A Quick Guide To Collecting Toys

Toy collecting can become somewhat of an addictive hobby and with the right collection it is a hobby with the potential to be a lucrative one too!

This market has taken off in such a way in recent years that a number of serious collectors have been able to put together collections of a significant value as a future investment.

This hobby suits anyone with a real passion for toys, (age is no restriction!) or anyone who loves antiques. Toy collecting can be great fun for nostalgic adults and can be an incredibly appealing and rewarding hobby for youngsters of all ages too! Some people collect for their own satisfaction and enjoyment whilst others focus on collecting for profit.

WHAT TO COLLECT?
Choose a category of toy that appeals to you and gives you pleasure, after all toys are meant to be enjoyed, right!?

Collectable toys don’t necessarily have to be old or vintage in order to have value and you will find that toys that are as little as twenty years old can be desirable enough to be worth a bit of money now.

Examples of popular collectable toys include;

  • ACTION FIGURES – Superheroes like Superman, Batman and Spiderman, G.I Joe and Marvel figures, figures from Star Wars, The A Team and Transformers, all have great appeal to collectors and prices have a tendency to peak when new films are released.
  • WOODEN TOYS – Rocking horses, spinning tops, wooden train sets and all the popular old classics have a timeless appeal to a broad audience.
  • VINTAGE TIN TOYS – Japanese tin windups, cars, buses, aircraft and motorcycles, Marx trucks and cars and high quality early German tin toys are popular items to collect.
  • DIE CAST – Model trucks and cars are another popular classic with great staying power in the collectable toy market.
  • DOLLS – Vintage dolls, dolls houses and accessories, good examples of Antique French and English miniatures can command some impressive prices in the right condition!

TIP TOP CONDITION

Generally speaking, the toys that have the most value are:

  • RARE
  • IN MINT CONDITION
  • BOXED
  • POPULAR THEN AND DESIRABLE NOW!

Generally the better the condition the more the toy will be worth. It is always worth hanging onto packaging regardless of its condition as it is desirable to collectors and holds a great deal of useful information too.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR TOY COLLECTION
It is important to keep your toy collection clean to keep it in shape but overzealous cleaning can damage fragile packaging and delicate finishes, so it is important to take care, or you may do more harm than good.

Sunlight, humidity and extreme temperatures can destroy and discolour toys and packaging so take care to consider your storage options for your toy collection carefully.

Although attics are exactly the type of place where collectible toys lay forgotten for decades, this is often not the best place to store valuable items due to the usual fluctuation in temperature and humidity.

THE EXTRA MILE
The internet has opened up the market and made it far easier for collectors to ‘go the extra mile’ to find the toys they are hunting for and access useful information.

Toy collector forums are a great place to interact with fellow collectors and share information and online businesses and auctions enable you to collect toys from anywhere in the world without even touching your passport!

Closer to home, auction houses, toy conventions, car boot sales and junk shops are the ideal hunting ground for that hidden gem.

New Sanrio (Hello Kitty) Joins Forces with Uglydoll

Sanrio (Hello Kitty) Joins Forces with Uglydoll
Image Source: Buy Them Now at Uglydoll

As Hello Kitty says “you can never have too many friends!” and this time she’s leaving for adventure with her cuddly new Uglydoll pals. Sanrio joins forces with Uglydoll to bring you a new universe, where ugly means unique and celebrating who you are inside is the new beautiful! “

Uglydoll has been offering wide range of unique, huggable and colorful plush toys for kids. The creators behind this company are David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim where they say that UGLY means unique and special and what matters most is what we are inside not minding the physical beauty that we have. We need to put more emphasis on what makes us different from the rest.

This 7″ plush of Hello Kitty Uglydoll was introduced on July 18th at San Diego Comic Convention and they are already selling at Uglydolls store.

Price: $20.00
Wage Hello Kitty (orange color)
Ice-bat Hello Kitty (Black color)
Ox Hello Kitty (green color)
Trunko Hello Kitty (violet color)

Aren’t they cute??? They are also perfect gifts for little girls this Christmas!

They Don’t Make Toys like they used to. They’re better

There’s a familiar attitude that comes across from our grandparent, and even parents sometimes when they come across a new gadget, toy or pretty much anything made this side of the Great War. That attitude is usually a kind of fearful reverence of whatever it is, along with a line similar to, ‘oh, toys aren’t what they used to be.’ But what’s more confusing is that they seem to think the old toys were somehow better. But why?

Old folks don’t like it easy

We can’t really put it any better than the Monthy Python ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch. For an unknown reason, there seems to be a need with the older generations to see who lived in the most depraved and horrible conditions. The worse they lived, the better. There’s no point in trying to figure out this problem, but we can compare the toys we have today to what we used to, say, one hundred years ago.

Toys in 1913

Toys as we know them, even old ones, didn’t really kick off until the late 20s and early 30s, so a lot of playing was purely down to the imagination of the people involved. For that reason we can argue that this here plank of wood is your average representation of a 1913 toy.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s a bad toy, and it is really when you consider its actual use, but there are some that argue the advantages of this low-fi entertainment. In the Boston Globe, Andrew Doerfler writes about Howard P. Chudacoff’s argument that it actually wasn’t all that bad:

“When toys work with motors or you have a remote control, the toy is going to do certain things, and then you’re bored with it,” says Singer. “But give a child two sets of wooden blocks, and he’ll do anything with it.”

The argument is basically that the piece of wood can be a gun, a mast, a paddle, a surfboard, it can be anything they want it to.

Now let’s look at 2013 toys

We could go on for a while about all the technological advancement, but things like Moore’s law dictates that it’s happening really flipping fast, so there is no point in trying to define it at any particular moment. We can look at other advancements though. Readily available tech like lasers means we can have pretty much anything personalised. From our golf balls to our cufflinks, it’s certainly something that wouldn’t happen back then. Have a look at some of the bespoke gifts from http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/. Personal favourites include a customisable champagne label (Champagne included) and a door mat with any message you desire on it.

So we mentioned guns earlier…

This thing is the Hasbro Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion. It was realised August 2013 and fires faster than any Nerf gun and, in fact, any other toy-foam-pellet gun ever. For those of us down on our toy facts, that’s 100 feet in range. This was achieved by adding a spring and ‘hefty darts’ which carry them further. Chudacoff would argue that this can only ever be a gun, so will eventually be boring. But if you ask me, this beats any non-toy that 1913 could throw at us.

About the Author
David is a UK writer than regularly writes about a whole host of different topics.

Battery Operated Fisher-Price Barbie Lil Trail Rider ATV and Jeep

My cousin’s daughter will be turning 7 this December and I’m already looking for gift ideas so it brought me to Toys R US website to see what can I find. Also, Christmas is not far behind so it’s better to start looking for gifts and have my list soon. I know my cousin’s daughter loves Barbie dolls but I’m sure she has lots of dolls already. In fact, I saw her collection of Barbie dolls when I visited them couple of months ago.

I just thought these battery operated Fisher-Price Barbie Lil Trail Rider ATV and Jeep are perfect for her. It includes batteries and charger when you buy them but just in case you lost them, you can find  maha batteries to replace the batteries.  The ATV is priced at $84.99 while the Jeep is a little bit expensive $250.00

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