It’s always a pleasure to receive mail from Toy Shop columnist, Mark Rich. As you know, Mark writes Toy Shop’s “Q & A” column where readers submit questions about every toy imaginable and Mark uncovers the toy’s identity and the history of the company that produced it. I confess, “Q & A” is the first thing I read when I receive the latest issue – you just never know what Mark will discover next.
This week, Mark forwarded a book question to me from Mr. Conner in Florida. Mr. Conner is a fan of 1:18-scale die-cast cars and inquired as to the existence of a price/identification guide for those toy vehicles.
I have good and bad news. The good news is that Krause Publications did publish such a guide — the Standard Guide to 1:18-Scale Die-Cast Cars (ISBN: 0-87349-645-0) was authored by Merry Dudley, editor of Toy Cars & Models magazine. It is the only reference offering comprehensive coverage of 1:18-scale cars. The bad news is that it was published in 2003 and has sold out of its print run.
The best way to obtain a copy is to contact your local library. Inter-library loan programs in most states should be able to net you a copy to borrow.
Do you collect 1:18-scale cars? Would you like to see a 2nd edition of the book released? Click on “Comments” below and let me know!