Gina is a collectible toy and book dealer who loves to find treasures at thrift shops, estate sales, and antique stores.
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 like to buy and sell 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. And every single time I shout a "yes! yes!" and my husband 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 and the best places to still find them.
Where are the best places to buy Micro Machines?
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!
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!
There are so many styles of Micro Machines toys!
Star Wars Micro Machines
and Star Trek Micro Machines
Star Wars vs Star Trek
Original Star Wars Micro Machines Commercial - produced in the early to mid 1990's
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!
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...
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on June 03, 2013:
I was an adult in the 1980s so I don't remember these at all, but they look like they must have been fun!
Jogalog on May 27, 2013:
I remember a lot of these toys from the past!
lesliesinclair on May 27, 2013:
Something about those tiny metal vehicles has a strong attraction for me. I have a few of my now grown children's little cars.
mabraxas on May 24, 2013:
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.
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 23, 2013:
I remember them my kids had them all over their rooms.
Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on May 23, 2013:
I remember how popular Star Wars was when it was first released. ^_^
PaigSr from State of Confusion on May 23, 2013:
Yes I remember them and the adds. I did not remember the Star Trek version though.
Gina Valley (author) from Arizona on May 23, 2013:
@wjlambert lm: I loved their exotic cars! You can reminisce on this page of the M2 Museum...
wjlambert lm on May 23, 2013:
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.
Gina Valley (author) from Arizona on May 21, 2013:
@KarenHC: I love them all! I don't think I could pick between Star Wars or Star Trek! Thanks for stopping by. :-)
Karen from U.S. on May 21, 2013:
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!