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.
To commemorate the milestone of Lionel Train Company's 100th anniversary comes an updated second edition of ALL ABOARD , the marvelous story of Joshua Lionel Cowen and the toy trains he created. Originally published in 1981, ALL ABOARD brings back the classic electric trains for all those who remember them. The Santa Fe came in gleaming silver and shiny red. The New York Central was gray and white. World War I models carried seige guns, a 1957 engine came in pink for girls. There were Pullmans and steam locomotives, Lehigh Valley coal cars, lumber cars, and a design from 1964 that carried radioactive waste and the Mercury capsule. A&E Network named Lionel trains a "Top Ten Toy" of the century-#4 specifically.
But the story of Lionel trains is far from over. Co-owned by rock star Neil Young, who bought the company because of his autistic son's love for the trains, the Lionel Train Company is stronger than ever, and is evolving with the times by employing remote control, sound chips, and other technical innovations. With 32 all-new pages and scores of colorful illustrations from the archives of Lionel catalogs, ALL ABOARD is the definitive collector's book on the subject.
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
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 curiosités 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.
Collects more than one hundred magazine ads, posters, sheet music covers, magazine covers, and other items featuring cats as promotional agents for scores of popular products
Includes detailed information on 100 popular postwar Lionel collectibles. You'll get a detailed description of each item including its history, common variations and buying advice. Full color photos highlight additional features of each product.