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2 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Poundland now have boxed Matchbox. Seen pics of some nice ones online, mine had all 4x4 type castings

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My escapades exceed Caddy Escalades
I best behave to the rhythm of justice slaves
Selected brave ah lecture me extra waves
Doggin your sounds causing you clowns just to cave

/ as you were

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2 hours ago, auld_ALS said:

Welcome back to Poundland, Matchbox. I have always preferred the subjects and execution of these over Hot Wheels.

 

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Think I’ll attack (not literally) Poundland tomorrow, I like the old style boxes like that. If you are very careful you can open the box with minimal damage and retain the box for the future. 

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9 minutes ago, sierraman said:

Think I’ll attack (not literally) Poundland tomorrow, I like the old style boxes like that. If you are very careful you can open the box with minimal damage and retain the box for the future. 

All of the ones in the case were held closed with a small piece of sellotape so I just sliced that to open it and now still have an immaculate box :)

Apart from a BMW i thingy, most seemed to be 4x4 or SUVs. Hopefully future cases will have saloons or something.

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Looking forward to the Mercedes W123 casting reaching here. It looks like one of those that even when you already have one you keep buying them just because you like them. Probably goes a long way to explain why I’ve got about a dozen Mercury Estates in various states of disrepair. 

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Nice Anglia grafting there! I must admit that I had to google what the shape of the rear side window looked like on a Regal saloon to be able to detect the differences, so I'd say that's a very passable effort - and very skilfully fabricated!

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A few weeks back, I mentioned on here that I was on holiday in the US at the time and had picked up a couple of small cars to bring home. I'll admit that despite covering a bit of ground on our trip, opportunities for me to splash some holiday money on such things was scant, hence my meagre offering, thus:

 

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Please ignore the price sticker still on the roof, as a slow attempt to remove it saw almost all of the roof paint coming off with it, so I've left it on until I have a novel idea. Couldn't really pass up a Tootsietoy opportunity (when in Rome and all that) but talk about built down to a price! The whole rustic nature of the design and manufacturing standards is part of the appeal I suppose but I won't be rushing to add any more to my 'collection'.

 

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Actually, I immediately reneged on the above statement, as on offer was also a rendition of a Land Rover, presumably modelled on a child's drawing of one. The rear windows on both models* are filled in, so as to hide the tangs attached to the roof that act as axle locators. Unfortunately, neither specimen came with the Christmas cracker they presumably originated from. All joking aside, I hope these were far, far cheaper than Lesneys of the time.

 

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On the subject of Matchboxes, here's a Capri I picked up also, mostly on account of the novelty factor of picking up an English toy in America and taking it home to New Zealand. I also liked the pink. Perhaps controversially,  I also think this casting would look EXCELLENT with a lower ride height and running on the skinny Superfast wheels, as it might then look like a Capri. This one had no tow bar, so I'm guessing that someone removed it back in the day, as it is a bit incongruous a choice of casting for a tow bar. I have the later issued Maxi Taxi in my childhood stash, which I wasn't a fan of due to the sticky out engine and 2 door body as a taxi. It seems I was a very literal child, prone to shunning whimsy.  

NB: Appallingly, the Firestone building was demolished in 1980, the day before it was to become grade II listed. Therefore, that's a very late photo of it, since there's a Mk1 Astra featured. 

 

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Finally, I picked this Dinky SAAB up for similar reasons to the Capri but I'm guessing that Dinkys were a little more unusual in the States, compared to Matchboxes - that's my hunch at least. The door framing is slightly too naive in relation to the rest of the body casting but it's a very nice effort all in all, if a little off scale in places. It's currently sitting on a shelf next to my Gama VW 411, as I think their slightly clumsy dimensions compliment each other quite well.

 

More updates to come, as I can't seem to stop buying miniature tut.

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Facebook Marketplace strikes again... missed two massive boxes from the same seller, these were the dregs. Metro "van" and blue Nova are new ones on me, the Volvos are already on my Volvo shelf.

These'll end up probably 50/50 between my toybox and CMS_JUNIOR's toybox.

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That's a fantastic haul Mr CMS and that's the only other red Maestro I've seen, other than the one my brother had. I'm pretty sure they're not worth much more (if any more at all) than the yellow ones but still great to see. I'd forgotten that Corgi did a miniature version of their 240 rally car - indeed, I think the large scale rally version wasn't launched until years after MB stopped selling them, so it was always a bit of a strange idea. Indeed, the one I had as a kid had a Sierra wheel trim on one wheel...

I had that Metro van too, which must've been part of a Datapost set of some sort, as I also remember receiving 2 Datapost Escorts at the same time, the only difference being the racing numbers. Having a quick google, I've just learnt that they did a large scale Metro van, too!

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Just like the Junior version, the 'van' bit is just the side windows sprayed, which even as a young'un, I found quite disappointing.

 

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A further note from me - if you look at the two images above of the Matchbox Superkings Volvo 245 (the CMS blue one and the bunglebus silver one), you'll see the front bumpers in 'before and after being pulled out' forms. My brother had the red one and I had the white one with rally stuff on the roof. He modified both the bumpers on each, which from memory then acted like sprung buffers and looked far more accurate. I'm just wondering why Matchbox didn't do that themselves, or is my mind playing tricks and in actual fact, I just ended up with a wobbly-bumpered Volvo?

Nice wheel and paint swap bunglebus! I do think this would look most excellent with a blue interior though. Just saying...

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Front bumper is sprung, I remember it well from the one I had as a kid (white with toot on the roof). It's quite a complex casting with opening doors and tailgate, separate bumpers + grille/lights etc and is fiddly to assemble.

Blue you say...was going to go black but blue would be nice. Always liked red in a silver car too. Decisions! Do I paint the Minilites?

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Can anyone identify this plastic Porsche 356 model, which looks like it may be a slot car? Printed on the base is No 3361 Made in Hong Kong. 15cm long X 6.5cm wide. 1754872553_356Triang002.thumb.JPG.6d23726ffdaa611aa59c5dccff01a718.JPG

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Picked up some nice bits this week, of most interest are these;

 

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48310377957_eca9556e84_k.jpg20190717_215720 by RS, on Flickr

 

Same but different;

 

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And what I really wanted for my £1 for all three;

 

48310204966_7e8996cfe9_k.jpg20190717_215155 by RS, on Flickr

48310319472_ce1fd5c77f_k.jpg20190717_215216 by RS, on Flickr

48310260916_26e7b69620_k.jpg20190717_215653 by RS, on Flickr

 

48310158911_2ba483a8e2_k.jpg20190717_214949 by RS, on Flickr

 

48310220102_1a5da92413_k.jpg20190717_214708 by RS, on Flickr

 

48310231647_6c6e12651f_k.jpg20190717_214841 by RS, on Flickr

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On ‎7‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 11:31 PM, cms206 said:

Facebook Marketplace strikes again... 

Cor, nice haul! That Mercedes 240D in weathered rally livery is on my 'to find' list. The blue Nova's a new one on me, too. Well bought!

Just remembered, I still have a couple of market tat-box Corgi Junior Volvo estates and a Majorette Saab 900 Turbo set aside for you, from back in March... still fancy them?

If you do, I've some other stuff up for grabs at the moment - should anything else take your fancy/make the postage more worthwhile.

If not, no bother!

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