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O’Brien’s Collecting Toys – Captain Midnight

   With O’Brien’s Collecting Toys nearly finished and moving rapidly toward its date with the printer, I thought it would be fun to share another interesting item from the book.    The Premiums chapter is loaded with fun and fascinating items offered in support of early radio and television shows. Only the strongest of characters survived through...

Free Comic Book Day — For All Ages!

    I received a couple of emails regarding Free Comic Book Day and the types of comics available, so I thought a larger explanation might benefit everyone.    You can really obtain comics for free at participating comic book shops tomorrow. BUT, the free titles are special editions printed by comic publishers just for this event. So...

Free Comic Book Day — May 3!

   “You mean there’s a day when you can walk into a comic book shop and they’ll hand you free comic books?”    “Yep. The comic publishers print special comic books containing some of their most popular characters and comic shop owners make them available for visitors to take — for free.”    I know it sounds too good...

Toyland News: Address Change

   With the changes to the Antique Trader Web site (home of this blog), the address for Babe in Toyland has changed. Please update your Favorites to this address: http://blog.antiquetrader.com/toyland    I apologize for the inconvenience, and thank all of you for continuing to read my adventures in Toyland.    Have a great weekend!

Toyland News: Stan Lee Podcast

   Every now and again, whilst diligently working away in my cubicle, someone cool will arrive at my desk with something cool. It could be Comics Buyer’s Guide Editor Brent Frankenhoff with a fresh stack of comics for me to review, or it could be Old Cars Weekly Editor Angelo VanBogart with a copy of...

Japanese Tin Cars

   All that talk of car washes and drives in the country sure had me ready for Spring — until it snowed this week. There’s probably only six more weeks (or so) of winter weather left, and despite the signs elsewhere in the nation that Spring has indeed arrived — cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.,...

The Trivia Invasion

   The world’s largest trivia contest will hold its 39th annual event in Stevens Point, Wisc. April 11-13. The 54-hour contest broadcasts its questions on WWSP 90FM radio starting at 6pm on Friday and the station does have an Internet feed, so if you’re a trivia junkie, listen in and test your skills.    I don’t...

Michael Uslan Podcast

   Maggie Thompson’s good friend Michael Uslan (executive producer of the Batman films and the forthcoming The Spirit) took a few minutes to talk to her about the debut this Saturday night of his new documentary, The Legends Behind the Comic Books, at the Garden State Film Festival.    Uslan captures interviews with legendary comic book...

Aurora Model Kits and Comics

  While reading the Forum over at Comics Buyer’s Guide, I came across a conversation regarding Aurora model kits from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s always fun when one interest (comics in this example) crosses over to encompass another interest (model kit building).    Click HERE to read this thread.    Craig Shutt, a.k.a. “Mr. Silver Age”...

Farmall Super M in Pink?

   One of the great things about taking a road trip is that if you keep your eyes open, you just might find something unexpected and extremely cool. While driving through Beecher, Ill., to the Beecher Farm Toy Show, I spotted a restored Farmall in a driveway. Nothing unusual, given the popularity of restoring vintage tractors...