This fascinating book covers one hundred classic toys that have enchanted, captivated and enthralled generations of children. From the simplest building blocks to the most sophisticated robots, each toy included is still being manufactured or is easily available through sites like eBay. Why do some toys become classic? There are many reasons why particular toys stood out from their competitors. Perhaps the limitless creative possibilities of the LEGO brick, the timeless appeal of the dolls' house or the comforting presence of a favorite bear - whatever the secret, these toys and games have earned a special place in the hearts of millions of children (and former children). The author presents the background on how each toy was created and explains why it has become a classic. He also provides information about the manufacturer and how to find the toy - even in cases where it might not still be in production. Anybody flicking through the pages of 100 Classic Toys will be able to see a toy and say, "I used to have one of those " This is a book for toy collectors, for parents and grandparents, for anyone who has ever played with a toy Contents: Alphabet Blocks, Meccano, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoy, Lego, Stokys, Kapla, Stickle Bricks, Buckaroo , Connect Four, Twister, Electric Football, Guess Who?, Magic 8 Ball, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Rebound, Jack-in-the-box, Kerplunk, Barrel of Monekys, Rubik s Cube, Jacks, Jenga, Mouse Trap, Marbles, Battleship, Rock em Sock em Robots, Labyrinth, Subbuteo, Jigsaw Puzzles, Operation, Mastermind, Tiddlywinks, Balls, Kites, Slinky, Bubble Blower, Radio Flyer Wagon, Nerf, Jump rope, Skipping, Stylophone, Hula Hoop, Two Tune TV, Frisbee, Pogo stick, Super Ball, View-Master, Space Hopper, Rocking Horse, Yo-yo, Raggedy Ann, Barbie, Tiny tears, Cabbage Patch Kids, Forts and castles, Breyer, Playmobil, Dolls Houses, Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, Action Man, Fisher-Price s Little People, Schleich Figurines, Water pistol, My Little Pony, Transformers, Stretch Armstrong, Sylvanian Families, Star Wars Action Figures, Styling Head, Teddy bears, Toy soldiers, Airfix models, William Britain Super Deetail, Matchbox cars, Hot Wheels, Corgi cars, Tomica cars, Cozy Coupe, Big Trak, Scalextric, Tonka, Lionel trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, Brio, Plarail, Play-Doh, Etch a Sketch, Silly Putty, Fuzzy-Felt, Plasticine, Spirograph, Shaker Maker, Automoblox, K Nex, Buzz Lightyear, Geomag and, finally, the humble cardboard box.
Based on the popular "Collectible Classics" column from Classic Toy Trains magazine, 101 Classic Toy Trains surveys the most collectible toy train accessories, locomotives, and rolling stock. This book is very helpful to those who have found an old train collection and are looking for the value of it, as well as for those who just want a better idea of what they should buy next for their layout.
Hollywood movie monsters are enduring pop culture standards. Kids and adults around the world recognize Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Mummy. Although monsters are Aurora's most famous products, the company created model kits of all varieties, including historic sailing ships, sports cars, moon rockets, military and commercial aircraft, TV stars, comic book heroes, wildlife scenes, knights, and much more. Over 500 color photographs enhance this comprehensive history and guide to Aurora models, now updated to include new companies continuing the Aurora tradition. Aurora executives, sculptors, artists, and engineers who created the models tell the story in their own words. Every model Aurora made is described in detail. Today, Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, and Monarch continue the Aurora tradition. Executives from these companies explain how they have added to the list of revived Aurora models, with information on reissues and current collectors' market values.
No other craft so brilliantly captures the magic of turning a handle, icking a switch, or pulling a lever to see the unexpected come to life. Automata and Mechanical Toys is a book for anyone drawn to simple, entertaining mechanics. The book features 21 leading makers, each with a distinctive style. With 160 color photos and 100 delightful examples of the craft, the book is a feast for collectors and enthusiasts. A substantial section of the book is devoted to making automata mechanisms, ideal for novices or those wishing to learn new techniques. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain how to make a bearings box, which separately houses all the main mechanisms used in automata. The box can then be converted to any mechanism you choose. Rodney Peppe is a winner of the British Toymakers' Guild Toy of the Year Award; he has had exhibitions of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. He is also the author of Rodney Peppe's Moving Toys.
Bond... James Bond. In 1962, movie audiences were introduced to the most famous secret agent in the world, and his fleet of fabulous motor cars. The classic Aston Martin DB5 first appeared in Goldfinger, followed by Thunderball and several more films. Equipped with machine guns and an ejection seat, the DB5 is probably the most famous movie car of all time. It was followed by the autogyro Little Nellie in You Only Live Twice; the Lotus Esprit submarine car in The Spy Who Loved Me; Space Shuttles in Moonraker; a Citroen 2CV in For Your Eyes Only; and the specially built Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre. Every film featured a stable of exotic cars for both Bond and his adversaries. In 1965 the British toy company Corgi released a model of the DB5, complete with an array of spy gadgets, including a working ejection seat. Over the next five decades Corgi would go on to produce dozens more Bond models. Other firms joined in, producing both toys for children, and highly detailed models aimed at adult collectors. Today there are hundreds of models for the dedicated Bond fan to hunt down. Here is your guide to the exciting world of miniature Bond cars, and their gadgets, with advice from an experienced Bond collector.
A collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis Vuitton (1883-1970), the third generation of the legendary design family and grandson of the founder of the luxury brand, accumulated hundreds of objects over his lifetime. In addition to building a collection of trunks his roving eye lit upon rare antique travel articles, locks and escutcheons, hand tools, perfume bottles, African masks, walking canes, vintage children's toys, books, hotel labels (usually affixed to customers' trunks), printed monograms, and other typographical rarities. Together they form a rich personal evocation of curiosit s industrielles, or quirks of the trade, as Gaston-Louis liked to call them.
This publication, illustrated with hundreds of specially commissioned photographs, is a privileged tour of a sophisticate's cabinet of curiosities. It will capture the imagination of anyone inspired by bizarre and eclectic curiosities, or those with an interest in the Art Deco period. The book itself will exhibit the highest design and production values for discerning international voyagers with an eye for quality in their books as well as their brands.
Since the turn of the century, the automobile has captured the imaginations not only of adults, but of children as well. As quickly as the new vehicles rolled off the assembly lines, foundries were making thousands of cast iron miniatures of the most popular automobiles, trucks, and farm equipment of the day. Today, rare and exquisite cast iron toys are coveted by collectors of all ages. This book presents a delightful, in-depth study of the marvelous products of leading American cast iron toy manufacturers, including Kenton, Dent, Hubley, Arcade, Kilgore, Vindex, and A. C. Williams, along with select pieces by Champion, Globe, Grey Iron, Freidag, North and Judd, and Niederst. This spectacular collection includes the best in toys, original catalog advertisements, signage, manufacturers' marks, and much more. Over 850 magnificent toys are displayed, including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, farm and construction equipment, and aeronautics, each with detailed photographs, exacting captions, price guide, and historical data on the manufacturing companies. Toy collectors, cast iron aficionados, and dealers will welcome this most complete book.
Here are reproductions of 98 authentic baseball cards representing 104 great players of baseball's Golden Age, from 1880 to 1940. Included are superstars such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Dizzy Dean, and many other famous names in the history of baseball, from John McGraw and Connie Mack to Rudy York and Leo Durocher.
Each card is an authentic reproduction of the original, with a full-color illustration of the player on one side and the original information and advertising on the reverse. This book represents a collection of rare baseball cards that would take years of searching and thousands of dollars to match.
Since their debut in 1978, LEGO minifigures have become the most iconic piece of the wildly popular toy line. Although small in stature, minifigures stand particularly tall as hot collector items. How hot? Consider the rare Mr. Gold (shown on the front cover), who has sold for $1,500 on the secondary market.Beautifully illustrated and amusing to page through, The Collectible LEGO Minifigure reveals why these pint-sized plastic powerhouses are the driving force in the LEGO Universe, whether collected for fun or profit. Featuring: - Up-to-date secondary-market prices for new and used minifigures from 2000 to present
- Hundreds of the most significant and valuable minifigures priced and highlighted
- More than 20 top categories of valuable LEGO minifigures organized by theme, including Adventurers, Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Super Heroes
- Hundreds of full-color photos
- Useful tips for collecting, investment, and detecting counterfeits