London Film and Comic Con 2014 report

14 August 2014
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Pictures of the numerous TV and film-themed collectables on offer at this year's show. ...
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Gazing into the future may normally be the stuff of old ladies with crystal balls or superheroes with special powers but during the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) at Earls Court, I definitely got a glimpse into the future of  TV and film collecting. Over the years, I’ve been to numerous toys fairs, events and swapmeets but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer scale of LFCC.

The show officially opened at 10am and by 12pm it was almost too crowded to walk further than a few steps without stopping. So, keen for some fresh air, I popped outside and was amazed to see that more people were still queuing to get inside. In fact, the line stretched all the way down the side of Earls Court and into the street. An amazing spectacle but not so great if you were queuing in the baking sun.

Of course, some of those in the line were drawn by the opportunity to collect celebrity autographs from the likes of Stan Lee, John Hurt, etc. but a huge amount of them (judging by the bulging carrier bags back inside) were there to purchase the hundreds of thousands of TV and film collectables up for grabs.

And there was certainly plenty on offer. Although many of the toys were of modern issue - and in this context we mean released in the past year or so - there were also plenty of vintage pieces too. Of course, your view of ‘vintage’ may depend on your age but the majority of the collectables on offer tended to be from the ‘70s onwards... practically prehistoric for some of the younger attendees. Anyway, with all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of those next generation collectables I spotted at the show.

Of course, Star Wars was in abundance, like this graded Return of the Jedi 2-1B droid pegged at £250.

Teenage Mutant Ninja (or Hero if you're of a certain age) Turtles are becoming increasingly sought after, with some rare action figures often commanding high prices. Not necessarily a 'vintage' toy, they could be one to watch.

Created by Bluebird in 1987, Manta Force was a neat range of space toys featuring a range of spectacular spaceships and vehicles. For only £20, you couldn't really grumble at this near mint example.

Although LEGO is always popular at toy fairs, here's something a little different. One LEGO expert was selling their own versions of famous sci-fi vehicles, like the Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999.

Hmm... we're not sure if there are enough Power Rangers figures and vehicles on this stall! Another collectable that's growing in popularity, more and more Power Rangers are starting to crop up at toy fairs and even at auction.

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