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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, April 26, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Saturday 27th April - Friday 3rd May 2019

No blurb today, no pack drill . . .


Toy Fairs

Reminder - Today - Friday 26th April 2019

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening Fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown


Saturday 27th April 2019

Beconsfield - Toy & Train Fairs (Peter Levinson)
Beconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1SJ
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01282 051 518 (Peter or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission charge unknown


Sunday 28th April 2019

Ashington - David Parsons - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3PG
Tel. - 01424 846 676 (Pete)
Mob. - 07742 609 865 (David)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
 Adults £1.50, concessions £1

Carmarthen - Chris Dyer Fairs
Carmathen Leisure Centre, Llansteffan Road, Johntown, Carmarthen, Wales, SA31 3NQ
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Chester-le-Street - Jim Corr Fairs
Lord Lawson Academy, Birtly Lane, Birtly, DH3 2LF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Colchester - SRP Toy Fairs
Langham Community Centre, School Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5PA
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission unknown

Exeter - Bulldog Fairs - 'Westpoint'
Westpoint Arena, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission £4, each under-16 free with adult, 'Early Bird' £10 from 08:30hrs


Tuesday 30th April 2019

Garstang - Janet Pearson - Garstang Evening Fair
Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, PR3 0HR
Web-presence unknown
01282 439 009
18:00 - Finnish
Admission fee unknown


Auctions

Monday 29th April 2019

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562
Antique Playthings & Toy Soldier Sale


Tuesday 30th April 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Bib Fortuna; Character Options; Chinasaurs; Dinosaur Models; F1 Driver; Giochi Presiosi; Gormiti; Imperial Guard; Log Ray; Maniac; Mighty Antar; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Racing Car Driver; Sailor; Show Dates; Show Times; Skeleton Army; Skeleton Novelties; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars; Thornycroft; Toy Show Dates; Vectis Auctions;
The following Star Wars Prototype Resin Master Tooling Aids will be offered for sale as part of the Vectis TV and Film related auction on 30 April, 2019.
    • Logray
    • Emperors Royal Guard
    • Bib Fortuna

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Star Wars and Other TV and Movie Memorabilia sale

"The TV & Film related sale to be held on the 30th of April starts at the earlier time of 10am to ensure there is enough time to complete over 700 lots.

The sale features predominantly Star Wars lots, including carded, loose and boxed figures - including Graded figures; accessories, playsets, posters, jigsaws and comics. Lots include a large selection of Tri-logo carded figures, Ewoks and Droid series', Black Series, vintage Micro Collection and a fantastic collection of prototype resin master tooling aids.

Other items in the sale include Action Man and Tommy Gun, Dr Who, Masters of the Universe, Games Workshop, Electronic games and Lego.

There is also a fantastic collection of framed autographs from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Elvis, The Jam, Madonna, Christopher Lee, Monty Python and James Bond related, in The North West Autographed Memorabilia Collection."


Other Events

Saturday 27th-Sunday 28th April 2019

York - Discover Vintage Ltd. - Festival of Vintage (FOV)
York Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Knavesmire Road, York, Yorkshire, YO23 1EX
Cars, dancing, music, stalls and style from the 1930's to the 1960's

Announcements; Auction News; Bib Fortuna; Character Options; Chinasaurs; Dinosaur Models; F1 Driver; Giochi Presiosi; Gormiti; Imperial Guard; Log Ray; Maniac; Mighty Antar; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Racing Car Driver; Sailor; Show Dates; Show Times; Skeleton Army; Skeleton Novelties; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars; Thornycroft; Toy Show Dates; Vectis Auctions;
Saturday 27th April 2019

Basingstoke - British car Auctions - BCA Thornycroft Day
Brookvale Village Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7RP
Tel. (1) - 01256 324 313
Tel. (2) - 01256 352 852
12:00 - 16:00hrs
Fundraiser and vintage transport
Model railways, kid's stuff, refreshments (a 'Mighty Antar' or two?)


If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!


H is for How They Come In

Announcements; Auction News; Bib Fortuna; Character Options; Chinasaurs; Dinosaur Models; F1 Driver; Giochi Presiosi; Gormiti; Imperial Guard; Log Ray; Maniac; Mighty Antar; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Racing Car Driver; Sailor; Show Dates; Show Times; Skeleton Army; Skeleton Novelties; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars; Thornycroft; Toy Show Dates; Vectis Auctions;
Funny little bunch this week, I'm guessing rocket is Carlton, possibly a 'companion' with a larger action-figure? A Character Options sailor, an unknown cartoony F1 driver, another 'unknown' (blind bag?), called 'Maniac' and a Giochi Preziosi 'Gormiti' to add to their tub! I also picked up another board game today (Thurs.), but given other things it can wait.


Skeletal Chinasaurs

Announcements; Auction News; Bib Fortuna; Character Options; Chinasaurs; Dinosaur Models; F1 Driver; Giochi Presiosi; Gormiti; Imperial Guard; Log Ray; Maniac; Mighty Antar; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Racing Car Driver; Sailor; Show Dates; Show Times; Skeleton Army; Skeleton Novelties; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars; Thornycroft; Toy Show Dates; Vectis Auctions;
These have been building-up in the WTF zone, a couple from Charity Shop lots, the rest from Jim and/or Chris and/or Peter Evans (thanks' chaps). Really only useful if 1) you collect unrealistic dinosaur skeletons (guilty as charged M'lud!), or 2) need a natural history museum ruin in your diorama (you never know - spares box!), or 3) are building a killer skeleton/undead army (oh yes!) . . . so actually, pretty useful really!

Three glow in the dark, two weathered wash and probably four sources? We may have seen one here in a Poundland purchase about nine-years ago?


News Bites

Legoland - That new Lego amusement-park ride announced (here) a couple of weeks ago failed on its opening day and had to be closed 'due to technical issues'!

Brwreakshit - Which; the UK consumer affairs organisation warned that dangerous toys 'could flood into the UK' after Brexit, one hopes that it's over emphasising the risk, but it was one of the risks mooted three-years ago, the announcement was part of a urging of the Government to keep open the European 'safety gate'.

Murder - speaking of Brwreakshit and the steady rise in violent and hate crime over the last three years - Danny Bostock (33) has been jailed for life, after killing a fellow coin-collector for a Peter Rabbit 50p. Having stabbed the owner - Gordon McGhee -14 times he tried to destroy the crime scene with a gas explosion, risking the lives of neighbours; he won't be from the 'hard left' Mr. O'Connell?

Tom Karen - Czechoslovakian-born designer of the Raleigh 'Chopper' and Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder as head of the Ogle design studio, recently collected an OBE and said he was saddened by the modern toy industry.

Nintendo - Have announced two new gaming consoles - that'll mean more toys! The new models are budget and enhanced versions of their existing Switch console.


Spare a thought for an old soldier (Military Cross, bar and cluster - not many of them around), he's currently fighting his last battle and it doesn't seem to be going terribly well, but knowing him as I do, I suspect it might all be part of his cunning plan to cheat The Ferryman out of a fare; it won't work, of course, but it's a good last wheeze and won't cost him an extra minute in either realm...