This first update to the definitive collector's guide to
Doctor Who merchandise covers all the items released
in the 40th anniversary year, 2003, and also contains updates
to the main book, as well as market reports and comments from
both the people who produce the merchandise and the people
who sell it...
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, including
items released in America, New Zealand and Australia as well
as the many UK-produced items.
it's impressive that Telos are publishing an update to take
in all of the 2003 merchandise that was absent from the last
volume, I'm trying hard to think of a reason to justify buying
this. While the main book represented a collection of all
Doctor Who merchandising over the years, and their
prices in today's market. Update No.1 simply lists
items released during 2003 (with a few updates on the last
book). While David Howe states that this is the first in an
annual series I'm trying to work out why any Who fan,
however fanatical, would simply want a list of all the new
material produced each year with their RRP? Transcendental
Toybox worked because the reader could check out how much
their collection was worth.
I know that this update is designed to add to the original
book without the reader having to pay out for all the information
they already have, but wouldn't it make much more sense to
update and reissue the original title every five years. Five
years can see a huge shift in the value of collectable items,
so the idea of an update volume becomes pointless. For example,
assuming that there is an updated volume released every year,
which volume will you look at if you want to see how much
your collection is worth in five years time? You may have
items that have not been updated for a few years or are refreshed
every other year, which will make tracking items down difficult.
doubt Who fans will pick this up anyway. Personally
though, I think it's a little pointless buying a book that
lists new items - especially when you can see most of these
by walking into Forbidden Planet, or any other other sci-fi
collectibles outlet. However, despite my personal feelings,
there will no doubt be a whole stream of individuals who will
lap this up.
it does, it does well - I just don't really see the point.
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