By Maz Woolley
All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.
The changing nature of the toy trade means that the London trade toy show held in January is no longer as interesting to the modelling press. Hornby and Oxford Diecast both have stalls, and models from other firms may be seen at distributors stalls. I attended the event for the first time this year and although the stalls with model vehicles were limited there were some lovely toys for children and even an Irish firm showing new Architectural modelling sets which I thought would look nice as backdrops to models.
I create a series of photo essays of my day at the fair with a few early shots of models to come.
Hornby featured models from all their ranges at the show though the ones of interest to me were largely those sold as Corgis. Though it should be noted that Airfix are launching snap together self coloured 1:32 vehicles which may be popular for some. The initial release plays it safe with a Volkswagen Beetle and a Volkswagen Transporter T1 Camper. The unusual feature of this new Quickbuild range is that it is manufactured in the UK!
Corgi had a small corner of the large display
The Paddington Bear branded merchandise was presented and will hopefully appeal to young collectors.
The new Vanguards releases are shown below “in the metal”. Although underwhelmed by the release when announced I have to admit that they look quite nice in the hand. I particularly like the 1800 in rally livery.
Talking with one of the Hornby staff they recognise that their inability to develop new moulds has really held back this range and they are hopeful that the big changes taking place mean that they will be able to develop things further.
Nothing really new here but these models sell well in the general market and make a big contribution to Corgi’s income.
Thunderbirds and Captain scarlet still have a strong market appeal and Corgis models still sell well. They also make Thrust promotional models and and seasonal products as shown below
Although unable to fund new tractor units the Eddie Stobart related models are still widely sold.
And the tourists still buy the taxis, buses, and minis sold to the souvenir trade.
Corgi Aviation had a new casting at the end of last year: The English Electric Lightning as shown below. An impressively large model it would look much more spectacular in the polished metal finish it wore in some roles.
A Dakota in the range makes an impressive display.
The ME109 has been made in many guises by Corgi and this is the latest.
Models from the First World War are still popular with the celebrations of the ending of the war later this year keeping the conflict in the spotlight. This Fokker DR.1 Dreidecker is from the latest Catalogue.
Although Westland Helicopters are no longer trading models of their helicopters are still very popular and this is the recolour from the latest catalogue with its impressive folding rotor blades.
For the 100 years of the RAF celebrations come some new versions of existing service aircraft like this Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA459/F
And this Eurofighter Typhoon T.3 ZK380
Another model from the latest catalogue shown was this Boeing Chinook HC.4 ZA683 of RAF No.27 Squadron.
More models re-liveried for the 100 years of the RAF are shown below starting with this Mosquito
And this Hawker Hurricane
None of the Original Omnibus models from the new catalogue were on show so their production is probably going to be later in the year than some of the other models.
The next photo report will look at Oxford Diecast.
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