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By Henry I. Kurtz
Recently, a fellow toy soldier collector sent me some photos of wonderful dioramas he had created with his toy troops. They are so well done that I thought it would be nice to share them with readers of my blog. So here they are.
Here at Radar Toys it is no secret that we love action figures. Iron Man, Spiderman, G.I. Joe's and Star Wars -- we have serious roots in the collectible arena. But what about Mom and Dad that need traditional toys for their young ones? For the parents whose children are too young to scream, "I want Iron Man!" --- it is becoming harder and harder to find durable and trustworthy traditional toys. Thankfully there is still one company producing great traditional toys. We are very proud to carry Melissa and Doug merchandise. They specialize in wooden and plush toys of quality at affordable prices.
Blocks, puzzles, and much more -- Melissa and Doug make very durable and uncomplicated toys for children that still leave plenty of room for creativity and fun. What is cool is that many of their toys have a learning angle incorporated that help children to have fun with growing and progressing. Whether its the awesome wooden lacing shoe that helps teach shoe lacing or the magnetic chart that helps with homework and chores -- Melissa and Doug remains a brand that is recognized with quality and durability.
I've been talking with TwoFour Productions in the UK, who are currently making a Christmas special for Channel 4 about best-loved and best-remembered toys. They've sent us over a list of toys they're looking for to feature on the show and want to borrow examples of the following from collectors to film:
- Original Action Man - Preferably with Eagle Eye feature
- An original unassembled Airfix Kit
- He-Man Figures
- Dungeons and Dragons Boardgame and Figurines
- Vintage Hornby Train Set featuring an old locomotive
- 1970's Hot Wheels Cars
- Major Matt Mason
- Raving Bonkers
- Six Million Dollar Man Figure
- Star Wars Toys
- Stretch Armstrong Doll
- Spirograph Set
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Tickle-Me Elmo
Modelled by G. Procacci Naval Modello, Genova, with carved hull, lined paper decks, painted superstructure, poolside loungers and parasols, funnels with company livery, communication masts and rigging, set on a cut-out Plexiglas sea on wooden display base with name and maker's plates with period Plexiglas cover -- 12 x 41in. (30.5 x 104cm.)
Modelled by Donald Mc Narry after the original now in the national collection at Greenwich, with carved, scored and painted hull festooned with elaborate gilt work decoration along the bulwarks terminating in the Company's stern badge, fully-fitted and painted interior including two bundles of decorated oars, state cabin covered with a red-painted roof lined with banners and carved and gilt pairs of lions, cattle and sheep, the prow flying the Company Standard, mounted within a glazed display case with maker's plaques -- 4¾ x 10¾ x 3¾in. (12.4 x 27.5 x 9.5cm.) overall.