Monthly Acquisitions :July 2021

Just three cars this month

I haven’t been hunting a lot this month, I look in my local grocery store and Pepela but they don’t have any new stock. I did find the Honda Prelude at Pepela but nothing else I wanted which I didn’t already have. I found the other two cars at Dry Bridge Market, a Matchbox BMW 323i Cabriolet and a Peugeot 505 STi (Siku).

  1. Honda Prelude (Hot Wheels). I like when a car has a bright colour and a black bonnet, this reminds me of the Matchbox Capri of the early seventies. I also love classic sporty Hondas, so I had to get this one.
  2. BMW 323i Convertible (Matchbox). 1:58 scale. This model was made in the late 1980s, the base is marked “Matchbox Int’l” it was made in Thailand. Most of the black paint around the windows has been rubbed off.
  3. Peugeot 505STi (Siku). 1:55 scale. My father had a Peugeot 305 for a while, a similar style to the larger 505. This model was made in West Germany in the 1980s.
Made in W-Germany


Totals: 3 Models:  1 Hot Wheels, 1 Matchbox and 1 Siku

1 Bought new, 2 bought secondhand, 

Outlets:  2 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Pepela

Net expenditure: 18.90 lari ($6.13)

1 lari = 32 US cents

Monthly Acquisitions June 2021

June 2021 Monthly Acquisitions

June has seen some nice additions to my collection. 5 New Hot Wheels, 4 New Matchbox, 1 old Corgi and 1 very old Dinky.

Hot Wheels additions
  1. ’71 Datsun 510
  2. Dodge Van with MoonEyes deco
  3. Nissan R390 GT1
  4. Mad Manga with Manga deco
  5. 10 Copo Camaro with Pictionary deco

3 of these Hot Wheels models I chose for their deco.

Matchbox acquisitions
  1. 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo with opening doors. As a child many of the Matchbox cars in my collection had opening features. Now opening features command a premium price.
  2. 1976 Honda Civic. I can’t resist Hondas, my favorite Japanese make.
  3. 1965 Land Rover Safari. This reminds me of the Lesney Land Rover Safari.
  4. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1. A classic sports car in British Racing Green. (I have three of this same model now).

I also went to Dry Bridge Market this month, where I found an old Corgi DeTomaso Mangusta and an older Dinky Plymouth “Woody” Station Wagon

De Tomaso Mangusta and Plymouth “Woody”

Totals: 11 Models:  5 Hot Wheels, 4 Matchbox, 1 Corgi and 1 Dinky

9 Bought new 2 bought secondhand

Outlets:  5 Pepela, 4 Carrefour, 2 Dry Bridge Market

Net expenditure: 162.10 Georgian lari ($51.71)

1 lari = 32 US cents

Some New Hot Wheels

Carrefour, my local supermarket has some new Hot Wheels, these are from the Hot Wheels H Case. I’ve been studying the videos of what to expect from this selection and found 4 of the 6 models, which really interest me.

  1. Dodge Van (Mooneyes) deco. In the back of the van is a go kart moulded to the interior decor.
  2. ’71 Datsun 510 The Super Treasure Hunt for this case will be this model but with Real Rider tires and a darker green spectraflame paintjob. Even in the regular version it looks fantastic.
  3. Nissan R390 GTI. A one off Nissan Supercar, produced as a road version to allow a modified racing version to compete at Le Mans.
  4. 10 Copo Camaro. I got this for the decor. I love the combination of blue and yellow and the Pictionary graphics.
  5. Toyota Celica. I’m still looking for this.
  6. Mercedes 500E. I’m still looking for this.

Two further cars, I’m considering

  1. Mad Manga. This is a car based on the Japanese bouzouki style with Manga graphics.
  2. Bone Shaker with Mooneyes deco. Bone Shaker is an iconic Hot Wheels model.

The MOONEYES Deco can be seen on many Hot Wheels cars. I don’t intend collecting them all, but I do like the deco, I also liked the Hot Wheels anniversary deco, which was used on many cars. With the addition of the Dodge Van, I have three vehicles with the Mooneyes Deco now, the other two being VW Beetle based: a Custom Beetle and a ‘49 VW Beetle Pick Up. Dean Moon (May 1, 1927 – June 4, 1987) established a company making parts that became an icon in the hot rodding industry.

I Found an old Corgi and an older Dinky at Dry Bridge Market, Tbilisi

I haven’t been hunting much for diecast cars this year because of the Pandemic restrictions and because I’ve been occupied creating YouTube content. Yesterday (9 June), I made a visit to Dry Bridge Market in Tbilisi, I wasn’t expecting anything much but then I saw a Corgi DeTomaso Mangusta.

From the Corgi Catalogue 1971-72, I have 7 of the 16 Sports Cars, the DeTomaso makes it 8. I really would like to find the Iso Grifo and the Porsche 911 Targa. These have such a nostalgia buzz.

And that was not all…on Zura’s stand I spied a couple of old Dinky Toys, a truck and a Plymouth Woody.

The Plymouth “Woody” Wagon is from about 1950, a previous owner had painted over some of the details but it is still an attractive model.

I am very happy with this small haul.

Monthly Acquisitons: May 2021

The Pandemic has put something of a dampener on my collecting, the only cars I picked up this month were some of the new Matchbox selection in Pepela, a toy store in the same mall as Carrefour, where I do my grocery shopping. I don’t go searching the city for Diecast on the same scale as I used to pre-Pandemic.

This month, I picked up just three new Matchbox cars. Two, were repeats of those I already had and the third a Jeep Willys was a casting I already had but in different liveries.

May Acquisitions: Mercedes Wagon, Mr Bean’s Mini and Jeep Wiilys

  1. 80 Mercedes W123 Wagon. I like estate cars, growing up my father had a few estate cars to accommodate all of us. He never had a Mercedes. This is the second time I have this.
  2. Mr Bean’s Mini. 1:59 scale. If you looked at my April post, you’ll see I had two of these already. Now I have three. One I’ll keep in the packaging, one is loose and one is for a collector friend, who I hope to see once this Pandemic is over.
  3. Jeep Willys. 1:52 scale. This is the fourth variant I have of this casting. I like its classic iconic look.
Jeep Willys x 4

Totals: 3 Models:  3 Matchbox

3 Bought new

Outlets:  3 Pepela

Net expenditure: 19.76 Georgian lari ($6.06)

1 lari = 31 US cents

Monthly Acquisitions April 2021

This is going out later than usual, April wasn’t a spectacular month for collecting diecast cars. I added 5 models to my collection, but two of these were doubles, so only three different cars. There is a very British theme as my additions were a Rolls Royce, a pair of Aston Martins and a couple of Mr Bean’s Minis. All 5 models were Matchbox.

April Acquisitions

I mentioned in previous blogposts that I was happy to see Matchbox on the pegs once again in Tbilisi after a 5 year absence. The selection is all from the same box – the 2020 W Case.

I picked up two models of the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, a beautiful sleek sports car finished in metallic dark green, befitting a British Sports Car.

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Matchbox)

I also picked up two Mr Bean Mini Coopers, one is for a fellow collector. Matchbox don’t often make TV related models (unlike Corgi or Hot Wheels).

The final model was an older Matchbox, made in England, the Yesteryear 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I’m generally more interested in the Matchbox 1-75 series, these were the models I grew up with, but a few of the Yesteryear models interest that me like this Rolls-Royce.

1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (Matchbox Model of Yesteryear)


Totals: 5 Models:  5 Matchbox

4 Bought new, 1 bought second hand

Outlets:  1 Dry Bridge Market, 4 Pepela

Net expenditure: 61.60 Georgian lari ($17.83)

1 lari = 29 US cents

Matchbox Cars in Tbilisi

I thought back in January, that I might have bought my last new Matchbox car in Tbilisi – Last ever New Matchbox car? – when I bought a peg warming Jeep Wrangler from the 2018 Jurassic World Series, hanging on its own in Pepela on Peking Street. Now I am happy to report that Pepela have some new Matchbox, these appeared on the pegs in March, they are from the 2020 W box selection. I have found three of the four I wanted to find: 1970 Plymouth Cuda, Aston Martin DBR1 and Mercedes Benz S123 Wagon…the only model from the selection eluding me is Mr Bean’s Mini. The 1974 VW Type 181, I got for my grandson Lazare, I hope it might inspire him to be a Matchbox collector…

Update: 13 April 2021…I found two examples of Mr Bean’s Mini in my local Pepela, so now I have all the models from the selection I wanted. I hope they wil have other selections in future.

Mr Bean’s Mini Cooper

Monthly Acquisitions March 2021


March has been a good month for collecting I added 11 cars to my collection including 8 from my favourite brand: Matchbox.


8 Matchbox Models
  1. Boss Mustang. Made in England 1:65 Scale. Early 1970s.The car is in near mint condition but the box is rough.
  2. Opel Kadett GSi “Police”. Made in China. 1:57 scale. 1990s. Quite playworn but wheels run well and light bar is intact.
  3. Ferrari 308 GTB Made in Macau. Mid 1980s. 1:55 scale.
  4. AMX Pro Stocker, Made in Macau. 1985. This is in a rough state, missing windscreen and part of the roof.
  5. Fandango. Rola-matics. Late 1970s. This was a gift from Ladi. Made in England.
  6. Swamp Commander. 2017. Made in Thailand. A recent model, bought secondhand. Part of the Explorers series.
  7. ´80 Mercedes-Benz W 123 Wagon. 2020. A new model, finally we have some new Matchbox in Tbilisi.
  8. 1970 Plymouth Cuda. 2020 1:62 scale.
New Matchbox and Hot Wheels in Blisters

Hot Wheels

There were just two Hot Wheels added this month, but I was very happy to find them both.

  1. 2020 Jaguar F Type This is one of my favourite new cars, I had a chance to sit inside one in the showroom.
At the wheel

2. ’89 Porsche 944 Turbo. One of my favourite car designs of all time.

I was pleased to see new Matchbox models on the pegs in my local Pepela, I was worried the Jeep I bought back in January may have been the last.

There was also one car I found by a brand new to me called Playmates, this was a model of the Rat King in Hearse. This was from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Rat King in Hearse


Totals: 11 Models:  8 Matchbox, 2 Hot Wheels, 1 Playmates

4 Bought new 6 bought second hand 1 Gift

Outlets:  3 Dry Bridge Market, 3 Cheap secondhand Stores near Station, 2 Pepela, 2 Carrefour and 1 gift from Ladi

Net expenditure: 86.60 GEL ($25.81)

1 lari = 30 US cents

5 Matchbox cars

5 Matchbox cars: Boss Mustang, Ferrari 308 GTB, Opel Kadett GSi Police, Swamp Commander, AMX Pro-Stocker

2021 hasn’t been great for collecting because of the Pandemic. This month, March, the Pandemic is still prevalent but some restrictions have been lifted so I can hunt again for diecast models and not merely rely on the paltry stocks at the local grocery store. So far it is half way through the month and I have picked up 5 Matchbox cars, Matchbox is my favourite brand because of its nostalgic resonance with the cars of my childhood.

The highlight of the month was the Boss Mustang with box, the only model “Made in England”. The box is not in the best condition but the car is near mint, I found this on Beso’s stall at Dry Bridge Market, I have bought old Matchbox cars and Majorettes from Beso before, last August I bought twelve, which I wrote about on this blog:

The Boss Mustang goes nicely with my Piston Popper, a Rola-matic Mustang, which has its pistons going up and down when the car is rolled along the ground.

Boss Mustang and Piston Popper

Also from Beso I got a very playworn AMX Pro Stocker. This model was produced in 1985 in Macau.

The secondhand toy shops around the central station are open again, they don’t have much new stock but I found the Opel Kadett GSi Police Car in one for just 1 lari and a Swamp Commander in the other. The Opel has lost a lot of its paint but still rolls well and its light bar is intact, and as my first real car was an Opel (Opel Corsa 1.5D), I have a soft spot for Opels. The Swamp Commander is the most recent model, made in Thailand in 2017.

Swamp Commander on ice

I returned to Dry Bridge Market on Sunday and found the Ferrari 308 GTB on Zura’s stall, another eighties Matchbox car.

…collecting diecast cars, like the 3" Matchbox cars I had as a kid