The definitive collector's guide to Doctor Who merchandise
contains an overview of everything that has been commercially
released world-wide, from the rare and obscure to the commonplace
you a serious Who collector sitting on a small fortune?
Or is that Dalek cake gathering dust in the attic unnecessarily
stinking out the neighbourhood? It would appear, on the whole,
that your treasured Who collection is unlikely to be
worth a great deal - most items you will have paid a few pounds
for are unlikely to be worth more than £30 to collector's
of today. But then most fans wouldn't part with their treasured
the second edition of Howe's Transcendental Toybox,
is fully revised and updated, covering all items released
up to the end of 2002. Not only is a must own book for serious
Who collector's, it's also great fun to flick through
even if you are not a huge Who fan now you are older.
it would seem that it's not worth digging around your parent's
place to see if any old Who merchandise from your youth
is hiding away. Don't bother to dig around in the bottom of
that huge chest freezer to see whether there is a Wall's Dalek's
Death Ray Ice Lolly which escaped from it's box many moons
ago. It's only worth £22 now anyway.
to see those Tom Baker Y-front's I had as a young lad are
worth very little, as are my sound effect LP, glow in the
dark keyring, and single of the theme tune with Tom Baker
on the cover. But that doesn't matter. What is important is
how well researched and designed this collection is. Most
of the entries have accompanying photography - although it's
a shame that the colour pages are wasted on reprints of all
of the covers of Doctor Who magazines. But, when there
are so many quality enteries, how do you decide which section
will be given the full colour treatment.
was also interesting to see that there is the odd entry warning
fans of fake merchandise - like the modern counterfeit eggcups
which have been made to look like collector's items and currently
sell for £50. Sadly, these eggcups were never available
to the public as licensed products, so it's not even as though
you'll be buying a counterfeit product of a real collector's
item. There is, on the other hand, the argument that these
counterfeits are rare and will themselves be worth something
to collectors in years to come.
you are a Who fanatic or a casual fan, this collection
is a must own item.
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