Dead Ringer

I don’t think I ever played with the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone myself, but somehow other people’s nostalgia has contaminated me to such a degree that this little toy evokes vivid fake memories of a childhood that never was. The Chatter Telephone was born years before myself, in 1962. This particular specimen is one of the first generation, with a …

Ve Are ze Robots <BR>(Pling Plang Pling Plong)

I. Love. Robots. I know I recently said I love cars, and that’s still true. I just love machines, I guess. When I found this shiny colourful guy (you can tell by looking between the legs), he was quite aggressively marching toward me, shouting: ‘Fire. Fire. [something I couldn’t quite make out –robot language, perhaps] Fire. Pew pew pew.’ Not …

Smoking at the Speed of Black

Being the real man that I am, I obviously love cars. They’re simply fabulous, darling. And being a boy, I love toys. So what could possibly top the joy of a toy car? No, that’s not a rhetorical question. The answer is a deconstructed toy car. This Lamborghini Countach by Burago is another record breaker. Of course, anything is special …