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Autoworld - a new brand with old names

by jclevering

The founder of Johnny Lightning in the 1990's sold his business and founded a new company. A couple of years ago he started a new company and not so long ago the first 1:64 diecast cars appeared. The cars offered are sometimes surprising and all in the same scale. They often feature nice details, like a roofrack as in the car below


Toy Box Treasurers - Playart II

by TalesofToyCars


The Playart story continues with material provided by Brian Willoughby of Kentucky. On this page and the 'Playart III' page linked below, I am pleased to offer Brian's excellent information on Playart with minimal editing. The Playart car to the right is the Porsche Carerra 910.

Technopark is a Russian brand of diecast, which is being supplied by Chinese factories. I am not 100% sure which factories are their suppliers, to the Technopark logo seems a bit like a Motormax-logo. The range features Russian vehicles only, but that makes their line-up so interesting. It seems that up to now, all small scale diecast cars of Russian cars are made for the Russian market (with the exception of Grell). For example, Welly too is marketing a series of Russian diecast, under the banner Autotime. Hongwell is doing the same using the Bauer-brand.


GAZ 66 - GAZ is the Gorki Automobile Plant and is located in Gorki. The 66 is a a truck made from 1966 up to 1999. Quite interesting Technopark decided to take a vehicle on sale that in real life is out of production for 15 years. We will see more surprise though!

As 2014 is now confined to the History Books, let's take a look at the best that 2014 had to offer in terms of small scale diecast cars.

Welly surprised us with a number of nice new vehicles, like the pictured Ford Mustang, a Trabant and an Audi Q5.

In my spare time I love to make lovely fashions for my Blythe Dolls.  I have been since before I started collecting.  I have always sewn because a lot of people I am close to sew and are crafty.  I was always comfortable around it and so now if I see a pattern I like I will attempt it.  It's amazing what you can make if you put a little effort into it. 

I find most of my patterns free online but you can also buy them in magazines or online like on Etsy and eBay.  I purchased an entire collection of vintage Skipper patterns from the bay and started sewing the looks that caught my eye.  Now I am buying fabric, ribbons, snaps, buttons, beads, ribbons, bias tape and thread. 

I love to also buy Blythe doll fashions once in a while too and try to patron as many dolly people as I can.  It's also fun to do trades, gift exchanges and also just gift someone.  I sent a package to someone that was a bit down last week that included a stunning wool coat, an adorable party dress and a stunning knit dress with beads and ribbons.  They also donated a doll for a raffle for Blythe Con NY that I won so I was so happy to do all that for them.  They are always helping out and so happy so to see them a bit down so I had to do something to show them that someone cares and wants them happy again.   

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