I'm in New York for a short while, and FAO Schwarz, the famous toy store, is having a vintage toy exhibition to mark their 150th anniversary. They have display cases dotted throughout the shop with vintage toys on display in them. I snapped a couple of pics...





I like it when this happens. I bought a bunch of stuff in an auction and most of the cars in the lots were duplicates of cars I already had. I upgraded a few and sold all the doubles and made a small profit AND got to keep these eight cars for free!


 

GE Fabbri, they of the famous partworks, have already achieved great things by teaming up with James Bond for their incredibly-complete series of 1/43 007 cars. The series will ultimately have over 100 models in total (and you can find a listing of those issued to date here on ToyPedia). But their next Bond-themed partwork is even more ambitious. They've issued build-it-yourself models before, but never one quite like this - it's Mr. Bond's famous Aston Martin DB5 in huge 1/8 scale (that's Pocher size), with an array of working features as dazzling on a model of this scale as the gadgets are on the full-size version.

Last Wednesday, the model was launched at the suitably Bondian club on the 8th floor of 1 Leicester Square overlooking the city. TC was invited along and we jumped at the chance to see the prototype model and talk about it over champagne with Project Manager Ben Robinson.

 

Sotheby's is delighted to announce a sale of the celebrated collection of toy boats, soldiers, motorcycles and classic board games lovingly gathered over nearly four decades by legendary collector Malcolm Forbes and his sons. Each area of the collection is amongst the finest of its kind, boasting rare and important examples by the leading toy makers in the field - from a Mƒ ¤rklin recreation of the Cunard Line's "Lusitania" ocean liner, circa 1912, to a rare group of Medieval Mounted Knights crafted by Richard Courtenay, to the earliest surviving handmade Monopoly game-set, circa 1933. The auction will also include 19th century and American paintings depicting the joys of childhood and, together, the collection is estimated to bring $3/5 million. For the next several months, most of the Collection will remain on view at The Forbes Galleries on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan where it has been installed for the past 25 years, before moving to Sotheby's York Avenue headquarters for exhibition and sale on 17 December 2010.

Here you can see some other outstanding pieces of the sale.

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Sotheby's is delighted to announce a sale of the celebrated collection of toy boats, soldiers, motorcycles and classic board games lovingly gathered over nearly four decades by legendary collector Malcolm Forbes and his sons. Each area of the collection is amongst the finest of its kind, boasting rare and important examples by the leading toy makers in the field - from a Mƒ ¤rklin recreation of the Cunard Line's "Lusitania" ocean liner, circa 1912, to a rare group of Medieval Mounted Knights crafted by Richard Courtenay, to the earliest surviving handmade Monopoly game-set, circa 1933. The auction will also include 19th century and American paintings depicting the joys of childhood and, together, the collection is estimated to bring $3/5 million. For the next several months, most of the Collection will remain on view at The Forbes Galleries on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan where it has been installed for the past 25 years, before moving to Sotheby's York Avenue headquarters for exhibition and sale on 17 December 2010.

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Here are some of the available Ships and Boats.