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!!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Look at this fantastic fighter from the ORIGINAL TV series from 1978!!!

The Viper is in perfect condition and still has its box and even the instruction sheet!

The sci-fi adventure came the year after the staggering success of Star Wars, and starred Lorne Green, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, as Lieutenant Starbuck. Whatever happened to that name??!

It ran for 24 episodes from 1978-79 and was rehashed in 2004 as a high-budget, glossy TV show all over again.

But the original has stood the test of time, and is a much-loved classic.

Front and back of the original box.
The wings can actually be moved into three different positions.

Great 70s styling on the tail!

The canopy opens up to reveal the fighter pilot, which can also be removed.

There is also a Laser Torpedo at the front which can be fired!

And check out this amazing Instructions sheet, which shows you everything the Colonial Viper could do and also all the other fighters and vehicles available.

Toys from the 70s series are actually quite rare these days, especially with their packaging. 
So lucky you, as this is for sale and can be found on my stall at the GIANT TOY COLLECTORS FAIR at Shepton Mallet on 25th March!!