’71 Pontiac Firebird Formula

I bought a Matchbox ’71 Pontiac Firebird Formula a few weeks ago, then promptly forgot I had it. So when I saw another one in a different store last week, I bought it, thinking that I didn’t have one yet. I’ll probably open one of the two in the future, to be placed on my Majorette Transporter. The base of the model indicates that its scale is 1:65. (I am quite annoyed by this. With not much effort, they could have created the model using the more standard scale of 1:64.) The Wikia page states that its body color is “Orange,” but the paint is actually metalflake orange.


’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX

When I was young, I probably had around two dozen scale models to play with. Most of them were the lead characters in stories I would play in my mind. My Matchbox Chevy Van was the A-Team van; my Matchbox Pontiac T-Roof was KITT. But I remember having one car that was so ordinary that it was always a background character. It was a metallic beige sedan, most likely a Matchbox Ford Cortina (Mark IV) from 1982. I don’t have it any more, but I think its front doors opened. I liked that it had metallic paint and that it was an ordinary car.

A few weeks ago, I found a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX that reminded me of my metallic sedan. I normally collect only weird-looking cars or, on rare occasions, muscle cars, but I felt that I had to buy this ordinary-looking car, perhaps to remind me of the times I actually played with my scale models.

Attack Track


When I was a child in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Matchbox made scale models superior to those of Hot Wheels. The bases of the Matchbox models I had were made of highly detailed metal while those of the Hot Wheels models were made of extremely cheap looking plastic. A few decades later, the quality of Matchbox models dropped. When I started collecting scale models as an adult, I favored the weird-looking (“fantasy”) models of Hot Wheels over the boring normal vehicles of Matchbox.

But lately Matchbox has been making quality models that look really cool. I bought this Attack Track because I like affordable nice-looking military vehicles and because it has a detachable missile. In my experience, toys with detachable missiles quickly get discontinued, possibly due to complaints about choking hazards.

School buses

sbsiku Aside from collecting weird-looking vehicles, my wife and I also like to collect scale models of school buses. A recent addition is the Siku US School Bus #1319 shown on the left which I bought in Rustan’s in Alabang for around 180 pesos.

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Shown above are some Maisto school buses. (I mentioned the one on the left in a previous post.)

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The Matchbox GMC School Bus shown above left is really beautiful. It and the Hot Wheels School Bus shown above right come in many variations.

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We currently have three versions of the Hot Wheels Surfin’ School Bus. We bought the one above without a card. It seems to be a 2005 Red Lines Series collector number 96 made in Malaysia. The pictures in the cards below show the ridiculously small lone door.

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Knight Rider

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/103/Knight-Rider on July 2, 2012 9:28 AM)

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Another TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “Knight Rider.”

The vehicle used by the show’s main character, Michael Knight, was “an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible” “heavily modified” 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am called KITT (for Knight Industries Two Thousand).

As a child, my favorite toy car was a black Hot Wheels Pontiac Trans-Am (most likely the Hot Bird).  It could go very fast.  Unfortunately, a cousin lost it.  I had another Trans-Am, a Matchbox (shown at the right), but it wasn’t as fast.  Lately, I was able to buy an official Knight Rider KITT made by Hot Wheels.

The A-Team

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/102/The-A-Team on July 1, 2012 1:36 AM)

One TV series that I used to watch when I was a child was “The A-Team.” The Wikipedia entry states:


The violence presented in The A-Team is highly sanitized.  People do not bleed or bruise when hit (though they might develop a limp or require a sling), nor do the members of the A-Team kill people.  The results of violence were only ever presented when it was required for the script.  In almost every car crash there is a short take showing the occupants of the vehicle climbing out of the mangled/burning wreck (even in helicopter crashes) […]

The van that the A-Team used was a 1983 GMC Vandura.  From Wikipedia:

It is a common error that the van is said to be all-black, whereas in fact the section above the red stripe is metallic gray; this error was even continued on most toy models of the van.

ateamjAs a child, I would pretend that my Matchbox No. 68 Chevy van was the A-Team van.  (Yes, it experienced a lot of collisions.)  Lately, I was able to buy an official A-Team van made by Hot Wheels.  (No collisions this time.)