I’m selling a copy of The Pied Piper of Hamelin English Edition which is number 351 of the National Children’s Classics comic book series of National Book Store. (Click on the pictures to see more detail.)
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Somehow I doubt that Batman would put pinstripes on his Batmobiles. The one on the left is a 2014 series TV Series Batmobile; it is a pinstriped version of the TV Batmobile I blogged about earlier. The one on the right is a 2015 series Batmobile; it is a pinstriped version of the “1989″ Batmobile I blogged about earlier.

The earliest known officially licensed 1963 Batmobile is being auctioned on December 6, 2014 by Heritage Auctions. They estimate it to sell for $180,000 or more. (I got the images from the Heritage Auctions website I linked to above.)


Here is a drawing my daughter made when she was almost six years old.

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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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).


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