The auction house Bonhams had a History of Science auction last October 22, 2014 in New York. Among the highlights was an Apple-1 computer with exceptional provenance and in beautiful, working condition. (I got the pictures here from the Bonhams website). It was estimated to sell for US$ 300,000 to US$ 500,000. Read the rest of this entry »

I was in Cebu City a few days ago and there I found this Matchbox S Cargo. (Its bottom lists its name as Snail Truck.) Weird-looking Matchbox models are pretty hard to find. The name (a pun on escargot, the French word for snail) is not new; it was used by Nissan in 1989 for their “small cargo” van. Read the rest of this entry »

Last week I bought a Hot Wheels K.I.T.T. Super Pursuit Mode. Its price is four times that of a regular mainline Hot Wheels. The quality is a little disappointing given its high price; the gray paint detail is not sharp.
According to Wikipedia,

KITT’s Super-Pursuit mode was added at the start of the fourth season. It was the result of a redesign of the car to integrate new concepts consisting of improved rocket boosters for enhanced acceleration, retractable spoilers for aerodynamic stability, and movable air inlets for increased cooling. Super-Pursuit Mode provided a 40% boost in speed beyond the car’s original top speed of 300 MPH.

What am I going to do with so many star notes?

In an earlier blog post I showed three Dream Tomica vehicles that my wife and I have. We recently bought two more: a Pikachu car and a Rilakkuma. They cost around 300 pesos each. The Pikachu car is made in China; the Rilakkuma is made in Vietnam.

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rosewoo2 knuckled
I previously blogged about some Maisto: Fresh Metal models that I have.

octablit Since then, I’ve gotten a few more: a dark blue Rosewood (the earlier one was light brownish-yellow) and a Knuckle Dragger. I like that they are in window boxes; it allows me to inspect them more closely without destroying the package. The one on the left is an Octo-Blitzer. If you look at the Maisto catalog, you will see that Maisto is making some effort to create some weird-looking vehicles. Of these, I like Skool Bust, Skooter, and Octo-Blitzer (and perhaps the SpeedDawg; I haven’t seen one of these yet). The others are just too ugly (they’re so ugly that they’re ugly).

eevilwe2 flyby
What do you get when you cross an Eevil Weevil with a Fly-By?
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star20 I’m selling this star note that is also a commemorative note (a 2013 100-peso bill with the text wastong pananalapi tungo sa kaunlaran). (I blogged about star notes here and here, and I blogged about this commemorative note here.)

My uncle bought this computer, used it for a while, then gave it to my family when I was in high school (I think). It was our very first computer.
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16angels ratbomb
Last Thursday, I bought three mainline Hot Wheels. One of them was a regular Treasure Hunt version of La Fasta (I blogged about it here) and the other two were in plastic bags with “collector’s booklets.” When I opened the bags, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were also Treasure Hunts. One was a regular Treasure Hunt version of 16 Angels. (A Super Treasure Hunt version of 16 Angels also exists.) The other was a regular Treasure Hunt version of Ratbomb. (A Super Treasure Hunt version of Ratbomb also exists.)

The “TH” symbol appears on the sides and at the back of the Ratbomb.



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