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Monthly Acquisitions July 2020

I am still collecting under the shadow and restrictions of the pandemic. I don’t spend so much time browsing in toy shops as before the pandemic, also some of the pre-pandemic outlets are not around. I have, however, added a few significant models to my collection this month.

monthly acquisitions july 2020
July Acquisitions

Only one model was bought new, a Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz Unimog 1300.

The highlight of the month is a Soviet made Lada Niva with trailer in 1:43 scale, this was a present from Levan, the father of one of my students. A welcome addition to my Lada models.

Lada Niva and trailer
Lada Niva and trailer (1:43 scale, made in USSR)

There were also the three Majorette models from the seventies, which I found at Dry Bridge Market on Sunday. These three models were made in the seventies in France and are models of French cars. I found 3 Majorette Cars at Dry Bridge Market today. (blogpost). The box from the same era was thrown into the deal, although I don’t have the car depicted on the box a Citroen GS Bertone Camargue.

Majorette models: Chrysler 180, Matra Simca Bagheera and Peugeot 504


  1. Chrysler 180 (1:60 scale) This has a terrific nostalgia buzz, when I visited Paris in the mid seventies as a child, I picked up three Majorette models among which was a Chrysler 180.
  2.  Peugeot 504. (1:65 scale) My brother actually owned a Peugeot 504 at one time, a rugged car popular in many African countries.
  3. Matra Simca Bagheera (1:55 scale). A sports car with unusual three abreast seating.

Hot Wheels

  1.  Sol-Aire CX-4. A mid-engined racing car loosely based on Aston Martin and Nimrod’s “NRA/C2” Group C GT racer from the eighties.
  2. BMW M3 GTR. Racing tampos.
  3. Custom Volkswagen Beetle. This model has a roof rack.
  4. Mercedes Benz Unimog 1300. This had been on my wants’ list for a few months.


I added only one Matchbox model this month, a bright orange Oshkosh Extending-Ladder Fire Engine from the 1990s. My one is missing the extending ladder part but the ladder still rises and the turntable works. (Made in Thailand).

A few models left the collection, I really have too many (1570), I gave four to “Tsiteli”, who gave me the Custom VW Beetle, he sells models and vintage games at Samgori Market.

July acquisitions departures


  1. Nissan GTR (RMZ City). This is a brand I don’t collect, I now have a couple of Hot Wheels GTRs so this one can go.
  2. Jeep Scrambler (Hot Wheels).
  3. Ferrari 360 (Hot Wheels). Coca Cola deco.
  4. Mercedes CLK GTR (Maisto). Maisto is not a brand I like at this scale, the cars look cheap and the wheels are poor compared to Matchbox or Hot Wheels.


Totals: 9 Models:  4 Hot Wheels, 3 Majorette, 1 Matchbox, 1 Made in USSR

1 Bought new, 6 bought secondhand, 1 gift, 1 traded

Outlets:  1 Pepela, 3 Dry Bridge Market, 3 Secondhand Toy Shop, 1 Samgori Market, 1 gift from Levan,

Net expenditure: 67.90 lari ($21.97)

1 lari = 32 US cents


Chevrolet or “Chevy” is a division of GM. Producers of the fantastic Corvette.

I have a lot of Chevrolets in my collection of diecasts,  Chevrolet is second only numerically to Ford.

Chevrolet 105 3
100+ Chevrolets

I have at least 104 Chevrolets in my collection, I don’t buy into the Ford v Chevy rivalry as I love both brands, the second and third generations of the Chevrolet Corvette look amazing to me.

As an iconic American brand, it is unsurprising that most of my Chevrolets are Hot Wheels (65 of them).

Chevrolet HW x 65
Hot Wheels Chevrolets

Hot Wheels put out several new Chevys each year. Aside from the Corvettes, I love collecting the Wagons and Gassers.

The”Gasser” looks ready for a drag race. The 55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser casting hearkens back to the old school style of Gasser Drag Race cars. With an exposed big block engine, fender well headers, ladder bars, aluminum fuel tank, this 2 lane blacktop brawler can take them all on.

55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (Hot Wheels)

I also like convertibles.

Chevrolet convertibles
Chevrolet Convertibles/Roadsters

I have 40 Corvettes, a car that has been in production since 1953, named after a small manoeuvrable warship, there have been eight generations of Corvette to date, my favourites being the second (1963-1967) and third (1968-1982) generations. Designed to interest returned American servicemen who had fallen under the spell of Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs during their World War II service in Europe, the Chevrolet Corvette was the first proper American sports car.

Chevrolet Corvette x 40
Chevrolet Corvette x 40

For a long time the 1:24 scale Maisto 1970 Chevrolet Corvette was the largest model in my collection, it is still my biggest Chevrolet but now a 1:18 Scale Mercedes 300SL is my biggest model.
Whilst most of my Chevys are standard Hot Wheels (3 inch) size, I do have a few larger models, including two rather beat up Corgi Chevrolet Stingrays.

Chevrolet larger scales
larger scale Chevys 1:43-1:24 scale

Matchbox has put out far fewer Chevrolets than Hot Wheels, but I still have 21 in my collection.

Chevrolet MBX
Matchbox Chevrolets x 21

Other brands include Maisto, Jada, Bburago, Corgi, Lledo, Kinsmart, TootsieToys and Welly.

Chevrolet not MBX or HW
18 Chevrolets from brands other than Hot Wheels or Matchbox


1:18 Scale


1954 Mercedes 300SL (Bburago 1:18 scale and Siku 1:55 scale)

I don’t normally collect 1/18 scale models.  I appreciate the detail but the price is high, they take up a lot of space and don’t resonate with me like the Matchbox cars of my childhood. The 1/18 scale for diecast cars appeared in Europe around 1970 with brands like Schuco and Polistil and became popular from the mid eighties onwards with Bburago and Maisto.

I now have two cars and two bikes (a Benelli TNT 1130 Century Racer (Bburago) and a Yamaha YZR F7 (Maisto)) in this scale.

My 1:18 vehicles

Yesterday, I came across the Mercedes 300SL in the local secondhand toy shop, they also had a couple of Chevrolet Corvettes and a silver 300SL in the same scale. It proved too hard to resist and so I got the black 300SL, it has some paint chips and is missing one of its door handles but that fits better with my Wabi-Sabi approach to collecting than a pristine example in a box would. Also this model was just 30 lari ($10.38) and a new 1:18 model would be over 110 lari ($38).

The Mercedes was made by Bburago in Italy, my other car the 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder was made by Maisto in Thailand.

Made in Italy

There are some nice details like the spare wheel in the trunk.




I tell myself,  I won’t be getting into collecting 1:18, but I am very happy to have these ones.

Porsche 550A Spyder
Porsche 550A Spyder

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019
November 2019 acquisitions

28 more models entered my collection in November, a few left in the direction of Kakha, but it was still a large haul…so much for going on a diecast diet!

It was the second month of the year, where I went over twice my nominative budget of 100 lari (the other was April). The grand total was 210.70 lari ($70.94), most of this was from just three models which cost me 140 lari ($47.14).

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 big expense
Soviet Made GAZ M_13 “Chaika”, Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette) and Dinky Austin a40 Van

The most expensive was the GAZ M_13 “Chaika” (1:43 scale), this was made in the USSR and cost me 60 lari ($20.20). This was from Gocha’s stall at Dry Bridge market. Other stalls were selling the same model at 150 lari ($50.51)! So I kinda got a bargain! This is a nice addition to my Soviet-made models of Soviet cars, most of which are in the same 1:43 scale. I have seen recently some models of Soviet cars made in China, these don’t really interest me and seem a little overpriced (at 25 lari a piece).

The Austin A40 Van (Dinky) I looked at in a previous post (Dinky Austin A40 Van from the late fifties.) It is the oldest model in my collection. It cost 40 lari ($13.47) also from Gocha.

Gocha also pulled out the Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette) from his car, he is learning what I like. This 1:60 scale transporter looks good with the 1:64 scale cars I like to collect. This was also 40 lari.

Hot Wheels

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 HW
11 Hot Wheels

There were 11 Hot Wheels models added.

  1. Tesla Roadster with Starman. This was the only Hot Wheels model I bought new. I’m not a big fan of  Tesla but I like models related to space travel.
  2. Jaguar XJ220. This came from Kakha in a trade with some other models.
  3. Nissan GT-R (R35). This I found in a secondhand store.
  4. BMW 2002. This is a great casting of an early seventies BMW.
  5. Boom Box. This has a plastic body, I was hoping it would be a Color Shifter, but it isn’t. It is from a Batman pack and has the livery of the Gotham City Police Department.
  6. Z-Whiz (Datsun 240Z). I was very happy to find this even in this highly play worn condition. The Z-Whiz was the first Japanese Import to be made into a casting in Hot Wheels history. This model is from the late seventies. The green-tinted windows seem unusual, the pictures I have seen have been of blue-tinted windows. Made in Hong Kong.

    Z-Whiz, playworn but historically interesting as the first Japanese import modelled by Hot Wheels
  7. 1985 Honda CR-X. Another one for my JDM collection.
  8. The Jetsons Capsule car. Inspired by the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon.
  9. 10 and 11. 2011 Dodge Charger R/T. This was bizarre. I found these Color Shifter models in the secondhand shop, I could only find this model, not any other ones. Hot Wheels make several Color Shifters that change colour with changing temperature. This Dodge is orange when cold and yellow when hot.

    Color Shifters Hot Wheels Chry
    yellow when hot, orange when cold, 2011 Dodge Charger R/T


Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 MBX
6 Matchbox models

Nothing very old here. Certainly nothing from the early seventies or before. No Lesneys.

  1. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P-400. A recent casting of the classic Miura in almost the same colour as the early Superfast model. Made in Thailand.
  2. 1969 VW Karmann Ghia. Another recent casting of a classic VW. Made in Thailand.
  3. Ford Model A Coupe. 1:52 scale. From the early 1990s. Made in Thailand.
  4. Lamborghini Countach LP500s. Matchbox International Limited. Made in China.
  5. 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. Made in Thailand.
  6. White Water Raft Boat. Made in Thailand. This boat is missing the trailer it originally would have come with.

Other Brands

I found quite a selection of models from different brands this month.

Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 Other brands
11 Models from other brands

  1. 1960 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). 1:64 scale. I come across very few of this brand here in Georgia (the country not the state). In the US the brand sells for about three times the price of Hot Wheels, the models have more details, they also have a metal base and body and rubberised tyres.
  2. 1972 Buick Riviera (Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis). This model has an opening bonnet (hood).

    Monthly Acquisitions November 2019 Johnny Lightning
    Johnny Lightning Buick Riviera and Ford Country Squire
  3. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Jada). Some fancy wheels on this model.
  4. Lamborghini Countach (Maisto). I find it difficult to resist any Countach or Miura, both are such iconic Lamborghinis.
  5. GAZ M 13 “Chaika” Made in USSR. 1:43 scale.
  6. Mcdonalds Flintstones vehicles x 2. These aren’t diecast. I loved Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a kid, especially The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry.
  7. Shell Tanker (Corgi). Made in China.
  8. Austin A40 Van (Dinky). The oldest vehicle in my collection to date. Made in England.
  9. Saviem Car Transporter (Majorette). 1:60 scale. Made in France.
  10. Porsche 911 GT3RS (Majorette). Opening doors. Made in Thailand.


Totals: 28 Models:  11 Hot Wheels, 6 Matchbox, 2 Johnny Lightning, 1 Jada, 1 Maisto, 1 Corgi, 1 Dinky, 2 Majorette, 1 made in USSR and 2 McDonald’s Toys

2 bought new,  23 bought secondhand, 3 traded

Outlets: 20 Secondhand Toy Stores,  3 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Pepela, 1 XS Toys and 3 Kakha

Net expenditure: 210.70 lari ($70.94)

1 lari = 34 US cents

Monthly Acquisitions: September 2019

Another month of collecting saw 16 models added to my collection and a couple leaving (both Hot Wheels: Ferrari F40  and Dodge Dart Demon ).

Monthly Acquisitions Sept 2019
newly acquired

Of the 16 models only two were bought new, the others were all secondhand.

9 were Hot Wheels.

Monthly Acquisitions Sept 2019 3
Hot Wheels

  1. Nissan Skyline 2000 GT/X. I love this casting, designed by Jun Imai, whose name appears on the roof. I have several of the casting in black this is the first white one I have found.

    Nissan Skyline 2000 GtX white and black
    Nissan Skyline 2000 GT/X
  2. 65 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. I find C2 Corvettes difficult to resist.
  3. Lamborghini Countach “Pace Car”. This I bought new, Pepela were having a -30% sale. I already have the model in red, but the Countach is such an iconic seventies car, another one is more than welcome.
  4. Mercedes 380SEL. A regular Mercedes sedan is more the realm of Matchbox than Hot Wheels. The model dates from the late nineties.
  5. Fish’d & Chip’d. This is  based on the Jaguar Mk X, my father’s dream car. The Mk X was never available as a two door. This was a trade for a Dodge Demon, I found a seller parked near Vake park, Kakha, a specialist in retro gaming but who had quite a few diecasts for sale. I had bought a Maisto Boss Mustang from him earlier in the month and he told me he liked Dodges.

    Dodge Demon
    Dodge Demon
  6. Porsche Carrera. This is a Hot Wheels model produced from a Corgi casting. Corgi – Hot Wheels

    Porsche carrera corgi hot wheels silver
    Porsche Carrera
  7. Drivin’ Wild. This is a Hot Wheels transporter, it would have been sold in a Super Rigs pack with a fantasy car (Nitro Doorslammer). It is a fantasy model but not as outlandish as some of the Hot Wheels haulers.
  8. Ford GT Race. In one of the secondhand shops I frequent, the assistant knows me well, she apologised for not having many small cars. She did rummage out the back and found this and the Nissan Skyline, if I were interested, I could have both for the princely sum of 5 lari. I was interested 🙂
  9. ’68 Chevy Nova. The 3rd September was my birthday and I treated myself (as no-one else was going to…) to a new Hot Wheels from the pegs of my local Pepela store. The choice was limited, but the Nova in Gulf livery looks sweet.


Monthly Acquisitions Sept 2019 2
5 Matchbox

  1. Austin Mini Cooper 1275S (1964)  I used this to make a comparison between Hot Wheels and Matchbox in an earlier post. What is the difference between Hot Wheels and Matchbox? Scale 1:51. This would have been more appropriate than the Nova as a birthday present, as I was born  in Britain in 1964. I found this at the Clothing Market, where I hadn’t found anything interesting for quite a while.
  2. Volvo C30. I realised when I got it home, I already had one. My collection is getting too big for me to remember every model I own. I would have been happier finding another P1800S. 1:61 scale.
  3. BMW 328i from the 2000 Car Wash 5 Pack.1:59 scale.
  4. 70 Boss Mustang 302. From 1998. 1:62 scale. Made in China.
  5. Mercury Commuter Police Car. Speed Kings. This was the highlight of the month, coming from Gocha at Dry Bridge market. A previous owner had decided to redecorate the police car as an ambulance, it makes an interesting Group 3 model.

Mercury Commuter Police car
Mercury Commuter

Mercury Commuter Police car with catalogue
Mercury Police Car in 1970 Matchbox Catalogue

Other Brands

Monthly Acquisitions Sept 2019 4

Aside from Matchbox and Hot Wheels, I only picked up two Chinese made models, a ’70 Boss Mustang by Maisto and an Audi Coupe in “Delta Airlines” livery with no diecast brand marked on the base.


Totals: 16 Models:  9 Hot Wheels, 5 Matchbox, 1 Maisto and 1 unidentified Chinese made model

2 bought new,  13 bought secondhand, 1 traded

Outlets: 10 Secondhand Toy Stores,  1 Dry Bridge Market, 2 Pepela, 1 Kakha and 1 Clothing Market

Net expenditure: 94.20 lari ($31.82)

1 lari = 34 US cents


9 Motorbikes

Motorbikes for me are a little like table tennis. Cars are like football. I love playing table tennis and riding motorbikes but I prefer to watch or look at cars or football. I have a few diecast motorcycles in my collection.  Maisto have a wide selection of model motorbikes, Hot Wheels have maybe 5 or 6 bikes in their range of 250 models in the mainline series, Matchbox have had a few motorcycles in their range, too. The first diecast bike I bought was a Hot Wheels Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, I’m not a particular fan of Harley Davidson, I prefer faster Japanese or Italian Motorbikes (Yamaha, Kawasaki or Ducati).


Motorbikes Hot Wheels x 4
4 Hot Wheels motorbikes: BMW K-1300R, Honda Z50 Monkey, Ducati 1199 Panigale and Harley Davidson Fat Boy

The Hot Wheels packaging art has a rider but the bike doesn’t. Motorbikes are inherently unstable at rest. Matchbox put out a few Motorcycle combinations (motorbike and sidecar) in the sixties, the third wheel balancing the model without the need for a stand. My Harley-Davidson doesn’t have a stand but it has a very fat back tyre so it can stand unassisted. All the Hot Wheels bikes have wide fat wheels so they can stand unassisted but they can’t race very far along the track…

Benelli TNT 1130 Century racer
Benelli TNT 1130 Century Racer (Bburago)

At 1/18 Scale I have a  Benelli TNT 1130 Century Racer (Bburago) and a Yamaha YZR F7 (Maisto). These have retractable stands for display. They are nicely detailed models but mostly plastic only the fuel tank is diecast. I don’t expect to add many more bikes to my collection but it would be nice to find a Triumph  sometime.

Motorbikes Yamaha and Benelli
Yamaha YZR F7 and Benelli TNT 1130

The two Matchbox bikes I have are both BMWs. A police BMW R1200RT-P with European style police livery and  a BMW R1200 GS “Military Police” minus its windshield.

Motorbikes Matchbox
Matchbox BMW Motorcycles

I also have a BMW R1100 RS “ADAC”* made by Siku (model number #1324). This is more detailed than the Mattel models and has steerable front forks.

Motorbikes Siku ADAC
BMW R1100 RS “ADAC” (Siku)

*ADAC = Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (the German Automobile Club)

Monthly Acquistions : August 2019

There were 11 vehicles added to my collection this month, and one that left.

Ford Mustang Convertible
Ford Mustang GT500 Convertible (Matchbox)

I had hoped to get rid of more, I advertised in a local marketplace some NASCAR style cars but no-one was interested and I didn’t advertise any more. I gave the above Mustang Convertible to a friend who has a real Mustang Convertible.

11 additions to the collection

It has been a less acquisitive month than usual, 11 models added, just one was bought new (’88 Honda CR-X), the others were secondhand.  The haul included a tank, a motorcycle and a helicopter, models I don’t usually get. One model cost more than the other 10 combined. I paid 40 lari ($13.63) for the Corgi MGC GT, the total expenditure for the month was 72.90 lari ($24.84).

  1. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (Maisto), I love Lamborghinis but the Welly model is better, I compared them in a previous post.
  2. BMW R1200 GS (Matchbox). Missing its windshield but carrying a lot of metal.
  3. Jeep Rescue Concept (Matchbox). In an unusual green gold colour. Made in China.
  4. Rodger Dodger (Hot Wheels). One of the iconic Hot Wheels fantasy cars with a blown engine.
  5. Mitsubishi Eclipse (Hot Wheels). Convertible.
  6. Power Tank (Junye Toys). This looks like an Abrams Tank, I don’t usually buy military vehicles but this was cheap and looked quite realistic. The body is diecast with plastic base and gun. Made in China.
  7. BMW 325i (Majorette). Missing glass interior. Doors open. I found this for sale on the steps leading down to the metro station.
  8. MGC GT (Corgi). The highlight of the month for me. I had this as a kid, my Uncle Norman gave it to me on his annual visit to see my father. Opening doors and tailgate from around 1973. Found with box. Made in Great Britain.
  9. Ferrari F40 (Hot Wheels). Opening engine cover.
  10. ’88 Honda CR-X (Hot Wheels). Carrefour has a new box, a 2019 Hot Wheels H Case, this was the only model tempting enough to buy at full price (7.90 lari), if I see the Mercury Cougar Super Treasure Hunt, I’ll snap that up, but I looked and didn’t find it.
  11. Mission Helicopter (Matchbox). It was Matchbox and it was cheap (2 lari) and it folds up quite neatly, but I don’t usually get helicopters.

MGC GT Corgi
MGC GT (Corgi) comes with childhood memories at no extra cost


Totals: 11 Models:  4 Hot Wheels, 3 Matchbox, 1 Corgi, 1 Junya Toys, 1 Majorette and 1 Maisto

1bought new,  10 bought secondhand,

Outlets: 8 Secondhand Toy Stores,  1 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Carrefour and 1 Bukia Steps

Net expenditure: 72.90 lari ($24.84)

1 lari = 34 US cents

Brand Comparison: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 : Maisto v Welly

Lambo comparison
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (Maisto left, Welly right)

At first glance the two Lamborghinis look very similar: the size is the same, the colour is the same. Looking closer, the Welly model has more details, better wheels, clear windows revealing an interior and the side air intake painted black. The only positive of the Maisto model is it was cheaper, I bought it secondhand for just 2.50 lari (the Welly model was 6.90 new). New the Maisto model would probably be cheaper, too. Both models are made in China. My choice would be the Welly.



half way through the month

halfway point of the month…. haul so far

19 models so far, averaging more than one a day, most are secondhand in my preferred 3 inch (1:64) size but there are as always a few exceptions.

'57 Corvette Mand C toys
’57 Corvette (M and C Toys)

At first glance, I thought the ’57 Corvette (1:39 scale, made in Macau) was a Kinsmart model, but it is actually M C Toys (the forerunner of Maisto), I got it because it was cheap and I like the colour. I am trying to cut down on larger scale models and I have plenty of Corvettes (my favourites are the second generation).

Most of the models are Hot Wheels and Matchbox, nothing very old, a few models from the nineties. The Baja Bandit, an unlicensed Matchbox model resembling a Beach Buggy, is great for outdoor scenes.

Baja Bandit off road 5
Baja Bandit

I will look at the rest in more detail at the end of the month when I review all the monthly acquisitions. Monthly Acquisitions June 2019