26 February, 2015

Stories from a toy collector

I was on one of my normal routes around the shops.  I called in at the Red Cross and there was a plastic crate overflowing with M.A.S.K. vehicles.  I took them across to the assistant, she told me that she had just spent the last two hours pricing each one.  Then a thought crossed her mind and her face lit up. She asked if I would like to see the other two crates and the big play set.   “Sure, ok” I said, and I bought the lot.  There was almost everything that Kenner made for this toy line. 

This was an excellent collection; any child who had one of these toys would have counted themselves lucky.   All the vehicles were complete with figures, masks and weapons and other items like an alarm clock and bum bag.  All of them were in full working order, including the last production set Laser Command - Ratfang and Hornet (which in my opinion was amazing).  It also included the adventure action pack and the rare Racing Arena with Bruno Sheppard; the only down-side was they were all loose.  It took me days to clean them and to put them in the right sets.  It was worth my while.  My personal favourite was Gator from the first series, the jeep with a roll cage, machine gun and depth charger.  At the push of a button this changed into a speed boat, leaving the shell of the jeep on land. 

I always keep a look out for toys from the 80’s in the hope that I can help other toy collectors add to their collections.

Maybe you have M.A.S.K toys that you would like to sell – get in touch with me at billingtonstoys@yahoo.co.uk.