Tuesday, April 29, 2014


TV Toys is another Shire Library’s book dealing with toys. It is written by Anthony A. McGoldrick, who invites us to a time travel from the first days of television in the 50s to the 90s.

The book consists of several chapters, each of them dedicated to a decade (50s, 60s, 70s and 80s) In around 40 pages, Anthony A. McGoldrick explains which were the major TV shows for children in each decade, and which toys were made of them. By the 50s there were only a few toys made, but as the time moves on, it becomes more and more difficult to list all toys related to TV series, so I would say the book does not pretend to be an exhaustive study, but an introduction to the topic, for all of you who may want an insight in the world of TV toy collectables.

It is important to mention, that this book deals only which toys which derive from TV shows, and not the other way round! So don’t expect to find anything about Masters of the Universe, or whatever.

The pictures that illustrate the book are all in colour and have great quality. I miss some more pages of text and also pictures, since many toys are just mentioned, but not depicted.

I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It is well written, but it is also easy to understand, and you will find very interesting information. The bad thing is that it is read in just one or two hours. I wish it had been longer, there are many TV-related toys which could have been mentioned but for some reason are not, I guess the focus is put on British television and British toys only.

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