Published on August 23rd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Classic Toys of Your Childhood
This week, a new range of stamps celebrating Classic Toys has been released. Featuring the best of British toys from the last hundred years, it certainly brings back some happy memories.
The British toy making industry was renowned for its quality and innovation. Frank Hornby alone not only created the Hornby Dublo model train sets, he also invented Meccano.
Ten wonderful toys are remembered in this Classic Toys collection.
The Action Man special stamp shows our hero in his popular red devil parachutist outfit. He was also voted third greatest toy of all time in a survey behind Lego® and Monopoly.
Invented by Frank Hornby and originally marketed as “Mechanics Made Easy” in 1901. It was renamed Meccano in 1907 and remains one of the most collectable British toys.
Frank Hornby’s scale model train sets were first introduced in 1920. Hornby Dublo clockwork models from the start of the Second World War are top of any collector’s wish list.
Fuzzy Felt was created by Lois Allan in 1950 the combination of flocked blacking board and felt shapes has captivated young children through the decades.
Originally designed for exercise, the spacehopper was a frequent sight on British streets during the 1970s and 1980s. Did you know? The world record for the fastest time to travel a mile on a space hopper is 13 minutes!
Merrythought is a soft toy manufacturer founded in 1930 by Gordon Holmes. Its first catalogue introduced the mohair Merrythought Bear.
The British answer to Barbie first came to market in 1963 by Pedigree Toys Ltd. Cutting edge designers Foale and Tuffin designed her teenage girl outfits. Sindy was relaunched in 2016 with a new look and shape.
These plastic wheels with holes use complicated mathematical formula to create hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. Twist the Spirograph wheels around a coloured pen nib and watch a pattern emerge.
An individual stickle brick has a brush of small plastic fingers on one or more edges. Toddlers love to create houses and other constructions with these brightly coloured shapes.
Herald Trojan Warriors
Originally made of lead, the William Britain company then switched to plastic to make their Herald Trojan Warriors toy soldiers. The US Cavalry, Greek warriors and Cowboys and Indians were the most popular selections.
The Classic Toys Presentation Pack is an ideal gift for any toy collector and features all ten special stamps. It includes a unique insight to each of these toys courtesy of toy expert, author and founder of ToyTalk, David Smith.
Valuable Classic Toys
Along with rare coins and stamps, classic toys can also be extremely valuable. Toys from the 1970s and 1980s now fetch a tidy sum.
The original Action Man is much sought after along with Star Wars memorabilia from the period of the first three films, 1977-1983. In fact, a Boba Fett figure from The Empire Strikes Back fetched an astonishing £18,000 at auction a couple of years ago.
If you are lucky enough to have a Hornby Dublo train set, its value is currently rising at 9% a year. A 1963 Bournemouth Belle by Hornby Duplo originally sold for £5 now may fetch over £500. However, rarity is key, along with the toy being in good condition, preferably with the original packaging.
Childhood Nostalgia at the Post Office Shop
You can bring back other childhood memories with various collectible items at the Post Office Shop. The collection celebrates the 45th anniversary of Roger Hargreaves wonderful characters. The collection has been written and illustrated by Roger’s son Adam.
In addition, there is our fabulous Minions collection of gifts including notebooks, stationery and mugs. For fans of Lego®, choose from the Lego City, Lego Friends and Lego Star Wars ranges. Ideal for the young and old alike.