Thursday, 22 March 2018


This is one of the most simple but effective games ever invented, and is still being produced to this day.
The example I've got here is a fantastic vintage version. 

Housed in a lovely red box, its actually quite hard to date, my first guess was that it was from the 1920s. 
But taking into account the style of illustration on the box, and the look of the goalkeepers, it could even be edging into the Edwardian era.

All the game needed was two goalies, four sticks and a marble!

Set the game up on a table and you are ready.

Here is a closer look at the goalkeepers, they do have the air of an Edwardian gent, don't they?!

They actually remind me of a famous goalie from the late 1890s/1900s – WILLIAM 'FATTY' FOULKE
He was quite a legend, being 6ft 4 inches tall and weighing 22st, he won two FA Cup winners medals with Sheffield United, was Chelsea's first ever goalkeeper in 1905 and was capped by England.


See what I mean??!

So these characters could have been modelled on our hero from yesteryear.

If you fancy having a go at this fantastic bit football history, you can find it on my stall at the GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at Shepton Mallet on 25th March!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


More exciting retro STAR WARS goodies here!

They were produced by Kenner between 1978 and 1980, and were high-quality reproductions of the many spaceships and vehicles that appeared in both STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK films. 

Kenner made eleven of these models in metal, and what they called 'High Impact Plastic', to create these classic toys.

This  X-WING FIGHTER  was one of the original releases in 1978.

The fantastic  MILLENNIUM FALCON  came out in 1979, a year before The Empire Strikes Back appeared on the screen.

Also out in 1979 was this superb  Y-WING FIGHTER , which helped the Rebels destroy the Death Star in the original film. It has a bomb that can be released at the bottom and even has detachable wings!

Next up are two models that both appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and were brought out in 1980.
The bounty hunter Boba Fett's  SLAVE I .

And the  REBEL ARMOURED SNOWSPEEDER , that gallantly battled against the At-At Walkers on the ice planet of Hoth!

They are all for sale and will be on my stall at the GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at Shepton Mallet on 25th March!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


 Got another classic toy from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK to show you! 

It's the cuddly Tauntaun!!!

Very handy transport when you are on a freezing ice planet called Hoth. Although they do tend to freeze up and keel over if left standing for too long.
Just ask Han Solo!!!

This is one of the brilliant STAR WARS toys made by Palitoy, tying in with the 1980 movie.
I still have the original box, which also has the price label from 1980 on it – £5.25, wow!

You can recreate the scene when Han was out on patrol with the Tauntaun, or out searching for the missing Luke Skywalker, as the toy had a nifty feature that allowed you to place a figure inside the top of the creature, making it appear that it was sitting on top!

See above where the gap in the saddle is, where you can push the figure into place!

Hey presto, Han is off on patrol!

Just like on the box!

I also have the  TURRET & PROBOT PLAYSET  and the  TWIN-POD CLOUD CAR  from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK film, and the whole lot will be on sale on my stall at the GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at Shepton Mallet on 25th March.


Monday, 19 March 2018


 Take a look at this classic STAR WARS toy! 


Made in 1980 by Palitoy, to tie-in with the film, this is a superbly detailed set.
It features a gun turret from the Rebel base, that was on the ice planet of Hoth, and a spy droid from the Empire.

The evil Empire had sent out the spying Probot droids to detect which planet the Rebels were hiding on.

Han Solo saw it land in the snowy landscape while out on a patrol and decided to check it out. He fired his gun at it and the droid exploded, thus dooming the Rebels to an Empire invasion!

And you can recreate that moment, as there is a handy device on the playset that makes the Probot pop off its stand!

If you had enough figures of Rebel soldiers and Stormtroopers you could also have a go at recreating the famous battle! But I only had one of each, so it didn't look quite so impressive!!

Have a look at these pix to see the various bits...

Here is the Probot on its stand, and a nice close-up below showing the attention to detail.

The Rebel Alliance's gun turret. 

And the great stickers on the side!

The door and a hatch on the top opened up.

And here is the actual scene of Han Solo shooting at the Probot on the side of the playset's original box.

I still have the leaflet that came with the set!
Which handily explains how to recreate Han's encounter with the Probot.

Unbelievably I've also got the original backing where the stickers were on!!

If you pop down to the  GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at Shepton Mallet on 25th March  all this could be yours!!!!

It'll be on my stall there, so hurry up and get there early, kick-off is at 10-30am.
Or if you like, pay a tenner and sneak in on the Early Bird time of 8am!!


Saturday, 17 March 2018


Got an absolute corker of a Corgi car to show you ...

 This fantastic Ford Thunderbird is from the American TV series VEGA$

The car was very much part of the show, and obviously set in Las Vegas, it starred Robert Urich as Private Detective Dan Tanna, and ran for an impressive 69 episodes between 1978 and 1981.

And the toy manufacturers Corgi saw the potential, with a classic American motor and a hit TV show, they produced this gem in 1980.

Brilliantly detailed and with an added Dan Tanna figure it really looks the part.

I still have the original box!!!
And check out the price label from 1980 stuck on the front ... £2-99!

Robert Urich as Dan Tanna features on the box.
The back of the box has a great shot of the car cruising down a street in Las Vegas.

The distinctive Corgi packaging of bright yellow and very dark blue. I've always loved this simple but really stylish design. And nice touch of replicating the Dollar sign as the S, as they did in the TV show!

Great packaging inside the box, with the car screeching to a halt and Dan firing his gun.

Close-up view of Dan!

Superb detailing to capture the T-Bird look.

Added bonuses of the boot and bonnet opening, or should that be, trunk and hood?!

Another nice touch of authenticity with the painted white wheels.

I have loads and loads of retro Corgi cars, most with their original boxes, for sale.
Find them all on my stall at the  GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR  at Shepton Mallet on 25th March!!!

Thursday, 15 March 2018


I've got a great selection of the fantastic French cars made by the Majorette company.
All dating to the late 1970s to early 1980s, they were part of my huge car collection as a kid!

I remember they were just that little bit different from our own Matchbox cars. They came in unusual rectangular clear plastic boxes and the design and construction seemed to be a bit sharper and more precise.

The Majorette brand started life in 1964 when Emil VĂ©ron, branched out from making toy trains, to produce small cars. By 1967 the Majorette name was fully up and running and the Lyon based company blossomed into France's most successful toy car manufacturer.

They are still going today, although slightly sadly no longer in France, having upped sticks to Thailand after a take-over.

But let us savour these few examples of the Majorette cars in its heyday ...

This label appeared at the bottom of all the boxes. It featured the Majorette logo, which has a fantastic use of typography to create the feel of a car.

Just like any old VW Beetle, its a bit bashed but much-loved!!

Stylish BMW 733, in an unusual metallic light green colour.

 Brilliant Dune Buggy with groovy flowers.

This Bertone-Camargue still has its original box, which was shown above.

Room for the dog in the back of this Jeep Cherokee!

An American Police Car, a strange departure for Majorette, as they mostly picked French and European cars.

This one is just called 'Crazy Car'! And I guess it is, great colour as well.

A Datsun 260Z with opening doors. Not that many of their cars had anything that opened.

Close-up of the front of a Mercedes 350SL.

A classic Ford Capri, with brilliant orange headlamps. 

This is a Mercedes Trax Publics, a shortened way of saying Travaux Publics, which is a bit like a council/engineering works.

A lovely Morgan sports car, with detachable hood.

This Porsche 924 from 1980 looks great in metallic silver with an orange plastic boot.

This Saviem lorry has a sneaky advert for Majorette on the plastic container at the back!!

I love this simple little Simca 1100 TI, with its yellow headlamps. Catch it later pulling a caravan!!

Another Simca, this time a 1308, in a stunning bronze colour.

This is a Toyota Safari vehicle from 1978, with a grid at the front, spare tyres and a plastic canopy.

Here we have a Volvo 245DL pulling a trailer and a rather nifty looking speedboat.

Very cool police van! A Fourgon VW no less.

As promised, here is the Simca pulling a caravan!! Replicating the advert for the St Tropez Caravan.

All these will be on sale on my stall at the GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet on 25th March.

See you there!!