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Monthly Acquisitions: December 2017

December’s haul

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.

6 Matchbox models

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Hovercraft (2002). This model is missing its cannon. It doesn’t float, it has small wheels poking through the cushion base.
  3. Pontiac Firebird (1:64 scale) from the Matchbox International (between Lesney and Mattel eras) era. I only got this because it was Matchbox.
  4. Land Rover Discovery, (1:60 scale) I can’t resist Matchbox Land Rovers.
  5. 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.
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 (1:58 scale). A third Matchbox 4 x 4 and one of only two models I bought new this month.

6 Hot Wheels Models

No new Hot Wheels in the shops, I found these in the secondhand toy shops near Tbilisi Central Station.

  1.  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.
  2.  ’64 Buick Riviera. This was my favourite find of the month, I love the style and it looks great in metallic green.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. This is a long car, the model is longer than Matchbox’s Cadillac One.

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and one (2)
Cadillac One and Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

The 6 other models I found were more varied than the Hot Wheels/Matchbox selection.

Other Brands

A few trucks here.

  1. 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.

    Matchbox Trailer and cab 2
    Semi Tractor and Trailer


  2. 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.
  3. A Maisto Delivery Van.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.


  1. 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)

American Cars: Cadillac


14 Cadillacs

They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple
But man I ain’t going for that
I know it was her pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats

from “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen

Cadillac is currently the second oldest American automobile brand following fellow GM marque Buick. Cadillac was founded in 1902, I have a nice 1913 Cadillac from the Matchbox Yesteryear range. Cadillac was named after a French explorer who founded Detroit in 1701.

Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States just as Rolls Royce have in the UK.

One of the few cars I brought with me when I moved to Tbilisi in 2009 was a Dinky Cadillac Eldorado, which I had purchased in an antique store in Worcester (UK) a few years earlier (for £10 if I remember correctly).

Cadillac Eldorado Dinky 008

I have fifteen Cadillacs. In addition to the Eldorado I have a Matchbox 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood, a Majorette Cadillac Limousine, a Hot Wheels Elmiraj, a Hot Wheels’35 Classic Cady, a Hot Wheels Ecto-1 (1984 Cadillac DeVille), a Matchbox 1913 Cadillac (Models of Yesteryear), a Hot Wheels Cadillac Cien, a Hot Wheels Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, a Matchbox Cadillac One, a Matchbox ’69 Cadillac Sedan Deville, a Matchbox Escalade,  2 CTS Wagons and a Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse. 

Cadillac x 9
My 9 Cadillacs

I heard some toy dealers were reluctant to stock a hearse, there is a strong taboo around death in many countries. The same toy dealers, I imagine are happy to stock toy guns, tanks and toy weapons.

Cadillac (1)
Cadillac Hearse

I don’t have a Pink Cadillac, but I do have an impressive looking Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, which is longer than the Cadillac One

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and one (2)
Cadillac One (Matchbox) and Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Hot Wheels)

Despite Cadillac being an American car, I have amassed three times as many Matchbox Cadillacs as Hot Wheels. A Custom Eldorado featured in Hot Wheels original “Sweet Sixteen” models, I’d love to find one but it was only made from 1968-1969. Whilst Hot Wheels has had many Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros, there haven’t been so many Cadillacs. In the current range I just see a Cadillac Elmiraj ( I see a ‘16 Cadillac ATS-V R is lined up as a new model in the 2018 releases).

Hot Wheels Custom Eldorado (not my photo)

Cadillac Matchbox (2)
6 Matchbox Cadillacs

Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac.
Ben Stein

Dinky Toys

“Dinky” like “Matchbox” is often used as a generic term for all diecast cars. I didn’t have many Dinky toys as a child, they were more expensive than Matchbox and less interesting than Corgi.

Dinky catalogue cover

I have three quite vivid early childhood memories involving Dinky Cars.

  1. I remember stealing a Dinky Lotus Europa from a furniture store that had a toy department, when I was about ten. I’m not proud of the memory, like many kids I went through a brief shoplifting phase. I’m not sure if it was the thrill of doing something wrong or the desire for the particular model but not having the money which drove me to crime at the time.
  2. My brother in a fit of rage threw a Dinky Ford Capri at me. It missed but went on to break a window.
  3. On my first day at school (September 1969) I remember playing with a Dinky Maximum Security Vehicle from the Captain Scarlet TV Programme. That is all I remember of my first day at school. Corgi had most of the good film and TV tie-ins (James Bond, Batman etc….). Dinky just had the Gerry Anderson TV programmes like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.

Today, I have only four Dinky Toys in my collection, the first, a purple Cadillac Eldorado, dating from the early seventies, which I bought from an antique shop in Worcester for £10.

Cadillac Eldorado Dinky 008
Dinky Cadillac Eldorado

I didn’t have this model as a child it was too expensive. I remember seeing it in Hamley’s (a massive toy shop in London) one Christmas (1970, possibly, because it was something like 20 shillings in old money). I came out with a cheaper Dinky Car (Can’t remember if it were the Jensen FF or the Mercury Cougar…I’d love either of those cars now).

Cars don’t have massive bonnets (US: hoods) like that these days. In my 1968 Ladybird Book of Motor Cars, the Cadillac is the last car with the biggest engine, a whopping 8194cc…at the time my dad’s Ford Escort had just 1098cc.

Dinky Toys were made in Liverpool from 1931 until 1979 (Dinky were also made in Bobigny, France until 1970). The fifties were the boom years and the seventies marked a gradual decline as they could not compete with other cheaper manufacturers (like Corgi and Mattel Hot Wheels) and from increasingly sophisticated toys and a growing interest in computer games.

Dinky produced over 1000 models and are much sought after today by collectors. There are a few that would interest me:

  1. Mercury Cougar
  2. Jensen FF
  3. Opel Commodore
  4. Jaguar E-Type
  5. De Tomaso Mangusta 5000
  6. Range Rover (especially in the Fire Chief Livery)
  7. Captain Scarlet Spectrum Patrol car
  8. Lotus Cortina
  9. NSU Ro 80
  10. VW Porsche 914

These were all in the range in the early seventies, I’d be happy to find them but I won’t pay silly money for them.

Dinky Catalogue 1972
1972 Dinky Catalogue…I’d love to find some of these

Dinky Toys are the granddad of British Diecasts, introduced way back in 1931 as “Modelled Miniatures”. I only have four in my collection,  I found a model of a Triumph Herald (#189) at Dry Bridge Market. This model was produced from 1960 to 1964.Triumph Herald in badlands

Triumph Herald

The Triumph has two tone paint and spun wheels (recent innovations at the time of manufacture) but it doesn’t have an interior or any opening parts. The first enclosed Dinky model with an interior was the Kennebrake Standard Atlas Van (released in May 1960). The MGB model of October 1962, was the first Dinky to feature opening doors. Later models had many opening parts, my Dinky Cadillac Eldorado which was introduced in 1969 has opening doors, tipping seats, opening bonnet (hood) and opening boot (trunk).

I also found a Dinky Austin Champ at Drybridge Market, the asking price a mere 10 lari (£2.76). This model was produced from 1958 to 1970. It has holes in the seats where soldiers were attached. I’m not usually interested in military models, but this has no guns, I thought it was a Jeep at first. My final Dinky model is a Jeep De Depannage (# 1412), found again at Drybridge Market, in a rough state, I swapped a Norev Ligier for it. The Jeep was made in France. Dinky has a long history of manufacturing in France, as well as England, dating back to before the second world war.



This is how the Jeep De Depannage looks in mint condition.

Jeep de depannage
Jeep  De Depannage

I will be looking to find a steering wheel from another model but I don’t have the skills to make a full restoration. Atlas Editions have recently made a reproduction of this and other Dinky models.

Update November 2019:
I added a fifth Dinky model to my collection an Austin A40 Van (#472), which I found at Dry Bridge Market.
Austin A40 Van

This model was produced in England between 1956 and 1960, it was from an era before Dinkys had windows. In 1956 Corgi had just entered the market in direct competition with Dinky and their cars were being advertised as “the ones with the windows”. The model is playworn and the front tyre is cracked but, considering it is around 60 years old, it is not in bad shape. It is one of the few models in my collection older than me.

This Austin A40 Van (#472) is advertising “Raleigh Cycles”, others advertised BP and Nestle.