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PostSubject: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:29 pm

Dear friends

You can view all the photos I took at the CollectA stand here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

CollectA visited this fair for the first time as they usually only visit Nuremberg. It was great for me to finally meet the team and share ideas as well as take photos of many of the new models that I had not seen in real life until now.

I thanked the team for listening to many of our ideas and suggestions and for being bold enough to make new wildlife species previously not made by anyone else. I also stressed the importance of creating unusual animals which many of the other competitor brands wouldn't dream of making - of course I did mention antelopes but I do know we need more birds, primates and reptilian species, I have not forgotten these I promise. The team consisted of wonderfully patient and polite people keen to listen to new ideas and suggestions and for this I am extremely grateful. The reception I received from the staff here is a stark contrast to staff at Schleich who seem to be totally sales orientated and not very interested in me as soon as they realise I am just a collector. I have this feeling every time I visit the Schleich stand - people are polite but not interested in discussing much and I often feel as though I am in the way and this is partially the reason I feel embarrassed and take photos quickly then run Very Happy

The CollectA team included the director and some of the designers themselves and hence it was a worthwhile trip as they were keen to talk and listen which is a bonus for us all.

It was great to see many of the models up close as some do vary from the catalogue. As I mentioned previously some of the animals have since been modified such as the Saola and Markhor. You will see a difference in the photos of the Saola model in comparison to the catalogue photo and I definitely think it has improved. Finally the Prz horse which has caused much controversy was not as bad as I had thought. I quite liked it.

I hope you enjoy the photos and I wish CollectA all the best with the Nuremberg show!

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:31 pm

Thanks Numaan! Very Happy
Do you mind if I share some of these photos (and some of Papo) on two Polish forums?

Hi there, sure I dont mind. No problem as long as you promise to include a link to this website when you post them - lets get more people into STS! Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:49 pm

Wow!
I love all collecta line for that year. Thank you Numaan cheers

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:20 pm

It is increduble !!! SO many wonderful news !!!!
CollectA surely is SO much better than Schleich ( this year Rolling Eyes ) !!! WOW!!!

Thankyou 1000 times, Numaan ! sunny flower flower flower flower
I will go back again and again an watch these marvellous photoes cheers

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:55 pm

I just noticed they didn't bring the new bigger horses. Too bad, I was hoping to see them too.
Generally I really like what I see. Except for Przewalski's Horse, he looks a bit better than on first photos, but still not good enough, he's still way too short-bodied silent I might buy him anyway, but he still needs some serious resculpting.

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:27 pm

Thank you sunny sunny sunny

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:59 pm

Thanks Numaan, the new figures are wonderfull, I think I'll buy them all!!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:35 pm

Beautiful photos! Thank you so much! Sad(o)):

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:38 pm

Just one question - were there the new big horses? I can't see them on your photos, these would be probably the only new models not shown on your photos. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:07 pm

Thanks for sharing, lovely photos I love you Many delightful models.
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:09 pm

Epic photos; Appetite well and truly wetted !!!
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:45 pm

This is really interesting, thanks for sharing. I confess, the more I find out about CollectA, the more I like this company.
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:16 pm

Thanks for the photos! I'm very impressed with all of the sealife releases Sad(o)): The pilot whale's dorsal fin is a little shorter than the preview photos CollectA released last year. The orca calf's blowhole seems to be too far back on it's head, it could be because of how they had to mold it. Other than that I will probably buy these as well because of CollectA making species that aren't really seen on the market today. Like Worlds In Miniature said, CollectA is also becoming my favorite company.
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:29 pm

Thank you so much Numaan!!! New models are fantastic!!
I´m dissapointed in Schleich´s people attitude...

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:38 pm

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I´m dissapointed in Schleich´s people attitude...


Do you mean the people from the company or the collectors' attitudes? scratch I don't think I had an attitude if you mean the collectors.
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:28 pm

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I´m dissapointed in Schleich´s people attitude...


Do you mean the people from the company or the collectors' attitudes? scratch I don't think I had an attitude if you mean the collectors.
Ofcourse people from Schleich company...

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:48 pm

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I´m dissapointed in Schleich´s people attitude...


Do you mean the people from the company or the collectors' attitudes? scratch I don't think I had an attitude if you mean the collectors.
Ofcourse people from Schleich company...

My apologies Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:30 pm

Thanks Numaan, it is great that CollectA is hearing us collectors. That is the reason why I am seeing some masterpieces and extremely interesting figures here and I can't find them in your Schleich reporting. Laughing It is not a problem when we have to wait a little more to get some extraordinary figures. When they are made to be correct representations the work continues while when they are made to be only pretty, it is not neccessary to waste many time with the development. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:57 pm

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I´m dissapointed in Schleich´s people attitude...


Do you mean the people from the company or the collectors' attitudes? scratch I don't think I had an attitude if you mean the collectors.

I'm pretty sure Martin means the company representatives to whom Numaan spoke when he was there taking pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:58 pm

Hi everyone

I am really sorry I think I have given a bad impression of Schleich and that is not my intention. What I mean is that the Schleich stand is very professional and the people working for them are sales reps - all young, hip and trendy and very nice and kind but speaking to a few of them I realise that it is geared towards sales sales sales and when speaking I cant help but feel that in their mind they think they are not going to get sales from me so lets just get back to work.

Everyone is polite but they are not that interested in discussing products, ideas and that sort of thing if you know what I mean. So because many visitors come to the stand the sales people are keen to show them the models and I am always in the way trying to take many photos and of course I dont want them to get frustrated with me in any way nor do I want to push them so i dart in, talk a little, take photos then get out hehe. It is after all, all about making new business contacts not meeting collectors like me. So please remember the staff are nice but the difference in meeting with CollectA was that the people involved in the design making process, the director and the idea makers were all there and so it was much more pleasurable to talk ideas, species, the design process that sort of thing - such people are not present at the Schleich stand.

Now with Papo there is a lady I see every year - she is also a big sales rep but also a figurines designer and she is extremely pleasant and very kind - she comes up, says hello, we talk a little, I share ideas and she is always cheerful so I never feel like I am in the way. With CollectA they were more than happy for me to take photos and were moving models around for me to make it easier - it is just more pleasurable when meeting such people.

Anyway, next time a fellow collector is in town perhaps we can meet and go to the fair together
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:00 am

Numaan, again, thank you so much for these great pictures!!

I have to say, the King Cheetah looks a little odd to me. In fact, several of the models had me staring and squinting at them.

But some looked AMAZING! I'm particular excited about the Markhor and the Saola. I really liked them. Also, the Pacific White Side Dolphin looks just fantastic!

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:35 am

Thank you for taking all of those great photos.
It's very nice to see the new releases.
The maned wolf looks great.
The coat of the Markhor sure is dulled down a bit, (I personally liked the bright colours on the pre-example), but it is still looking beautiful.

I hope you had a wonderful time at the Toy Fair! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:00 am

Thanks Numaan for sharing this news!!

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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:46 pm

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Thanks Numaan for sharing this news!!

Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)): Sad(o)):


Thank you very much! cheers
they are magnificent and in my wish list of course! Cool drunken
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PostSubject: Re: CollectA at the London Toy Fair 2013 - PHOTOS   Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:46 pm

They look amazing! I'm so excited about CollectA's horses! I'm in love!

However, I saw the newer Haflinger mare a few days ago, the model was interesting, but it was soo small! The foal too, it couldn't even stand..
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