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Wreck Royale Vehicles Are Smashing Good Fun

Wreck Royale Vehicles Are Smashing Good Fun

In 1970, Kenner’s SSP Smash-Up Derby toys crashed their way into the rec rooms of kids everywhere, inspiring good, wholesome vehicular violence (you remember the jingle, right?). Fifty years hence, there’s Wreck Royale from MGA Entertainment. This series of seven vehicles are designed for explosive impact and maximum chaos with multiple parts that fly off […]

Christmas Presents of Past Become Toy Collection of Present

Christmas Presents of Past Become Toy Collection of Present

Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of memories of Christmas that have shaped me in ways no one would have ever guessed when I was a little kid. While Santa is to thank for much of that, I should probably also thank my parents who at least took lots of photos along the way. […]

Celebrate Independence Day With These Spirited July 4 Collectibles

Celebrate Independence Day With These Spirited July 4 Collectibles

It’s a long weekend for some folks, but collecting never takes a holiday! Fourth of July, Independence Day, whichever you want to call it, is a big deal for a lot of toys and figures. In this case, we are considering overtly patriotic collectibles, so even if they aren’t quite tied into July 4 events, […]

Goodbye Movin’ Marvin: The Collectible That Got Away

Goodbye Movin’ Marvin: The Collectible That Got Away

I’ve been thinking about a toy from my childhood lately. A toy from my grown-up collection, as well. His name is Movin’ Marvin. Marvin would be at home with the Hot Wheels Farbs, who were also humans attached to wheels and motors in various degrees of discomfort. Marvin rides on a small cart, and if […]

How To Collect On A Budget and Still Have Fun

How To Collect On A Budget and Still Have Fun

For people who are on a limited budget, collecting doesn’t need to be a financially stressful hobby. You can collect on a budget and enjoy it immensely. It’s easy to rack up a tab on even cheap collectibles if you aren’t careful. Magic the Gathering booster packs can add up to hundreds of dollars, and those huge […]

To Collect and Preserve: Why is Toy Packaging Worth so Much?

To Collect and Preserve: Why is Toy Packaging Worth so Much?

In Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” much of the movie’s plot was driven by the fact that the Stinky Pete action figure was priceless because he was mint in the package, as well as being rare to begin with. On the other hand, Mr. Pete (or is that Mr. Stinky?), led a bitter existence of resentment […]

What I Learned From Toy Motorcycles: I Shouldn’t Ride One

Toy Motorcycles hold a curious spot in the world of miniature vehicles. Consider this: A toy car or truck, especially one with a closed cabin, looks ready to drive, and requires no assistance to stand on its own when stationary. But a motorcycle? It looks weird moving without a rider, and it can’t stand alone […]

Painted in a Corner: Castings That Look Strange in Different Colors

Henry Ford supposedly said you could get a Model T in any color, as long as it was black. And even though you could easily paint one any color, it sort of looks weird when you do. Toy companies have to think long and hard about dedicating time and money to creating a mold for a […]