5. PLAY TIME

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Thou­sands of scale model toys will be on dis­play at the an­nual Toy Col­lec­tors Fair this Sun­day.

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