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Red_2



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Visiting Muton Land! Reply with quote

Headed across the pond to visit for a spell in March! I have shipped (or tried to ship, sorry Proteus!) toys to a few of you.

We need to start our itinerary and figured I ask you blokes what's worth seeing and doing besides the obvious.

Doubt I'll be able to drag her into too many toy shops but if we happen across any by "accident", then we'll surely have a look. Maybe I can accidentally find a VW spares yard, as well Smile

We generally enjoy the good food, the local "antique/junk" shops and whatever's intriguing.

If you guys have any recommendations, let me know!
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BAZ



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are you going to be based? The easiest thing to do is hire a car.
Now we've lived in NY so long we think nothing of driving three hours
to visit a friend or see something!
So just about everywhere is accessible by car.
You should check out any toy shows that might be happening.
Also you MUST try to visit at least on Car Boot sale!
These are a treasure trove of hidden goodies (well, they used to be)
And if you're adventurous, you can pop over to France for a couple of days!
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Red_2



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey BAZ!

I think we'll be based in Kensington for most of the trip. And yes, we're definitely headed over to France. I was a little uncertain of renting a car just because the international requirements were daunting, but maybe it's just a bunch of babble?

Where can I find a Car Boot sale? Is it really just stuff found in the trunks of people's cars? Smile

Where in NY are you? I'm originally from Long Island. Family is still there. Miss the bagels and White Castle, big time!
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KB



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if you are in London you might like to check out the V & A Museum of Childhood

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/your_visit/index.html

I've not been but its on my list of places to visit. The thing that really interest me about the place is their archive. Basically they hold the archives of the Palitoy company, which they are slowly sorting and making available for research. Thing is, by the time Palitoy ceased trading they had taken over Denys Fisher, so I am hoping the records they hold include the Denys Fisher records dealing with Cyborg and Muton. Once records are generally available then I hope to pay a visit to do a bit of research.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/collections/british_toy_making/index.html

http://www.vam.ac.uk/things-to-do/blogs/british-toy-making-blog/treasure-trove
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BAZ



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in NYC. Live in Tribeca, work on the Lower East Side (NYHC Tattoo!!)
Actually apprenticed in Bellmore in LI.
My American mates who have been over have all rented cars, so I'm "assuming" it's not TOO difficult!?!
Car booties usually happen on Sunday mornings, literally some start at 4am!!! Mostly out in suburban areas in fields!
And they get their name from people loading up their trunks (boots) with any junk they wanna flog, turning up in a miserable wet field in the middle of nowhere and having some twat con them out of their mint boxed Cyborgs for "£4.00 the lot" because they're "old toys and no one wants that stuff anymore".
AT LEAST thats how it used to be!!
Now they are full of "specialists, and antique dealers" because thanks to TV everyone thinks their granny's cracked vase is worth £900.00.
When it's not. It's from ikea and it's shit.
Been a while since I lived in England, but I'm sure there's still some classifieds paper that will list car booties.
Whilst in London, check out Camden Market on a weekend. Lots a groovy stuff there
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If youíre going to be in Kensington, I recommend the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (not to be confused with the V & A Museum of Childhood which KB mentions, which is at Bethnal Green). Both are free. The V & A proper has two plaster casting galleries, although one of them was closed when I was there recently. They have full size plaster casts of Trajanís Column and Michaelangeloís David. I get vertigo just walking in there.

I also recommend the British Museum (spoils of empire, free), the London Eye (bloody big Ferris wheel, expensive) and the Tate Modern (free).

Donít get too excited at the prospect of London toy shops. We have nothing to rival the internet. Hamleys at Oxford Circus is the biggest toy shop, but I havenít been there since I was a kid and it doesnít specialize in rare or vintage stuff. Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue is the biggest sci fi specialist shop with toys, comics, books and DVDs, but itís mostly predictable movie tie-in stuff. Within walking distance from there, Model Zone on High Holborn is an okay model shop and Gosh! Comics on Great Russell Street is great if youíre into underground comics, which I am, but itís mainly US imports.

Comet Miniatures on Lavender Hill is worth a browse, but donít let the proprietor, Tony the ĎTache, bully you into buying stuff. Mostly model kits, lots of Japanese imports and this is the only place I know of where youíll find a Henshin Cyborg but itíll be a ridiculously overpriced Neo.

Outside London, the Memorabilia event at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre is on 27th-28th March, if youíre around then. Lots of toy stalls with vintage collectables, I have found Denys Fisher Cyborg stuff there sometimes.

Britain may be home to Denys Fisher Cyborg and Muton, but the British are not very big on toy collecting and there is probably more interest in these figures in Japan and the US.

I know the Museum of Childhood that KB mentions. A friend of mine used to live opposite and I used to pop in often. They had a big Action Man diorama display and one case of sci fi toys which contained a Baron Karza, a Time Traveller and a Denys Fisher Giant Robot from the Dr. Who line. Sadly, the last time I was there they had removed the Micronauts.

It looks like Iíll be working in London for the next couple of months. We could meet up for a pint, Red?
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Red_2



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! That's some great info!

Ha ha! Baz, those are called "garage sales" here in the States (as you probably know), strange that people here never took to packing up and driving to a field. Lazy Americans want everyone to come to them! MY parents are garage sale aficionados!

Yeah Hypno, was entertaining the idea of possibly meeting up! Wasn;t sure who'd be around. I'm not a drinker so it'd be a "meet for lunch" and I'll get your first pint!

I'll be around from the 17th to the 22nd of March, with the last day or two being in France. I'll keep in touch around the time we're headed over.

Cheers!

Our next vacation may be Japan. My best friend is working there now. The toys will have to wait till then I guess
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