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if anyone is interested... the micro Driven series by Battat (only been able to find these at Target) are amazing and work well with the old Galoob line as well as the current Hasbro offerings and the Jada Nano series. They are all roughly the same scale but the Driven series features rubber tires and retail for $1.99 each (1 car, crate and road pieces to build a playset). Highly recommend these. There are 4 series so far of the Driven line including some playsets.
 
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if anyone is interested... the micro Driven series by Battat (only been able to find these at Target) are amazing and work well with the old Galoob line as well as the current Hasbro offerings and the Jada Nano series. They are all roughly the same scale but the Driven series features rubber tires and retail for $1.99 each (1 car, crate and road pieces to build a playset). Highly recommend these. There are 4 series so far of the Driven line including some playsets.
Yeah, I've been eyeing some of those as well. I think it would be good to have some road pieces, etc. I also like that Driven Series 2 and 3 has some aircraft offerings which is something they need more of in the Micro Machines line IMHO. If Driven does some kind of airport or even some kind of military base set I'll be all over it.

Incidentally, I saw some Micro Machines blind bag singles at Gamestop about a week or so ago. Nothing I was really interested in picking up, but nice to know they're out there.

In more Micro Machine news I came across this 15-pack on Walmart.com. Never seen it before. Looks like all existing vehicle, but in different colors.
 
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Yeah, I've been eyeing some of those as well. I think it would be good to have some road pieces, etc. I also like that Driven Series 2 and 3 has some aircraft offerings which is something they need more of in the Micro Machines line IMHO. If Driven does some kind of airport or even some kind of military base set I'll be all over it.

Incidentally, I saw some Micro Machines blind bag singles at Gamestop about a week or so ago. Nothing I was really interested in picking up, but nice to know they're out there.

In more Micro Machine news I came across this 15-pack on Walmart.com. Never seen it before. Looks like all existing vehicle, but in different colors.
eyeing that lt. tan Light Vehicle on the right and already thinking it's very similar to the Vamp MK II from G.I. Joe.
 
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picked up a few more Series 4 sets over the weekend:

S4 Micro Color Phase
S4 Muscle Cars
S1 Construction Set
S1 Farm Set
S1 Fire and Rescue
2 different 15 packs
S4 GM/Bugatti 8 pack
S4 White Protection Force set
 
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I finally caved on the pop culture micromachines substitutes lol... and picked up the Jada Nano Batman Returns, Back to the future, and Jurassic Park

I don't know if anyone has seen the Jurassic Park set, but it's amazing. It has a Jeep, the landrover, and the helicopter! :)

I think these will look ace with the aliens, indiana jones and terminator micromachines.
 
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My local Target had the Super Van City marked down to $31, so I pulled the trigger. I've been noticing it less and less in the stores around me. I felt that I shouldn't pass it up. I'll probably not find it for less.

Also, I found some Series 2 5-packs at Walmart marked down to $7 and change. Picked up another military set.
 
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Hey just to let anyone from the UK know that the new micro machines basic packs are currently £2 each on clubcard at Tesco.
 
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I picked up Construction playset at Target for $10. At the Walmart next door they had the Tuner Garage playset, also for $10.

Then I noticed the Tuner Garage is $5 with Prime shipping. duh-oh!

Edit (one day later): Last week I mentioned I picked up the Super Van City at Target for $31. Well, today I found it for $18 at Walmart. Needless to say I'll be returning the Target one. Also, the 3-packs (Series 1 and 2) were $1.67, so I picked up some of the ones I didn't have and some extras of the ones I like best. Got plenty of vehicles now to populate the city and other playsets I picked up recently. (y)

Kind of some random thoughts about the new series of Micro Machines. I hope/wish they'll do more non-car vehicles such as more planes, helicopters, etc. Also, some regular people to pose around the vehicles and playsets would be nice.
 
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I haven't been actively tracking down MM since the line went on hiatus after RO, but I was on a roadtrip, and stopped by a collectible shop and was browsing the huge selection, and stumbled upon a bag of MM. I thought at first because of the price that they'd all be common. I then rotated the bag, and noticed the Caretaker Array. I actually thought to myself...holy ****, haha. I jiggled it around a bit more and found the other two rare pieces from the set. When I got home, I noticed the Klingon BOP with movable wings was in the bag. I also need the variant Excelsior - which was included. I think the bag has close to 60 pieces, with stands - the price sticker...$20. This has to be my ultimate MM find - it only would have been better if the rare SW ships from the Epic Collections were in there too. Its cool to have, I believe, a complete Trek collection now, having bought them ever since I was a kid. I'll probably have around 50 ships to trade in the days to come, after cleaning them up.

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I haven't been actively tracking down MM since the line went on hiatus after RO, but I was on a roadtrip, and stopped by a collectible shop and was browsing the huge selection, and stumbled upon a bag of MM. I thought at first because of the price that they'd all be common. I then rotated the bag, and noticed the Caretaker Array. I actually thought to myself...holy ****, haha. I jiggled it around a bit more and found the other two rare pieces from the set. When I got home, I noticed the Klingon BOP with movable wings was in the bag. I also need the variant Excelsior - which was included. I think the bag has close to 60 pieces, with stands - the price sticker...$20. This has to be my ultimate MM find - it only would have been better if the rare SW ships from the Epic Collections were in there too. Its cool to have, I believe, a complete Trek collection now, having bought them ever since I was a kid. I'll probably have around 50 ships to trade in the days to come, after cleaning them up.

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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! 😃 I love finds like this where it's like those best collecting dreams and you stop for a moment and think "Wait this is reality" haha I have been tempted by the Star Trek line a few times, but so far held off as there are just too many and too many tricky ones to track down haha. So it sounds like this was your "bonus round" and you finally scored the last ones!! 🙃

PS I just got the titanium ultra AT-AT at last, and discovered that the included snowspeeder isn't just micro machines scaled...but is actually a secret micro machine as it has the hole for a stand on the bottom, fit perfect onto one of my old stands.
 
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! 😃 I love finds like this where it's like those best collecting dreams and you stop for a moment and think "Wait this is reality" haha I have been tempted by the Star Trek line a few times, but so far held off as there are just too many and too many tricky ones to track down haha. So it sounds like this was your "bonus round" and you finally scored the last ones!! 🙃

PS I just got the titanium ultra AT-AT at last, and discovered that the included snowspeeder isn't just micro machines scaled...but is actually a secret micro machine as it has the hole for a stand on the bottom, fit perfect onto one of my old stands.
I had honestly given up finding them because of rarity and the prices on the secondary market. I usually don't luck out like this, as I don't explore that many collectible shops, nor travel all that much. Some individual ships go for insane prices on ebay, and the final three sculpts are probably the hardest to track down. When I was a kid buying these, I had no idea about variants, or that the Klingon BOP (movable wings) was the HMS Bounty for example. Apparently it was only released in a 3-pack, which I never bought. Nearly all of my MM were from those large collector sets, where you get a dozen or more at once. I fondly remember buying them at places like KB & TRU.

Its a tough call on whether to start a collection of the Trek MM if you don't have any already, they're amazing little sculpts, but an entire collection would be pricey. Even owning the commons would be great, but you'll probably want them all if you get started! Did you only collect the SW run? I have most of those as well, but I'm missing some from TPM and of course the final Epic Collections that I believe were only released in Europe or something. There are also MM that are unique to playsets and things like that, making it even tougher to complete a set. I love the vast majority of MM though, especially the sci-fi related releases. I also have Babylon 5, Alien, & Starship Troopers. Its cool that the Titanium Ultra AT-AT comes with a MM, I forgot about that one - and its unique with those blaster bolts. Is the deco different too? I don't own that release, I only have a couple ultras, as I tend to collect the small stuff. I know there were a couple sites that tracked the entire MM run, I'll have go find them and see how far off I am with SW.
 
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I had honestly given up finding them because of rarity and the prices on the secondary market. I usually don't luck out like this, as I don't explore that many collectible shops, nor travel all that much. Some individual ships go for insane prices on ebay, and the final three sculpts are probably the hardest to track down. When I was a kid buying these, I had no idea about variants, or that the Klingon BOP (movable wings) was the HMS Bounty for example. Apparently it was only released in a 3-pack, which I never bought. Nearly all of my MM were from those large collector sets, where you get a dozen or more at once. I fondly remember buying them at places like KB & TRU.

Its a tough call on whether to start a collection of the Trek MM if you don't have any already, they're amazing little sculpts, but an entire collection would be pricey. Even owning the commons would be great, but you'll probably want them all if you get started! Did you only collect the SW run? I have most of those as well, but I'm missing some from TPM and of course the final Epic Collections that I believe were only released in Europe or something. There are also MM that are unique to playsets and things like that, making it even tougher to complete a set. I love the vast majority of MM though, especially the sci-fi related releases. I also have Babylon 5, Alien, & Starship Troopers. Its cool that the Titanium Ultra AT-AT comes with a MM, I forgot about that one - and its unique with those blaster bolts. Is the deco different too? I don't own that release, I only have a couple ultras, as I tend to collect the small stuff. I know there were a couple sites that tracked the entire MM run, I'll have go find them and see how far off I am with SW.
I can imagine, I started looking them up as I got close to completing the Star Wars stuff, and saw so many and saw some high prices for some of them and thought "nope don't do it" haha. But then when I see some lots go up with a high amount of ships I still get tempted; but you're 100% right that I would end up needing to collect them all. So the only micros I diverged into was the Aliens (nabbed all 3 sets for a really good price), I love how the tank fits into the action fleet drop ship. Also Got Indiana Jones for a great price. And almost had the starship troopers... but the seller vanished and after a month I had to get my money back. And then haven't had my finger on the button quick enough to grab a deal.

And yes I have some very fond memories of seeing them hanging up at Forbidden planet, and at some other comic shops. Oh and my own "this is real and not a dream" moment in 2000 when I went into a pound shop in Hull and there was an 80% stripped display of Star Wars Micro Machines but from what was left I managed to nab about 8 packs at £1 each (echo troopers, vehicle packs, imperial officers etc) always made me wonder if they'd had the full range, I went back so many times hoping... and did end up getting some episode 1 playsets and the addiction kicked in that got me into 3.75 figures when they hit the poundshop lol. Wasn't till years later that I started pursuing the completion the micro machines again, I guess in part due to Hasbro really slacking off on 3.75 and also charging a fortune for each figure nowdays.

And yes my main run of MM is star wars... collected a few figure packs back in the 90s and a multipack that had figures and vehicles, which I got alongside my action fleet run back then. Then the pound shop deal happened... then didn't pick up collecting it again until around 5 years ago... and really went in on the vehicles, and have everything but the ones from those last 3 epic collection packs. and yes there some tough pieces to get... and a lot of variants... I posted some photos of variants some pages back in this thread if they help any :) And oh my days I once saw the epic collections rares had sold - all 3 packs for £150 combined, after checking a seller's feedback who I had bought something else from. I did a "Noooooooo" for missing out haha. But yeh they are too pricey for me right now, at least at the prices they usually go for which are like £400 just for one set. And yes the deco on the snow speeder is a lot darker and grubbier looking than the regular version, I will take some photos at some points, as well as some more of things people might find interesting... like the hasbro battleship game star wars ships that fit perfectly on micro machine pegs but at 1 fifth of the scale.

And same for me with the ultras I have the AT-AT as got it for £13 shipped the other day (bargain) and I have the Arc fighter which scales nicely to the hotwheels jedi starfighters.
 
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Its hard to beat a pound per pack on those MM releases. I think that's part of the thrill, finding a great price, or even something close to the original retail price, considering how inflated many have become on the secondary market all these years later. I can understand prices jumping, as they no longer make them, but they become so high that many simply write-off ever owning them - that's what I did with the final Trek pieces. I remember awhile back seeing the Star Trek Voyager 3-pack with the Caretaker Array going for maybe $200, which I think is ridiculous. They remain one of my all time favorite collectibles, alongside 3.75 figures - but I couldn't bring myself to pay those prices. Sometimes the long game pays off - I never thought I'd find a dream set like that for $20.

I'll be sure to check out your photos again, I'll have to start putting together a list of SW ships that I don't own yet. I brought collecting those to a halt after the modern run went on hiatus after Rogue One. I also collected the gaming pieces from Starship Battles, many were in scale with the MM line, which was also a reason I didn't track down some of the MM versions. I would like to finish the gaps from TPM at least, and maybe some of the modern releases - the last Epic Collections are a pipe dream though, lol. The only one I own is a replica of the Mon Remonda - a gaming designer cast the original MM years ago and made resin copies, and I have two of them - he didn't do any of the others though, so they will remain in my dreams, haha.
 
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