Mail Day: A couple of legendary Toyotas, and another batch of TLV…

Just got back from a two day swing through Moab, Utah, and returned to this:

One from Japan Booster, and another from ebay.  Why don’t we give you a gander at what arrived:

First from Japan Booster:

This order was sent for two reasons.  One, to complete four collections, and the other to prepare for some future posts.  The collections?  Japan Booster helped my acquire the models missing to complete the 260Z, 510 Bluebird, Datsun Fairlady Roadster, and Porsche 911/912 collections.  The Terrano/Pathfinders, other Bluebird, Crown, and Cedric are for some future posts.

Plus, with JCCS coming up, we thought we would showcase the TLV versions of some of the most popular cars at the show.  Look for 260Z and Fairlady Roadster posts later this month.

And before we move on, we will throw out our plug for Japan Booster.  There is no better seller of TLV old and new than Japan Booster, especially for overseas collectors.  Their selection is the best on ebay, their prices always competitive, their packaging top notch (we love the box protectors), and they offer free shipping on TLV orders over $50.  We love buying from them, and know you will too, if you haven’t already.

The other package came from ebay seller chaseer25.  As soon as we found out that Hot Wheels was releasing an AE86 Corolla Super Treasure Hunt, we went looking to grab those older versions we still wanted before they take the same route as the 510 and Skylines and skyrocket in price.  We were very happy to see this lot available, so we jumped on it:

We have both models loose, but wanted some carded examples.  This lot was perfect, with the rare grey variant along with long and short carded versions of the standard FTE in white.  These versions are bound in increase in price, so it may not be a bad idea to grab what you want now.

Of course one of the rarest versions in the 3-spoke wheel variation, which chaseer25 has listed now.  The price is high, but realistic compared to what earlier versions have sold for.  It might be worth it for you AE86 collectors.

This package did remind us of one other, that arrived late last week from ebay seller Spitfire Toys:

One of the stupider things I have done collecting-wise was get rid of the Matchbox Toyota Land Cruisers that weren’t just one color.  So a couple of years ago I parted ways with the Safari and Anaconda versions of the FJ40.  Dumb dumb dumb.  I should have just kept them.  I had no idea they would be so hard to replace.  Earlier versions of the Matchbox Land Cruiser are now highly sought-after, and the Safari version especially has seen a massive increase in value.  I have been wanting to do another full showcase of the FJ40 leading up to JCCS, so I bit the bullet and got these two from Spitfire.

They were very good about negotiating a Best Offer, and I am very happy to have them in my possession.  We highly recommend the Spitfire store, which specializes in Matchbox from the last few years.  Lots of great stuff that is becoming harder and harder to find.

Looks like we have a lot of content for future posts.  Anything you want to see sooner rather than later?

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