 January, there was a brief window in the Lockdown. I took a walk along Pekini Street in Tbilisi and visited the Pepela toyshop. On the pegs amongst the Hot Wheels they had this Jeep Wrangler from Jurassic World, The series had been released in 2018, the series was the last new Matchbox range to appear here in the Republic of Georgia. I bought it, thinking this could be the last new Matchbox car I ever buy here, if that’s the case it’s sad, particularly as I can see the very attractive models in the new Matchbox range online.
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Carrefour has finally got some new Hot Wheels, there hadn’t been any new stock since the Pandemic impacted on Georgia in March. The first car I got was the Nissan Fairlady Z, before the new stock arrived. I didn’t at first realise the new stock had arrived, I was just in Carrefour doing my grocery shopping and I noticed a Toyota AE 86 Sprinter Trueno in Falken Tires deco, it looked impressive but I wasn’t aware it was a new model. The following day I returned to Carrefour to see what else they had and found the X-34 Landspeeder, a model of Luke Skywalker’s ride from Star Wars, I liked this so much I bought two, also I bought a Triumph TR6 in an eye-catching metallic green. I had the Triumph before in yellow, but it looks better in green. I was able to resist some other tempting Hot Wheels models like a Chevy Nova Gasser and the Barbie Campervan. I didn’t find a Jaguar F Type or a blue Nissan 300SX, which my research suggests should also have been in the 2021 A Case. I shall be looking out for those two on future visits.
Totals: 5 Models: 5 Hot Wheels
5 Bought new
Outlets: 5 Carrefour
Net expenditure: 39.50 GEL ($12:02)
1 lari = 30 US cents
Since the Pandemic hit in March, there has been no new Hot Wheels stock in Tbilisi. Today, I found this Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno (2021 issue) in Carrefour (a supermarket).
I returned to Carrefour to take this photo of the pegs, sorry its a bit blurred, Carrefour don’t like customers taking photos, so it was taken rather surreptitiously. As you can see there are some new models like the ’19 Mercedes Benz A Class and also they still have some of the 50th Anniversary models from 2018!
I hadn’t even realised at the time it was new, I thought I might have overlooked it previously, a lot of the stock here is still 2018 models like the Hot Wheels 50th anniversary models.
The last three cars I bought were all JDM models, I can’t access secondhand shops and markets because of the lockdown, also non-essential shops are closed, so it was a surprise to find new Hot Wheels stock in the supermarket, I had visited to stock up on food not diecasts.
List of the cars expected in the 2021 A case: 0:25 – Hyperfin 0:33 – 2010 Chevy Impala 0:40 – Toyota Off-Road Truck 0:48 – ’19 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 0:55 – HW Warp Speeder 1:00 – ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser 1:15 – RV There Yet 1:22 – ’96 Porsche Carrera 1:28 – 2010 Chevy Impala 1:35 – 2019 Audi R8 Spyder 1:43 – ’64 Chevy Chevelle SS 1:50 – Buns Of Steel 2:04 – ’10 Pro Stock Camaro 2:12 – Hi-Roller 2:19 – Barbie Dream Camper 2:32 – Quad Rod 2:39 – ’86 Monte Carlo SS 2:46 – Tooned Twin Mill 2:59 – Rodger Dodger 2.0 3:06 – ’52 Chevy 3:21 – ’70 Dodge Charger R/T 3:28 – ’86 Monte Carlo SS 3:35 – Hot Wheels Ford Transit Connect 3:48 – Electro Silhouette 3:56 – Baja Bone Shaker – Regular Treasure Hunt 4:10 – Carbonator 4:19 – Road Bandit 4:27 – Knight Draggin 4:34 – 2018 Bentley Continental GT3 4:58 – ’19 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5:06 – ’32 Ford 5:12 – ’10 Pro Stock Camaro 5:25 – X-34 LandSpeeder 5:36 – Mad Propz 5:44 – Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – Regular version (this model is the Super TH to look for) 6:13 – 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 6:21 – Aero Pod 6:28 – Big-Air Bel-Air 6:36 – Mattel Dream Mobile 6:43 – Electro Silhouette 6:51 – Aero Pod 6:58 – Corvette C7 Z06 7:07 – Hyperfin 7:19 – Rigor Motor 7:26 – Corvette C7 Z06 7:32 – 2019 KIA Stinger GT 7:38 – Veloci-Racer 7:53 – Retro-Active 8:00 – 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 8:08 – Veloci-Racer 8:14 – 2019 KIA Stinger GT 8:20 – ’70 Dodge Power Wagon 8:30 – Knight Draggin 8:43 – Barbie Dream Camper 8:49 – ’69 Camaro 9:06 – 2019 Audi R8 Spyder 9:12 – X-34 LandSpeeder 9:19 – Tanknator 9:30 – Triumph TR6 9:37 – Poison Arrow 9:46 – Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile – Non ID chase version 10:06 – Rodger Dodger 2.0 10:11 – ’64 Corvette Sting Ray 10:17 – T-Rextroyer 10:28 – Big-Air Bel-Air 10:35 – ’64 Chevy Chevelle SS 10:41 – ’70 Dodge Charger R/T 10:52 – Mattel Dream Mobile 11:02 – ’64 Nova Wagon Gasser 11:11 – Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno
I’m not a great fan of modern BMWs but I like some of their pre-1980 models like the BMW 3.0CSL. I have three examples of this model by different diecast brands. The Hot Wheels model is a recent casting, it has a plastic base and is made in Malaysia. The Majorette and Matchbox models date from the 1970s and both have that nostalgia buzz, I had an orange Majorette model in my childhood. They are roughly the same length but the Matchbox model is significantly wider than the other two. The Matchbox model looks too chunky, the other two look to be closer to the proportions of the actual car. The Hot Wheels model has attractive tampo decoration, looking like a Castrol sponsored race car, but it has no opening parts. The Majorette model is made in France and has a tow hook and suspension. Of the three my choice would be the Majorette model. Whilst I love Matchbox and it is my favourite brand in this comparison it is my least favourite, it just looks too chunky.
- Hot Wheels
This month I just added two cars to my collection: a Mini Cooper by Cararama, this I found without wheels, maybe I can make a diorama of it, and a ’16 Honda Civic Type R by Hot Wheels. We haven’t had any new Hot Wheels here since the Pandemic, I’m tempted to get more Ford Escorts but I already have two in each of the liveries available, the Civic at least was new to my collection.
Totals: 2 Models: 1 Hot Wheels 1 Cararama
1 Bought new, 1 bought secondhand,
Outlets: 1 Secondhand Toy Shop 1 Goodwill
Net expenditure: 10.90 lari ($3.29)
1 lari = 30 US cents
It has been like a pre Pandemic month, collecting wise with a diverse range of models picked up from various locations around Tbilisi. A mix of old and new, different brands, different types of vehicle. Also going over budget…oops!
- Land Rover Defender Double Cab It is strange seeing Land Rovers in the Hot Wheels range, they seem more suited to the Matchbox brand. (Corgi also had a lot of Land Rovers) What is the difference between Hot Wheels and Matchbox?
- ’69 Custom Volkswagen Squareback I like the classic Volkswagens from the sixties and early seventies.
- Wheel Loader A tractor shovel with a hot rod engine, another strange kind of vehicle for Hot Wheels, not the kind of vehicle I’d usually collect, I might give it to my grandson.
- Dragster. This was a McDonald’s Happy Meals toy. Made in Vietnam.
- Batmobile. This is a really odd cross over: a Batmobile in Scooby Doo style livery. Batmobile
- ’89 Porsche 944 Turbo. This is the second time I’ve bought this model, I wanted to keep one on the card and have one loose. I love all pre 2000 Porsches.
Just three Matchbox vehicles this month.
- Hovercraft This is a SuperKings model 1:116 scale. It works like a Rola-matics car, when you push it along the radar and propellor revolve. This was a bargain at just 2 lari (less than $1). Hovercraft Made in England
- Scania T142 tractor cab. I have a trailer this can pull.
- Peugeot 305 Also SuperKings. This car is heavily playworn missing its left hand side A pillar, but the wheels still roll, the doors and boot still open. My father had a Peugeot 305, when we were growing up, this was after a long succession of Fords, a Moskvitch and an Opel. He would go onto buy two more Peugeots. My Dad’s Cars Made in England
- FAB 1 Lady Penelope’s Car. This is plastic but the wings spring out when you push down on the canopy. Dinky had many vehicles related to Gerry Anderson’s TV programmes like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
- Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (Bburago) 1:43 Scale. I was visiting the Goodwill hypermarket in Didi Dighomi and I really wanted to get at least one diecast car. They didn’t have any Matchbox and very few Hot Wheels. There were some Maisto, which seemed overpriced, they had shelves stoced with larger scale models (1:24 and 1:18). Finally I decided on the Ferrari, I’m not impressed by the Bburago wheels but it is a beautiful car.
- Kamaz Cement Mixer. 1:43 scale. I have a weakness for Cement Mixers. This model was from Dry Bridge Market and is made in Russia.
- Citroen Bertone Camargue (Majorette) 1:55 scale. This model was from Beso at Dry Bridge Market Bonanza Time! It is from the seventies and comes complete with a box. Made in France
- New Mini (Realtoy). This was very cheap, it looks as though the previous owner handpainted the roof, it also looks slightly burnt. Made in China
Totals: 14 Models: 6 Hot Wheels,3 Matchbox 1 Majorette, 1 Realtoy, 1 Bburago, 1 Made in China brand unknown, 1 Made in Russia brand unknown
5 Bought new, 9 bought secondhand,
Outlets: 3 Dry Bridge Market, 6 Secondhand Toy Shops, 2 Carrefour, 2 Pepela and 1 Goodwill
Net expenditure: 158.20 lari ($48.83)
1 lari = 31 US cents
I had a blogpost about this, which was gaining the most views of any of my posts on this blog, so I thought I’d make a video of the same topic and here it is.
Matchbox put out a few hovercraft, here are some of them. The first in the Matchbox series was the small SRN6 (#72), released in 1972. The Hovercraft was the vehicle with the smallest scale in the 1-75 series being just 1:190 scale. In 1970, my first trip abroad involved taking a hovercraft from Ramsgate (England) to Calais (France). I would have been 5 at the time, I remember very little about the trip apart from the hovercraft being very noisy. In 1974 Matchbox released a larger model of the SRN6 in their SuperKings series (K-22, 1:116 scale), a military variant also appeared later in the BattleKings series, Hover Raider (K-105). In 1976 the Rescue Hovercraft (#2) was released. These Hovercraft ran on tiny wheels in the base. The SuperKings model was like a Rolamatic vehicle, when pushed along its radar and rotor would turn. Matchbox put out a fire service hovercraft in 2000 (not pictured) and recently Amphi-Flyer (2013) pictured on the left of the image. These hovercraft don’t float, I seem to remember the Hovercraft I had as a child ending up at the bottom of the fish pond!
Here is a link to the Wiki page for Hovercraft with more links: https://matchbox.fandom.com/wiki/Hovercraft
After the crazy expenditure in August (https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/monthly-acquisitions-august-2020/), September was far more restrained, I spent a tenth of what I spent in August. I added just 5 cars to my collection, two of these were gifts.
For a long while I thought my monthly haul would be exclusively Hot Wheels cars, then on Sunday I visited Dry Bridge Market, where I met Beso, who had sold me so many cars last month. This month, I chose just one a Majorette VW K70, from the mid seventies.
I chose the VW from a selection of 7 cars, 3 Majorettes and 4 Matchbox, it was a difficult choice as each car had its attraction. I might have bought the Ford Group 6 but one of the wheels was slightly buckled, I like my cars to be able to roll freely, even if I rarely push them across the floor or along the track.
I already have a Matchbox Turbo Fury in my collection (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFuxVUgHy7A). Tanzara and Blue Shark are both fantasy cars, I prefer my cars based on real life cars. I have a couple of Simca 1100s and whilst the Bertone Citroen Camargue prototype was very tempting, my choice fell on the VW. The VW K70 in the light metallic blue, a colour reminiscent of the Matchbox Superfast Ford Cortina. Which would you have chosen?
- VW Brasilia. This was a present from a student of mine (my birthday 3 September). https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/vw-brazil/
- Funny Side Up. A funny car, also a present.
- Cat-A-Pult. A highly modified car based on the 1960’s Cheetah Roadster.
- Lamborghini Countach Pace Car in police livery. This was the only model I bought new. I love the Lamborghini Countach. https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/lamborghini-countach-pace-car/
Totals: 5 Models: 4 Hot Wheels, 1 Majorette
1 Bought new, 2 bought secondhand, 2 gifts
Outlets: 1 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Secondhand Toy Shop, 1 Carrefour and 2 Bejean
Net expenditure: 40.90 lari ($12.28)
1 lari = 30 US cents