I do know some collectors do have weakness for certain marque of cars. The shallow ones will go for the flashy super cars which they can't afford in real life. Some tasteful ones collect what they drive such as the old Mini Cooper or a VeeDub Beetle. I have to admit that my weakness are old Mercedes Benz. I never get to own any Benz due to the high price of cars in Singapore. My 8 year old car had to renew its radiator recently and my heart bled since it had just 2 more years before sending for scrap. I told my mum that I will buy a used car (rather than new) after scrapping my current ride 2 years later. She yelled at me if I am going to buy an old car. I told her it's a used car not really an old one. She continued to probe if I wanted to get a old Mercedes. I ever asked my dad to buy a 1979 W123 since his ride is going to scrap in 2014 so she thought that I wanted to get an old Mercedes. I do love old Benzes but it will be too much for a salaried person to own a car that is too old which spare parts are scarce locally. No, not the W123 this time unless I strike rich to buy it as a second car. I used to hate the W123 when I was a kid because I find it too ugly to be a Mercedes and they are everywhere in the streets of Singapore in the 80s. As I grow older, the number of these W123 becomes rare and close to extinction. The Mercedes today drop the huge grill as I think the old style grill is still the Mercedes trademark.
Besides Tomica, I do collect other brands of toy cars too. Schuco is the best representative in my opinion. I never fail to grab one if the price is right for me.
My collection of Mercedes also expands to bigger scale ones like the 3 examples above. They are made all over the world by different toy manufacturers from Japan, England and Germany.
These are made in Germany by different toy makers. The Siku Mercedes 600 Pullman is one of my favourite. Most of the above car does has opening doors, hood and boot. Toys made in the 70s are really a gem.
I normally do not collect detailed models like these but I just couldn't resist it. It's a classic Ponton and Singapore used this model as a taxi in the 60s too. I wasn't born yet then but I do appreciate the classic cars during that era.
These are German monthly magazine with a model car. The Pullman is from the Mercedes series while the ambulance comes from the James Bond series.
Another Mercedes from the James Bond series. It has no tyres, dents, one missing headlight, bullets shots on the windscreen but it has a lot of character. You don't see any Matchbox or Tomica shown here because I pluck whichever Mercedes that appears in my sight. My boxed Tomica were kept in carton boxes now. Besides Mercedes, I love to buy Rolls Royce (but not many) and VW Microbus as well. What's your passion?