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Micro But Many – A new book on Micro Machines

If you’re here, I’m guessing you know about the 80s! And I’m guessing you know about, or are at least aware of, Micro Machines. As a quick explanation for people who are just exploring the internet, have found this and would like a brief overview, Micro Machines were miniature vehicles sold in sets of 5 back in the 80s. You could get sets of cars, planes, bikes and boats, and they were one of the most collected toy ranges in the late 80s/ early 90s.

Well, Bitmap Books have released what I consider to be the definitive publication on those tiny vehicles, a new book called Micro But Many.

The book charts the development, production of Micro Machines, starting with their beginnings in 1987 with Kaplinski right through to the end of their production with Hasbro in 2007. You get the whole history of the toy line, development photos and photos of prototypes.

It starts with a foreword from John Moschitta Jr, the original Micro Machines man himself. You will remember him as the fast talking voice from the original adverts.

Inside the book there are photos of 1000 different Micro Machine models, along with notes and stats. The book also notes whether each model is common, rare or super rare, making it an invaluable resource for both collectors and fans of the tiny vehicles.

The vehicles are split into six themed sections:

Unique Europeans – everything from Ferraris to the Mini Cooper
Awesome Americans – US cars including RV, Fords and Chryslers
Cool Classics – including Model T, Cadillac and Bentleys
Rad Paint Jobs – a range of cars with rad colourings
Cute Couples – cars which are part of a matching set
Planes, Trains and Snowmobiles – and helicopters!


There are a huge range of photos in each section, along with stats for over 250 of the Micro Machines

There are also sections for never before seen prototypes and design concepts, which are fascinating to see and read about. I do like reading all the behind-the-scenes details.

The book itself is a chunky hardback, running at 400 pages long, with a lenticular cover and 4 individual page marker ribbons – ideal for marking your favourite Micro Machines.

This genuinely has to be the definitive source of information on Micro Machines. It embraces the whole nostalgia of these tiny toys and the fact that so much details has gone into the book genuinelyfills me with joy.

You can check out some of the cars at MicroButMany.com

The book retails at £29.99 and can be bought directly from Bitmap Books.

Also, come and show some Micro Machines appreciation on Twitter at Microbutmany and Bitmap Books.

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