Lamley Daily: Autogrand VAZ Zhiguli (Lada) 2106

I've had this one stirring since I did the Autogrand feature way back in February. I thought it deserved it's own spotlight. And I've recently managed to acquire a standard one so it's time to take a good look at what I think is the pick of the Autogrand range.

Collection Update: A TLV, a Chinese oddity and a Soviet saloon.

The mail call is a bit more of a rarity these days in my household. Bills, mortgage, food. Day to day life means the diecast collecting (especially for the more expensive brands) is sporadic at the very best. But sometimes I have a little bit left over to treat myself and given Tomica just released one of my favourite Kei trucks of all time, I decided now was a good time.

Lamley Daily: Racing Champions Buick Regal Grand National & Hot Wheels GMC Syclone

Model: Racing Champions Mint Buick Regal Grand National & Hot Wheels GMC Syclone Line: 2017 series release 2 & 2020 mainline. Ebay links: Racing Champions Buick Regal & Hot Wheels GMC Syclone My car taste is as broad as it is long, but if you've been one of the people keeping up with my Lamley …

Lamley Single File: DyDo (Konami) Mazda R360

You may recall seeing this in my earlier post on the Schuco BMW Isetta, where I had used this in a comparison with the German "bubble car" and vintage Kei trucks from Tomica. Given it's such a cool little car, I thought it's about time it gets space for itself, and given that it's the only R360 in this scale, the new Single File feature is a perfect platform.

Lamley Daily: Tomica Dandy Hino petrol tanker

Tomica's Limited Vintage Hinos have been some of the most desirable 1/64s of the past few years. Monsters, full of tiny details, opening trailers and oozing with retro Japanese chic. And the demand has been high, prices have quickly risen to the point where to some of us they have fast become unobtanium. But today we're not going to be serving up any more (highly deserved) hyperbole on those. We're taking a little step back into the Japanese brand's back catalogue to look at the one of the ancestors of the modern TLVN Hinos.

Lamley Single File: Welly Polish Series part 2 – FSO Syrena 105

When the Lamley team discussed the new Single File series introduced by David Kiley, John joked that myself and fellow contributor Graham Heeps would be all over it, given our rather unique collections. And he was right, this feature is a great opportunity to present to you some truly obscure things. My kind of place entirely then!

Lamley Daily: Welly Polish Series Part 1 – Polski Fiat 126p

Welly have done a fabulous service to Polish and Eastern Bloc vehicles recently, and I'd originally planned to cover them all in one go, but the article sat in my drafts for a while, needing some tweaks to wording and photography. Then the new Single File series came along and gave me a good opportunity to split the cars up as some of them are unique to this scale.

Lamley Single File: Grell Robur LO 2500

Keen eyed Lamley readers will have seen this before when I introduced you all to the High Speed manufactured models comissioned by German marketing company Grell. The other day I recalled a conversation I had a few years ago in Berlin, and it gave me the idea to take this particular model on my daily walk.

Lamley Daily: Hot Wheels Volkswagen SP2

Hot Wheels have always done a sterling service to air cooled Volkswagen enthusiasts. The Beetle and T1 and T2 vans have been present in various forms for a while in a multitude of Hot Wheels lines. The Type 181. The Variant "Squareback". I could go on. Even the VW Brasilia has featured.

Plastic fantastic: F-Toys, Aoshima and Japanese plastic miniatures

A bit like any diecast collector, I spend a lot of time trawling through eBay listings looking for bargains and oddities, restoration opportunities and our personal holy grail cars. It's on these eBay trawls I discovered all these cars, and while they're the scale we are used to on Lamley, they're perhaps not the material …