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I do like it when I get to see something a bit different. Academy certainly provided it this year. Of course, they had plenty of models of planes, ships etc on display, all up to their usual standards:


HMS Warsprite


There are lots of great models at Nuremberg, but there is a tendency for some companies to play it a bit safe - you do see an awful lot of model Audi R8s, Lamborghini Reventons and similar. So I always look round for something that stands out as unusual or which I haven't seen before and the Spark/Bizarre stand had quite a few this year!

To start with, here's their Lotus Elan Estate:





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Stingray and Terrorfish

by spookcentral

Matchbox Stingray and Terrorfish now listed!

Carded, in very good condition. Some minor creases to card.


Matchbox Stingray and Terrofish. Stingray with rotating propulsion unit. Terrorfish with movable jaw.


STAND BY FOR ACTION!




Mega Bloks - The Untold Story

by Radar Toys

When it comes to construction and building toys, one name says it all, and that name is Lego. It is almost universally accepted that Lego owns and dominates the arena of building sets for kids and enthusiasts. The reason for this is easy - Lego makes outstanding products. We love them, you love them, and most importantly, the kids love them. But what do you do if you are a competitor of the Lego juggernaut franchise? You'd better have some good ideas under your belt, because we have a feeling that Lego is not going to make it easy for you...laugh.

Thankfully, MegaBloks has some smart ideas and the last few years they have been seeing them come to fruition. MegaBloks is not a new company, they've been around for years, and they have a solid brand name that is instantly recognizable. Traditionally, they have been satisfied occupying the role of building toys for the early childhood market. The bigger, giant building blocks for children under three. That's great and they've done very well there for years. For the most part Lego has seemed content to let MegaBloks have that arena and stay there. However....

The last few years MegaBloks has been brewing up some new ideas, to the benefit of their company and the customers that are shopping the shelves. So what has MegaBloks been doing that is so smart? The first and most beneficial has been their improved licensing. We guess it's true what they say, you've got to spend money to make money. The last four years has seen MegaBloks putting some great franchises on the shelves, like Spiderman, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Halo. These licenses have the draw and power to pull MegaBloks out of the early childhood market, and into more direct competition with Lego. Take a look: 

Heller have been around for a long time, and managed to bring several classy kits to the fair.