Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas European Vacation Diecast Finds

Happy New Year fellow diecast collectors. I have recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Germany with my wife, two boys and Mother-in-law (we get along great thankfully) that allowed a day trip to France and a stopover in the Paris Airport due to being delayed almost two days in Iceland. It was not a diecast hunting trip, but I did manage to stop in a few stores. We hit quite a few Christmas Markets in Germany which yielded me a number of newer Welly castings, even though they are the pullback versions which I am okay with. I was only able to stop in one ToysRus in Munich and one 'Real' department store in the black forest in a town called Horb am Neckar. I was told not to expect snow by a few Germans at the airport, but snow started falling Christmas night and continued until New Year's Eve:) So much for no snow...and there was a lot.

In any case, I took some quick picks of my finds for your viewing pleasure. I will do separate post here by manufacturer in the coming weeks, but if there is something you want to see first, please ask and I will do my best to update the blog with your request.

So let's get started with my Welly finds:


1972 VW Buses...Pullbacks.

A terrific casting!!!!

Pullbacks...nice detail but a large casting.

Pullbacks with exception of Green Trabant



A lone Motormax model I was missing...

My lone Matchbox variation I was looking for...

Chrome interior!!!! Yes!

My Majorette finds...

Found at Paris Airport!

My Schuco Finds...the Camper was a gift from my Mother-in-law who saw me admiring it and purchased it without my knowledge (I told you see was great)...

And finally, my Norev finds. I found these in France and at a VEDES store in Germany.

Happy New Year and I hope you all have a great and blessed year.

Jeff (94SS)


  1. Hey Jeff,

    Great grabs you got! What's the scale on that Norev Renault Alpine? I really dig that and I looked on eBay for it. It seems it's 1:64, but I can't really tell from looking at the ads on there. Also - is it a metal or plastic base and are the tires rubber? Thanks!


  2. Thx for the question. It is matchbox size...I love it. I will try and post a size comparison with something.

  3. Phenomenal brands and phenomenal castings. Congratulations.