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.
’89 Porsche 944 Turbo (Hot Wheels).
Mazda RX 7 (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau.
Pontiac Fiero (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau. I got this model from Zura at Dry Bridge Market.
Ford Escort Cabriolet. (Matchbox) 1:56 Scale. Made in Macau.
Saab 9000 Turbo. (Matchbox) 1:60 Scale. Made in Macau.
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.
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
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 MatchboxBMW323i Cabriolet and a Peugeot 505 STi (Siku).
Honda Prelude (Hot Wheels). I like when a car has a bright colour and a black bonnet, this reminds me of the MatchboxCapri of the early seventies. I also love classic sporty Hondas, so I had to get this one.
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.
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.
Totals: 3 Models: 1 Hot Wheels, 1 Matchbox and 1 Siku
The Pandemic Restrictions continue to curtail my hunting. This month I added just three cars to my collection.
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 SolidoPeugeot 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
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.
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.
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!
’69 Custom Volkswagen Squareback I like the classic Volkswagens from the sixties and early seventies.
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.
Dragster. This was a McDonald’s Happy Meals toy. Made in Vietnam.
Batmobile. This is a really odd cross over: a Batmobile in Scooby Doo style livery. Batmobile
’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.
Just three Matchbox vehicles this month.
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
Scania T142 tractor cab. I have a trailer this can pull.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
…collecting diecast cars, like the 3" Matchbox cars I had as a kid