• 26
    Feb

The American Girl Doll

Collecting dolls is a popular pastime among females young and old. From Raggedy Ann to Barbie, dolls are a part of growing up and often remain a part of the home through collections. A doll that has really made a splash in the media recently is the American Girl Doll.

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  • 23
    Feb

Diminutive Audio Equipment as Collectible

Musical toys are some of the most sought-after audio equipment in avant garde music genres. This phenomenon has made primitive, electronic instruments into collectibles. In addition to the sheer novelty of collecting poor quality, low-fi objects, the idea of toy keyboards from the eighties as collectibles speaks to the high-speed rate of progress in audio.

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  • 19
    Feb

Barbie’s™ First Pet

1964 was a good year for Barbie™. There were many exciting changes and there were a few new faces added. Among these was a set called “Dog ‘n Duds” (stock #1613)

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  • 11
    Feb

The El Camino in 1:64

by Doug Breithaupt For many years, fans of Chevrolet’s El Camino have had little to collect in small-scale diecast. That has changed recently as the El Camino finally joins the 1:64 scale parade. Up until the 1990’s, only one El Camino was available to toy car collectors. The original Johnny Lightning series by Topper offered […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Barbie™ ~ Looking Good at “49” !

Barbie™ gives a new meaning to the saying’ “You’ve come a long way baby.” 2008 marks 49 years since her first public showing at the New York Toy Fair. The Barbie™ doll has delighted children and collectors for many years. There are young and old Barbie™ fans not just in our country, but all over the world. So who is responsible for such an infamous doll?

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  • 27
    Jan

Movie and Television Merchandise as Collectibles

The box office tally isn’t the whole story of a film’s profit margin – “It’s the merchandise, silly.” So says Mel Brooks in his 1987 science fiction parody Spaceballs, as his character displays merchandise from the film – within the film – including bed sheets and a cereal box.

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  • 14
    Jan

Sputnik Ranch: A Refuge for Designer Toy Collectors

Sputnik Ranch
3029 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
www.sputnikranch.com

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  • 10
    Jan

Have You Lost Your Marbles?

A thumb flicks a shiny marble across the cement and the camera zooms in on the child’s face – tongue curled over his upper lip in consternation, his gaze steady – as the tiny ball rolls toward its target. A smile erupts when the marble hits its mark.

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  • 31
    Jul

Coming of Age: Toys in Early America

American toys actually predate recorded history. American Indian children played with the smaller versions of their parents’ items, right down to scaled-down bows and arrows. Before the American Indian slowly migrated across North and South America, sometime after the last Ice Age, Eskimo children in the far north hoisted tiny harpoons imitating the hunters of […]

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  • 18
    Feb

A Survey of Chevrolet Nomads in 1/64 Scale

by Dave Weber, images Doug Breithaupt The year was 1954 and was the first time a Chevrolet Nomad was introduced to the public. It was one of the experimental cars in the General Motors Motorama styling show that toured the country. This showcar was actually a modified Corvette body that had been introduced the previous […]

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