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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 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

Monthly Acquisitions September 2020

September’s haul

After the crazy expenditure in August (https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/monthly-acquisitions-august-2020/), September was far more restrained, I spent a tenth of what I spent in August. I added just 5 cars to my collection, two of these were gifts.

For a long while I thought my monthly haul would be exclusively Hot Wheels cars, then on Sunday I visited Dry Bridge Market, where I met Beso, who had sold me so many cars last month. This month, I chose just one a Majorette VW K70, from the mid seventies.

VW K70 (Majorette) 1:60 scale Made in France

I chose the VW from a selection of 7 cars, 3 Majorettes and 4 Matchbox, it was a difficult choice as each car had its attraction. I might have bought the Ford Group 6 but one of the wheels was slightly buckled, I like my cars to be able to roll freely, even if I rarely push them across the floor or along the track.

The choice on Beso’s stall

I already have a Matchbox Turbo Fury in my collection (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFuxVUgHy7A). Tanzara and Blue Shark are both fantasy cars, I prefer my cars based on real life cars. I have a couple of Simca 1100s and whilst the Bertone Citroen Camargue prototype was very tempting, my choice fell on the VW. The VW K70 in the light metallic blue, a colour reminiscent of the Matchbox Superfast Ford Cortina. Which would you have chosen?

Hot Wheels

  1. VW Brasilia. This was a present from a student of mine (my birthday 3 September). https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/vw-brazil/
  2. Funny Side Up. A funny car, also a present.
  3. Cat-A-Pult. A highly modified car based on the 1960’s Cheetah Roadster.
  4. Lamborghini Countach Pace Car in police livery. This was the only model I bought new. I love the Lamborghini Countach. https://jimholroyddiecast.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/lamborghini-countach-pace-car/


Totals: 5 Models:  4 Hot Wheels, 1 Majorette

1 Bought new, 2 bought secondhand,  2 gifts

Outlets:  1 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Secondhand Toy Shop, 1 Carrefour and 2 Bejean

Net expenditure: 40.90 lari ($12.28)

1 lari = 30 US cents

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

Bonanza Time!

beso haul

August was looking like an uninspiring month as far as collecting went, until Sunday that is, when I visited Dry Bridge Market in Tbilisi. I saw someone was selling some Matchbox and Majorette models from the seventies. Wow!

beso sunday
Sunday’s selection

The asking price per model was 30 lari ($9.71) , which seemed reasonable to me, there was no room for negotiation. I was quite restrained and just bought two; the Iso Grifo (Matchbox) and the Jaguar E Type (Majorette), but I also took the seller’s number as he told me he had more at home.  I asked my wife to call him as my Georgian is still rudimentary and we arranged to meet at the market on Thursday (today) at 2pm. The seller, Beso, came with a case full of Majorette and Matchbox.

Beso box
Beso’s case

Before I came to the market, I reckoned on getting around ten models, if they were of similar quality to those I’d seen on the Sunday. It was a difficult choice. Not all the boxes had cars and there were a few loose, but soon I had selected ten I really wanted.

Beso Box 3
sorting through I found 10 I had to get…

My choices were mostly Majorette, whilst Matchbox is my favourite brand, most of the Matchbox were fantasy models and I prefer regular street cars.

I chose:

  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 quite difficult to find to add to my happiness.
  2. Jaguar E Type (Majorette)…I picked up an orange model on Sunday and a blue one today, 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)
  3. Fire Truck “Pompier” (Majorette). The ladder should be detachable, but I don’t want to detach it lest it breaks. This could be a Dodge. 1:80 scale.
  4. Plymouth Fury Police Car (Majorette). This model should have an aerial (missing). 1:70 scale
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Citroen SM (Majorette). The Majorette is a very similar colour to the original Matchbox model. Scale 1:60. Opening doors.
  9. Citroen Dyane “Maharadjah” (Majorette). This is a strange quirky model with a parasol that spins in Rolamatics fashion when the car is rolled along.
  10. Dodge Charger  Mk 3 (Matchbox). #52 This is a concept car from 1968 with a flip up canopy. Scale 1:62.

Beso box 2
My selection

I was surprised I was able to limit myself to just 10 models. Even so, the day witnessed the most I have spent in one day on diecast models, indeed the most I have spent in any month on such. I have very few cars with boxes, all of these have boxes, although some are missing their end flaps. The Matchbox cars are all made in England and the Majorettes are all made in France. I am very happy with this haul.

I told Beso if he still has some models in October, I could be interested in buying some more. There were also a couple of empty boxes (Saab Sonnet and Mercury Police Car) which would interest me if he finds the appropriate car. Also there was a two pack of a car with glider and trailer, but he only had the trailer, this could interest me too if he finds the rest.

I managed to cross 4 cars off my Majorette Wants’ List, of the 10 cars on the list, which I put up back in 2017, I only have two Renaults left to find. I wish it was so easy to find my Matchbox wants!

Majorette wants from Wants’ List   (published 23 September 2017):

  1. Citroen SM (found 27 August 2020)
  2. Renault 17
  3. Simca 1100 (found 18 March 2018)
  4. Mercedes 350SL (found 27 August 2020)
  5. Chrysler 180 (found 23 May 2019)
  6. Jaguar E Type (found 23 August 2020)
  7. Matra Simca Bagheera (found 2 May 2018)
  8. BMW 3.0CSL (found 27 August 2020)
  9. Renault 16 
  10. Jaguar F Type (found 24 November 2018)




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

I found 3 Majorette Cars at Dry Bridge Market today.

I first encountered Majorette when I visited Paris at the tender age of 9, way back in 1974. They were similar in size to Matchbox but Made in France not Made in England. The first model cars appearing  on the market under the Majorette name came out in 1964.

Today, I ventured to Dry Bridge Market not expecting to find anything much, last month I found a couple of interesting models at Dry Bridge Market, a Matchbox Super Kings Ford Sierra XR4i and a Soviet made Moskvitch 427.

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Amidst a diverse range of items, 5 model cars, three of which are Majorettes.

The three Majorette cars were all from the mid seventies: a Chrysler 180, a Matra-Simca Bagheera and a Peugeot 504. When I went to Paris as a nine year old the three Majorette cars I brought back as souvenirs included a Chrysler 180 (so there is a big nostalgia buzz there), the other two were a BMW 3.0CSL and a Mercedes 350SL. I asked the woman on the stall the price of the cars and she told me 15 lari a piece ($4.88), which seemed reasonable, then she hesitated and called her husband over and the price went up to 20 lari a piece or 3 for 50 lari ($16.26). I still considered this a good deal, the woman was apologetic her husband had upped the price, I didn’t take long to decide, I was also given a box for a Bertone Camargue, from the same era (but no car).

Chrysler 180 (orange), Peugeot 504 (pink) and Matra Simca Bagheera (green). Also a box for a Bertone Camargue.


Counting the Collection, again: Part 2

The count is finished! I believe I have 1561 model cars scattered around 50 locations around the house. Most are in the bedroom, where I have the shelves, but some are in the living room and some are in the hall. I don’t have a loft, a cellar, a shed or a garage, if I did I’m sure they’d have some of the collection, too.

My shelves, most of the collection is in this area, some are hidden in boxes under the table.

By brand 38% of my collection is Hot Wheels, this hasn’t changed since November 2017, Matchbox accounts for 27% (up from 22%), Majorette accounts for 5% and Corgi 4%.

Totals by brand (November 2017’s totals in brackets)

  1. Hot Wheels        588 (407)
  2. Matchbox            406 (244)
  3. Majorette              70 (42)
  4. Corgi                      68 (44)
  5. Bburago                 48 (37)
  6. DeAgostini           47(47)
  7. Kinsmart               36 (38)
  8. Siku                         35 (?)
  9. Made in USSR      31 (29)
  10. Welly                     28 (27)
  11. Maisto                    22 (14)
  12. Norev                      10 (6)
  13. Tomica                    6 (5)
  14. Dinky                       6 (?)

Other *                            160 (144)


Total                           1561 (1083)

*other includes Johnny Lightning, ERTL, Schuco, RMZ etc…

pie charts of collection

I want to focus on collecting Matchbox, Majorette and Corgi. I’m sure I will continue adding more Hot Wheels because they are readily available and have a lot of attractive models. I don’t want any more Kinsmart or DeAgostini, I prefer to collect the Matchbox 3 inch size (approx 1:64 scale), not larger scales (with the exception of older Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox King Size models made in the late sixties and early seventies).

My favourite shelf is the shelf for older Matchbox models (location 8). Only 4 of the 63 models in the picture are not made in England, can you tell me which ones?

Count location 8 Matchbox older
Older Matchbox Models (mostly pre-1980)

Some locations had only a few models others had a lot. Location 15, a big plastic box held 128 cars.

I have been taking the contents of one shelf down at a time, counting them, dusting them, photographing them and adding the details to an Excel document. Checking through the photos, I realise I will have to retake photos of location 5 and 34 for my records, that can wait until tomorrow.

I have significantly increased my Majorette collection since the last count, currently I have a shelf for Majorette and Norev but it is overcapacity. I should separate the two brands.

Count Location 29 majorette and Norev
Location 29 Majorette and Norev

I didn’t take all the cars down to photograph on the table. Some I counted in situ, particularly those in the living room.

Count Location 44 Maserati lambo
Location 44: Maserati and Lamborghini shelf in the living room

I didn’t count any small plastic cars of the type that might have come from a Kinder Surprise egg, nor did I count the model cars in the children’s bedroom, I have relinquished those from my collection. I hope the next time I count the collection the number will be similar or even less, I can comfortably accommodate a thousand but I don’t really have the space for the number that I have. This COVID-19 lockdown has helped slow down my acquisitions, last month I only added a couple of  models, which I picked up on my grocery shop, this month I haven’t added any yet and I’ve even given a few away to my grandson.


Counting the Collection, again

The time has come, the walrus said, to count my collection again. I haven’t counted my collection since 2017, I would guess I have around 1500 cars, last time I counted I had 1083 cars. Counting the collection

Last time, I didn’t have these shelves made by my brother-in-law, Paata and most of the collection was tucked away in boxes. There are still some cars in boxes. Stuck at home because of this COVID-19 Pandemic, it seems an ideal time to count.

Count Location 4 shown
contents of the third shelf taken down for counting

I have been taking the contents of one shelf down at a time, counting them, dusting them, photographing them and adding the details to an Excel document. This will take a while. In the picture is the contents of the third shelf, a shelf devoted mainly to Hot Wheels but also containing other brands such as Matchbox, Maisto and Majorette.

Count Location 4
Shelf 3: Location 4: 33 HW, 3 MBX, 1 Siku….

Ok, can’t sit around here writing, I must continue the count…to be continued…