Free February 2008 issue of Toy Collector Magazine is now available online The Feb. 2008 issue of Toy Collector Magazine is now available to view or download free at www.toycollectormagazine.com. Randy Bowen statues, The Lone Ranger, lunchboxes, the Hubley America and more!
News-Antique.com - Feb 01,2008 - The full-color, all-digital February 2008 issue of Toy Collector Magazine is packed with insightful articles, plus up to the minute auction information of interest to collectors and dealers.
Cover Story: Superheroic – The Grand Visions of Randy Bowen – TCM visits the West Coast sculptor whose uncanny ability to replicate human anatomy and capture emotion and facial expression in his character statues has catapulted him to the top ranks of his profession. Which Bowen designs of past years are most in demand with collectors? We list them for you, along with years of manufacture and edition sizes.
Looking back to the pre-World War II era, TCM’s specialist on aviation toys, G.R. Webster, shines a light on Hubley’s America, arguably the largest cast-iron airplane ever produced. In addition to providing every production detail a collector might ever wonder about, Webster also deftly weaves contemporaneous military data into the article’s timeline, as only a former wartime pilot and aviation historian extraordinaire could do.
Seventy-five years ago, The Lone Ranger made his first electrifying appearance in the pop-culture arena. Since then, the iconic crime-fighter on horseback has appeared on a panoramic array of toys, product packaging, ephemera and other now-collectible items. TCM’s Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards, takes readers on a nostalgic ride through three-quarters of a century of Lone Ranger collecting.
Tom Hoepf’s colorfully illustrated article on boomer-era lunchboxes poses the question: “Which one did you have?” From Roy Rogers to Barbie, the author explores the metal-box phenomena that enabled children to choose a favorite character and make a personal statement for all their school friends to see.
Also in the February issue is a profile of Diecast Direct, a Kentucky-based company that ships the best of today’s diecast toy vehicles to collectors the world over; plus a visit to the home of professional golfer and Lionel vintage train enthusiast Ed Dougherty. Monthly features include recent auction results and tips on upcoming sales in TCM’s popular Bits & Pieces section.
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