I found some amazing Batman items on eBay and started chatting to the sller. The Retro Trader has collected extensively in the 60s and 70s and now is selling his whole collection. Must be sad (but financially rewarding). Find some 120 Batman items currently in his eBay store here with more coming.
Here some samples:
There are always one or two Man from U.N.C.L./E. items in our sale but the October sale was special:
Corgi Man From Uncle: metallic blue 497 Thrushbuster with repro Waverly Ring in original box, VG-E, ring fractured, box F and off-white 497 Thrushbuster with repro Waverly Ring in original box, F, box F. Sold for £180
Originating from Southport, Lancashire, the EAGLE comic first issued in April 1950 made a huge and immediate impact on any boy growing up in the UK in the 1950's.
In austere post war Britain, where most childrens publications were rather dull and mundane, and in black and white, the Eagle comic blazed onto the scene in vivid and bright colours, and leading the way on the front cover was its main character DAN DARE, Pilot of the Future.
This great story strip enabled young readers to let their imagination run wild travelling through countless galaxies, no longer merely earth bound, and with the recent advent of the Jet /Rocket engine and the possible reality of Space flight in the near future, the Eagle comic soon gripped the nation as the No.1 selling children's comic.
Shortly after Quaker Oats aquired the Louis Marx Co. they sold all the toy gun molds to Nichols Kusan . These molds were shipped to Jacksonville Texas and Nichols Kusan actually used a few of them ( i will post photos later ) Then in 1984 Nichols Kusan sold its toy molds to Strombecker Corp. ( Tootsietoy ) and all the Marx Toy gun molds went to Durant Oklahoma . Marx had a large toy gun line . again i will be posting photos later . Most of the Marx toy gun molds were purchased by Wild West Toys at the Durant Auction several years ago . I am sorry this info is so short now . i will ad more info later . Bob WWT
Just came across Dumpr , a free image manupulation tool. Here some of my results:
An Airfix Catalogue Puzzle for its short run of slot cars
We have run some numbers and estimate the annual spend on UK toy fairs to be between £25-40 million.