We have run some numbers and estimate the annual spend on UK toy fairs to be between £25-40 million.
Here is our own estimate
Source: www.ToyCollector.com Estimate (collectors might collect more than one subject in which case their first choice of subject was counted)
From our helpful open source information providers (no guesses as to who they are):
"The Ancient Egyptians were first to carve detailed ship models that have survived to date. It was a common aspect of the Egyptian funeral practice to include highly accurate and detailed, painted, sycamore wood models of a ship and crew, intended to transport the soul of the deceased to the afterlife.
These models, which may be almost 5000 years old, are truly remarkable in their state of preservation. Since the models usually show the crew in their respective places they have been useful in understanding the actual duties of the crew members, what they wore, and how the ship would have been steered. The British Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many other museums worldwide, display extensive public collections of these ritual boats."
Carved Funeral Barge. Wikipedia.org
So, did Rameses and Tut sposh in the bath with model funeral barges? I like to think so.
The thirty one foot long model may be a long way short of the `real thing' but never-the-less, very impressive.
Reading the news in the Aberdeen Press & Journal one morning over breakfast, Duncan Cameron, was delighted to learn that at last Invergordon was making headway against the tide of apathy that has surrounded the establishment of a Naval Museum in the town for almost twenty years.
There and then he contacted a member of the steering committee and very generously offered his one ton model of the HMS Invincible on a long term loan for exhibition purposes to the museum (why did he not offer it to my small home-based museum?).
Retired from his regular radio controlled aerial photography work, where he used remotely piloted aircraft with a nine foot wingspan to carry his cameras to remote areas on behalf of a host of customers, Duncan still has his finger `on the pulse' so to speak, regularly building aircraft and other radio controlled models.