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by Brickjournal

Got this today from Hadley Scrowton:


In May, the force will be with us here at Aston’s Auctioneers! Our May 18th toy auction includes a huge Star Wars and sci-fi collection.


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (well, 1977 in the USA…) the first Star Wars film was released to become the highest grossing film of the time. The Kenner toy line was released shortly afterwards and was a huge hit with fans, many of whom are still collecting Star Wars toys today.

Lego - the most popular toy of all time?

I am really looking forward to cataloguing this fantastic collection of original artwork we have received from a local vendor. It comprises hundreds if not thousands of A4 sized 'storyboard' sheets produced by Stourbridge based Data Design Interactive. The company traded from 1983 to 2009 and produced the Lego Rock Raiders game amongst many other titles.

It's going to take a while to go through all of the works and sort them properly for sale, but here's one of the first few I have looked at to whet your appetite! These images show a 3-page pen and ink storyboard for a Rock Raiders in-game movie sequence.
The Rock Raiders game was released on the Microsoft Windows PC platform in 1999, then the following year for Playstation.

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

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: