5. PLAY TIME
The Manawatu Toy Collectors fair will feature old and new toy collections. It’s on Sunday.
Some people never really grow up. They collect and keep mementos of their childhood, and with maturity develop an added appreciation for the joy of toys.
But collecting is not just for the joy. There’s also money in collectible playthings, especially if they’re in mint condition - and come with the original box.
That’s the rationale behind the annual Toy Collectors Fair at the Ferguson St Community Leisure Centre this Sunday.
Run by the Manawatu Die-Cast Models Club, the fair features 50 tables, with displays by collectors from around the North Island and from as far away as Melbourne.
The club’s Bernie Brady said the collections included popular die-cast toys such as Matchbox and Dinky, New Zealand Fun-Ho!, model trains and rolling stock, dolls and accessories, as well as comic books, New World’s Little Shop, McDonalds, and other collectible nick-nacks.
As well as attracting the curious, the fair is an opportunity for people to get into collecting or to find and add missing items to existing collections.
Brady said many collectors tended to specialise.
His own collections of 1:43 scale models are based around classic Ford vehicles and include a model of his dad’s late 1940s Ford V-8 Pilot, and the 1948 Ford Prefect ‘‘Puddlejumper’’, the car he learned to drive in.
‘‘I don’t know why it was called that,’’ he said.
‘‘As I spent some 42 years in the grocery trade, I also have a grocery courier collection.’’
Many of the collections have been built up over the decades or passed on from grandparents, but Brady said collectibles were no longer playthings, and had a word of advice for those starting out.
‘‘To make sure they keep their value, keep their boxes.’’
Club members will be available to talk about collecting.
Each year, proceeds from the toy fair are donated to a local charity. Last year it was Civil Defence. This year they go to the Trevor Smith Renal Fund, which is raising money for comfortable LazyBoy chairs to give to patients on home dialysis.
Thousands of scale model toys will be on display at the annual Toy Collectors Fair this Sunday.