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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, July 5, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events; Saturday 6th - Friday 12th July 2019

So I got up the next day, opened the curtains, and then sort of melted back on to the bed (it was that stultifying hot one last week), and - watching the squirrels playing-around in the little willow between the two old beeches on the other side of the road - consciously asked myself if I felt any different, if the world felt any different, if anything had changed?

The answer to all my questions was no, not really, the world had continued to turn in the night, as it has for countless eons and as it will continue to keep turning for millions of years after I myself have long-gone.

There are still formalities to attend to (obit in The Times; mid-week?), but I should be back with more normal Blogging toward the end of next week.


Toy Fairs

Saturday 6th July 2019

Cardiff - Chris Dyer Fairs
Penarth Leisure Centre, Andrew Road, Cogan, Cardiff, CF64 2NS.
Web. - www.chrisdyerfairs.co.uk
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
Hours unknown (probably 10:30 - 15:00hrs)
Admission [probably] £2:00

Faversham - SRP - New event
Bysingwood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7PA
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Henfield - David Parsons - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Henfield Village Hall, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9DB
Mob. - 07742 609 865 (David)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2:00
'Delicious' breakfast/refreshments available

Newcastle - Jim Corr / Northern Toy Fairs - Mega Toy, Train & Sci-Fi Fair
Newcastle Eagles Basketball Arena, Scotswood Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE4 7AF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3.00, children/senior citizens £2.00, 'Early Bird' £5.00
New Event / New Venue

Wirral - Barry Stockton Fairs - Merseyside Hobbies & Model Railway Show
Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DH
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 15:30hrs
Admission - Adult £4.50p, Children £1.00


Sunday 7th July 2019

Doncaster - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Doncaster Racecourse'
Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
Web. - www.bpfairs.com
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - adults £4, seniors £3.50p, children £1, 'Early Bird' (from 8 a.m.) £10
Plenty of free parking

Falkirk, Scotland - McLaren Models
Tel. - 01324 624 102

Midhust - SRP Fairs
The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9HD
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
[Probably] 10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown


Tuesday 9th July 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 £1.00
Free parking


Auctions

Tuesday-Thursday 9th-11th July 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (3-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Tuesday 9th - Specialist Diecast - Day One
Wednesday 10th - Specialist Diecast - Day Two
Thursday 11th - General Toy Sale


Wednesday 10th July

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


Friday 12th July

Chippenham - Wessex Auctions
Wessex Auction Rooms, Westbrook Farm, Draycot Cerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 5LH
Tel. - 01249 720 888
Viewing - Thursday 11th 10:00 - 19:00hrs, from 09:00hrs on sale day
10:30 - Finish
On-line catalogue, general toy sale


Other Events

Friday 5th (today) - Sunday 7th July 2019

Teignmouth Seafront - Teignmouth/Devon Local Authority/ies (?) - Air Show
New Show
[Note; this seems to be a trend following the fallout from the vintage aircraft crash at Cosham a few years ago and the subsequent changes to air-show rules, the only place to perform is over open water, so more of these seaside shows are being organised, as places to perform inland dry-up]


Saturday 6th-Sunday 7th July 2019

Hexham - English Heritage - Clash of the Romans
Chesters Roman Fort & Museum, Hadrian's Wall, Chollerford, Hexham, Northhumberland
Living-history camp, roman life, re-enactors etc...

Swansea Bay Area - Welsh National Assembly/Swansea City Council - Wales Air Show
[Another one! I bet you get a good/full display by the Red Arrows at both, they only overfly once at Farnborough now; straight-line with coloured smoke... :-( ]


Saturday 6th July

Havent - Portsmouth City Council - Bedhampton Summer Show / Teddy Bears Picnic
Bidbury Mead, Havent, Hampshire (locations around the village)
Afternoon - Picnic from 13:00, show proceedings from14:00
Take your own bear!
{Note: more of a general/local/village fate, but there may be a few Teddy Bear fans reading!]

Dedham - Dolly's Daydreams - Dolls Houses & Miniatures Fairs Colchester
Parishes Office, The Assembly Rooms, High Street, Dedham, Colchester, Essex CO7 6DE (venue)
Dolly's Daydreams, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (promoter)
Web. - www.facebook.com/dollysdaydreams
eMail - dollysdaydreams@btinternet.com
Tel.1 - 01206 323 921 (venue)
Tel.2 - 01945 870 160 (promoter)
Mob. - 07860 517 048


Sunday 7th July 2019

Cobham - Wendy's World Fairs - Cobham Antique Dolls House Fair
Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2LU (venue)
Wendy’s World Fairs, Pickwell Place, Cheapside Lane, Denham, Bucks, UB9 5AD (organiser)
Tel. - 01895 834 348
10:00-16:00hrs

Powys - National Trust - 1940's Summer Fate
Powis Castle & Gardens, Welshpool, Powys, Wales
Vintage games, music & dancing
Dressing-up in 1940's garb encouraged

This is the season for both large air-shows or military/historical displays and local Fetes, Carnivals, Festivals and Processions, events around-which often include a few vintage military vehicles, re-enactors or cosplay loons dressed as Daleks, and/or some kind of thrift-sale/car-boot or vintage fair; so keep an eye on local press for interesting things in your area.


Overseas Events

Friday 5th (today) - Sunday 7th July 2019

Wildwoods (New Jersey, USA) - RK Sports - Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectibles Show
Wildwoods Convention Center , 4501 Boardwalk , 08260 Wildwood , NJ, New Jersey US
Web. 2 - https://www.torontotoyshow.com/ (venue/event)
Tel. - +7324 229 365
Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectibles Show (150+ Tables)
Friday - 15:00 - 21:00hrs
Saturday - 10:00 - 21:00hrs
Sunday - 10:00 - 17:00hrs
Admission free
Autograph guest - Philadelphia Flyers hockey legend Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz on Saturday 6th (fee for autographs)
[Note: other events by the same promoter state 'cards' and/or 'cards & comics' only, so one must assume some substantial/meaningful 'toy' content, and look at those hours - plenty of time for purloining plunder!]


Saturday 6th July 2019

Dallas (Texas, USA) - North Dallas Toy Show
Dallas Events Center, 4343 Sigma Rd, Suite 600, Farmers Branch, TX 75244, Texas, USA
 Tel. - +12 148 937 726
09:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission $2.00


Sunday 7th July 2019

2019 Show Dates; Announcements; Basingrad; Basingstoke; Charity Toys; Crazy Bones; Moshlings; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Rubbish Bin; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Strawberry; Summer Bash 2019; Summer Fruit; Toronto; Toronto Toy & Nostalgia Show; Wild Strawberries;

Toronto (Canada) - Toronto Toy & Video Game Show - 'Summer Bash'
Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre, 3710 Chesswood Dr, North York, ON M3J 2W4, Canada
10:00-16:00
Admission - $7.00, children under-12 free
Each entry includes a complimentary raffle ticket
Draws at 10.30hrs (prize $50Can), 12.30hrs (prize $100Can), 02,30hrs (prize $100Can)


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!


Other Stuff

Received with Thanks

Plastic Warrior number 175 is out now, a full review will be forthcoming. A highlight is the article on Fontanini Napoleonic-types penned by Peter Evans, which I hinted-at being in the pipeline when covering them a couple of years ago, and the interim time goes some why to showing the length of the queue over at PW Towers!

It's getting like that here too, some contributors will attest to stuff disappearing into the fathomless hole of my assurances 'it will all happen eventually', and I can only repeat that mantra, you can only publish so much in a given period, and newer things, rarer things or more exciting things will always push other things back, while easy things will be pulled-forward if time is particularly pressing.

It's all there somewhere, along with 400-odd articles or part articles I've made a start on! Sometimes it's the photo's done, sometimes it's a scan or two, sometimes it's just an idea expanded to an opening paragraph or two, in a word.docx, but it will . . . all happen eventually!


H is for How The Come In

2019 Show Dates; Announcements; Basingrad; Basingstoke; Charity Toys; Crazy Bones; Moshlings; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Rubbish Bin; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Strawberry; Summer Bash 2019; Summer Fruit; Toronto; Toronto Toy & Nostalgia Show; Wild Strawberries;

Nothing exciting this week, unless you happen to be an 'LRG'er with a penchant for Moshlings and Crazy Bones, but I picked-up two bags of the aforementioned for peanuts, and they will be fed into several existing posts which are already in the queue and it's looking like they are going to make a blind-bag 'blob'-collectables day, sometime; maybe Christmas?


Beat the Thrush This Year!

2019 Show Dates; Announcements; Basingrad; Basingstoke; Charity Toys; Crazy Bones; Moshlings; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Rubbish Bin; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Strawberry; Summer Bash 2019; Summer Fruit; Toronto; Toronto Toy & Nostalgia Show; Wild Strawberries;
The Walter hybrid - can you smell bubblegum?

Although she was so keen to get as many as she could, I nearly kicked her by accident twice, and girly-girl got her claws in at least once, leaving the thrush at the top of the holly tree singing her indignation (or celebration of survival?) while Katie sat on the lawn, looking miffed with several fine under-down feathers stuck round her mouth! She (the thrush) had managed to thin them out though, I recon she's had about a third?


Links/News

More posed miniatures, but this time usingthe props or licensed toys from the film (not Preiser and Noch!), artist Mitchel Wu is behind these and they take a lot of setting-up




From the WTF Department

2019 Show Dates; Announcements; Basingrad; Basingstoke; Charity Toys; Crazy Bones; Moshlings; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Rubbish Bin; Show Dates; Show Promoter; Show Times; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Strawberry; Summer Bash 2019; Summer Fruit; Toronto; Toronto Toy & Nostalgia Show; Wild Strawberries;
Basingrad - of course!

Ten-out-of-ten for effort sir; but I think it needs to be in a green bin, not a black bin vandalised (by you?) with green aerosol! And this probably from the generation that's supposed to be saving the planet from ours and our parents mess!

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