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Micro Machines: The Original Scale Miniatures (called either "Micro Machines" or simply "Micros") were a line of toys originally made by Galoob (now part of Hasbro) in the mid 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Micro Machines were literally that - tiny scale component style "playsets" and vehicles that were slightly larger than "N scale" at an average length of 1.5 inches. Although Micro Machines have not been sold in the United States in some years, newer models are available in the UK and Europe. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Micromachines are mechanical objects that are fabricated in the same general manner as integrated circuits. ... Image File history File links Micro_Machines_logo. ... Image File history File links Micro_Machines_logo. ... Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... U.S. Prototype model of an N scale (1:160) Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 2-6-6-2 shown with a pencil for size N scale (or sometimes N gauge) is a popular model railway size, allowing hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than HO scale, or...

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The toys

American LaFrance ladder truck with extending stabilizers, ladder and opening doors
American LaFrance ladder truck with extending stabilizers, ladder and opening doors

Many different styles of Micros were made including all the popular cars and trucks of the times, trains, emergency vehicles, tanks, boats, airplanes, helicopters, and motorcycles. The Tuff Trax series contained all of the popular USHRA Monster Trucks including the legendary Bigfoot, Rammin' rig and Grave Digger trucks. Star Trek and Star Wars models were also made, as were models from other science fiction franchises including Babylon 5, Power Rangers and MIB. They even immortalized James Bond and Indiana Jones in micro scale. After the Hasbro Buyout, they came out with Winner's Circle NASCAR and GI Joe themed cars and playsets. Image File history File links LaFranceFireEngine. ... Image File history File links LaFranceFireEngine. ... American LaFrance (ALF) is an emergency vehicle manufacturer, based in Ladson, South Carolina. ... For the magazine called automobile, see Automobile Magazine. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer truck prepares to offload Å koda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales A truck or lorry is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. ... A typical North American steam train In rail transport, a train consists of rail vehicles that move along guides to transport freight or passengers from one place to another. ... An emergency vehicle is any vehicle that responds to an emergency. ... A boat is a craft or vessel designed to float on, and provide transport over, water. ... Fixed-wing aircraft is a term used to refer to what are more commonly known as aeroplanes in Commonwealth English (excluding Canada) or airplanes in North American English. ... Robinson Helicopter Company (USA) R44, a four seat development of the R22 A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors, each having two or more rotor blades. ... Mika Kallios KTM125 racing motorcycle A motorcycle, also called a motorbike or just a bike, is a single-track, two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. ... 2005 Bigfoot monster truck racing in Arizona A monster truck is an automobile, typically a pickup truck, which has been modified or purpose built with extremely large wheels and suspension. ... Bigfoot is known as the original monster truck and remains one of the most popular trucks in the United States. ... Grave Digger (often referred to as simply Digger) is the name of a team of monster trucks currently racing in the USHRA Monster Jam series. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an epic American science fiction franchise. ... This article is about the series. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ... The Saban era logo for Power Rangers Power Rangers is a long-running childrens TV show adapted from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise, but is not simply an English dub of the original. ... Common depiction of the Men in Black. ... James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent[1], created in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming, featured in several novels and short stories. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is now the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a military-themed action figure (3 3/4 inches tall) that was supported by a Marvel Comic and a popular cartoon television show that ran in the 1980s. ...


While the Micro Machines collection was known primarily for sizing down automobiles, it also featured several excellent playsets including 1991's fold-out Super Van City. Licensed character products would often be comprised of fold-open heads including miniature characters and vehicles interactive with their playset environment. Micro Machines also utilized several diverse features such as color-changing cars and "Private Eyes" vehicles that even allowed one to peek inside and view an illustration of the inner contents.


Micro Machines had a well-known advertising campaign in the '80s involving fast-talker John Moschitta, Jr. who would speak very fast in their TV commercials, ending each one with the slogan "Just like the real thing, only smaller". Usually credited alongside Steve Woodworth as one of the fastest talkers in human history. ...


In the 90s, transforming playsets were released. Some could transform from one playset to another, such as a factory to a test track. Others could transform from giant vehicles to playsets, such as a 6x6 to a jungle. Earlier ones included one that could transform from a toolbox to a city. Another innovative release was a line of special boats in the 90s. While past boats had merely sunk and were not intended for water use, these new sets could actually float and came in many different sets.


When sold to Hasbro, the basic line was largely discontinued, and new packaging of the toys didn't catch on as well as hoped, though some imitators continue to be sold in toy stores. In 2006, the brand name was visible only in the detail panel of some medium sized Star Wars die cast vehicles of very good quality.


Collectors

A Micro Machines Dodge Viper (below) compared to a Matchbox version of the same car.
A Micro Machines Dodge Viper (below) compared to a Matchbox version of the same car.

Micro machine collecting interest is much smaller than Hot Wheels. It might be considered to be a 1990s item, which some say is not long enough ago to generate adult interest. Some other reasons are that you had to buy a pack at a time, and typically only one would be a new model in any given year, and the toys are smaller and easy to lose. Most sets are worth less than the $5 retail, though some like Civil War can command over $10, and the Aliens set of 3 are on eBay stores for $50. The rare US version of the action fleet Aliens jump ship has been asking over $70. Some rare Star Trek sets and ships are being sold for $100 to $370 by online eBay stores, Some of the hardest to find packages of cars have commanded prices of over $500. while large lots can be had for quarters for each model. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1224, 390 KB) Summary A w:Micro Machines w:Dodge Viper compared to a w:Matchbox (toy company) version of the same car. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1224, 390 KB) Summary A w:Micro Machines w:Dodge Viper compared to a w:Matchbox (toy company) version of the same car. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Matchbox Superfast window sticker A miniature Matchbox Gowings van Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ... Hot Wheels Car — Dodge viper Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ...


Micro Machines kept sealed in package take up a lot of space, but ones which are loose don't take up much space at all. You can use one of the original showcases for Micro Machines, or some collectors just use fishing tackle boxes to store their collection.


Some individual cars such as the SVO Mustang have changed hands for over $25 in the early 2000s, though with the appearance of traders who have nearly every vehicle for sale all the time, it is much more difficult to see values over $5 for any one vehicle. However, there are some rare models that continue to trade at high values such as the collector #CE3R Corvette from 1999. Some military vehicles are remarkably good models, those in accurate markings or Soviet equipment such as the T-72 can also be quite valuable. Rarer collections such as Star Trek or Star Wars are also valuable. A solid gold Star Trek model that was a grand prize in a drawing recently sold for over $5,000.


There are a couple of comprehensive Micro Machines web sites, but no books, and it can be quite a challenge to identify cars since they are too small to label, so it helps to be an expert on classic or not-so-classic cars and military tanks and aircraft.


Revival

Recently, The Micro Machines brand was revived for a few years in response to the popularity of the similar Speedeez brand. Some collectors feel that the paint schemes on the new releases were not up to the standards of the classic Micro Machines. Hasbro also opted to use many fantasy castings in the revival. The revival only lasted a couple years. Hot Wheels also had its hand in the trend, releasing their brand known as Atomix. (Hot Wheels also produced a brand called Planet Micro in the late 1990s.) There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Notable Micro Machines Models

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See also

U.S. Prototype model of an N scale (1:160) Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 2-6-6-2 shown with a pencil for size N scale (or sometimes N gauge) is a popular model railway size, allowing hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than HO scale, or... Matchbox Superfast window sticker A miniature Matchbox Gowings van Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ... Hot Wheels Car — Dodge viper Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. ...

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Micro Machines: The Original Scale Miniatures (called either "Micro Machines" or simply "Micros") were a line of toys originally made by Galoob (now part of Hasbro) in the mid 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
Micro Machines were literally that - tiny scale component style "playsets" and vehicles that were slightly larger than "N scale" at an average length of 1.5 inches.
Although Micro Machines have not been sold in the United States in some years, newer models are available in the UK and Europe.
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