| Welcome to
the first Retro Ronnie Newsletter of 2016. In this
issue you'll find links to a review of 2015, information about
our forthcoming events at Didcot (Feb 6th) and Cirencester (Feb
28th), and news and snippets about what we have planned for the
future, as well as some background on what's happening elsewhere
in the Toy Trade.
Ronnie Toyfairs - Newsletter #2!
ended in spectacular style for everyone at Retro Ronnie
with a great pre-Christmas fair at Cirencester on 21st December.
The historic Bingham Hall was packed to bursting with great
stock, and we had more dealers inside the Hall than ever before.
It was also good to see visitor numbers improving as well,
with numbers through the gate significantly 'up' on the same
event in 2015.
a full report and a round-up of 2015 on our new website, so
if you haven't already done so, then please have an explore.
The site is full of useful information about our fairs,
as well as news items, helpful advice (we hope!) and photos.
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& Oxfordshire Toy Fair
- Saturday February 6th
hard to believe that we're heading into our first full year
of fairs at our new venue in Didcot. We launched the new fair
in July last year, and we've confirmed four dates for 2016.
This Saturday the doors open on our first Didcot & Oxfordshire
Toy Fair of the new year. "Live steam was one of the biggest
sellers at our last Didcot fair," says Tim Pearson,
who organises Retro Ronnie Fairs with Ronnie Davies. "Anything
TV related was also popular, and of course Star Wars merchandise
has gained a real buzz from the release of the new movie (see
below). Obviously Didcot is synonymous with the railways,
but our fairs aren't all about train sets, and with this in
mind Ronnie and I will be leading from the front with
a large collection of Action Figures on Saturday."
Doors open at 10:00 am, with full
details on the website
Birds Catch the Bargains!
the doors to Retro Ronnie Fairs officially open at 10:00 am,
we've always welcomed early-risers with a special scheme that
allows trade buyers and keen collectors to enter our Halls from
costs just £4, which is a small price to pay for the chance
to be first to grab a bargain. What's more, you can then
be at the head of the queue to take advantage of our caterers'
excellent all-day breakfast and a hot cuppa!
& Train Fair - Sunday February 28th
to be a busy month for us, with the first of what will be five
fairs in Cirencester for 2016. Our flagship event continues
to grow steadily, and to meet the demand and enthusiasm
of our traders and buyers, we've introduced a fifth date to
this year's calendar. The first of those takes place at the
end of the month - well, not quite the end. 2016 is a leap
year, so February gets an extra day, but on Sunday 28th, Bingham
Hall will be buzzing again.
full details about our Cirencester fairs on the website
Wars - Fad or Fade?
release of the latest title in the Star Wars movie
franchise just before Christmas tied in well with
our last fair of the year, and interest in merchandise
from the series was evident. We'd like to think that
such events introduce young collectors to the hobby,
and that some will then branch out into other areas
as well, but are these tie-ins just a fad, or and
will interest fade away?
in the case of Star Wars, perhaps not. This time last year
a rare Palitoy 'unpunched' version of Boba Fett from The
Empire Strikes Back (c1980) sold for a UK record of £15,000
with auctioneers Vectis, proving that the appeal of the early
films is holding strong, but what of the current crop?
reckons would-be investors need to be careful. "Because
some of the early pieces command such very high prices there's
a misconception today that all Star Wars memorabilia
will go up in value, but that's unlikely to be the case. The
items that have increased significantly over the years have
been the rarities, while the common figures can still be picked
up very cheaply, even in pristine condition. The current peak
suggests it is probably a fad, but it's certainly very hot
at the moment. It doesn't always follow that all the new merchandise
will turn into gold, and the chances are that the material
that's clearly made to be 'collectable' almost certainly won't
of time has also demonstrated how important condition and packaging
is. Don't throw away the box, and don't open the blister pack!
This is sage advice, as anyone who has collected 'limited edition' metal
figures has discovered to their cost, and now sees them offered
for as little as a £1 each at our fairs.
Better late than never, but here's wishing all our dealers
and buyers a prosperous and successful 2016. We hope you find
what you're looking for, and if that's a rare collectable
and you stumble across it at one of our Didcot or Cirencester
toy fairs, then so much the better! We look forward to seeing
you at some time during the year.
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