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I am pleased to say that our Spring Toy Fair held on the 10th April was a success and a joy to see so many of our regular collectors once again. After a gap of two years due to the pandemic it was always going to be a suck it and see event, so we were overjoyed to see so many old and new collectors through the door, and a testament to the popularity of our fairs.

The good news is that we have agreed a date for our Autumn Collectors Toy and Train Fair on Sunday 23rd October 2022. One for the Diary. The month before is our clubs 30th Anniversary, the club being formed in September 1992. Amazingly we still have three of the founding members in the club.    

Lets talk scale.

It would appear that large scale models are gaining popularity again, with lots of 1:18 announcements and even 1:12 and 1:4. Minichamps have announced Valentino Rossi’s 2004 Moto GP Championship winning Yamaha YZR-M1 in 1:4 scale, making this bike 50cm in length. Staying with motor sport, Minichamps have released a 1:12 scale model of  Ayrton Senna’s formula one world championship winning McLaren MP4/5B. Price £459:99. Sticking with 1:12 scale, Norev have released a model of the Ford Mustang Fastback GT.

Auction Chat Back in business at last.

In the vectis Specialist Sale on Tuesday 10th May Lot 195 Dinky pre-war 28n "Meccano Engineering for Boys" - yellow, gold-yellow washed wheels, tinplate grille, (Meccano Dinky Toys baseplate) - condition is generally Good to Good Plus still a lovely bright example of a harder issue to find. Looks interesting and has a Estimate of between £2,000-£2,500.

In the same auction, Lot 191 Dinky pre-war 22b Closed Sports Car - blue body, cream hood and mudguards, bright blue washed wheels, tinplate radiator grille (Meccano Dinky Toys baseplate) - overall condition is generally Good still a bright example of a hard to find issue. Estimate for this one is between £800 - £1,200.

A month before our autumn Toy Fair the club celebrates its 30th Anniversary, the club being formed in September 1992. Amazingly, we still have three of the founding members in the club.

The corgi announcement said that “Following the massive success of the January range launch we’re back for another round featuring new products from the Aviation Archive, Vanguards and Original Omnibus ranges, keep your eyes peeled”.

I am not sure that the first catalogue was that exciting but will this new offering move away from the same o, same o. Fingers crossed.

Corgi News

Corgi will unveil their second catalogue of this year on the 9th May 2022..

Scouting for toys episode 2 has aired on TV and featured an interesting Matchbox Collection.

The programme takes us behind the scenes at Vectis Auctions.

I see that in the latest edition of Diecast Collector magazine it features an article on the rise in popularity of 1:64 scale models. If you read this column each month, you will know that I have recently started collecting in this scale and can certainly recommend it. The obvious benefits are price and size but on top of that is the feel good factor of looking forward to a model delivery, the unpacking and deciding were to display it etc. Because the prices of this smaller scale are very reasonable and you can fit more into a given space, it follows that you will order more models and therefore experience a lot more of those pleasurable moments. The most recent addition to my collection is from Mini GT and is an LB Works Toyota GR Supra Liqui Moly.  

1:64 scale increasing in popularity.