28 more models entered my collection in November, a few left in the direction of Kakha, but it was still a large haul…so much for going on a diecast diet!
It was the second month of the year, where I went over twice my nominative budget of 100 lari (the other was April). The grand total was 210.70 lari ($70.94), most of this was from just three models which cost me 140 lari ($47.14).
The most expensive was the GAZ M_13 “Chaika” (1:43 scale), this was made in the USSR and cost me 60 lari ($20.20). This was from Gocha’s stall at Dry Bridge market. Other stalls were selling the same model at 150 lari ($50.51)! So I kinda got a bargain! This is a nice addition to my Soviet-made models of Soviet cars, most of which are in the same 1:43 scale. I have seen recently some models of Soviet cars made in China, these don’t really interest me and seem a little overpriced (at 25 lari a piece).
The Austin A40 Van (Dinky) I looked at in a previous post (Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties.) It is the oldest model in my collection. It cost 40 lari ($13.47) also from Gocha.
Gocha also pulled out the Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette) from his car, he is learning what I like. This 1:60 scale transporter looks good with the 1:64 scale cars I like to collect. This was also 40 lari.
There were 11 Hot Wheels models added.
- Tesla Roadster with Starman. This was the only Hot Wheels model I bought new. I’m not a big fan of Tesla but I like models related to space travel.
- Jaguar XJ220. This came from Kakha in a trade with some other models.
- Nissan GT-R (R35). This I found in a secondhand store.
- BMW 2002. This is a great casting of an early seventies BMW.
- Boom Box. This has a plastic body, I was hoping it would be a Color Shifter, but it isn’t. It is from a Batman pack and has the livery of the Gotham City Police Department.
- Z-Whiz (Datsun 240Z). I was very happy to find this even in this highly play worn condition. The Z-Whiz was the first Japanese Import to be made into a casting in Hot Wheels history. This model is from the late seventies. The green-tinted windows seem unusual, the pictures I have seen have been of blue-tinted windows. Made in Hong Kong.
- 1985 Honda CR-X. Another one for my JDM collection.
- The Jetsons Capsule car. Inspired by the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon.
- 10 and 11. 2011 Dodge Charger R/T. This was bizarre. I found these Color Shifter models in the secondhand shop, I could only find this model, not any other ones. Hot Wheels make several Color Shifters that change colour with changing temperature. This Dodge is orange when cold and yellow when hot.
Nothing very old here. Certainly nothing from the early seventies or before. No Lesneys.
- 1968 Lamborghini Miura P-400. A recent casting of the classic Miura in almost the same colour as the early Superfast model. Made in Thailand.
- 1969 VW Karmann Ghia. Another recent casting of a classic VW. Made in Thailand.
- Ford Model A Coupe. 1:52 scale. From the early 1990s. Made in Thailand.
- Lamborghini Countach LP500s. Matchbox International Limited. Made in China.
- 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. Made in Thailand.
- White Water Raft Boat. Made in Thailand. This boat is missing the trailer it originally would have come with.
I found quite a selection of models from different brands this month.
- 1960 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). 1:64 scale. I come across very few of this brand here in Georgia (the country not the state). In the US the brand sells for about three times the price of Hot Wheels, the models have more details, they also have a metal base and body and rubberised tyres.
- 1972 Buick Riviera (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). This model has an opening bonnet (hood).
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Jada). Some fancy wheels on this model.
- Lamborghini Countach (Maisto). I find it difficult to resist any Countach or Miura, both are such iconic Lamborghinis.
- GAZ M 13 “Chaika” Made in USSR. 1:43 scale.
- Mcdonalds Flintstones vehicles x 2. These aren’t diecast. I loved Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a kid, especially The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry.
- Shell Tanker (Corgi). Made in China.
- Austin A40 Van (Dinky). The oldest vehicle in my collection to date. Made in England.
- Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette). 1:60 scale. Made in France.
- Porsche 911 GT3RS (Majorette). Opening doors. Made in Thailand.
Totals: 28 Models: 11 Hot Wheels, 6 Matchbox, 2 Johnny Lightning, 1 Jada, 1 Maisto, 1 Corgi, 1 Dinky, 2 Majorette, 1 made in USSR and 2 McDonald’s Toys
2 bought new, 23 bought secondhand, 3 traded
Outlets: 20 Secondhand Toy Stores, 3 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Pepela, 1 XS Toys and 3 Kakha
Net expenditure: 210.70 lari ($70.94)
1 lari = 34 US cents