Archive | November 2012

Tandy/Radio Shack Porsche 935 Turbo (1981)

Tandy/Radio Shack Porsche 935 Turbo

Tandy/Radio Shack Porsche 935 TurboWhen it comes to R/C toys, nothing seems quite as “of it’s time” as a toy sports car, based on whatever sporty machine was the main object of lust at that particular moment.

And the Porsche 935 Turbo from Tandy/Radio Shack was a very nice, large model that many still remember, based on one of the world’s most dominant racing machines in the late 70s and early 80s.

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Tomy Digital Derby Auto Raceway (1978)

Tomy Digital Derby Auto Raceway

Tomy Digital Derby Auto RacewayBefore handheld LCD games, there were handheld LED games. And before LED games, well… games weren’t so much ‘electronic’ as ‘motorized’.

I feel old knowing that I was once given a mechanical handheld game…

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Kyosho Volkswagen Baja Bug (1982)

Kyosho Volkswagen Baja Bug

Kyosho Volkswagen Baja BugAn early, extremely rare Volkswagen Beetle off-roader that relatively few people have either seen or heard of (let alone owned), from the mysterious, low-volume early years of the great Kyosho Corporation.

But it’s a model likely to interest a great many VW toy collectors.

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Lost Hobby Shops: Tandy Electronics at Christmas

Tandy Christmas Sale And Gift Catalogue, 1984

Tandy Christmas Sale And Gift Catalogue, 1984With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on Tandy Electronics in Australia.

The last Tandy stores were closed or rebranded quite recently in Australia. But many will remember Tandy as the place they got their first R/C car…among a wide variety of other electronic gadgets and toys.

Tandy was truly a great destination for Christmas toy shopping back in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Tandy/Radio Shack 4×4 Off-Roader (1985)

Tandy/Radio Shack 4x4 Off-Roader

Tandy/Radio Shack 4x4 Off-Roader This versatile and robust pick-up truck was one of Tandy’s best-selling R/C toys for several years, and remains fondly remembered by many people. It was manufactured by Taiyo.

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“Tell him he’s dreamin’!” – The ridiculous asking prices of some vintage R/C items

The Castle

The CastleCall it naivety or call it greed. But some sellers of vintage R/C items appear to be laboring under the misapprehension that what they’re selling is worth a fortune, when in fact the true value is a fraction of their asking price.

So what is the actual market value of something? And how can you avoid being ripped off?

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