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Wow, time flies! We just got back from our third trip to Houten! And I've been so busy with the marketplace since the previous one in June that my little report on it was my last blog post! Anyway, as ever, here's some pics from the event!

July 2011 Toy Auction Report

by aston

Pedal Car Collection
Some of the biggest toys we've had to deal with stole the show this month - a selection of old child's pedal cars from a deceased estate in London, from which we have been selling thousands of items over the last few months.
Most of the pedal cars were crying out for restoration in the form of paintwork and spare parts! Even so, the collection totalled over £6000.

The highest priced lot of the sale was lot 706, one of the examples needing the least restoration - just a seat and a few minor accessories. A live internet bidder snapped it up for £1100 + Buyers Premium

Metal Lunchboxes and Americana

by Radar Toys

Here at Radar Toys we spend a lot of time doing one thing - time traveling. Epic nostalgia adventures into times gone past, until we wake up and it's time to pay bills. The great franchises of story, television, and movies from the last five decades have been aging very well and holding their own against the media of today. And given the media of today, originality, it seems, is harder than it appears. The fashion the last few years is to revisit, re-make, and reinvent things that were revered in the past. So, it seems these days that anything good is actually only "recycled good." We could insert a very long list here that could go like, Transformers, Willy Wonka, and about a dozen superhero movies. And you know what....

That's okay. People enjoy seeing their revered franchises see the light of day again, and they cross their fingers that the new spin will do the franchise justice. It gives people the opportunity to share something that was special to them at one time, with someone that they care about and experience it once more. If done well, it can be a very good thing for beloved franchises. So what's the point of all this, you say?

The other day we were time traveling again and sharing stories. The conversation turned to a product that we all had as kids, and yet they were all different. What was it, you say? It was something awesome, something functional, and something we loved and yet, beat up on with healthy amounts of abuse. Drum roll please..we give you... metal lunchboxes. At Radar Toys we are certainly all unique and different individuals, and yet, we laughed at how amazing it is that we all had this one product in common. 

Time flies when you're building an online marketplace! It's taken me a whole week to edit up these photos of Houten, where we spent the Saturday before last at Europe's biggest Toyfair, promoting the site. Here's our stand:

As usual, we went along to Sandown Park to check out the toy fair and promote the new marketplace (coming in just a few weeks now!) Lots of great stuff there as ever and a great time was had by all! Here are some pics!

Dream City Railway

by royjames

Hi Folks,

            Ace trains of London has released their N2s if you would like to see them running click on link below.



For action around Clairetown Station click on link


To ride the rails click on link below