Dinky’s Bedford CF Van – ToyPedia® Has More Than 57 Varieties, but do you have the Heinz Version? ToyPedia, Toy Collector’s online database of collectable toys and models, has a new record-holder: the Dinky Bedford CF Van has clocked in with no less than 339 different variants.
News-Antique.com - Jun 02,2011 - The huge number of different versions is thanks to the model’s popularity as a promotional item between its introduction in 1973 and Dinky’s 1980 bankruptcy. However, Toy Collector only have photographs of around half the variations and are still seeking images of the rest; including a version in the famous Heinz livery. As well as Cadburys, Camp Coffee, Carlsberg Lager, Haigs Whisky, Kodak Film, Lyons Tea, Raleigh Cycles, Saxa Salt and Schweppes to name but a few.
If you’ve got any of these promotional issues, you’ll find the complete list of variants here, including the ones Toy Collector is still looking for pictures of. And if you can help with any of the missing images, you can do so by contacting LaToya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anika Schäfer, ToyPedia Volunteer Co-ordinator says “Now in its 2nd year we are getting better and better quality data from so many collectors and organisations.
ToyPedia (www.toycollector.com/ToyPedia) already has 134,173 items uploaded, with around 260,000 items waiting to be edited by my team and then to be uploaded to the database!”
Currently, the project is supported by;
•9 authors who have permitted the organisers to use text and images from 19 books as part of a ToyPedia Book Documentation Project
•350 toy brands who have agreed to open their archives
•11 leading auction houses including Bonham’s and Christie’s have allowed use of their images
•20 members of the new ToyPedia Advisory Board who advise on organisation and taxonomy
Dinky Toys are particularly important to Toy Collector since it is launching a collectors’ marketplace on June 29th which will initially focus on only Corgi and Dinky Toys.
About Toy Collector & ToyPedia®
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. The site currently hosts over 25,000 toy-related articles and over 140,000 images. It offers resources like want ads and a yellow pages supplier directory and boasts the largest toy-and model-related event calendar on the internet. In addition to all this, the site features ToyPedia® – a Wikipedia-style online encyclopaedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 134,000 items and is growing constantly.
For more information please go to www.ToyCollector.com or contact Anika Schäfer on email@example.com or +44 (1494) 727 947.