Collecting Gadgets & Games from the 1950s – 1990s
Daniel Blythe, Pen & Sword Books Ltd
The latest offering in our continuing series of book reviews for notable collectable publisher Pen and Sword is this little gem by Daniel Blythe. The publication is glossy and colourful, and offers a really comprehensive look at toys, games and gadgets throughout the period.
The book starts with an overview of some of the most popular games and gadgets of the 20th century, and is written with tongue firmly in cheek. It is knowledgeable, but light hearted and fun, and definitely a work about collectables suitable for a younger generation of collectors who will remember such 1980s based delights as the Millennium Falcon or the Rubik’s Cube. Blythe uses the book to take a real trip down memory lane, laying it out in chapters named after relevant (ish) song titles of the era. The focus is quite heavily on toys and kids gadgets, from affordable portable radios to Lego and Tamagotchi’s.
Each collectable is explained, with a basic background, manufacturers details and popularity, with handy ‘Retrofax’ or snippets of interest, and flashes of humour. Where applicable Blythe lays out current collectable values and desirability, making this a useful as well as interesting tool for collectors.
Toys and collectables, including gadget companies
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