Do toys prove to be a better investment than gold, art, and financial securities?

Lego Space. Denmark. 1987. TVTA/Jaltesorensen.

Depending on condition, rarity and market demand, I would say yes, they could do. A study published December 3, 2021 by HSE University economists states that “Unusual ways of investment, such as collecting toys, can generate high returns.” One of the study’s authors, Victoria Dobrynskaya, says:

“We are used to thinking that people buy such items as jewellery, antiques or artworks as an investment. However, there are other options, such as collectible toys. Tens of thousands of deals are made on the secondary LEGO market. Even taking into account the small prices of most sets, this is a huge market that is not well-known by traditional investors.” 

Read the HSE article here

Lego sets various. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK. TVTA.

Time to break out your old Lego to see if you have anything of value to sell?

Hold on… to gain maximum profit you must first have something that is still in its original sealed box and in mint condition. Second, it needs to be an item that was popular and sought after (think Star Wars Lego sets) and produced as a limited run or as a special exclusive. Third, does the item have nostalgia and worldwide appeal value?

This is not to say that if you have a well-looked after complete Lego set which has been opened and played with, and with the original box and instructions still lying around somewhere, you won’t get a good return on what you originally paid. If you have just the complete Lego toy but no box and instructions however, then your return will be lower.

May The Toys Be With You

Star Wars 1978 Display Stand with First Twelve action figures. TVTA.

The same can be said for Star Wars toys and collectables made between 1978 to around 1985. Some items in mint and unopened condition can go for thousands+, but so too can certain items that are no longer packaged and perhaps not even in that good condition. Rarity is key. In 2010, I paid 100 USD for an all original 1978 Star Wars Display Stand including the ‘first twelve’ figures meant to be displayed. I’ve since updated some of the figures with better condition and rarer specimens (thus increasing its value). The figure accessories are all original and some are very hard to find. If I sold the set today I would make a mouth-watering profit on that original hundred bucks I spent.

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You’ll Be Dynamite! TVTA is back!

Ayiyah!

Greetings vintage mates! TVTA is back from a six month hiatus and ready to kick ass in the name of vintage and retro goodness!

Fear no man!

Kung Fu. 1974. US.

These past six months have flown by, and while my other site The Atomic Mage (where I do my writing, poetry and Six Sentence Story contributions) has been healthily choo-chooing along, I can honestly say I’ve missed TVTA and all things retro!

Ayiyah!

AWMA martial arts uniforms. 1983. US.

October 2021 sees the return of your humble editor and his intrepid office cat Wooof, as we look to pay the outstanding rent, repair the roof, clear the archives of mice crap, send begging letters to Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady to come back, and get to grips with a brand new scanner which seems to have a mind of its own! (This morning I swear I heard it say to Wooof as he was trying to scan a Hello Kitty poster: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”)

Pernickety scanners aside, what better time than the month of October to bring you images and ads for 1980s horror films, some cool horror magazine covers, and of course TVTA’s longstanding traditon of creating a Halloween pumpkin!

Med-Hed – the 2020 Halloween pumpkin creation by TVTA

Also coming up over the next few weeks will be some 1970s die cast toy catalogues, and a feature on my collection of Star Wars Black Series 6″ action figures!

As for today’s images… no idea why the martial arts theme… all we can say is…

Ayiyah!

Look what’s happening!

Dear vintage mates, greetings 😎 Hope you are all doing fine and dandy! For your info and perusal… 1… please check out the newest Ford & Spira collaboration at my sister site The Atomic Mage  2… I miss you! And you can expect a TVTA very special late-summer jamboree post celebrating some rather groovy collectables and pop culture goodies we have quite frankly been missing around here! 3… hah, you don’t expect us to miss Halloween do you? With only 145 days to go to the big event, Ford and intrepid TVTA office cat Wooof have been super mega hyper impressionnant busy designing this year’s cool Halloween pumpkin!! So expect a special post this October! 4… TVTA has also been busy building its skinny and puny body for this summer’s muscle-exposing superhuman oiled-up gurning tight pants skinny-to-megaspacemanhulk power muscle beach bodybuilding bamfest!  We are feckin’ ripped boyo!   
“Are you skinny? Feckin’ Ada, no more! Now, you too can build impressionnant muscles with TVTA!”

That’s all for now, vintage mates     Ford & Wooof 😍

TVTA’s new site is up!

Greetings, vintage mates! Below is the link to my new site which is mostly ready to rock now. I already made a few test posts there using blocks and so far it’s looking okay. Please join me there as I continue to unpack and decorate the place 🙂

It’s called The Atomic Mage

Over the next few days I’ll work my way to (re)following you from there, and please feel free to follow me too – or to coin the phrase of fellow blogger Julie over at Darkside Creative please bother me and I will bother you right back 🙂

In TVTA news… look out later this week for a collaboration post between myself and FT from FTSabersite in tribute to the first ever Gerry Anderson Day! I originally intended to post my part here at TVTA, but due to zero disc space it’s going to go up at The Atomic Mage.

In other TVTA news… I already miss this place after only a week in the wilderness! The domain name for TVTA is still (and will remain so) under my ownership, so don’t be surprised if I make one or two ‘special posts’ throughout the year. Never say never and all that.

A big thank you to everyone who has reached out with well wishes. Hope everyone is doing good, keeping safe and staying creative!

Best, Ford