Micro Machines history

Micro Machines: The Original Scale Miniatures were a line of toys originally made by Galoob in the mid 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Micro Machines were literally that - miniature scale component style "playsets" and vehicles that were slightly larger than "N scale". Although Micro Machines have not been sold in the United States in some years, newer models are available in the UK and Europe.

Micro machine collecting interest is much smaller than vintage 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 one 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 three 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 auction stores. Some of the hardest to find packages of cars have commanded prices around $100. Those packages often contain prototypes never released to the public. Often large lots can be had for pennies per vehicle on auction sites.

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

"Remember, if it doesn't say Micro Machines, it's not the real thing!"

The Micro Machines brand was revived for a few years in response to the popularity of the similar Speedeez brand. 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.)


Updated: 11 November 2020

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Comments (18)
Gilbert - August 30, 2021
I would like to know what you Micro Machine fans like as your favorite series. My personal faves are Micro Lights and Private Eyes.
Maddie - June 14, 2021
Not sure if this is still active but I was looking to go to an estate sale that has a huge collection: 1990s Starwars, machines, cars, military sets, etc. all in original packaging. I was wondering what your advice would be for what I should go for. Thanks!
All of it then sell in lots. But don't pay too much for them ;-)
Lisa - May 14, 2021
I found one of my sons old micro machines rv . I can’t find one like it and was wondering what the value would be. It’s red white and blue.
You could have a look here to see if you can find yours: Micro Machines RV.
Michelle - April 25, 2021
I am looking to find out what our set of Galoob Micro Machines Space Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Collectors Edition may be worth it is limited edition number 000241, was stored out of light and never had been opened. the original plastic is intact and not yellowed or cracked
I'm afraid I'm not sure. Best thing what you could do is search eBay for similar sets: Micro Machines Star Wars Limited.
Kelvin - February 27, 2021
i have a 1967 micro mustang
i purchased in 1990 does it have any value
About 20-25 USD
Alison - December 27, 2020
I have an unopened Micro machines super city truck. How much is it worth?
Sorry, no idea. You could have a look here to see if you can find yours: Micro Machines Super Truck City.
Samantha - September 21, 2020
Hello, I have a Star Wars micro machines Jawa figures but the box is misprint Tusken Raiders, how do I find out the value of this?
No idea, but you could have a look here to find similar misprints and prices: Micro Machines Star Wars Misprints.
Callum - August 10, 2020
Hi there I have a 1988 micro machine storage thingy can’t really find any info on it all I can describe it as is a red front view of a lorry wondering if anyone could help with more info e.g price and so on many thanks
Tina - May 12, 2020
I have a Lowes micro machine. nr.11 on side. And it's Blue and yellow and either is from 1992 or 82. I can't find any information on it. If you know anything about it please and thank you
Kim - February 21, 2020
I have about 50 mixed vehicles, how do I find out their worth and what to sell them for? Help!
I'm afraid that will take some time... A few comments below is a link to the Micro Machines Museum. You might find some more and helpful info there.
Mick - February 1, 2020
great site thanks very much
Hi Mick, thanks so much. Doing my best :-)
Jack - January 15, 2020
My sons have left me with around 80 machines, which is cool. But how do I tell if a unit is a Micro Machine (Galoob) or some other manufacturer?
No idea! Best I can do is to suggest contacting the webmaster behind this site: Micro Machines Museum.
Trey - September 22, 2019
Hi I have a Bill Elliott Micro Machines Stock Car Superstars from 1991 marked 7432, new in the box but it is marked in the front Sterling Marlin Race Team (box error). UPC code is 047246743230. Do you know what this might be worth?
Not sure, maybe search for Micro Machines Bill Elliott. You can also ask the members of a Facebook fan group, see comment below.
Alan - July 18, 2019
I have a lot of the 80s micro machines cars for sale don't know what to ask for them
I removed your phone number, but if anyone is interested, I'll forward them to you.
Joe - July 15, 2019
Trying to sell my childhood. Have umteen micromachine sets, with boxes still and cars with no cases, wondering what is the best way to sell all at once without eBay or etsy
Well, you could try and sell them on Facebook, there are some collectors groups out there.
Bill - June 15, 2018
I saw the comment about the misprint , I have the set of Jawas figures micro machines but it is labeled tusken raiders ... your thoughts ?
Tammy - April 4, 2018
we have a Micro machines star wars Endor set and it is a miss print the front of the box says Endor set from "Empire Strikes Back" but on the rest of the box on sides and back it says from "Return of the Jedi". i have tried to google search this miss print and i have not found it anywhere, have you heard of this!!! all the local hobbies store have tired to help but they are baffled.wonder if you might have an idea and what a rare miss print like this could be worth?
Hi, never heard of this but there are a few misprints of Star Wars sets by Micro Machines on eBay. I see prices range from 70-300 USD. Couldn't find this particular one though...
Candy - January 22, 2014
have a micro machine i think it is about the same size, it is grey with a blue and red lighting on roof and bonnet with the word GAB on the roof. Does any one know what it is or where it came from?