Passionate die-cast vehicle collectors find each other online
The largest group of such enthusiasts in Bangladesh go by the name ‘Diecast Collectors of BD’. Its operations started back in January 2015 and now the Facebook group has more than 4,000 members.
Zahir Ibna Majib, the founder, was fond of miniature cars since his childhood and as he grew, the interest never waned. He started this community because he wanted to band together with fellow enthusiasts after coming across similar international platforms that share the same passion.
“None of us actually thought that someday we will form such a big family. This really makes me feel proud to be a part of this amazing group which once started as a mere Facebook group and now it has become a part of our daily lives,” said Abeerul Abedin, one of the earliest members of the group and who is also among the admins that manage the Facebook forum.
Dhaka Tribune spoke with Abedin to know more.
Quazi Ashfaq Uz Zaman
How did this community begin and now how does it feel to see your community expanding rapidly?
It all started with the craze for Hot Wheels! All the gifts that we used to get from family members and the ones that we bought with our savings.
We are getting bigger day by day and it proves our attachment to this hobby. Many of our friends were not much interested in die-casts but they started collecting after they came to know about our group.
I believe this is a great pleasure for us and the young generation should spend time on something positive and productive and this hobby would be undoubtedly one of the best ways to do that!
Is it easy to put a price on your collectibles?
I believe, it is not the price you pay for your beloved collectibles that makes it so special but the bond you have with them. There are scale models like Hot wheels that can cost only around Tk150, but you still love them. And there can be an Autoart that costs around Tk20,000, yet one might still not feel so attached to it.
About Hot wheels, there are even ultra-desirable mainline models like the Need For Speed labeled Nissan R34 that one could buy paying only Tk150 from the market but its re-sale value will easily go beyond Tk500. It depends on your taste and passion. Thus, I would say putting a price on your die-casts would a very tough job indeed.
What kinds of product are available in Bangladesh and what these cost like?
There is a range of car miniature models that are available in Bangladesh. Hot Wheels collectibles are the most common ones, as they cost the least (before it turns out to be someone’s collection). Match Box, Tomica, Kyosho, Bburago, Diecast, Maisto, Jada, etc, are some of the brands selling miniature models.
The demand for such products is still niche which is why there aren't many options for a collector to purchase his/her desired model in Bangladesh. Most of the collectors have to import their own collectibles and some go abroad and purchase it directly.
One interesting fact about these collectibles is that the price fluctuates according to the desire for a particular model. It is not possible to tell which model would be the most expensive one in Bangladesh right now. Diecast models become more desirable with time, thus their price increases too.
What’s the most expensive miniature car model in Bangladesh?
There is a brand called CMC, they make the most perfect scale models. They are quite expensive. CMC makes 1:12 and 1:18 scale models. The price here starts from around Tk80,000 and can reach up to around Tk1,50,000.
Does these require a lot of maintenance?
Most of my collectibles are mainline 1/64 Hot Wheels. They don't need that much maintenance but yes, there are some die-casts of Kyosho, Minichamps and a few Autoart that require some maintenance often, like brushing and polishing.
How many cars do you have within the community? And tell us a little bit about the convention you had recently.
The moderators alone have a collection which holds more than 10,000 die-cast model cars.
This growing community held its first Convention on August 30. Most of the members displayed their collections and some were up for exchange as well. Lots of fun-filled activities such as raffle draws, contests, souvenir distribution, etc, took place during the event.
The convention brought together collectors of all ages. It was a paradise of collectors. Passionate die-cast vehicle collectors find each other online