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Make ‘n Take Day from Revell, Part 3

   We’re just days away from the first annual Make ‘n Take Day from Revell, and I’m going to keep posting pictures of my handiwork. I had fun building this model, and hope it encourages you to stop by your local hobby shop on Saturday, March 8. Better yet, turn off the video game consoles...

Make ‘n Take Day from Revell, Part 2

   Building the Revell SnapTite Concept Camaro Car is a simple process, and the instructions are well done. Be sure to read yesterday’s post if you’re interested in participating in the first annual Make ‘n Take Day at your local hobby shop.    Here are two more images from my building process:   The assembled body...

Make ’n Take Day from Revell

   Model kit manufacturer Revell announced that the first annual Make ‘n Take Day will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008. Young modelers (or anyone wishing to begin the hobby) will have the opportunity to go to participating local hobby stores and build a special-edition Revell SnapTite Camaro Concept Car kit.      This nation-wide event...

eBay Changes Fees and Feedback, Part 2

   Discussing the recent changes at online auction juggernaut eBay (see yesterday’s post) with author Mark Bellomo yielded a lot of useful information, so I thought I’d continue to present his comments and some helpful links to shed some light on the situation.    “Consider this: on an item that sells for $25, you’ll save .10...

eBay Changes Fees and Feedback

   By now, most of you are aware of the recent changes implemented by online auction giant, eBay. If not, click HERE to read Antique Trader Editor Noah Fleisher’s account.    As expected, the changes are impacting the way eBay buyers and sellers are doing business, particularly for those who engage in smaller dollar amount transactions....

Rare Robot from Lesser Collection

   Here’s the extremely rare red version of the Diamond Planet Robot with box, which was once owned by the renowned Japanese toy collector Teruhisa Kitahara:      It’s one of the fine offerings from the Robert Lesser collection that will be auctioned by Smith House Toy & Auction Company during their April 29-May 9 event....

Thank You James D. Julia Inc.!

   When folks ask what I’m working on, it seems that lately I’ve had the same answer over and over again, “O’Brien’s Collecting Toys.” But that’s okay, because this book is one of my favorite toy references ever, and working on it is a daily history lesson about the toys made long before I was...

Plastic Show in Wheaton, IL

   Plastic collectors will gather in force at the DuPage Co. Fairgrounds this Sunday for the 51st Illinois Plastic Kit & Toy Show. If you’re into model kits, promotional cars, ’50s and ’60s plastic toys (yes, those former dimestore toys are collectible, folks!), and anything else plastic, this is the show for you.    It’s a...

Train Show in Jacksonville, FL

   Beat the winter cold by heading south this weekend for a train show! The guys at Golden Spike Enterprises are hosting the 29th Jacksonville Rail Fair this Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.      It’s Jacksonville’s oldest and largest model train and railroadiana show, and it will feature a large operating layout. They...

On the Air Today

   I’ll be talkin’ toys all afternoon with the nice folks in North Carolina. One of my favorite talk radio hosts, Allan Handelman, invited me to be a guest on today’s show — and I wouldn’t miss that for all the snow in Wisconsin!    Allan’s show is broadcast on Superstation WZTK FMTalk 101.1 and I’ll provide on-air appraisals...