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Micro Machines - A Resource for Collectors

Updated on September 22, 2017

Collecting Micro Machines Toys

I have an intense love for Micro Machines. They're tiny and adorable but with fierce attitude!

If you're a child of the 1980s like myself you'll surely remember these little guys: super tiny cars, planes, bikes, ships and much more. My absolute favorite collections are Star Wars Micro Machines and Star Trek Micro Machines. But there's something for everyone.

As a child I started a huge Micro Machines collection that I just loved playing with. I got as many as my parents would allow. My pride and joy was the Aircraft Carrier....oh my...I love to reminisce! :-)

I have so many wonderful memories of my dad spending time with me while I played on the floor with my collection. Dad has since passed but every time I see a Micro Machines toy I think of him.

Now as an adult (but still a child at heart!) I have a business buying and selling collectible toys and games. And what do you think I mostly gravitate towards? Yes, Micro Machines!

I've been lucky enough to stumble across a lot of mint condition Micro Machines while I'm out buying collectibles for my business. And every single time I shout a "yes! yes!" and my fiancé just rolls his eyes at me - "here we go again!"

So I've decided to put together this page to share what I've learned over the years about these amazing 1980s and 1990s pop culture items!

Happy collecting...

Image source: By Jorge Barrios (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Original 1980s Micro Machines Commercial - ...with super fast talker John Moschitta, Jr.

Do you remember this commercial? I just loved it as a kid and I wanted them all!

A Micro History Lesson

Micro Machines were made by Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1999 Galoob was purchased by Hasbro, Inc and the popularity of the Micro Machines toy lines dramatically decreased and Hasbro discontinued their manufacture (booooo!!!).

However, in 2006 Hasbro started to revive the line with their Titanium series die cast vehicle lines of Transformers and Star Wars toys.

So if you want to collect toys from the original Micro Machines line, you want to look for dates in the 1980s and 1990s as well as the name "Galoob" on the underside of the toy. You may need a magnifying glass to view the inscription.

Image source: By greekspeedoman on Flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons BY-ND 3.0

Identifying Micro Machines - check out this great eBay guide...

Want to learn about the markings found on the bottom of authentic Micro Machines? Well here you go...

There are so many styles of Micro Machines toys!

Image source: By greekspeedoman on Flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons BY-ND 3.0

What's your favorite type of Micro Machines toy?

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For now I'm going to focus on only the most collectible lines of Micro Machines...

Star Wars Micro Machines

Image source: By ocean yamaha on Flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons BY-ND 3.0

and Star Trek Micro Machines

Image source: By dalangalma on Flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons BY-ND 3.0

Original Star Wars Micro Machines Commercial - produced in the early to mid 1990's

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Which Micro Machines line is better?

Want to see the most enormous gallery of Micro Machines there is? - ...then visit the Micro Machines Museum!

This website has pictures of every Micro Machines toy made. Simply awesome.

More Micro Machines Commercials... - this one has my favorite - the Air Craft Carrier! Yes!

Guestbook Comments - Got a question or comment? Let me know below...

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      I was an adult in the 1980s so I don't remember these at all, but they look like they must have been fun!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I remember a lot of these toys from the past!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Something about those tiny metal vehicles has a strong attraction for me. I have a few of my now grown children's little cars.

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      mabraxas 4 years ago

      My brain wheels were creaking to a start but as soon as I saw the Xwing fighter, it all came back: Micro Machines! It's been a while.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I remember them my kids had them all over their rooms.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I remember how popular Star Wars was when it was first released. ^_^

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Yes I remember them and the adds. I did not remember the Star Trek version though.

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      Gina Valley 4 years ago from Arizona

      @wjlambert lm: I loved their exotic cars! You can reminisce on this page of the M2 Museum...

      http://m2museum.com/Cars.htm

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      wjlambert lm 4 years ago

      I realize that what I like most still qualifies under the title "Cars & Trucks", but I was collecting exotic cars only for a while. Honestly, I have no idea where they've gotten to. I haven't touched them since College.

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      Gina Valley 4 years ago from Arizona

      @KarenHC: I love them all! I don't think I could pick between Star Wars or Star Trek! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      Micro Machines were favorites for my two boys when they were growing up. I like both the Star Trek and Star Wars Micro Machines, although my boys would definitely have a strong preference for the Star Wars ones!