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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Monday, February 5, 2018

T is for Toy Fair '18 Reports - Minichamps


Paul's Model Art of Aachen trading as Minichamps had a huge catalogue with probably over a  thousand offerings, makes 1970's Corgi or Dinky catalogues look like the leaflet's they were!

But it's a different landscape now, with online sales allowing vast numbers of what are mostly just paint-variations of a few basic castings - a production model you have to add to a collecting model that has field of adult collectors who will be trying to buy all Senna, Schumacher or Hamilton-related or all Ferrari or Beneton-logoed examples or all the 1997-grid teams, across the various manufacturers or scales/materials; no one actively tries to get all the Minichamps, or all the Corgi aeroplanes; the odd IT-millionaire maybe!

However, there were a few figures on show, like the Jada Man Bats (sorry - posts out of order now!), just standing next to their 'wheels', but unlike the Jada sculpts, these are plastic and smaller at 1:43rd scale, or O-gauge compatible; equating to 40mm for the 'average' man.

There was also a sub-line of Valentino Rossi models in various scales and full figurines in resin; a line which was not clear from the catalogue, but seems to offer, or be planning to offer figures in 1:8th (nine/ten inches?), 1:12th (six inch) and 1:43rd scales.

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