During the 1990′s, I started collecting Lego catalogs. These would be given for free at the toy section of SM malls. I have square catalogs from 1995 to 1999.
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I had my first job in 1996, as an instructor at a university, and, if I remember correctly, the first thing I bought when I got my first paycheck was a Lego Technic 8235.
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Yesterday I passed by the mall where I usually get my Hot Wheels. A saleslady saw me and asked if I was a “collector.” After I replied that I was, she handed me a Mars Rover Curiosity and a Bat-Pod. I already had a 2014 Mars Rover Curiosity but the one I had had black wheels, while this new one had “dirty” black/brown wheels. I found another Mars Rover Curiosity with dirty wheels and, suspecting that they may be hard to find, bought them both. Before I bought these three, my wife and I had 197 main line mint on card Hot Wheels. We’ve decided that the Bat-Pod is our 200th.
My wife and I started collecting Hot Wheels in 1999 or in 2000. Most of our collection of scale models are main line Hot Wheels that are mint on card. When these pictures were taken we had 197 of them.
These do not include those that are loose (but in mint condition), those in mutilated cards (don’t ask), or those from my childhood collection (loose and well-worn). We also have some non-main line Hot Wheels.
These last two pictures were taken by my wife. They show the same Hot Wheels but from different angles.
My daughter got this blue plastic car in a Kinder Joy she bought. Half of the egg has “crispy cocoa specialties on milky and cocoa creams” and the other half has “a surprise toy.” Aside from these, there was a plastic scoop and a piece of paper describing what you can do with the toy.
I was impressed with how the toy was packaged in the egg. The car is made up of two pieces that, when separated and with one piece reversed, fits half the egg with room to spare. When assembled, it doesn’t fit any more.
When I saw the vehicle above in this Siku catalog (where I got the pictures from), I was very surprised. To the best of my knowledge, Siku never made any fantasy scale models. I just found out that the Volkner Mobil Performance is an actual vehicle.
The middle garage is a hydraulic drop down-slide out vehicle cargo bay.
A wall-out expands the interior space. The model has a scale of 1:55.
SIKU’s new models for 2014 have been announced. One of my favorites is the Starter Set farmer. It seems to be in a 1:50 scale.
It contains: 9 plates, partially printed with one hilly plate; 8 connection buttons; 1 barn with roof and gates; 10 trees; 1 movable silo; 1 bag with litter; 15 fence elements including gate; 2 cows; and 1 tractor with trailer.
I got the images from here. Note that it refers to the the Starter Set farmer as 5601 and as 5691 (the latter most likely a typo).
I was looking through the Rare Books section of the AbeBooks website a few days ago and searched for some books with the keyword math. The first entry is shown above, a book by Copernicus published in 1542. (It seems that the books with the highest prices are listed first.) A quick internet search reveals that the $350,000 price for this book is reasonable. (But I doubt that anyone interested in buying the book would have it shipped for $6.50.)
The second book on the list is shown above, a book published in 1990. There are three copies of this book for sale. Which one would you choose, the one priced at $149.90 or the one priced at $118,935.97?
I have all the three versions of the Hot Wheels Bullet Proof that currently exist. I like the translucent two-color plastic body, but what I find most interesting is the circular logo on its base.
I couldn’t find any reference explaining what the logo is about. Please leave a comment if you have any information about it.