Matchbox cars

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  1. Princess Valiant

    Princess Valiant A.K.A. Rainy Day Auto

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    Is there some reason that stores everywhere do not have matchbox cars?

    A few weeks ago I found and picked up this fiat500 because I have a friend who is totally into these things.

    We decided to work on a diorama so we need a few more fiat 500s. I thought no problem, how rare can a matchbox fiat be.....

    Not only does every store I went to not have a fiat, but they hardly have any matchbox cars at all.

    (4) dollar generals - wiped out
    (2) Walmart stores - wiped out
    (2) king soopers stores - wiped out
    (1) Walgreens - they had matchbox cars but no fiatz.

    What gives, is there a shortage, or just a shortage here locally?

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    • jos51700

      jos51700 Green Bearing thread connoisseur

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      Whatsat? sorry, I was looking at my phone....
       
    • 71GSSDemon

      71GSSDemon FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      I haven't looked for them in stores around here, but now I am curious. I do see lots at car show swap meets. Last I bought was a Johnny Lightning 1971 Demon. Even yellow. It will be easier once I can walk, but I will report back.
       
    • missing linc

      missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel FABO Gold Member

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      Try some truck stops, like Flying J and Loves travel centers. I've seen a lot of diecasts for sale in these places.
       
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      • RustyRatRod

        RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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        There's a crapton on ebay.
         
      • TT5.9mag

        TT5.9mag Two atmospheres are better than one

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        found blue fiats at dollar tree. Wasn’t looking but walked past them and thought of this thread.
         
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        • Princess Valiant

          Princess Valiant A.K.A. Rainy Day Auto

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          Those are non existent in my area. Can't say I ever saw the blue ones, only the lone red one.
           
        • mopar head

          mopar head Well-Known Member

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          I`m blown away that matchbox survived the 70s.
          Hot wheels were all the rage:realcrazy:
           
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          • TT5.9mag

            TT5.9mag Two atmospheres are better than one

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            I actually thought about picking these up and offering to send them to you. I still could if you’d like just say the word.
             
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            • Ironracer

              Ironracer Gearhead

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              I've actually got Dale in a Mopar, turning left. They all face the other way.... darn Nascar crap. No fun....
               
            • YY1

              YY1 Well-Known Member

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              Mattel actually bought Matchbox in the 1990's. So they are their own competition!

              Low inventory of all 1/64 scale around here.

              A few ridiculous "Star Wars" exaggerations.

              A couple M2 haulers and huge corporate sponsor graphics cars.

              Couple Auto World 64 nova wagons (kinda cool, actually).

              Last few weeks I picked up a Matchbox Jeep Gladiator, and speaking of exaggerations, also picked up a Johnny Lightning 73 Satellite "Zingers".
               
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                YY1 Well-Known Member

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                I'm kind of surprised they've kept the brands independent.

                Matchbox tends to focus on officially licensed products and commercial/heavy equipment.

                Hot Wheels tends to focus on in-house designed "hot rods" and custom graphics.
                (aside from the weird licensed star wars name stuff)
                 
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