Talking Toys: Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Thanks so much for all of the positive response last week, mostly via social media, about my new little Talking Toys segment, i'm so glad so many of you like the idea. And although the majority have admitted to mostly liking it because they love a good nose (me too), I know there are a lot of you who can't wait to be inspired by some all together glorious toy collections.

This week we are talking to Andi, all the way from sunny Adelaide, South Australia. I've been following Andi for a while now via Instagram, her feed is the perfect mix of colour, cuteness and clothes inspiration for me. She also has a pink wall of dreams, which you are about to see in the photos below, that are jam packed with all things kitsch and retro inspired. If you're ever feeling a little down, just spend a few minutes looking at her Instagram and you cannot help but feel happy again.



What made you want to start collecting toys?
It all started some years ago when I was thinking about all the toys I had as a child and got rid of. I decided I would start collecting them again but only the Barbies that I'd had…of course it didn’t end up that way and everything snowballed from there.

If you could have any toy right now in the world, to add to your collection, what would that be?
Oh gosh, that’s tricky because there are so many, but the dream would be to own a #1 Ponytail Barbie. A more realistic answer is a Peteena doll, an anthropomorphic poodle from the ‘60s.



Have you got any favourite toys within your collections?
In my Blythe collection, Ahcahcum Zukin is definitely my favourite. My Susie Sad Eyes and Emerald Witch dolls are favourites, as well. It’s such a hard question, though, and my favourites can change from day to day.

Do you have any favourite places to look for new toys to add to your collection?
I love the thrill of the hunt so I enjoy scouring op-shops and markets for pieces I’ve been after but I also spend a lot of time on eBay and other sites.




Have you got any advice for newbie toy collectors?
The biggest piece of advice is to just have fun! I think it’s a hobby that should bring joy so collecting what makes you happy is most important, in my opinion. I’d also recommend doing research before collecting, too, on what’s out there, prices, etc. But I find research to be one of the most fun aspects of collecting!

Want to find out more about Andi B. Goode?

If you've got a toy collection you want to show off, i'm open to submissions! 
Drop me an email and say hello for some more information.

Talking Toys: Samantha Eynon

This week we're talking to one of my favourite illustrators and colour lovers Samantha Eynon. Samantha is a freelance illustrator based in the Midlands, England. She's a self proclaimed lover of cute and colourful things (her toy collection is proof of that) and spends her weekends adventuring with her husband and her fur baby Winston, in their VW camper van. You can take a peek at more of their daily lives on her Instagram page, which is jam packed with adventures, home inspiration and the prettiest creations by her lovely self.


What made you want to start collecting toys?

The fact that I'm a sucker for anything cute, colourful and collectable! I also love the fact that many of the ones I collect are limited edition and designed by many amazing artists, so it's a like having a piece of art too! They also just make me smile! I do love old metal wind-up toys too.

What are your favourite types of toys to collect?

Eeeeek! This question is too hard! I suppose vinyl toys, I started by collecting mainly Kid Robot toys, and they have so many awesome ranges. One of my current favourite toys are tsum tsum's. They are just too cute and I love Disney. I have to check the Disney Store every time now!



If you could have any toy right now in the world, to add to your collection, what would that be?

Sorry again I can't pick one (to indecisive!), I'd love a Peskimo's wooden Noferin Jilibut toy, a Treeson, Play Boy ArtToys Project by Sticky Monster Lab and the Crayola Monster Dunny by Jenn and Tony Bot.

Have you got any favourite toys within your collections?

We have a lot of toys that aren't even on display, as we haven't got the space to have them all out, so picking favourite's is hard. I love my Toki Doki cactus pup and cactus kitty collection, especially as I have all the pups! The BFF Kid Robot collection is super cute and the Kidrobot Misko owl's, though I only have a couple of each. I also adore my Lunartik In a Cup of Tea toys. I could go on! 



Do you have any favourite places to look for new toys to add to your collection?

My collecting has had to slow down a lot, as we've ran out of space, but I used to get most of my toys from Forbidden Planet in Stoke, when I was at uni there, and Nostalgia & Comics in Birmingham. Though last time I went in to Nostalgia & Comics they had cut down there vinyl toy selection a lot. Most places just seem to sell Funko Pop toys now, which I do love, but I prefer the ones that are designed by individual artists.


Have you got any advice for newbie toy collectors?


For me I just go for what I find visually pleasing to be honest! But many of the toys I collect come blindboxed, meaning it's sort of a lucky dip as to which model you get, this is annoying when you're building a collection and want a certain one, but some places are happy for you to open them up, so make sure you ask!

Want to find out more about Samantha Eynon?

If you've got a toy collection you want to show off, i'm open to submissions! 
Drop me an email and say hello for some more information.

Talking Toys: Nicola Jennings

Today we are talking to Nicola Jennings, artist, blogger and avid collector of cute. I adore Nicola, I found her on Instagram some years ago and have loved getting to know her and her toy collection over the past few years. She is to blame for many a cute purchase in my home, most recently I purchased a Mimi Canimal just because I spotted it on her feed, far to adorable to resist. Nicola lives in the beautiful city of Kent and as well as collecting toys, she is also a big comic book reader and a super talented artist. 

What made you want to start collecting toys?

I think the reason I first started collecting toys was because of my Dad. He used to take me to comicbook stores when I was a kid. He used to collect lots of different things, but I always remember him collecting Star Wars figures. When the new trilogy of Star Wars films came out in the late 90s, my parents took me to Toys R Us where I first started buying and collecting toys properly. My Dad is the coolest, and I have always looked up to him. I always wanted to collect something like him, so toys were a good idea. 

When I was at university many years ago, I started getting addicted to buying vinyl toys. These always seemed like grown up toys to me. I lived in Nottingham and I was right down the road from Forbidden Planet, so it was easy to pick them up. That started a whole new collection. So now I collect figures from tv shows, films, vinyl, Lego, and loose figures from vintage stores.

What are your favourite types of toys to collect?

My favourites at the moment are Pop Vinyls by Funko. Mostly because they are a good price point, and you can normally always find a new Pop you need for your collection. I am also really into mini figures and blind bagged figures. They are like a fun lucky dip moment, and they don't cost too much.

If you could have any toy right now in the world, to add to your collection what would that be?

I think it would have to be some of the new 3.75inch Star Wars The Force Awakens figures. We don't seem to have received any of them in the UK. I have visited lots of different shops and can't seem to track them down. I need a mini Han Solo, Rey with her lightsaber, and Finn in his storm trooper outfit. Fingers crossed I can find some of them soon. I also can't wait for the bearded Luke Skywalker Pop vinyl to come out because Mark Hamill is the coolest.

Have you got any favourite toys within your collections?

I love all the toys I have collected over the years, as they all have stories or memories attached to them. For instance I remember working for Woolworths when I was younger and collecting all the Doctor Who figures. I was always so excited for a new delivery to arrive. Also my Harry Potter Lego figures have a special place in my heart. My memory isn't the best, but when I look at my collection I can remember where and when I got each piece. 

Do you have any favourite places to look for new toys to add to your collection?

I am a big fan of bootsales, vintage and charity shops. Myself and my boyfriend are collecting loose vintage figures for a wall display, and love searching for them. Of course I love to visit Forbidden Planet and it's heaven on earth. Perfect place for any toy collector! And conventions are amazing for picking up toys! I can't wait for my next con!

Have you got any advice for newbie toy collectors?

I think the only piece of advice I can give is collect what you love! Forget about if something is an investment, or collecting what is rare, and just collect what you love! Your collection will mean so much more to you that way. Be passionate, and connect with others who love the same things!

Want to find out more about Nicola Jennings?

If you've got a toy collection you want to show off, i'm open to submissions! 
Drop me an email and say hello for some more information.
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