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There are many terms used throughout this site that may be unfamiliar to others. Some are specific to the toy collecting hobby, others may have been made up by micro enthusiasts like myself and Mike of M2Museum.Com. If you are puzzled by the meaning of a term that is not listed, email me and I will try to help you out.
~Donald 


Term
Meaning
Atomix
A brand of cars made by Hot Wheels.
AutoKit
A brand of cars made by Famosa, sold in parts of Europe.
ATV
All Terrain Vehicle, A group of recreational vehicles that includes Quads.
Avanti
A brand of automobile that was later purchased by Studebaker.
Bonus
A specially offered "Free" item found on an otherwise normal blisterpack
Cap'n Crunch
A brand of cereal that did a Micro Machines promotion with 5 exclusive cars.
Charm Max
A maker of toys cars, similar in style to Speedeez.
Charter King
See Mini Mites
Continental
A luxury brand Lincoln automobile that was sometimes sold under its own badge.
Dah Yang Toys/DYT
A make of cars mostly known for the cars with working headlights. Similar to the Micro Machines Micro Lights series
Deluxe / DLX
A series of Galoob Micro Machines featuring opening doors and hood. I have been to abbreviate this series as DLX
Dukes of Hazard / DOH
A series of Racing Champion cars based on the hit '80s TV show of the same name.
Exploration
A series of Micro Machines. These were larger than normal Micro Machines and featured vehicles from all aspects of exploration including sea and earth. The boats from this series were made to float.
Extremz
A series of Phat Boyz that are detailed tuner cars
Funrise
A maker of cars that was Galoob's biggest rival in the '80s.
Gold/Gold Cars
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that were only availble with a mail in offer. Each car was colored Gold Chrome (Not actual gold plating)
Hasbro
The toy industry giant that bought out Galoob in 1999.
Highway Warriors
A series of Galoob Micro Machines, more commonly used to refer to the snap on bodies from this series that attached onto a normal Micro Machines to make it into a Mad Max style battle machine.
Hot Rods
A series of Racing Champions cars with street racing details and custom looking paint jobs. Some had blowers, some had scoops, some did not.
Hot Rods
A subtype of Micro Machines with large engines on the hood.
HO Scale
1:87 Scale - for example, 1mm of toy is equal to 87mm of actual car.
Ideal
A brand of toys really famous in the 1970s, See Skeeters
Imperial
A maker of toy cars, more famous for their Yo-Yos
Imperial
A luxury brand Chrysler automobile that was sometimes sold under its own badge.
Imposters
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that altered its looks when a button was depressed.
Insiders / INS
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that featured a regular sized micro with a flip open body to reveal an Ultra Small Insiders vehicle inside. I have been known to abbreviate this series as INS in the past.
Kenner
A maker of toys. See Mega Force.
LGT/LGTI
Lewis Galoob Toys/Lewis Galoob Toys Inc
Macro Machines
A series made by Galoob that was styled like Micro Machines, but quite a bit larger. Some morphed into other cars, some made sounds.
Majorette
A maker of diecast, most famous in the micro scene for their Micro Sonic Flashers.
Matchbox
A brand of diecast, most famous in the micro scene for their ultra small micros that were about 7/8" long.
Mega Force
A series of military based toy cars by Kenner. The vehicles were solid metal with non-moving wheels.
Micro Machines
The most popular brand of micro scale vehicles. They were on the market for over 10 years. Originally produced by Lewis Galoob Toys, and later by Hasbro. They were also sold abroad under the makers Ideal and GiGi.
Micro Scale
Micro Scale is a term made to describe any toy vehicle smaller than HO scale. Some collectors use this term to describe smaller than an average Hot-Wheels
Micro Sonic Flashers
A series of Majorettes cars that had lights and sirens that would activate when you press down on the car. Similar to the Galoob Blaze & Roar series.
Micro Lights / 
 ML
A series of Galoob Micro Machines featuring headlights and taillights that turned on when you pressed down on the car. I have been known to abbrieviate this series as ML in the past.
Mini Mites
A series of cars that had cartoonish proportions and out of proportion sizes of tires. Some where sold under the Matchbox or Charter King name.
Mint Editions
 or RC Mint
A series of Racing Champions cars that featured automotive greats in near stock styling.
MIB
Men In Black (Movie)
Mini Cooper
An iconic car made in Great Britain and further tuned by Cooper. It was made by a couple different brands, the Galoob one was styled after the Morris version.
Mini Micros/
Micro Minis
See Ultra Small Insiders
Monsterz of the Interstate
A series of Phat Boyz cars styled after racing semi trucks.
NASCAR
National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing - the sanctioning body for the top tier of automobile racing in the United States. Racing Champions did a series based on their cars.
Nash
A brand of automobile, most famous for their Metropolitan car.
Nasta
A brand of cars, similar to Micro Machines, but usually had the bodies molded in color instead of painted.
National Geographic
A series of Galoob Micro Machines modeled after great moments in exploration as one might see in the magazine of the same name.
Neonz
A series of Phat Boyz Extremz with lights under the car
NHRA
National Hot Rod Association - the sanctioning body for drag racing in the United States. Racing Champions made a series based on funny cars and rail dragsters.
N Scale
1:160 Scale - for example, 1mm of toy is equal to 160mm of actual car.
Planet Micro
A series of Hot Wheels cars sold starting in the late 1990s. Some castings are identical to their later Atomix series of cars.
Phat Boyz
A brand of cars made by Simple Wishes, famous for their extra wide flat bodies.
Private Eyes
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that featured sun roofs that you could look through to view a scene from the inside of the car.
Remco
A maker of cars most famous for their series that had a rip cord to rev up the motor like the larger Kenner SSP brands of toys.
RC
Racing Champions. Not to be confused with R/C meaning Remote Control
Road Champs
A maker of toy cars, most famous for their plastic bodied 4x4 cars and trucks in the 1980s. Not to be confused with Racing Champions which was also a maker of toy cars.
Route 66
A series of Racing Champions cars. The micro versions were sold as keychains with a hole through the body for the chain to attach to. These were very similar to their other micro series.
Race Team
An early series of Racing Champions cars that lacked make specific details and had black painted windows.
Racing Champions
A brand of Die-Cast, most remembered for their Nascar lines. Not to be confused with Road Champs which was also a maker of toy cars.
Rockin' Wheels
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that feature sets of 1 semi truck and two other vehicles decked out to represent a specific band.
Shake N Sniff
A series of Galoob Micro Machines semi trucks that had smelly loads. Shake up the trailer and take a whiff.
Silver Series
A series of Galoob Micro Machines circa 1989 that featured vehicles in a silver chrome finish. These packs were sold in a specially packages along with three normal blisterpacks. They are very scarce.
Skeeters
A brand of micro scale cars made by Ideal in the early 1970s. These were all plastic and sold in a bubble with a built in magnifying glass.
Snap Backs
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that had friction motors. Pull them back, then release to see them zoom away.
Speedeez
A brand of cars made by Playmate Toys Inc, famous for their ball bearings in the chassis.
Speed Shop
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that were sold with a toolbox shaped pit  kit. You could modify the cars with add ons and different tires.
Stock Car
Superstars
A series of Galoob Micro Machines circa 1992 that featured popular NASCAR racers of the day. Each set included one race car, one semi truck, and one
support vehicle.
Stock Rods
A series of Racing Champions cars that featured classic cars with the paint schemes found on modern Nascar race cars of the day.
Super 4x4
A subtype of Micro Machines circa the late 1980s. These were the first monster trucks that Galoob made. Unlike the Tuff Trax cars, these were normal Galoob castings with extra large tires on long axles.
Super Micro Lights
A series of Galoob Micro Machines similar to the Micro Lights series but had more parts that lit up. See Micro Lights
Tampo
The designs put on a vehicle after the base coat for added details. Usually refers to designs or logos more than normal headlights and other painted details.
Tomica Capsule
A brand of cars sold in vending machines in Japan. They come in a tiny collector box and are made of plastic and usually have clear windows.
Transporter
A semi truck that carries a load from one destination to another. Racing Champions did a series based on Nascar Team Rigs that are used to haul race cars from track to track.
Trike
A custom motorcycle with two wheels in the rear and normal motorcycle front end.
Triplesiders
A brand of Micro Galoob Machines toy cars that were about the size of a normal die-cast. Their plastic bodies cars flipped open to reveal a hiding spot for a normal size Micro Machines car, such as the Insiders.
Trophy
A series of Galoob Micro Machines that had a plastic trophy stand with a car, a boat, and a plane, all in matching paint schemes.
Truckin' U.S.A.
A series of Racing Champions semi trucks. They had extra long trailers that were more to scale than the other brands and most featured advertisements such as McDonald's and Pennzoil.
Turbo Wheels
A subtype of Galoob Micro Machines circa the late 1980s. These were normal Galoob casting on larger tires. In modern terms, these are similar to Donks.
Ultra Small Insiders
These are the smallest Galoob Micro Machines cars. They were first sold in the Insiders series. They measure about 5/8" long.
Wendy's
A fast food resteraunt chain that had a Micro Machines promotion or two.
X-rays
A micro with a transparent body, sometimes tinted a color and other times clear. Some by Galoob were also Deluxe vehicles.
Zowees
A brand of cars made by Hot Wheels in the early 1970s that featured metal bodies with black plastic wheels and colored plastic accent pieces.

Condition Specific Terms
These are terms that relate to the condition of an item.

Term Meaning
MIB
Mint In Box
MISB
Mint In Sealed Box/Blister
MIP
Mint In Package
MOC
Mint On Card
MOCC
Mint On Cut Card
MOMC
Mint On Mint Card
NM
Near Mint
OOP
Out Of Package
VHTF
Very Hard To Find

 



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