After an absence of three or four years, the Matchbox brand returned to the shops of Tbilisi, Georgia. Not only did they stock the regular line of Matchbox cars but they also had a premium line of cars with “moving parts”. I open up and have a look at the 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo LS from this range. In the video clip, I also look at two models a Land Rover and a Chevy Wagon with interchangeable luggage.
When I go away, I usually take a couple of Matchbox cars with me, so I can place them in nature to take some photographs. These were taken on the banks of the Aragvi in Pasanauri, Georgia.
June has seen some nice additions to my collection. 5 New Hot Wheels, 4 New Matchbox, 1 old Corgi and 1 very old Dinky.
- ’71 Datsun 510
- Dodge Van with MoonEyes deco
- Nissan R390 GT1
- Mad Manga with Manga deco
- ‘10 Copo Camaro with Pictionary deco
3 of these Hot Wheels models I chose for their deco.
- 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.
- 1976 Honda Civic. I can’t resist Hondas, my favorite Japanese make.
- 1965 Land Rover Safari. This reminds me of the Lesney Land Rover Safari.
- 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 https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/i-found-an-old-corgi-and-an-older-dinky-at-dry-bridge-market-tbilisi/
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
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
- ‘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.
- 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.
- Jeep Willys. 1:52 scale. This is the fourth variant I have of this casting. I like its classic iconic look.
Totals: 3 Models: 3 Matchbox
3 Bought new
Outlets: 3 Pepela
Net expenditure: 19.76 Georgian lari ($6.06)
1 lari = 31 US cents
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/bonanza-time/
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.
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.
I returned to Dry Bridge Market on Sunday and found the Ferrari 308 GTB on Zura’s stall, another eighties Matchbox car.
With Lockdown still very much present, I haven’t been able to do much hunting for diecast cars. There was a small window when the shops were open around New Year and I picked up a Matchbox Jeep Wrangler from the Jurassic World Series, this could be the last new Matchbox car I find in Tbilisi, as the brand hasn’t been distributed here since 2018.
The other cars I can add are those I found in my local supermarket, where I go to find my food and other provisions. Carrefour has recently stocked some new 2021 Hot Wheels from the A case. I added a couple of these this month to add to the few I picked up last month see: Monthly Acquisitions December 2020. I have most of the ones I want I even left a few that were quite tempting like the 2018 Bentley Continental GT3, Mercedes A Class and the Chevy Nova Wagon Gasser.
I added a 2019 Audi R8 Spyder, I have a few R8s in my collection, I find it a good model for comparing diecast brands as many have cast this model. The Hot Wheels model is nice and clean with tampo decorations on the front and rear. I also picked up a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo in a fetching metallic blue, not the Super Treasure Hunt unfortunately but still an attractive model.
Totals: 3 Models: 2 Hot Wheels, 1 Matchbox
3 Bought new
Outlets: 2 Carrefour, 1 Pepela
Net expenditure: 27.70 GEL ($8.38)
1 lari = 30 US cents
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.