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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...

Smith-Miller Bonanza Truck

   The newest pressed-steel truck release from Smith-Miller is a Bonanza Concrete Truck. Limited to just 100 pieces, this beauty will set you back a healthy $1295. Die-hard Smith-Miller fans will love this truck — it’s a rolling work of art.    For more information, click on the company name above.    Here’s a picture:  

Mid-Ohio-Con Sold!

   I received the following press release regarding the sale of the Mid-Ohio-Con. Note that the show will move from its traditional Thanksgiving weekend slot to the beginning of October for 2008. For Immediate Release Monday March 24, 2008 Mid-Ohio-Con To Be Acquired By GCX HoldingsMid-Ohio-Con 2008 Scheduled For October 4th-5th R.A.P. Promotions, Inc. announced...

Antique dealers say law may make them history

Karen here. It looks as though antique dealers in Reno who display in antique malls are in for trouble … lots of trouble. You don’t want to miss this story… In September, the Reno business license division sent letters notifying antique mall owners that vendors must have privileged business licenses. Under state law, they...