Reviews written by Joschik

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All Toys
 

The first port of call for all matters Lehmann

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4.8
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5.0
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Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
March 18, 2012

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Given how long this book goes back it is incredibly complete (I guess only the folks at the Nuremberg toy museum could really do this given their collection and connections). Unusual for an almost "academic" book it also has plenty of very good photos of Lehmann toys. Overall did the book have a really nice flow and read more like a novel than a history book.

 
All Toys
 

Nice Sunday afternoon treat

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3.6
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2.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
March 18, 2012

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This is a fun book and "reading" is almost the wrong term; it is a great book to browse. You will enjoy it if you like toys or graphic design and you will absolutely love it if you are into both.

 
Aviation
 

Love this type of book

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4.6
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
August 16, 2011

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It's hard to do a better job, great photos (and lots and lots of them), nice format, as much information as one wants and nice layout. I hope the authors do more of these and find a publisher to bring the price down (really the only issue with this book)

 
Trains
 

A colourful look back at the history of model trai

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4.2
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3.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
April 22, 2011

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This impressive and nicely presented book gives an excellent introduction to the world of European model railroading. The text manages the difficult balance of including enough detail and covering a lot of ground, in terms of the timespan covered and the brands discussed.

The book's layout is nicely airy, without feeling cluttered in spite of offering 180 images, all of which are large, bright and excellent, as well as being of well-chosen models. All in all an excellent starter volume for anyone interested in getting to know mroe about model train history and an attractive addition to any more-established collection.

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Great resource

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4.4
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
March 29, 2011

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I am a little bit biased since I love the Space Figures section. Norman and Philip's collections and knowledge of the Civilian segment is outstanding.

The book has sections on

- Art Work
- Advertising and Promotional
- Boy Scounts and Girl Guides
- Cartoon, Comic and Story Book Characters
- Children
- Christmas
- Circus
- Disney
- Entertainment and Personalities
- Explores, hunters and Natives
- Fantasy and Mythical
- Farm
- Garage, Road and Street Furniture
- Garden
- House and Home
- Inspired by Movies
- Medieval
- Nautical
- Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale
- On the Home Front World War II
- Pets: Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits
- Railway
- Religion
- Space
- Sport
- Television Characters
- Trades People, Vendors and Workers
- Uniforms (Police, Postmen, Firemen)
- Village and Country Life
- Wild West
- Zoo

plus a manufacturer index and subject index. With lots and lots of photos and a very high-quality print and nice hard cover this is a lovely book and a must for any hollow-cast collector.

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Another excellent niche guide

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4.4
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
September 30, 2010

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Well designed and very detailed - it's another excellent piece by Barney and a must have for a collector. This one is less forcused on variations (mostly because there are less) and uses the extra space for more ancillary subjects and even more photos. Join the the Chimpanzee's Tea Party!

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

A work of love

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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
September 29, 2009

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Great resource for toy knights (not too much on the more elaborate modern knight figures that are more like sculptures these days). Lots of photos including quite a few of box-art. The book seems pretty complete covering everything I am aware of (although I have the feeling that the US section seems too light). This book is a great addition if you are interested in Figures and the Medieval Period.

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Quirky, covering every aspect - even the ones you

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4.6
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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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5.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
September 24, 2009

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This is truely a unique perspective on a brand! It is not meant to be a list of everything Timpo had produced (Alfred, maybe do that next?). But it has the most amazing list of colour and other variations, superb customs, interesting articles on 20 collectors and their collections and an incredbile amount of details on the company, its management and how it all happened (and failed in the end) and much much more. I would almost call this investigative journalism.

This book is a must have for any Timpo Toys collector!

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Complete & Eye-Watering

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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
August 28, 2009

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This is an outstanding book and with at least 3 of the 4 collections sold that made the book possible it is probably going to be impossible to repeat the feat. If you collect Britains Civil or just general lead civil figures this is a must have.

 
Kits
 

Very indepth & fun read

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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
August 20, 2009

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

The book reads almost like an interesting person's biography and is separated in seven chapters. I particularly like the first three chpaters learning a lot of new stuff. The book is full with little interested details such as that the Bristol Superfreighter and the Southern Cross were both availalbe on board and marketed to its travellers. I also liked the profile of the box-art artists and some of the interviews in the back of the book.

Overall a must addition to anybody with a serious interest in Airfix.

 
Diecast Errors
 

Love the idea of a Tomte Error

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3.4
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4.0
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2.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
August 20, 2009

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Well done on finding this shop stock item! Was it the only one left because the kids did not appreciate Error Collecting?

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Detailed & nice package

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4.6
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
June 30, 2009

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Last updated: July 09, 2009
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First of all I have to come clean, I know and have worked with the author in the past. And I therefore knew that if he does something he puts everything into it. So I am not surprised it took him 18 months to put this book together and that despite him having excellent knowledge on the subject before that!

Now to the book, it has lovely feel with a nicely designed cover, a good flow through the subject, excellent images (particular on box sets and two amazing counter displays) and good explanatory text on all models. The only thing it does not cover (and did exclude specifically) are minor engraving and moulding variations.

Overall an excellent work and I look forward to his next two announced books (Plastic Zoo Models and Plastic Floral Garden).

 
Action Figures
 

Like the card and the 2nd shot

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3.1
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3.0
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4.0
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2.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
June 30, 2009

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Cannot knock you for having found a easy solution to a need! Well done and I just love the shot with the chips.

 
All Toys
 

A Heroic Effort

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2.6
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
March 19, 2009

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That must be a tough assignment, recording all toys! I think the effort is mastered almost as good as can be. But of course the problem is that the book only touches the surface on almost all brands.

I would think it would be a good tool for general antic dealers but not useful for collectors.

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

Horbick, Horstmann, HRG...

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3.6
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4.0
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4.0
Joschik Reviewed by Joschik
January 26, 2009

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Before I start my review it t is important to remember that this is a reissue of the first "Culshaw & Horrobin" that was not available for 20 years and had started to command really high prices in the after market. It has been updated but has kept it initial character which makes it a little old-fashioned.

This book must be the labour of love. I love to browse through it and read about brands such as Calcott, Calthorpe, Carden, Chambers, Chater-Lea, Climax, Cluley, Clyde or Clyno (to give you just some of the Cs and only the ones of what are classed as "Major Manufacturers" - there is also a section on "Smaller Manufacturers"). Every brand is introduced and then models listed with their key details (say valves, carburation, wheelbase or tyre size). Keep in mind that it does not cover racing cars, commercial vehicles, one-offs and kit cars. There are appendices for light cars, cyclecars, non-series productions, three-wheeled cars, steam cars, electric cars and coachwork styles.

As a model car collector it gives you an amazing theme, who will be first to have all 700+ manufacturers with al least one model!

It would be nice to have colour and more photos (i.e. photos of all models), but we will have to leave some room for improvement! Overall, an essential book to have if you have an interest in British cars.

 
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