This second update to the definitive collector's guide to
Doctor Who merchandise covers all the items released
in 2004-2005, and also contains updates to the main book,
as well as features and interviews with some of the companies
who produce the merchandise, and those who buy it...
second update volume to Howe's
Transcendental Toybox includes product descriptions
and black and white photographs of the majority of items of
Doctor Who merchandise from around the world.
the new series of Doctor Who has found a new generation
of young fans, there are a lot of new items included in this
update. However, as I noted in my review of the first
update, is there really much call for a book that
simply lists all the new Doctor Who merchandise with
their RRP which, on the whole, hasn't altered since they were
main book is of interest as old fans can flick through and
find the toys they played with when they were younger and
see whether their collection is worth anything. This update
simply tells you what items you may have missed, or will give
you a handy reminder of what you paid when you bought them
- if your memory is that bad. Neither of which are of much
interest, in my opinion. However, come back in 10 years and
price these items up and I'm sure it will make a great book.
a book like this, where a lot of data is reproduced, proof
reading is of the utmost importance. So it was a little worrying
to see that there were a few too many errors. These include
several missing prices. Surely, as these items were only released
recently the standard RRP will be the book price. And then
there's the back cover, which states: "and those who
who buy it." With mistakes like this I wonder whether
there are any more important errors that have slipped through
there's the huge advert for Character Options (23 pages) masquerading
as a feature. Yes I know that they have produced some great
quality toys based on the new TV series, but is this really
the right place to champion their efforts? When there are
other companies producing merchandise, surely a general feature
on Who merchandise would have been more appropriate.
This just makes it look like Character Options helped fund
the cost of producing this book.
anyone really want a book that just lists all the latest toys
at their RRPs? Yes, maybe the more anoraky fan base will,
but the rest of us "fans" may see this as a bit
of a waste of money. At the end of the day it may be cheaper
to go to Forbidden Planet's website and type "Doctor
Who" in the search engine.