Toy collectors fair
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.
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.