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Annuals, Books & Comics

The power of words and pictures to fire up the imagination stems from the beginning of time itself and so books, annuals and comics alike have over the decades, engaged and captivated the generations. Bringing to life the golden era of Hollywood in the 1950’s, the space age of the 1960’s, the pop and music culture of the 1970’s and the superhero and franchise phenomenon of the 1980’s and 1990’s, then everyone has their favourite. From classics such as The Eagle A[...]

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Board Games & Puzzles

Board Games & Puzzles are simply timeless and been around for as long as the human race has wanted to be entertained, challenged and confused. Senet – the oldest board game known to exist takes us back to 3500 BC, and no that is not before computers! We all have memories of board games and puzzles, whether it be learning the complexities of Chess, the simplicity of Pairs, Snakes & Ladders and Ludo, the nervous anticipation of Operation, Kerplunk and Buckaroo, or the cut throat w[...]

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Die Cast & Models

Die cast toys and models are embedded in toy history, as for many post WW2 it is these toys that are remembered fondly and still to this day have a huge following and market. Die casting was method of putting molten lead or zinc alloy in a mould to produce a particular shape and with the addition of plastic, rubber and glass then manufacturers such as Meccano produced Dinky Toys in the UK, Dowst Brothers produced Tootsie Toys in the US and Solido came from France. Lesney began making die cast[...]

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Electronics

The first electronic device ever invented was the relay, a remote control switch, controlled by electricity in 1835 and that was just the beginning. The use of electricity and electronics is now simply a way of life in the western world, never more evident than when a power cut occurs and there is the dawning realisation in a household how much you take it for granted. Over the 20th century it has been inventions such as the vacuum cleaner, radio, washing machine, television, hairdryer, video[...]

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Gaming & Computers

Gaming and computers as we know it today first came to life in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, through video games and arcade games. No child in the early 80’s could resist the lure of Pac Man and Space Invaders, harassing parents for a coin to go into the slot machine and get a few moments of shooting, munching excitement. It was the Atari game Pong that dramatically increased video game popularity and the digital revolution was officially underway with the likes of the A[...]

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Homeware

We all remember them, the coffee service that only appeared when Aunty June did, the Tupperware containers that went on the family picnics, soda stream explosions, the cut glass sherry glasses that came out at Christmas and a cutlery service that was your family equivalent of the crown jewels. Homeware comes in many forms and over the years many styles, colours and patterns that have reflected the changing fashions of the decades. From the still restrained, delicate style of the 1950’s [...]

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Toys

A toy is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something”. For us this phrase does not really capture the sheer unadulterated fun, joy, excitement, energy, anticipation and pleasure that both the giving and receiving of toys captures. A toy can transport you to another world, educate you, make you laugh and cry, bring people together and at times divide them, teach children about winning and losin[...]

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