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Micro Machines - A Resource for Collectors
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!
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.
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...
- Micro Machines ID Guide
Use this guide to help you identify whether or not your Micro Machines toy is the real thing!
There are so many styles of Micro Machines toys!
What's your favorite type of Micro Machines toy?
For now I'm going to focus on only the most collectible lines of Micro Machines...
Star Wars Micro Machines
and Star Trek Micro Machines
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.
- The Micro Machines Museum
HUGE gallery of Micro Machines with descriptions!