18 models added this month. Most were secondhand as there are still few new models hitting the pegs in Tbilisi Toy Shops. I kept within budget (100 lari) for the sixth month in succession.
Matchbox is my favourite brand. I found a new Toyota Land Cruiser in Pepela, where most of the models I find are the uninteresting unlicensed fare.
- Street Rod (Matchbox “Speed Kings”) (1:45 scale). A model from the Lesney era, only my second Speed Kings model. This came from Dry Bridge Market.
- Hovercraft (2002). This model is missing its cannon. It doesn’t float, it has small wheels poking through the cushion base.
- Pontiac Firebird (1:64 scale) from the Matchbox International (between Lesney and Mattel eras) era. I only got this because it was Matchbox.
- Land Rover Discovery, (1:60 scale) I can’t resist Matchbox Land Rovers.
- Cadillac Escalade.(1:68 scale) I have a variety of miniature 4 x 4s, I like to take photos of them outside in nature. It has Green Lantern tampos.
- Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 (1:58 scale). A third Matchbox 4 x 4 and one of only two models I bought new this month.
No new Hot Wheels in the shops, I found these in the secondhand toy shops near Tbilisi Central Station.
- Mad Manga. I don’t usually collect cars which are conjured out of the imagination of a Hot Wheels’ Designer, but here I make an exception. Mad Manga designed by Jun Imai, is a crazy looking car in the Japanese Bosozoku style.
- ’64 Buick Riviera. This was my favourite find of the month, I love the style and it looks great in metallic green.
- Jaguar XJ 220. I can’t resist Jaguars. This was a phenomenal supercar in its day (the early nineties). The XJ220 officially recorded a top speed of 212.3 mph (341.7 km/h) during testing by Jaguar.
- ‘72 Ford Gran Torino Sport. I have this casting in metallic green from the Fast & Furious series. Now I have one loose from its packaging.
- Porsche 911 GT2 Cup. This Porsche is missing its rear spoiler. I must have around 50 models of the 911 in various guises. Usually, if I draw a car it is a 911, it is such an iconic design.
- Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. This is a long car, the model is longer than Matchbox’s Cadillac One.
The 6 other models I found were more varied than the Hot Wheels/Matchbox selection.
A few trucks here.
- A Racing Semi Tractor Cab has no brand marked on the base, it fits well with the Trailer without a truck I found last month.
- I also found a Hubley Semi Tractor Cab. Hubley is an American brand, one of the few models I have which is actually made in the USA. The model may be from the sixties, it is quite weighty, I’m not familiar with the brand.
- A Maisto Delivery Van.
- A Husky ERF 66 CX Cement Mixer. it is always a pleasant surprise to find Huskies here. These were small scale models made by Corgi exclusively for Woolworths in UK from 1965 to 1970. By 1970 the exclusive marketing contract with Woolworth had come to an end and the series was re-launched as Corgi Juniors.
- Majorette Mercedes Benz Zetros Fire Tender. This model I bought new from XS Toys, which have a big display of Majorette models (but the selection is frustratingly limited).
- The tiny green Zaporozhets model is in plastic but there is some kind of mechanism in the base as though it was part of some mechanised track set. I found it loose at Dry Bridge Market.
- Totals: 16 Models: 6 Matchbox, 6 Hot Wheels , 1 Majorette, 1 Hubley, 1 Husky, 1 Maisto and 2 brand unidentified Made in China2 bought new, 16 bought secondhand
Outlets: 11 secondhand toy store, 1 Pepela, 1 XS Toys, 1 Clothing Market, 2 Dry Bridge Market ( 1 Gocha, 1 other), 1 Technical University Metro and 1 cheap secondhand toy store
Total cost 73.56 lari ($28.51)