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Below is a list of links to articles and podcasts that I have either written or feature in:  

Podcast Interview with The Vintage Rebellion

The Vintage Rebellion Podcast
Be warned, this is a very long podcast and interview.  My interview starts at 3 hours 50 mins.

Interview with DoomKick.com

doomkick.com
In my never ending quest to interview cool people doing cool things around the world I’m bringing you today an interview with Dave who is the mastermind behind the Youtube Channel Toy Polloi who does some really great restoration videos as well as general toy videos. 

Star Wars mystery solved by University of Nottingham's X-ray scanner

BBC News website
A man had a box containing a mystery Star Wars figure X-rayed by a university in the hope it was worth thousands of pounds.

 

When I chat to people who don't collect vintage Star Wars toys they all tend to think that it must be an expensive hobby as they have seen news reports about a rare Star Wars toy that just sold for thousands of pounds. And I think this puts many people off from getting started collecting. A recent example of this was when a very rare carded Boba Fett figure sold for £18,000 at auction.

If you are visiting Japan you will inevitably see Gashapon (or Gachapon) machines lined up outside shops, in doorways, actually you are probably standing next to one right now!

Grading of action figures was not something I had looked into until recently. I had certainly seen graded figures for sale and that they often commanded a higher price than ungraded figures, but didn't really see why.

If you grew up in the 1980s then you will probably remember Penny Racers. Produced by Takara and released in the US and UK from the early to mid 80s, Penny Racers were a cheap pocket money level toy with a neat gimmick.

An area that gets discussed a lot amongst Star Wars toy collectors is reproduction weapons. Good or bad, they are an increasingly common part of collecting.

If you had brothers and sisters growing up then the best way to make sure that your toys and books always came back to you was to write your name on them somewhere.

 

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