Sunday, February 18, 2024

Caulfield Racecourse Vintage & Modern Toy Fair

This morning I visited the Caulfield Racecourse where a Vintage and Modern Toy Fair was held.  I'm a regular attendee of these collector fairs as I'm always interested in what James Bond items might be out there.  In the past I've purchased a couple of scale model vehicles from The James Bond Car Collection.

As usual the event was extremely busy.  There was a vast array of vintage and modern collectables displayed for sale on each vendor's trestle table, although I didn't notice too many from the world of Bond.

Of the few I noticed there were several vehicles from the Bond Car Collection but I didn't take any photos.  Also these three carded Corgi Junior vehicles, shown below, which were released around 1977 and 1979 for "The Spy Who Loved Me" (Lotus Esprit and helicopter) and "Moonraker" (space shuttle) respectively.  I rarely see these nowadays still on their cards so they definitely caught my interest, even if I didn't purchase them.

There was also this "Thunderball" board game which I suspect was released around the year of the fim's release in 1965.  The box looked in great condition too for its age.

No purchases from me today, but it's good to see some rarer Bond collectables still out there.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

New 'Australian Editions' Page

A fellow James Bond book collector, Jochem G., contacted me late last year to propose adding a new page to featuring Australian editions of Bond publications.  Personally I'd never thought of doing this as I believed there were only a couple of Pan Books "Special Australian Editions" released back in the 1960's, plus the Penguin "Casino Royale" movie tie-in from 2006 featuring a full head silhouette of the woman on the cover which is only partly shown on the UK edition.

So he sent me an email with a spreadsheet and images attached, and it was then I realised how many other Aussie publications actually existed.

So here's a link to the new Australian Editions page with all images provided by Jochem from his own extensive James Bond collection.

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