Collecting vintage R/C models

Collecting Vintage R/C modelsAs this website was created to share my ramblings about the toys I’ve collected over the years, I thought I’d take a moment to talk a bit more generally about what I like to collect, and why.

So please forgive the fairly prosaic title of this post, as I go back to basics and look at the philosophy behind a lot of my own toy collecting (and perhaps you’ll have a think about why you collect as well).

I’ll also use this opportunity to sneak-in some views about collecting in general, my opinion on things like reissues and reproduction items, and a new UK TV show about people with huge collections.  Read More…

The Star Wars toy packaging scandal

Star Wars Toy Packaging ScandalIn the past year or so, Star Wars toy collectors have discovered that not all the so-called “MOC” (Mint On Card) action figures they were trading for thousands of dollars, were legitimate brand new original collectibles.

If you’re a Star Wars collector, this will be old news. But for those who hadn’t heard about it, it’s a sobering reminder of the pitfalls of placing high values on mint/sealed vintage toys. And it even made it onto UK TV.

So as a follow-up to an earlier article I wrote about the pros and cons of vintage toy packaging, check out this video about the Star Wars toy packaging scandal…

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Ayrton Senna’s “Miniature Engineering”

AyrtonSenna_BrandsHatch_1986_001_editOne of the most popular articles on R/C Toy Memories to date has been “Racing Drivers & R/C Cars“, probably in large part thanks to the images of Ayrton Senna and his Tamiya Hotshot.

But there’s more where those came from.

Here are some never-before-published photographs of Ayrton, enjoying his R/C models way back in 1986.

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“The Grasshopper”, by Tamiya (1984)

Tamiya GrasshopperWith it’s rugged design and ease of construction, The Grasshopper was a hugely influential R/C buggy that paved the way for countless other R/C cars.

Today it remains a must-have classic for collectors – a gorgeous scale off-roader that still looks amazing, and is one of those pieces of Tamiya history that really defined the brand.

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Shinsei Dust Runner (1982)

Shinsei Dust RunnerA very popular off-road R/C trike with fat, sand-digging tyres and the ability to pop ‘wheelies’, the Dust Runner was an unusual toy and a hit for Japanese company Shinsei.

I can even remember the day one of my childhood friends convinced his mum to buy him one from a toy store, before we went home and raced it around my house. Many years later, I knew I had to have one of my own.

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Tyco/Taiyo Scorcher 6×6 (1993)

Tyco/Taiyo Scorcher 6x6High speeds, crazy spins, and virtually impossible to control on a racing track, the Taiyo Cyclone aka “Scorcher 6×6″ was a “point and blast” experience – just pick a direction and go! And it was another success story for Taiyo at a time when video games were increasingly taking over children’s lives.

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The R/C cars of Barrichello, Andretti & Simoni

Rubens Barrichello at the French Grand Prix, 1993, holding Tamiya Top ForceF1 legend Rubens Barrichello, Indycar champion Michael Andretti and Touring Car ace Giampiero Simoni all used to mess around with R/C cars too, and here’s the photographic proof!

Get ready for a new series of never-before-seen photographs of racing drivers with R/C cars. All with enormous thanks to “R/C modeler to the stars”, Colin Spinner and his enviable experiences building R/C models for the legends of F1, rally and touring car racing.

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