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.
From G.I. Joe*t to Star Wars*t John Marshall has provided a thorough, informative, and entertaining look at the action figures produced during the 1980s. In over 430 superb color photographs, fans of the pocket-sized G.I. Joes*t, of movie and TV characters, of fantasy figures, He-Man*t, the Thunder Cats*t, super heroes, of those ever-popular quick change artists of the robot world--the Transformers*t, and even pro-wrestling fanatics will find figures here to warm their souls Price listings are provided for every figure shown and for every known figure produced within a particular product line. Price ranges are provided both for figures that are mint-in-the-box and for those which, while running loose, have retained all of their accessories and lost none of their finish.
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.
Aurora slot cars are legendary. These tiny racing cars captured and held the imagination of American kids for over a decade and their unparalleled popularity made them coveted Christmas presents between 1960 and 1977. Aurora slot car races were staged everywhere, from home basements to the Johnny Carson show Relive those competitive days with this exciting book filled with hundreds of photos of slot cars plus engaging text and background information. Here are Thunderjets, AFX Flamethrowers, Dragsters, Super Speedsters, and more, reproduced in 1/24, 1/25, 1/32, and 1/48 scale. The informative text provides readers with the Aurora company history, and detailed information on colors, model variations, and prices. An extensive price list and photo cross-reference index is included. Learn to recognize them, then collect them all
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.
When Mattel's Hotwheels toy cars exploded onto the market in 1968, venerable Matchbox Toys met the challenge with its Superfast line. The successful result is now presented in the largest book on Matchbox Toys ever produced - so big it is two volumes that celebrate 35 years of Matchbox Superfast production with over 7000 color photos and over 10,000 listed variations The detailed, beautiful photographs are a great assistance to collectors for identification and color reference. The Variation Listings, found in Volume 1, are arranged alpha-numerically by product numbers, making location and cross-referencing easy. Photos are arranged by major product lines, with Basic Models in Volume1, and everything else from Adventure Pack to White Rose Collectibles arranged alphabetically in Volume 2. Superfast models from late 2004 and early 2005 also appear in Volume 2. Each photo includes the product number and name for easy reference to the Variation Listings. To further aid in identification there are helpful indexes by MAN number and model names (actual base names), as well as a general alphabetical index. The model variations have current market prices for each variation. Taken together, these two great books are a must for Matchbox collectors everywhere, a monumental effort by one of the world's greatest authorities Volume 1: Over 2050 Color Photos of Basic Models Illustrated - Promotionals - Miniature 1-75 Basic Listing - Variations Listing with Values Volume 2: Over 5000 Color Photos of Adventure Packs & Action System to World Class Models with late 2004 Models - Alphabetical Index - Index to Annual Basic Range Listings 1998-2004 by Issue Numbers (MW numbers) - MAN Number (frame number) Listing - Alphabetical Index by Actual Base Names
Take a journey through the awe-inspiring world of luxury consumer goods, where money is no object and if you need to ask the price then you know you can't afford it. From cars, planes and boats to watches and clothing, it's all about quality, luxury, rarity and prestige. Big Boys' Toys is an inspirational and aspirational look at the absolute best the world has to offer. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
You want this.
You deserve this.
You've earned this.
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.
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.