Toy col­lec­tors fair

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween a toy and a col­lectible?

A toy is a play­thing and prob­a­bly a lit­tle bat­tle-scarred. It may be worth col­lect­ing. Prefer­able though, for se­ri­ous col­lec­tors, is some­thing in mint con­di­tion and still with its orig­i­nal box.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Bernie Brady from Manawatu Die-Cast Mod­els. Spe­cial­is­ing in ve­hi­cles, par­tic­u­larly Ford mod­els and New Zealand ve­hi­cles fea­tur­ing ‘Ki­wiana’ brands, Brady will be at this Sun­day’s an­nual Toy Col­lec­tion Fair in the Fer­gu­son St Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre. His col­lec­tion in­cludes the model that started it all for him – a 1948 Ford Pop­u­lar, the type of car he learned to drive in.

Bernie will again be dis­play­ing his cus­tom-built, re­mote-con­trolled 1:14 scale model Sca­nia truck with twin steer­ing, air brakes and sound sys­tem that comes com­plete with ve­hi­cle ‘shud­der’.

Ex­pect­ing a ‘‘full house’’, he says there will be 40-odd ta­bles fea­tur­ing die-cast mod­els, model trains and rolling stock, plas­tic mod­els, teddy bears and other para­pher­na­lia brought in by col­lec­tors from be­tween Auck­land and Welling­ton.

Fel­low club mem­ber Tony McAlis­ter has no­ticed more young peo­ple col­lect­ing, per­haps in­flu­enced by grand­par­ents, or in­her­it­ing a col­lec­tion. He has ac­cu­mu­lated some 3500 Match­box toys, and will have 600 for sale.

‘‘I’ve waited 40 years to col­lect some mod­els,’’ McAlis­ter says.

Pro­ceeds will be do­nated to Palmer­ston North Civil De­fence, who will have a dis­play at the event.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Tony McAlis­ter will be bring­ing a cache of 600 Match­box toys to Sun­day’s Toy Fair in the Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre on Fer­gu­son St. He has a col­lec­tion of more than 3500 of the minia­ture mod­els.

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