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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Friday, June 14, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events - Saturday 15th - Friday 21st June 2019

Well . . . looks like we'll have our own Trump by the end of the Month! It's too depressing; if you have a relative in the forces, might be an idea to start buying them kit suitable for Iran! Let's hope the new PM gets a lot of body-bags ordered and that Europe/NATO stay well out of it, if the Anglo Saxons have to upgrade their twilight from a whimper to a bang; sobeit, but no reason for anyone else to suffer.

As always, old toys may salve the soul . . . sadly the fairs are cooling-off for the 'summer break' but lots of events are lining up for the holidays and they often have trade and/or vintage tables.

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 15th June 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Alresford - Bob Legget - The Bob Legget National Festival of Toy Trains - aka: 'Alresford'
Perins School, Pound Hill, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9BS
eMail - bobleggett@btinternet.com (note - change of email address)
Tel. - 01962 733 475
10.30 - 16.30hrs
Adults £6, Children £2, early entry (sales hall) from 09.00hrs £10, family ticket (2 adults 2 kids) £14. And if you've picked up a flyer at recent shows, check the back it may be a kid-goes-free voucher?
Bar-b-que, live music, 20+ running railway layouts, 80+ trade tables, toy displays, stalls, licensed bar/real ale, parking &etc.

Crawley  - SRP - Cancelled

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Sunday 16th June 2019

Boston - MGM Fairs - Woodhall Spa Dolls House Fair
Tattershall Village Hall, 16 Lodge Rd, Tattershall, Boston, Lincolnshire, LN4 4LL (venue)
Linnet Lodge, The Village, Wembworthy, Devon, EX18 7RX (promoter)
Tel. - 07818 462448  
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission - adults/seniors: £2.50, children: 50p
Free car parking, refreshments
Free Prize Draws

Rayleigh - SRP Toyfairs
Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Stafford - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Stafford Showground'
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10.30 - 15.00hrs
Admission £4.00 (early-bird £8), OAP's £3.50, Children £1,
Free parking

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Tuesday 18th June 2019

Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

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Auctions

Saturday 15th June 2019

[Runcorn] On-line Auction - British Toy Auctions
The Auction Centre, 9 Berkeley Court, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1TQ
Tel. - 01928 579 032

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Tuesday 18th June 2019

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel. - 01635 580595
Fax. - 0871 714 6905
Photographica

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Tuesday 18th - Friday 21st June 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (4-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Tuesday 18th - Specialist Diecast
Wednesday 19th - Specialist Diecast
Thursday 20th - General Toy Sale
Friday 21st - Model Train Sale

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Thursday 20th June 2019

Ludlow - Mullock's Specialist Auctioneers and Valuers
Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT (sale venue)
Tel. - 01694 771 771

Sheffield - Shefield Auction Gallery
Windsor Road, Heeley, Sheffield, S8 8UB
Tel. - 0114 281 6161
Viewing - Wednesday 19th 09:00 - 16:45, from 08:30 on sale day
14:00 - Finish

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Other Events

From Thursday 13th (yesterday) - Sunday 1st September 2019

Ironbridge - Coalbrookdale Gallery/Irornbride Gorge Museums - British Comics
Coalbrookdale Gallery, Ironbridge Industrial (and World) Heritage Site, Ironbridge Gorge, Ironbridge, Shropshire
Web. - ironbridge.org.uk (general)
On show is original 1940/50's artwork for Desperate Dan, Denis the Menace (the proper one), Beryl the Peril, Beano the Cat, &etc.

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From Now until 16th September 2019

London (Central) - Design Museum - 'Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition'
Film props, scripts, pre-production and production stuff, research-material, costumes, music etc...from 2001, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and even the unmade 'Napoleon'.

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Both Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Alresford - Watercress Line - War on the Line
Mid Hants Railway, Station Road, New Alresford, SO24 9JG
Very-much tying-in with Bob Leggett's event (see above) in Alresford (which is at one end of the line), on the Saturday; at least, the Watercress Line [Mid-Hants Railway] will be running a themed service on both days; 'War on the Line' being a 75th Anniversary of D-Day event, with dressing-up, re-enactors, stalls and displays and steam-driven locomotives pulling squidgy-seated vintage rolling stock between Alresford and Medstead (nice pubs) via Ropely, although it's a safe bet the tea & buns won't be at 1944 prices!

Dunsfold - Dunsfold Park - Wings & Wheels
Wings & Wheels,Dunsfold Park, Building 56, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB
Tel. - Phone: 01483 542226
09:00 - Finnish (approximately 19:00hrs) both days
Static and flying aircraft displays, monster trucks, supercars &etc.

Leicester - National Space Centre - The FAB Worlds of Anderson
National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS
Email - info@spacecentre.co.uk
Tel. - 0116 261 0261
10:00 - 16:00hrs Monday - Friday; 10.00 - 17.00 weekends
Admision - Adult £15.00, child (5-16)* and concessions £12.00, under 5's free
Parking (all day ) £3.00
*Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions are over 60's, students (NUS card required) and the disabled.
For some special events, they are also open in the evening, check details.
Celebration of Gerry Anderson's creations

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Overseas Events

Friday 14th (today) until Sunday 16th June 2019

Hong Kong (China) - HKTF - Hong Kong Toy Festival
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Web. - info@hkexpo.com.hk (venue)
Web. - www.hktf.com.hk (promoter - text is in Chinese characters)
Tel. - 852-21 531 177
Friday 14th - 10:00-21:00hrs
Saturday 15th - 10:00-21:00hrs
Sunday  16th - 10:00-20:00hrs
Admission $30HK

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Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Galesburg (USA) - 42nd Annual Galesburg Railroad Days Festival - Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
2163 East Main Street, PO Box 1911, Galesburg, Ill 61401, Illinois, USA (venue)
Tel. - 309. 343. 4920
Various timings, events, venues etc . . . check links.

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Advanced Warning-Order

Forthcoming Vectis Auction - Wednesday 26th June
Harry Potter Rarity

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Signed hard back Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book with full provenance

Coming up in the 26th June TV & Film related sale is a rather special lot. A signed hard back Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book, plus other associated memorabilia, with full provenance.

Obtained by the vendor whilst being involved in the filming of the first film at Hogsmeade (Goathland, North Yorkshire).

In the Autumn of 2001, Verity was lucky enough to be an extra at Goathland (transformed into Hogsmeade) for filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Daniel Radcliffe, aged only eleven, was sitting alone in the marquee; so Verity felt sorry for him and went over and had a chat with him. He was so friendly and delightful, she remembers! She asked if he would sign her book and he replied that she was the first person to ask for his autograph. He wrote her name and best wishes as well as his signature.

Over the few days of filming, the book was also signed by actors Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Grainger), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid). Robbie Coltrane told Verity that he doesn't usually give autographs but because of the special circumstances, he did. This was because Verity was going through chemotherapy at that time for leukaemia.

The production team were aware of this from the information given when she applied to be an extra. Consequently, Chris Columbus (Director) signed her book and also wrote "Believe in magic" and Roy Button (OBE. Exec VP & Managing Director of Warner Bros Productions) signed it also. Due to the circumstances, Verity was also invited to Leavesden Studios to visit the studio sets like Diagon Alley and the Great Hall in Hogswarts. The letter of invite signed by Roy Button is included for provenance.

There are six other autographs in this book from other actors on set at Goathland, signed at the time. However, Verity can't recall who they were.

Other documentation included are the cast sheet documents and other information that she was given for filming on those days and her payslip and photographs of her in the Hogswarts uniform.

At the time of filming, there was strict security to keep everything secret about the film. The press were kept well away by security so nothing could be leaked before the film was released but again, exceptions were made and the photographs show Verity as a Hogswarts schoolgirl on set at Goathland (Hogsmeade) in that special uniform.

Estimate: £300 - £500

For further information on this Lot, Kathy Taylor our TV & Film Specialist will be available from the 17th June.

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Other News

Lewis (Isle of,  not Sussex) Chess Man

UK readers will be familiar with this story, but for overseas readers; one of the missing chess pieces from the Lewis horde (believed to be a late Viking or 'Scandinavian' trader's 'shop stock') buried in the sand dunes and found many centuries later has turned-up! It had been in a drawer for some years, having been passed down a family's line. Expected to sell over a million pounds, none of the accounts I've found seem that clear as to whether it's missing from the original find's total, or was missing from the original find. Three full sets would be 96 figures, but some articles talk of 'five long-lost pieces from the 93' (Metro - giving a total of 98), while others ('i') talk of five missing from the four 'combined' chess sets? There's also talk of 14 'Tablemen' (like draughts pieces?). The figure, carved from walrus ivory and a little bashed by his 800-odd years sojourn on the planet is 8.8cm and represents a Warder (forerunner of the Rook or Castle) and will be offered-up at Sotheby's, London on the 2nd of July.

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The Sherriff of Nottingham

Games Workshop have announced on target profits of something stratospheric (in the £80M mark) on expected income of £258m+ (254 in sales and 4M from the licensing arm), seen their shares rise in value by +/- 150% and announced that £5m will be given as a bonus to its 1,900 workers, leaving them with £2,600'ish each!

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Not So Good

Two of my main sources for cheap tat to amuse you and/or tick boxes and/or add to the collection have announced problems;

The Works have released a lower profits forecast, blaming Brwreakshit for consumer uncertainty, but turnover and profits are up on the same periods last year, so it's not too grim yet.

While Wilko/Wilinson's are about to face strike action over staff working conditions at their two main distribution warehouses in Wales (Magor) and Nottinghamshire (Worksop), following the imposition by management of compulsory weekend working. The action follows a ballot of the relevant staff by their union, the GMB; 90% of the staff elected for industrial action.

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Toys in the Media

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Mattel's 'Milf' (or is she a Cougar?) Barbie was celebrating her 60th (Gilf!) in the 'i's weekend edition with an in-depth look at her pension prospects; a thinly disguised guide to the rest of us!

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H is for How They Come In

Announcements; Auction News; Auction Starts; Barbie; Chess Pawn Knight; Event Dates; Event Times; Event Timings; Exhibitions; Forthcoming Events; Games Workshop; Harry Potter; Hong Kong; Local Events; Museum Display; Museum Exhibit; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Reports; Show Times; Space Museum; Teddy Bear; Toy Fairs; TV/Movie Related; Vectis Auctions; Wilkinson's; Wilko Stores; WWII;
Not much this week, I missed a watched-item (while I was eMailing someone about it!), but found these two in a 50p tray, the turkey is China-marked modern rack-toy shite, but so much better than the older stuff that used to come out of Hong Kong, while the little bear is a broach which will probably end-up on a Christmas tree, but I liked that it was flocked and jointed like a real-sized 'Teddy Bear'! I also bought a vintage Waddington's board game (sealed) 'Scoop' for £1.65p, but it had no figures so I sent it back to Charity for a second pay-day!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

News, Views etc . . . Latecomers

Late Date

Further to yesterday's post on this weeks dates (below) - I missed this one, although it looks to be mostly console or arcade type stuff, there is cosplay and so on, so worth a punt if you're in the area with time on your hands!

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019

Glasgow - Replay Events - Play Expo Glasgow
Braehead Arena, Kings Inch Road, Glasgow G51 4BN, Scotland (venue)
Unit 16, Cochran Close, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK8 0AJ (promoter)
Web. - www.playexpoglasgow.com
eMail - braehead.arena@intu.co.uk
Tel. 1 - 01418 868 300 (venue)
Tel. 2 - 01253 301 172 (promoter)

Links

Wonder if Trump got to make a day trip to the Toy Soldier Factory?
https://toysoldierfactory.ie/

FAO taking a leaf out of Hamley's book?
https://www.mingtiandi.com/real-estate/china-retail-real-estate-news/hk-listed-toy-retailer-brings-fao-schwarz-to-china/

Looking for Art in Oregon?
https://www.orartswatch.org/humans-on-the-move-profoundly/

Thursday, June 6, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events Saturday 8th - Friday 14th June 2019

So the fat, meat-sweating, golden-rugged, orange'u'tang came to Britain this week, he first opined on our internal party-political elections (against international diplomatic protocol), then opined on Breakshit (against international diplomatic protocol), then claimed never to have met the arselicken, backstabben Govey-gove (despite having done so) and then refused a meeting with the leader of her Majesty's Official Opposition (against international diplomatic protocol), the first President/Foreign Leader to do so since, err, forever, and claimed the protesters were 'fake news' despite the fact they could be heard in Downing Street!

And his Breakshit 'advice' was pure nuts! What would we sue the EU for exactly - we elected to leave? Are we going to sue them for not kicking us out quick-enough? Are we going to sue them for letting us sign the Good Friday agreement (making Breakshit technically impossible)? The Treaty of Rome, Maastricht? The man's a fuckwitted fool, I mean; he's not wholly sane and hideously ill-informed!

He did all this in the days immediately after starting trade-wars with Mexico (his third largest trade partner) and India? I note the State Department is now panicking over rare earth stocks! Go, China! You fight fire with fire.

Knowing Trump described the Duchess of Cornwall as "nasty" (there is a video), I was pleased to see the Duke keeping his distance and scowling grimly while Her Majesty the Queen gave Trump a verbal kicking in the family-jewels (and lessons in history and statesmanship) with her 'International Organisations' speech - Go, Your Majesty!

The man's a child-like, self regarding, self-obsessed, self-delusional, racist, sexist pig with no depth of knowledge of International Affairs, diplomacy, economics or even 'real' politics (or even realpolitik). He's a corrupt, nepotistic, money-driven, bully and a pervert, a serial bankrupt, tax-cheat and stooge of Moscow, I've heard. He has no redeeming features in my eyes.

The damage he's doing to America at home and abroad must have the Founding-Fathers spinning in their graves like Linda Blair's head hoying bucket-full's of vomit in the direction of the White House; the whole point of the role is to bring the country together, not break it apart!

I feel for my American friends and despair for the fools who find succour in this shambolic excuse for the Office of President. Although - hopefully his intervention will be the needed nails in Boris's coffin? Good luck Ireland!

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
But that luxurious natural growth on his bonce is going great-guns by the looks of it!

Anyway, the damage will only multiply over the next year or so, or even the next five, so more comforting old toys are called-for I think . . . and let's prey for no war!


Toy Fairs

Saturday 8th June 2019

Ludlow - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs - Ludlow Toy & Train Collector's Fair
Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2
Free parking

Nottingham - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Nottingham Toy Fair
Bluecoat Academy, Nottingham, NG8 5GY
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission unknown, but accompanied under-16's free
Light refreshments
Free parking


Sunday 9th June 2019

Haltwhistle - Jim Corr Fairs - Toy, Train & Sci-Fi Fair
Haltwhistle Leisure Centre, Greencroft, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9DP
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, early bird £5

Haydock Park - Barry Stockton Fairs
The Exhibition Centre, Haydock Park Racecourse, WA12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission - adult £2, children £0.50p

Matlock - MGM Fairs - Matlock Dolls House Show
The Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NL (venue)
Linnet Lodge, The Village, Wembworthy, Devon, EX18 7RX (promoter)
Tel. - 07818 462 448
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission - adults/seniors £2.50p, children .50p
'Pay & Display' parking
Refreshments, prize draws

Shepton Mallet - Bulldog Fairs
Royal Bath & West Showground, BA4 6QN
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission - adults £4, under 16's free if accompanied, early-bird (from 08:30hrs) £10

St. Ives - J&J Fairs (J&J Webb)
'One Leisure' St. Ives, Burgess Hall Events & Conference Centre, Westwood Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission - adult £3, seniors £2.50, 1st child £2
Where the cats and the sacks and the wives came from, not Cornwall!


Tuesday 11th June 2019

Hook - Steven Clements Fairs - Hook Evening Fair
Hook Community Centre, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9NN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 21:30hrs
Admission £1
Free parking


Thursday 13th June 2019

Theydon Bois - Joe Lock Fairs (evening fair)
Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER
Internet presence unknown
Mob. - 07866 641 215
19:00-21:00hrs
Admission £1


Auctions

Saturday 8th June 2019

[Runcorn] On-line Auction - British Toy Auctions
Tel. - 01928 579 032


Monday 10th June 2019

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562


Tuesday 11th June June 2019

Canterbury - The Canterbury Auction Galleries
40 Station Road West, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8AN
Tel. - 01227 763 337
General/mixed auction including toys


Wednesday 12th June 2019

Warrington - Warrington & Northwich Auctioneers & Valuers
551 Europa Boulevard, Westbrook, Warrington WA5 7TP
Tel. - 01925 658 833


Overseas Events

Sunday 9th June 2019

Dublin (RoI) - Chris Dyer Fairs - Dublin Toy & Train Fair
The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Eire
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £4
Just off N11 trunk road

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
Pasadena (USA) - Brick Boutique / Power Morphicon - Robo Toy Fest
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, California, USA
Telephone contact unknown
Hours unknown, starts 10:00hrs, early bird 09:00hrs
Admission $10.00, early bird $15.00, children under 12 free.
Gift-bags while stocks last


Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June 2019

Hong Kong (China) - HKTF - Hong Kong Toy Festival
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Web. - info@hkexpo.com.hk (venue)
Web. - www.hktf.com.hk (promoter - text is in Chinese characters)
Tel. - 852-21 531 177
Friday 14th - 10:00-21:00hrs
Saturday 15th - 10:00-21:00hrs
Sunday  16th - 10:00-20:00hrs
Admission $30HK

TimeOut says;
"Not just one for the kids, but for toy enthusiasts too . . . bringing a plethora of super cute and affordable products and collector’s items too, such as classic Tomica Hong Kong bus models and figurines featuring the city’s very own B.Wing characters. There’s also going to [be] a giant inflatable slide, game stalls and [an] interactive area to build your own toy train and tracks. Something to keep the little ones, and your inner big kid, entertained this summer."


6th June 1944 Etc. . .

Same message as last week, loads going on all over the UK and Northern Europe, the memorials kicked-off on Tuesday with events on the South Coast and will continue into the weekend and beyond, and no doubt there will be an 15-month rolling programme of 75th's globally, culminating in first VE Day (May next year) and then VJ day (September '20).

I'll try to keep an eye on it and post the relevant links here, with minor or one-off events getting a separate listing, for now it's the same three links as last week . . .

Independent Over-arching Listing

Britain - UK Government Site

France - Local Authority Site - Normandy


Toys in the Media

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
The Daily Torygraph managed to get both Chinatroop 'army men' and a Preiser type on the same page illustrating a story on ex-military personnel trying to get into employment in civi' street on Tuesday of this week.

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
Meanwhile this advertorial has been seen in several papers, the logo looking suspiciously like the old  Auctioning4U  brand-mark! Oh - God, that pink; they painted half the main office with it, it was like being trapped in a sister's dolly's wedding-dress; luckily my desk was downstairs and I didn't have to face it too-much!

If the information-age has taught me one thing, it's being suspicious of anyone who substitutes a 4 for err... 'for'!


SSW Passim - Bendy's

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
The frogs which launched a series of bendy-toy posts (which is still ongoing - if occasional) a few years ago are to be found in gardening catalogues, currently dropping through the letter-slots of Britain's doors as I write.

Of interest is the pricing, 3-6-quid for an NJCroce superhero, 1-3-pounds-each for a Tobar fantasy novelty figure, but less that 35p for a frog of the same material, same size and same construction? We need Pirate-Skeleton or Man-Bat plant ties!


H is for How They Come In

1 - All Change at BHF

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
The British Heart Foundation seems to have adopted a central process for 'bulking' small toys, with a new wall-rack of header-carded, bottle-bagged toys appearing on Monday. I grabbed a mixed animals one with four MEG (Morrison Entertainment Group) 'something' ...In My Pocket's (top right), two current rack-toy wild animals (bottom left) and a Hasbro-marked 'Dino-bot' of some kind. They also had bags of Lego, K'nex, building bricks etc . . . and I'll be checking back regularly, it's similar to the system used by that London charity; The Toy Project.

2 - Scored a Haul of Plunder!

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
On Tuesday I managed to get this lot for a total of £9.40p, the BAT (Britains) and fictional rocket-firing trailer (Lone Star) are both near-mint, while the 'Mighty Antar' and Centurion (Dinky) are a bit play-worn, but they're both things I never thought I'd own in anything other than tatty condition. As soon as I got them home I grabbed the instant cleaning kit - wet-wipes and a fluffy cloth!

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
After cleaning; I had to do the tank's wheels twice; they had seen heavy service somewhere muddy! The tracks are a bit slack, but complete and undamaged; likewise the two ramps on the transporter have no problems beyond paint-chipping where they slide up and down to lock-in behind their retaining bars.

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
The detritus and a few more shots of the main 'score'; you must have realised by now - if you've followed the Blog for any length of time - I have a bit of a thing for Thorneycroft Antar's . . . when we were kids we saw these all the time, thin-nosed and these earlier, wide-muzzled beasts, there were always convoys of them on the A30, and they used to stop for char at the old truck stops near Hook or up on Blackbush common.

If we were lucky (not so our parents) we'd get stuck behind a convoy travelling down to 'The Plain' and it might take an hour to get past them all! Funny enough, just before I bought these, like a minute or two; a couple of the modern replacement tractor-units - Oshkosh's - had passed up Fleet High Street, sans trailers?

I think they had taken a wrong turn heading for Rushmoor as we have about nine sleeping policemen in the High Street and haven't seen heavy military traffic for years! When you see them complete - the Oshkosh units - they are usually hauling steeply-angled tanker-trailers.

3 - Last Friday

Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
Too late for last week's post, what can I say? They were a pound, what am I supposed to do? I collect figurals, they look vaguely military? They were a quid; a measly quid! They'll go with the nut-crackers and egg-cups and such-things in the 'Household Goods' box!

Branded to an MC, I think I recognise the postcode as belonging to other cheapies, so probably a phantom brand for one of the chains, Wilco or Poundland maybe, or it could be a novelty Christmas thing from Boots or Superdrug?


Announcements; Army Men; Armymen; Auction News; Auctions; BAT Gun; Bendy Toys; Bog Brush; Britains Artillery Gun; Centurion Tank; Dinky Toys; Donald Trump; Hasbro; Land Rover; Lone Star; Made in China; MC Ltd.; MEG; Mighty Antar; Morrison Entertainment Group; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clippings; Novelty Condiment Set; Novelty Cruet Set; Plant Ties; Robo Dinosaur; Robo Toy Fest; Robotoyfest; Rocket Launcher; Salt & Pepper; Tank Transporter; Thorneycroft Mighty Antar; Toy Auctions; Toy Cars; Toy Fairs; Toy Shows; Toy Soldiers;
Mad Mike's boys in the Congo?