Antique Toys and Trains
Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1: 64 Scale
Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1
64 Scale
Hardcover      ISBN: 0760360308
Hot WheelsTM From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale shares the inspiring journey of the die-cast vehicles that started out as a new twist on toy cars and became a worldwide phenomenon. Officially licensed with Mattel, this in-depth retrospective reveals what makes these cars unique, how the models are designed, and all the work that goes into the play to ensure Hot WheelsTM maintain their position as the greatest toy cars ever made.

This special anniversary book is lavishly illustrated with rare design drawings and prototypes from Mattel's archives as well as fantastic photos of all of the great Hot WheelsTM vehicles from across their 50-year history--and it comes in a replica Hot WheelsTM car-carrying case. It's the perfect vehicle for Hot WheelsTM fans of all ages
It's All about the Accessories for the World's Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972
It's All about the Accessories for the World's Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972
Paperback      ISBN: 0764351354

When today's Barbie(R) doll collector puts together an outfit for the world's most fashionable doll, they soon find out that the bulk of the value lies in the shoes, hats, gloves, jewelry, and other important accessories. This revised and expanded, lighter edition is decked out with more than 1,200 images of accessories for Barbie, Skipper(R), Francie(R), Ken(R), and other fashionable dolls available from 1959 to 1972, including stands and travel brochures. Complete with values and a cross-referenced description of the outfits each accessory came with, this identification guide is an authority for collectors and a fun addition to any fashionista's library.

Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love
Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love
Hardcover      ISBN: 9881250730

Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love is the second edition of the best selling book that looks at the craft and culture of kokeshi dolls. Included are more profiles, over 50 more photos and several new chapters. Kokeshi are the traditional dolls that are made of wood and are characterized by their lack of arms or legs. They are produced in the Tohoku region of Japan and were originally a children's toy, although it is more often used as a form of decoration nowadays and displayed in the home. Abroad, they are considered to be an icon of Japan, and reflect Japanese aesthetic sensibilities with their simple, elegant and minimalist designs. Kokeshi have the appeal of imperfection and hand made exclusivity as no two dolls are the same, each kokeshi embodies the qualities of wood, something that is often referred to as "warmth." In fact, for collectors, more than the freshly made kokeshi, many covet the atmosphere of the vintage kokeshi -- rather than degrading, as with plastic or artificial materials, the wood picks up a dewy, subdued colour and the delicately painted features fade gracefully with time. This book is the only English language book that looks at this culture in depth, and is the only book with English language interviews with the masters of the craft. The author, Manami Okazaki, visits all 6 prefectures of Tohoku to profile 23 artisans in the remote hot spring villages where they are made. Included are the work and interviews with the masters to the up and coming artists, and highlights many aesthetic theories and sensibilities that are prevalent in contemporary design, even today. The book also looks at Japanese hotspring culture, and Tohoku culture to paint a holistic picture of kokeshi culture. This book will delight fans of wooden crafts, Japanese culture and travellers to Japan. The book gives an insight into the psychology of the craftsman, the process of production, the motifs and the various types, which will inform the collector. This book will also suit travelers to Japan who wish to explore the Northern region of Japan, and their charming hot spring villages. Included are hundreds of photographs.

Lego: A Love Story
Lego
A Love Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470407026
An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he finds his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwine as he awaits the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.

  • Explores the world of adult fans of LEGO, from rediscovering the childhood joys of building with LEGO to evaluating LEGO's place in culture and art
  • Takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community taboos, and build challenges and goes behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND
  • Tells a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

Lesney's Matchbox Toys: Regular Wheel Years, 1947-1969
Lesney's Matchbox Toys
Regular Wheel Years, 1947-1969
Paperback      ISBN: 076434188x

Lesney's Matchbox Toys: The Superfast Years, 1969-1982
Lesney's Matchbox Toys
The Superfast Years, 1969-1982
Paperback      ISBN: 0764333216
Madelman: The History of the Famous Spanish Articulated Figure
Madelman
The History of the Famous Spanish Articulated Figure
Paperback      ISBN: 849665804x

Madelman manufactured articulated figures from 1968 to 1983. They were made in Spain and exported to countries including Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy. They were also manufactured in a Mexican affiliate company. Each figure was 17cm high (scale 1: 11) and they had an enormous following, so much so that today there are many thousands of avid collectors, with each figure becoming a highly prized piece.

This book illustrates, in full color, the collection of Pedro Andrea. This collection is so complete that, at the same time, it is also a complete record of the MADELMAN production. Each figure, costume and accessory has been meticulously photographed and is accompanied by a full description and explanatory text to assist the reader in obtaining a complete overview of the collection.
Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game: A Collector's Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets
Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game
A Collector's Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets
Hardcover      ISBN: 4805313234
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whether used as a reference or a beautiful keepsake, it's a very worthy addition to the world of Mah Jongg." --Ruth Unger, President, National Mah Jongg League

This is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mahjong or "Mah Jongg," offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mahjong, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also across the globe. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mahjong and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in, the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mahjong sets from the most basic, made of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing essential chapters on the game's history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, prominent collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past's and today's game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mahjong tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mahjong.
Making Simple Automata
Making Simple Automata
Paperback      ISBN: 1847977448

A superb book that explains how to design and construct small scale, simple mechanical devices for fun--perfect for toy makers, woodworkers, crafters, and tinkerers

Designing and making successful automata involves combining materials, mechanisms, and magic. Illustrated with color photos throughout, this wonderful book explains the six golden rules for making automata alongside detailed step-by-step projects. Many materials are discussed, including paper and card, wood, wire, tinplate, and plastics; mechanisms discussed include levers and linkages, cranks and cams, wheels, gears, pulleys, springs, ratchets, and pawls. Finally, there is the magic--an unanalyzable charm, a strong fascination so that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Marble Mania
Marble Mania
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764335502