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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 https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/i-found-an-old-corgi-and-an-older-dinky-at-dry-bridge-market-tbilisi/

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 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

Brand Comparison BMW 3.0CSL Hot Wheels v Majorette v Matchbox

BMW 3.0CSL left to right: Hot Wheels, Majorette, Matchbox

I’m not a great fan of modern BMWs but I like some of their pre-1980 models like the BMW 3.0CSL. I have three examples of this model by different diecast brands. The Hot Wheels model is a recent casting, it has a plastic base and is made in Malaysia. The Majorette and Matchbox models date from the 1970s and both have that nostalgia buzz, I had an orange Majorette model in my childhood. They are roughly the same length but the Matchbox model is significantly wider than the other two. The Matchbox model looks too chunky, the other two look to be closer to the proportions of the actual car. The Hot Wheels model has attractive tampo decoration, looking like a Castrol sponsored race car, but it has no opening parts. The Majorette model is made in France and has a tow hook and suspension. Of the three my choice would be the Majorette model. Whilst I love Matchbox and it is my favourite brand in this comparison it is my least favourite, it just looks too chunky.

  1. Majorette
  2. Hot Wheels
  3. Matchbox

Monthly Acquisitions November 2020

A Mini and a Honda Civic

This month I just added two cars to my collection: a Mini Cooper by Cararama, this I found without wheels, maybe I can make a diorama of it, and a ’16 Honda Civic Type R by Hot Wheels. We haven’t had any new Hot Wheels here since the Pandemic, I’m tempted to get more Ford Escorts but I already have two in each of the liveries available, the Civic at least was new to my collection.


Totals: 2 Models:  1 Hot Wheels 1 Cararama

1 Bought new, 1 bought secondhand, 

Outlets:  1 Secondhand Toy Shop 1 Goodwill

Net expenditure: 10.90 lari ($3.29)

1 lari = 30 US cents

Monthly Acquisitions october 2020

It has been like a pre Pandemic month, collecting wise with a diverse range of models picked up from various locations around Tbilisi. A mix of old and new, different brands, different types of vehicle. Also going over budget…oops!

October 2020 haul

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels haul
  1. Land Rover Defender Double Cab It is strange seeing Land Rovers in the Hot Wheels range, they seem more suited to the Matchbox brand. (Corgi also had a lot of Land Rovers) What is the difference between Hot Wheels and Matchbox?
  2. ’69 Custom Volkswagen Squareback I like the classic Volkswagens from the sixties and early seventies.
  3. Wheel Loader A tractor shovel with a hot rod engine, another strange kind of vehicle for Hot Wheels, not the kind of vehicle I’d usually collect, I might give it to my grandson.
  4. Dragster. This was a McDonald’s Happy Meals toy. Made in Vietnam.
  5. Batmobile. This is a really odd cross over: a Batmobile in Scooby Doo style livery. Batmobile
  6. ’89 Porsche 944 Turbo. This is the second time I’ve bought this model, I wanted to keep one on the card and have one loose. I love all pre 2000 Porsches.


Matchbox haul October 2020

Just three Matchbox vehicles this month.

  1. Hovercraft This is a SuperKings model 1:116 scale. It works like a Rola-matics car, when you push it along the radar and propellor revolve. This was a bargain at just 2 lari (less than $1). Hovercraft Made in England
  2. Scania T142 tractor cab. I have a trailer this can pull.
  3. Peugeot 305 Also SuperKings. This car is heavily playworn missing its left hand side A pillar, but the wheels still roll, the doors and boot still open. My father had a Peugeot 305, when we were growing up, this was after a long succession of Fords, a Moskvitch and an Opel. He would go onto buy two more Peugeots. My Dad’s Cars Made in England

Other Brands

Other brands October 2020
  1. FAB 1 Lady Penelope’s Car. This is plastic but the wings spring out when you push down on the canopy. Dinky had many vehicles related to Gerry Anderson’s TV programmes like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
  2. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (Bburago) 1:43 Scale. I was visiting the Goodwill hypermarket in Didi Dighomi and I really wanted to get at least one diecast car. They didn’t have any Matchbox and very few Hot Wheels. There were some Maisto, which seemed overpriced, they had shelves stoced with larger scale models (1:24 and 1:18). Finally I decided on the Ferrari, I’m not impressed by the Bburago wheels but it is a beautiful car.
  3. Kamaz Cement Mixer. 1:43 scale. I have a weakness for Cement Mixers. This model was from Dry Bridge Market and is made in Russia.
  4. Citroen Bertone Camargue (Majorette) 1:55 scale. This model was from Beso at Dry Bridge Market Bonanza Time! It is from the seventies and comes complete with a box. Made in France
  5. New Mini (Realtoy). This was very cheap, it looks as though the previous owner handpainted the roof, it also looks slightly burnt. Made in China


Totals: 14 Models:  6 Hot Wheels,3 Matchbox 1 Majorette, 1 Realtoy, 1 Bburago, 1 Made in China brand unknown, 1 Made in Russia brand unknown

5 Bought new, 9 bought secondhand, 

Outlets:  3 Dry Bridge Market, 6 Secondhand Toy Shops, 2 Carrefour, 2 Pepela and 1 Goodwill

Net expenditure: 158.20 lari ($48.83)

1 lari = 31 US cents