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I am planning to pop along to the Harrogate Toy Fair tomorrow (http://www.bpfairs.com/fairs.php?fair=26) since it's about 10mins up the road. The website mentions Scalextric and Star Wars; how can I resist ? Has anyone else been along to one of these ? Can I expect to find bargains, or will it all be overpriced tat ?

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Unusual to find much slot car stuff at these fairs . It's mainly trains & diecast but it's always worth a look because these guys will sell anything they can make a profit on . A lot of their stuff comes from house clearances & job lots so you might strike it lucky .
 

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Well, it sounds like it's worth a look. If all I spend is a fiver for me and the kids to get in, and a few hours wandering around until the F1 starts, it's not really a bad way to spend a Sunday. And if I can bag a bargain along the way, that'll just be a bonus.

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Sometimes a couple of online retailers may attend (ScaleModels used to attend Donnington and Birmingham NEC toy fairs, not sure if they still do). Also you may see vintage scalex dealers there (vintage = the cars, not the dealer). You do normally find a few stalls of slot cars but you have to look hard to find them. There may be model shops who do slot cars and trains on the same stall. Sometimes they are also good places for those hard to get spares for older cars such as body parts, wheels and tyres.

Happy hunting!!

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Well, there were certainly *lots* of die casts and trains. It was fairly soul destroying to look at the pristine versions of stuff with stickers around the £200 mark when I have the very-played-with condition ones in the kids' bedrooms.

There was a fair bit of Star Wars stuff, probably a lot more than I expected. But these seemed to be discouragingly cheap. A few rarer ones had tall asking prices, but when the run of the mill stuff is £2.50, which is a lot less then they sold for when new in the shops, I'm leaning towards handing over my Star Wars figures to the kids.

There were a few other oddities dotted around, with beanie babies going for about £10/5 (boy, has the bottom ever dropped out of *that* market), lots of Lego, other action figures like Dr Who, Power Rangers etc.

While about half a dozen stalls had from one to a handful of slot cars, there were two stalls dealing exclusively with slot cars. One guy was just doing cars, all new and boxed. A few Team Slot ones, a few Scalextric, a couple of Revells, and a gang of SCXs. I wound up buying the McRae 'No Fear' Subaru off him for £25. Sure, I'll probably be able to pick it up off Ebay for £20 in a year's time, but I thought the price was fair for an impulse-purchased brand new model. The other slot car stall had a broad mix of old and new cars, predominantly Scalextric. They also had track and buildings. I went over to see about getting another rally loop/dogbone but the seller had wandered off. Oh, well, his loss, I guess.

So, it was fun to wander around, and I could have certainly spent a lot more money if I'd left my will power at home. As it is, I got to spend an interesting few hours with my eldest boy, and we didn't go bankrupt in the process.

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