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Small Scale Diecast

Primarily Micro Machines size, but they were not the only company to produce cars in that scale. I have never been able to figure out what scale that is.

This folder is anything smaller than traditional 1/64 cars.

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Thomas the Tank Engine
Jun 10, 2016

My mom tells me that I was a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine when I was younger. I remember the TV show but I don't remember having these tiny, Micro Machines scale diecasts. Found them in storage on 6/7/2016.

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Ertl

I didn't recall Ertl doing small scale diecast, but when I found my long-lost collection, I found at least one...I have not finished going through them yet, so I would bet there may be more.

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Funrise

Funrise apparently was the main competitor to Micro Machines in the small scale diecast market. I don't know much about them other than the issues I have.

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Hasbro
Aug 16, 2012

Hasbro did not produce many cars in any scale, the only three I have are Batmobiles. Hasbro was more of an action figure company and had the DC license for many years. All three I have are from 1996, and all open up to reveal a tiny Batman in the driver's seat.

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels has done multiple small scale lines through the years. The early versions, which are real cars, are close to 1/87 scale. The later issues, mostly fantasy creations, are Micro Machines scale.

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Imperial

Imperial has never been a high-output brand, but what they have done is usually decent in quality, not the best but not crude, either. I enjoy them. I have not seen any new issues from Imperial post-1998, most of them are from much earlier in the 1990s, though they did have a small NASCAR line in 1997 and 1998.

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Matchbox

Matchbox was formed originally as a small scale company- thus the name. It was said you could put them inside a real matchbox, supposedly. Not being familiar with matchboxes, I don't know if that's true or just a figure of speach. I don't know when they left small scale, but it was in the 60s. I only have one of the originals, but sometime in the 1990s, I don't remember when, they did some reissues (or possibly new toolings) in the small scale, with the box. I have several of those.

The majority of the album, however, are composed of 1990's "World's Smallest Matchbox", which are smaller than Micro Machines, or even Racing Champions' 1/144th line, but larger than the Micro Machines Insiders.

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Micro Machines

THE company people think about when thinking of small scale diecast. In production in the USA 1988-99. Still available in Europe.

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Nasta

I know nothing of this company, but this logo is stamped on the chassis.

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Playmates

This brand came later than most others, mid 2000s. Micro Machines were gone by then, Funrise, Road Champs and the rest were a long distant memory.

The Playmates issues have a metal bb in the chassis, for some unknown reason.

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Racing Champions

RC is my favorite diecast company. They had a line of 1/87 haulers that came with generic body Micro Machines size cars, which ran from 1990-2002, on and off. In 1997 and 1998, they also had a line of 1/144th scale cars, which covered NASCAR, drag cars and street cars.

I display the 1/87 haulers as an overall part of my 1/64 collection, as they are generally accepted in...most large vehicles are scaled to fit the package in 1/64 scale.

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Road Champs

Road Champs, unlike other small scale brands, did not attempt to make real replicas. All the issues I have seen (or at least, remember seeing) were all non-stock and 4x4 style, as the pictures will attest.

Their line also has one of the only scale Ford Aerostars, unfortunatly, it's nowhere near stock. As a 1990 Aerostar was our family daily driver from 1996-2003, that's very frustrating to me.

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Tootsietoy

Crude is the name of the game here, Tootsietoys are primitive, stamped of one piece of pot metal with no detailing whatsoever, most of them are purposely vague, to avoid royalties would be my guess. They are also somewhat odd in scale- smaller than 1/64 by half, but more than double the size of standard small scale used by Micro Machines, Road Champs, Funrise and other.

I can't really say that I'm much of a fan, but I do have a number of them.

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Unknown

Vehicles done in Micro Machines scale that do not carry any manufacturer markings.

Any ID help would be appreciated!

Some are blatant knockoffs, usually (for some reason) of Road Champs issues...some of them even knocking off the graphics Road Champs used!

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Others- Bases, playsets, etc.

The small scale of Micro Machines lend themselves well to bases...while they are available for 1/64 scale as well, they are usually pretty cheesy and not in my collection.

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