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Monthly Acquisitions September 2021

I added six cars to my collection this month and four departed. I bought three and the other three I got in an exchange with a local collector here in Tbilisi.

5 Matchbox 1 Hot Wheels
  1. ’89 Porsche 944 Turbo (Hot Wheels).
  2. Mazda RX 7 (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau.
  3. Pontiac Fiero (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau. I got this model from Zura at Dry Bridge Market.
  4. Ford Escort Cabriolet. (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau.
  5. Saab 9000 Turbo. (Matchbox) 1:60 Scale. Made in Macau.
  6. Road Stripe King (Matchbox). This truck has an interesting feature where you can insert a pencil or crayon through the centre for drawing on paper or whatever.

I found a fellow collector L in Tbilisi, when he commented on a post I made on a Facebook group: Matchbox Collectors’ Forum. We friended each other and exchanged messages and this month, having both been vaccinated, we finally met up. L wanted some Made in England Matchbox and he had some Made in Macau Matchbox available for exchange. He sent pictures and I selected the Saab and the Ford. In exchange for Siva Spyder and Flying Bug. I added a Lotus Seven and a new model of Mr Bean’s Mini and he added the Mazda RX7.

These were the models I gave L
These were the models I received in the exchange.


Totals: 6 Models:  1 Hot Wheels, 5 Matchbox

2 bought new, 1 bought secondhand and 3 acquired through a swap 

Outlets:  1 Pepela, 1 Carrefour, 1 Dry Bridge, 3 from L

Net expenditure: 25.85 lari ($8.31)

1 lari = 32 US cents

Monthly acquistions August 2021

Because of the Pandemic and the heat, I didn’t look very often for new models for my collection.

4 Recent models modelled on 70s cars

The cars I bought this month were all new models of seventies cars.

  • ’70 Toyota Celica (Hot Wheels)
  • Mazda MX 3 (Hot Wheels)
  • MG MGB GT 1971 (Matchbox)
  • Citroen DS 23 1973 (Welly)


Totals: 4 Models:  2 Hot Wheels, 1 Matchbox and 1 Welly

4 Bought new, 0 bought secondhand, 

Outlets:  3 Pepela, 1 Carrefour

Net expenditure: 38.65 lari ($12.39)

1 lari = 32 US cents

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

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

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

Monthly Acquisitions February 2021

The Pandemic Restrictions continue to curtail my hunting. This month I added just three cars to my collection.

’88 Honda CR-X (Hot Wheels), Peugeot 504 Coupe V6 (Solido) and Lada 2102
This looks interesting…

On Monday 22nd February, I visited Dry Bridge Market in Tbilisi for the first time this year. Public transport doesn’t run at the weekends, so I took advantage of a break in my schedule on the Monday, to head to Dry Bridge Market. There were far fewer sellers than usual but I did see a few diecasts, I found some overpriced Yesteryear models (70 lari a piece, no thanks). I also saw some older Hot Wheels cars on blisters. But what caught my eye was an old suitcase with some models in rough condition, in which I found a Solido Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe minus its rear wheels and in quite a playworn condition. I also found a plastic model of a Lada 2102 estate, both were around 1:43 scale and both were 5 lari.

A the beginning of the month I’d picked up a ’88 Honda CR-X by Hot Wheels in Pepela.


Totals: 3 Models:  1 Hot Wheels, 1 Solido and 1 Soviet model

1 Bought new 2 bought second hand

Outlets:  2 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Pepela

Net expenditure: 17.90 GEL ($5.38)

1 lari = 30 US cents

Monthly Acquisitions January 2021

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.

Jeep Wrangler

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.

Hot Wheels Pegs at Carrefour

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.

January Acquisitions: Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Audi R8 Spyder and Jeep Wrangler


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

Monthly Acquisitions December 2020

December acquisitions

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