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It may come as a surprise, but Sylvanian Families, one of the most enduring and unusual toys of the eighties, were created as computer game stars by Japanese company Epoch, alongside Doraemon, the robot cat, who also starred in his own computer games. However, when Epoch launched the flocked toy animals in 1985, they could have had little idea of how popular they’d become, or how long-lived their success would be.





Bamfords Auctioneers & Valuers will be standing at Barry Potters Donington Park Toy Fair on Sunday 1st April 2012

We will be promoting our next Toy & Juvenalia Sale which is to be held at The Derby Auction House on Friday 22nd June 2012. Our promotion vehicle will be parked at the front of the Donington Park public entrance. Our stall will have items that have been consigned for our next sale and we will be handing out leaflets in promotion to this so please feel free to come up to us, have a chat and take a leaflet. 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate in contacting us on 01332 210000 or e-mail [email protected]




Bamfords Auctioneers Toy, Juvenalia and Collectors Sale - Friday 2nd March 2012 commencing at 10.30am at the Derby Auction House.

Viewing Thursday 1st March from 2pm until 5pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.

Live bidding at www.the-saleroom.com/bamfords


The sale to include 400 lots of Toys, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Trains, Die-Cast, Corgi Toys, Dinky Toys, Tinplate, Star Wars, Lead Figures, Autographs, Books, Sporting Memorabilia, Stamps, Cigarette Cards, Medals and Militaria.

Lot 159 - The Filoscope flipbook optical toy, The British & Biograph Co Ltd, printed tinplate case holding a series of black and white images, the lever is used to flick the images to give the illusion of movement, 8.5cm long, c.1900

Lot 206 - Paradise Novelty Co clockwork tinplate and celluloid Mickey Mouse Jolly Cart, celluloid Mickey Mouse figure in tinplate cart being lead by a celluloid figure of Pluto, Regd No. 536488, 19cm long, boxed - illustrated paper label to lid








The team and I have just returned from our fourth trip to the Houten Swapmeet (you'll recall our other trips as blogged about here, here & here) but this time round, we made quite the weekend of it!

First of all, we stopped off to meet our ToyPedia Advisory Board Member Richard Topelen and his charming fiancee Daniela to check out Richard's amazing Lego collection. Richard's website is www.miniland.nl but he really needs a museum to house his fantastic collection (and we hope he opens one!) He has absolutely everything you could possibly imagine in Lego, including a globe of the world, a giraffe, fantastic sixties display models, piles and piles of bricks and the most amazing layouts! Here are some of the pics I took of his fantastic setup:






2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Teddy Bear from Hermann Coburg