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Monthly Acquisitions August 2020

August haul definitive gimp
This month’s haul

I thought August was going to be a slightly disappointing month, in the first three weeks, I had only found a few cars in the secondhand shop but nothing to set my heart racing. Then on 23rd August, I met Beso at Dry Bridge Market, who was selling some Matchbox and Majorettes from the seventies. Two of my favourite brands and my favourite era for collecting. I wrote about this in my last post: Bonanza Time!

beso sunday
Beso’s stall on 23 August

I eventually bought 12 cars from Beso, 9 Majorettes and 3 Matchbox. I spent more this month than I have in any other month. This year my average expenditure is about 100 lari a month, but in August the expenditure shot up to 401.30 lari ($129.87).

August haul Screenshot (14)


Majorettes have almost as big a nostalgia buzz as Matchbox for me, as a 9 year old child I visited Paris for the first time, went up the Eiffel Tower and came home with three Majorette cars, a Chrysler 180, BMW 3.0 CSi and a Mercedes 350SL, if my memory serves me well, I have now got all three of these and more.

August haul boxed majorettes 2
9 Majorettes from the 1970s

  1. Majorettes

These are all made in France and have boxes, some of the boxes are missing end flaps.

  1. Jaguar E Type (Majorette) x 2…I have an orange one and a blue one.  Enzo Ferrari described the Jaguar E-Type (XKE on the US Market) as “the most beautiful car in the world.” 1:60 Scale. Opening bonnet (hood).
  2. Fire Truck “Pompier” (Majorette). The ladder should be detachable, but I don’t want to detach it lest it breaks. This could be based on a Dodge. 1:80 scale.
  3. Plymouth Fury Police Car (Majorette). This model should have an aerial (missing). 1:70 scale
  4. Mercedes 350SL (Majorette). This model I had as a kid and it was on my Wants’ list. Beso had two: one in white, one in yellow, as I had the yellow model as a kid, I had to choose that. Scale 1:60. Opening boot (trunk).
  5. Citroen DS Ambulance (Majorette). This model has a different style box to the others. It has blue flags on the bumpers and an opening rear door. Scale 1:65.
  6. BMW 3.0CSi (Majorette). Like the Mercedes, this was also a model I had as a kid but in orange, not metallic dark red. Scale 1:60. Opening doors.
  7. Citroen SM (Majorette). The Majorette is a very similar colour to the original Matchbox model. Scale 1:60. Opening doors.
  8. Citroen Dyane “Maharadjah” (Majorette). This is a strange quirky model with a parasol that spins in Rolamatics fashion when the car is rolled along.


August haul Matchbox
Matchbox models

  1. Citroen SM (Matchbox)… I had one in a copper bronze colour but not in metallic light blue, it is also a fantastic example of a quirky French sports car, the lovechild of Citroen and Maserati. Scale 1:63. Opening doors. I’ve since been informed that the light blue version is very difficult to find to add to my joy. Made in England.
  2. Dodge Charger  Mk 3 (Matchbox). #52 This is based on a concept car from 1968 with a flip up canopy. Scale 1:62. Made in England.
  3. Iso Grifo. #14 This is my favourite Matchbox casting, I have never seen the actual car but I love the Matchbox model, this was one of the first cars to be made into a Superfast model back in 1969. The loop track set (SF2) included an Iso Grifo in the set and on the box art. Scale 1:62. Made in England.
  4. Porsche Panamera. This is a recent casting, made in Thailand. 1:66 scale. I found this loose in a secondhand toy shop.

Hot Wheels

August haul Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels

  1. Volkswagen Golf Mk2. This was the only model I bought new this month. Because of Coronavirus, the toy shops here haven’t stocked up on any new Hot Wheels product since the beginning of the year. I like this colour for the casting, I think it works better than yellow or white, which I have seen previously. Made in Malaysia.
  2. ’64 Impala. Classic Chevrolet. Made in Malaysia.
  3. ’55 Chevy. This model is a little playworn, I got it in a trade at Samgori Market with “Tsiteli“. I like the colour and the style. Made in Thailand.
  4. Avant Garde . This is a fantasy model inspired by the Citroen DS. Made in Malaysia.

Other Models

August haul other and Moskvitch
Other models

  1. Moskvitch 412. This is in very rough condition and I need to clean it up. I got this at Dry Bridge Market, too but not from Beso. 1:43 Scale. Made in USSR.
  2. VW Microbus (Realtoy). A nice looking casting of a VW Microbus in the three inch size. Diecast body, plastic base. Made in China.
  3. “Nigel Gearsley” Aston Martin DBR9 (Mattel Disney Pixar). A model from the Cars series. If I had seen the Cars films as a child I might have a nostalgic yearning for them now. The movie cars from my childhood were cars like Herbie, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and TV Series Batmobile. I occasionally get these Pixar models because of the cars they are based on, in this case an Aston Martin.
  4. Tooned Chevy Camaro. (Funline). I am not familiar with this brand. The car has rubber tyres and rolls well. I can’t see an interior through the darkened glass. It is quite weighty and would be great to race across the playground if you were 7 years old…sadly, I’m now close to fifty-seven years old.



Totals: 21 Models:  4 Hot Wheels, 9 Majorette, 4 Matchbox, 1 Made in USSR, 1 Realtoy, 1 Mattel Disney Pixar and 1 Funline

1 Bought new, 19 bought secondhand,  1 traded

Outlets:  1 XS Toys, 13 Dry Bridge Market, 6 Secondhand Toy Shop, 1 Samgori Market

Net expenditure: 401.30 lari ($129.87)

1 lari = 32 US cents

Cars with Faces

Disney Pixar Cars
Cars with eyes

The Disney-Pixar film “Cars” (2006) featured a world inhabited solely by anthropomorphic cars. The film proved moderately popular at the box office but spawned a mass of merchandising related to the film from both official and Chinese knock-off sources. Before Cars 2 was released in 2011, it was announced that the first film had generated $10 billion in global merchandise sales since 2006 (the first two Cars films have only accrued slightly over $1 billion in box office revenue worldwide). I am not interested in collecting cars from the film per se, I’m not looking for a Lightning McQueen or a Mater Tow Truck, but I have picked up a few of these models because the prices were reasonable and I was interested in the cars they were derived from. Brent Mustangburger, a sports commentator, in Cars 2 clearly based on a 1964 Ford Mustang, the scale of the model is around 1:48. I also have two smaller models one based on a Zaporozhets, which whilst including a commentator mike didn’t even feature in any of the films and Sterling from Cars 3  based on a BMW CS Vintage Concept.

Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen from the Disney-Pixar trailer to Cars

Lightning McQueen the hero of the Cars movies isn’t based on a single car but is a mix of Chevy Corvette, Ford GT, Lola and possibly even a bit of Porsche 911.



Monthly Acquisitions: January 2019

January 2019 Haul

January was a relatively calm month for collecting, I didn’t go crazy but I still picked up 14 models. At a cost of around $1 a piece on average. For the first 12 days’ hunting, I only had one model to show, a Hot Wheels ’63 Studebaker Champ found in the Secondhand Toy Store.  On 13th January, I picked up 5 models from the cheap secondhand store for just 5 lari. They were playworn and missing parts but still interesting.

monthly acquisitions january 2019 13 jan
13 January 2019…the 5 models cost me 5 lari

Three of the five models were made in Europe…

  1. ERF Fire Engine  (Corgi Juniors) … missing a ladder this is a model from the seventies. Made in Great Britain.
  2. Volvo “Ferrymasters” Truck (Matchbox)… missing a canopy. Made in Macau. Issued in the late eighties.
  3. VW 181 (Siku). Missing a lot of parts: canopy, aerial, lights, siren

    and a windscreen.  The one I picked up is on the left, how it should look on the right. Made in West Germany.

  4. Porsche 928 (Bburago). This model is not missing anything, just a little playworn. Made in Italy.
  5. T 34 Tank. Don’t know much about this it is plastic and has been painted by a previous owner.

So got to the 20th having only spent 8 lari in the first 19 days of January. On the 20th January there were sales in Super Toys, XS Toys and Pepela. I picked up a half price HW Exotics 5 Pack in Pepela for 19.95 lari and a ’64 Chevrolet Impala from the Hot Wheels Black and Gold 50th Anniversary series (at 30% discount).


I also picked up a couple of secondhand models made in China a Maisto Porsche 911 Turbo which closely resembles the Matchbox Porsche 911 Turbo and a Toyota Celica Supra by Yatming.

Porsche 911 Turbo (Maisto) and Toyota Celica Supra (Yatming)


Totals: 14 Models: 1 Matchbox, 7 Hot Wheels, 1 Siku,  1 Corgi,  1 Yatming, 1 Maisto, 1 Bburago and 1 Unidentified brand

6 bought new, 8 bought secondhand

Outlets: 8 Secondhand Toy Stores, 1 Super Toys  and  5 Pepela

Net expenditure: 38.82 lari ($14.57)

1 lari = 38 US cents



Monthly Acquisitions : November 2017

16 more models were added to my collection this month. They weren’t all cars, there was an aeroplane, a motorbike and an  articulated trailer amongst the additions.  A large number of the cars were racing cars, with 5 NASCAR style stock cars, a couple of rally cars and a six wheeled formula 1 car.

16 additions to the collection this month

The 5 stock cars along with the Tomica 6 wheeled Tyrell Ford and the Matchbox Jeep Hot Rod all came from the guy who sells football programmes and knives in Dry Bridge Market, I forget his name, maybe Zura.

at Dry Bridge Market.

I was comfortably within budget this month, despite buying 16 models, as most were less than 5 lari a piece, indeed in the cheap secondhand toy shop I picked up two models (World Cup trailer and Lunar Rover) for just one lari each and found a rough Chinese made BMW at Drybridge Market for a lari. (1 lari = $0.37)

1 lari each

My most expensive model wasn’t even a car but it was Matchbox, a Tornado jet from their Skybusters range, which Gocha sold me for 10 lari.

Tornado (Matchbox Skybusters #22)

There haven’t been any new mainline Hot Wheels on the pegs in Tbilisi for a while (since May, perhaps) and no new Matchbox this year. I only bought three models new, one was a Hot Wheels Honda z50 Monkey, the other two were Majorettes: a Nissan GTR Skyline and a Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster.

The Matchbox Jeep Hot Rod from the early seventies was the oldest model and only 4 lari, missing a steering wheel but otherwise fair condition.

Matchbox Jeep Hot Rod

Display 3 November 2017
first week’s haul

Tyrell Ford P34
Tomica Tyrell Ford P-34

Totals: 16 Models: 5 Matchbox, 4 Hot Wheels , 2 Majorette, 1 Tomica, 1 Pole Position, 1 Racing Champions Inc and 2 brand unidentified Made in China

3 bought new, 13 bought secondhand

Outlets: 2 cheap secondhand toy store, 1 Pepela, 2 XS Toys, 2 Clothing Market, 9 Dry Bridge Market (7 Programe Guy, 1 Gocha, 1 other)

Total cost 60.20 lari ($22.11)



Growing up in the UK, I didn’t follow NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) but I recently picked up a couple of Matchbox Stock Cars and a third by Racing Champions.

#16 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car (MBX), #15 Pontiac Grand Prix Stock Car (MBX) and #38 Ford Thunderbird (RCI)

These cars are colourful, Matchbox put out a whole series of Stock Cars after the “Days of Thunder” film in the early nineties, primarily aimed at the American Market.

#16 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car (MBX), #15 Pontiac Stock Car (MBX)

The Pontiac has tyres decorated with the Good Year brand. The Ford‘s tyres are plainer but the car has better suspension.

I have become more aware of NASCAR recently from watching the Cars movies and from playing Gran Turismo 6 with some NASCAR simulation races, where I sometimes have difficulty controlling the car causing it to become airborne!


The models are colourful and like formula one cars can be seen as moving automotive advertisements. The shapes of the cars are very similar even if one is a Ford and another  a Pontiac (or a Chevy or a Toyota in the GT6 game).

The Racing Champions Inc Ford Thunderbird (#38) is the same scale as the Matchbox models (around 1:66) but has no interior or suspension, although it does have a metal base (the Matchbox models have a plastic base).  The Matchbox models are “Made in Thailand”, the Racing Champions model is “Made in China”.

#16 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car (MBX), #15 Pontiac Grand Prix Stock Car (MBX) and #38 Ford Thunderbird (RCI)

Now I need to watch “Days of Thunder“, a sort of Top Gun on wheels…

Screenshot from 2017-11-19 09:33:02
Screenshot from Days of Thunder

Update: 28 November returning to Dry Bridge Market, I see the football programme man (I forget his real name) still has some stock cars, so I pick up two more.