News-Antique.com - Aug 20,2009 - Launched in January 2001 by the Toy Car Collectors Association (TCCA), the magazine featured articles and photography focusing on model cars and other transportation toys in all sizes, shapes, scales and materials. It ceased publication in December 2006.
Following the successful move of popular diecast webzine Tales of Toy Cars to the Toy Collector blog format, however, the TCCA will now be reprinting the best of the magazine as a similar blog. The most popular articles and photos from the five year archives will re-appear on Toy Collector, beginning today. The new URL for its is www.ToyCollecor.com/TCCM. This new format will take advantage of Toy Collector’s Web 2.0 publishing tools to allow easy and frequent uploads, easier access for a wide international audience and more direct communication between publishers/writers and readers.
About the TCCA
The TCCA is an international association devoted to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of diecast, white metal, pressed steel, tinplate, cast iron and other transportation toys and models. It began in May 1993 as the Majorette Diecast Toy Collectors Association, and was swiftly renamed as the North American Diecast Toy Collectors Association. This was then shortened to just the Diecast Toy Collectors Association to reflect the growing international interest in the club, before a final name change to the Toy Car Collectors Association, in recognition of its interest in model vehicles made of materials other than diecast metal. It launched its magazine, Toy Car Collector in 2001.
The TCCA and its predecessors were founded by Dana Johnson of Dana Johnson Enterprises (DJE) which has operated since 1992 from Bend, Oregon, offering toy car collector's guides and serving as a worldwide resource centre for toy car collectors at Toynutz.com, a valuable resource for collectors of die-cast, white metal, tinplate, pressed steel and other types of transportation toys. Toynutz.com provides contact details on toy car manufacturers, retail sources, publications, clubs, toy shows and lots more. Mr. Dana Johnson is the site's creator, owner and webmaster. He is also the author of numerous books on toy cars. Titles published by Collector Books of Paducah, Kentucky, include "Toy Car Collector's Guide", "Collector's Guide to Diecast Toys" and "Matchbox Toys 1947 to 2003" and "The Other Matchbox Toys 1947 to 2004". He also has produced several self-published collector's guides, including books on Siku, Tomica, Road Champs, Micro Models and others. In addition, he is the founder and chairman of the Toy Car Collectors Association, and editor, publisher, photographer and writer for Toy Car Collector Magazine, the TCCA's official publication. He has collected toy cars since 1962.
About Toy Collector
Launched in 2008, Toy Collector is a web portal for collectable toy and model enthusiasts designed to allow collectors to share their passions via blogging, discussion forums, picture and video galleries and offering resources like want ads and a yellow pages suppliers directory as well as the largest toy-and-model-related event calendar on the internet. The site also has ToyPedia, a Wikipedia-style online encyclopedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 20,000 items