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Toy Photography
 

Love it

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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
October 12, 2012

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You should get the Cross 1st Class for this

 
Trains
 

If you like ACE this book is delightful

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4.4
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
March 08, 2012

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Just lots and lots on Ace Trains and its history - all it really needs is a new revision since the company has moved on since 2005 with a number of key changes.

 
Aviation
 

Great Coffeetable Book

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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
March 22, 2011

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Really nice book to browse and remember the good ol' days. Love the variety and would be more than keen to see the aircraft collection at Alligator Lodge (just in case the author reads this...)! Good one if you collect mmodel airplanes!

 
Trains
 

Different Perspective...

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4.4
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
November 26, 2009

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From my perspecitve I think this is a brilliant book (and I gave it a 5 for Completeness since it achieves what it wants which happens to be not a complete listing of this or that maker).

Great book to own or give as a present!

 
Other
 

Amazing Variety and yes, this is queer

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3.2
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4.0
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2.0
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
August 27, 2009

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I always get the strange stuff and collecting Simpsonabilia is pretty much out there even for us toy collectors. I beleive that most of what has been licensed "The Simpsons" can be found in the book. The author takes an informed in-depth look at merchandise from the earliest days of the show up to 1997/8 when the book was published. Particularly useful is the trading cards section. Since I am not a devout Simpson collector I am not sure how much has been missed after 1998 but given that this probably the only guide on the stuff I would get it if you collect it.

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

You will probably never see most of these

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3.4
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
July 01, 2009

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Just brilliant, thoese guys must have a really nice collection. Lots of early rubber and plastic models in gorgeous packages; plastic as small as 1/87, diecast, white metal up to Tin and Tonka and even Wood. A fun book even if you do not want to collect!

I have given the book a 3 for information since there is not that much but then that is not what it is about, it has plenty of information on the models featured.

 
Other
 

Has its issues but overall good buy

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3.2
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
June 12, 2009

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Everett Grist is also the author of Machine-Made & Contemporary Marbles and Antique & Collectible Marbles. Like the other books this one is a good addition to the library of any marble collector. Its drawback are that it really only covers North American marbles and the photos could be much better.

The layout is a little bit old fashioned with a wallpaper on every page and a number of "plates" (just photos of postcards with marbles on them) at the back. But those little issues are more my personal taste and the book is a decent buy (and before I get the cover is of really nice quality)

 
Action Figures
 

Solid Book and need to have for serious collectors

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3.2
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
April 01, 2009

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This is so far as I know the only book on French GI Joes, a subject I have to admit not to know too much about. The book is well done but could have been translated better (although it almost gives it some charm).

I personally love the section called Technical Analysis that almost felt like written by Leonardo da Vinci and the section on the French GI Janes and explanation why they did not succeed. Overall a very solid book with the exception of the (maybe too ambition) section on Other Countries and Fakes. Maybe the publisher does another book on them?

 
Action Figures
 

Faszinating Read & excellent Models

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4.4
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
April 01, 2009

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Excellent book on the green devils with a good overview of all their campaigns. Each campaign shows also superb pictures of modified figures with some text. The only down-side is that this book does not really explain how to make them, it gives you some hints and more than 2/3 of the book is historical information.

 
Ugly Toys
 

Nice Hitchcock-type Story

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2.5
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2.0
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2.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
March 21, 2009

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There was not that much to be done in the 60s, so hanging around on the hay seems perfectly OK to me - but I like your Hitchcock sense...

 
Action Figures
 

A buyers guide that fits in the pocket

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2.8
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4.0
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4.0
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1.0
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2.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
March 11, 2009

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The Vintage Action Man Catalogue is a booklet targeted at a specific group of people: the collectors and buyers of vintage Action Man figures. The publication is a collection of prices and descriptions from the varied history of Action Man. This would definitely come in handy if one was to pay a visit to anywhere that stocked vintage figures.

The book is ordered by catagories according to their appearance. For example pages 19 to 21 have the prices and contents of the Boxed and Carded accessories as well as a brief description of their boxes. The order is explicitly designed with the buyer in mind. See a box you like the look of? Its an Air Force uniform collection. Go to page 22 and see what the contents are. Its a Red Devil Parachutist accessory set. A set could be worth up to £170 (or more if it's in perfect condition), but wait - the box is a camoflauge frame pack rather than the wood grain variety. Never mind, its worth a bit less than the seller is advertising. Well you'd never know if you didn't have this book on you.

Even though it is thoroughly utilitarian, the book could use some visual aids here and there, more to differentiate between packs rather than for aesthetic purposes. This is the first edition of the first book from the publisher however and it is a useful and decent first effort.

 
Action Figures
 

Second World War soldiers rendered in 12 inch form

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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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2.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
February 24, 2009

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An unassuming paperback hides the detail contained within this guide to Second World War action figures. For the page count it is quite amazingly detailed and the full colour photography gleans vast amounts of detail from the posed figures.

The introduction explains the state of (accurate) action figures and how one might expect to get on with customising their own characters. A basic but informative guide talls the reader how they may stain clothing or scar and colour faces. Insignia creation and uniform alteration lets us know that the authors are into realistic deptictions!

The remainder of the book is given to a catalogue of national troops in their various uniforms depending on their role. The text that fills the pages around the detailed photography of the men (and women) give quite in depth details of where the uniform details may have come from. One British Major is carrying a German set of binoculars that the modellers speculate may have been captured from a rival tank crew. Such detail is in some respects left to the imagination. Where did that American GI get that Luger from? How is that soldier scarred so badly? Dioramas are also set up to contextualise the soldiers, but these are very few and far between. This book is a definitive guide to Second War Soldiers and not a page is given to much else.

It is strange that such an unimposing book can contain such great detail about each figure and remain so interesting. The stories behind each figure never gets boring and with such detail, albeit slightly rough in translation from the french, it contains a wealth of interest and a worthy addition to the collection.

12-Inch Action figures is part 1 of a collection with part 2 being "Action Joe: The Story of the French GI Joe".

 
Trains
 

Nice for your wall

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3.8
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
December 17, 2008

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This is just a great piece for the wall and shows the last 100 years in manufacturing through the lens of one manufacturer (they use to built and own factories!)

 
Trains
 

You got me a little bit geeky...

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2.8
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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2.0
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3.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
December 17, 2008

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... but are we not all! It's kind of fun to browse around and read the old patents. They have amazing drawings (I don't think I could do anything close to it by hand!) and are written in a beautiful patent-type prose. So if this sounds you thing, get it - there is nothing similar out there.

 
Slot Cars
 

Very good book for the R/C Beginner

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3.4
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
Tom1 Reviewed by Tom1
November 24, 2008

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This book is a very good overview on Radio Controlled Cars. It covers all the basics, like giving you a good overview of what to consider when first purchasing a R/C car, how to do some limited enhancing, maintenance, driving and even build simple tracks. It covers nitro better than electric and does not go very detailed - but for a beginner this will get you going and is worth it.

 
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