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    I've seen requests galore over the years on this and other forums for a photograph of Hobbies toy shop in Basnett Street, a place I frequented quite often. There's a n ew book out today, the 2nd in a series covering the decades, and being one not to let the grass grow when it comes to adding to my library here it is.

    With everything from Subbuteo to Jigsaws, air pistols, board games, plastic animals and soldiers, matchbox, dinky and corgi cars, Meccano and Hornby sets and airfix models. I still have boxes full of the stuff.






    Let's get a thread going covering this important area in our lickle development. There were floors dedicated to toys in the liks of Lewis's and Blacklers and does anyone remember Tumbles by the bubble bus stops, the games shop at the bottom of Manchester Street, city models in Elliot street and King Kong in Bold Street.

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    Fantastic thread Ged

    Can we post existing toy shops too?
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    aww I lovely photo Ged! I can just imagine how many thousands of little noses that have been pressed up against that glass for all those years!

    Sometimes for a treat when we went to town my mum would buy me a Britain's farm animal from Lewis's , in fact I've just looked and see they still make all the little people and animals and they still look exactly the same! http://www.toyandmodel.com/farmanimal.html, and my brothers always had a Matchbox car .

    We used to have a toy shop called The Toy Centre on Allerton Road years ago too.

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    Thanks Kev and Mollie. As a subject that's touched us all, i'm sure there'll be many happy memories shared. There was a thread on here somewhere mentioning some of these shops but I couldn't find it.

    There was a little kiosk in Exchange Station too where I remember getting a pack of little workmen with drill, pick axe, spade etc - I'd be about 19 .
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    I think but I am not A1 positive that there was a Toy shop at Penny Lane . I remember one grotto that you saw the toys displayed and they had numbers,bit like Argos. You selected your toy and Daddy Crimbo gave it to you when you went in.
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    Thinking back, I remember one under the flats in Old Swan, was it Nurseryworld ? Anyway, thats where we got our toy soldiers and gun emplacments ! There was also the Bike shop in Broadgreen Road, superb for the airfix models, Sullivans, for Subbuteo sets. Oh, just remembered... When my dad used to take us on the ferry, over to New Brighton, when we got back to Liverpool, I'm sure we'd walk through town, see "The Buckets", then onto prescot Road and along by the Ice Rink used to be C.Vans ( hope I got the name right ). It was an aladdins cave of toys, fantastic for young kids to get a list together for Santa, in JUNE !

    Just remembered too, I got Striker one year for Christmas, it only lasted a couple of days, my eldest ( heavy handed brother, god bless him ) pressed too hard on the heads and crushed them ! ( sorry for going off thread ! )
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    Toyland on Breck Rd.between Sedley St and Holy Trinity.

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    Cool pic, Ged.

    I used to like the toyshop that was on the corner of whitechapel (or around about there). I dunno what it was about it, maybe it was nice welcoming sign it had when I was on the bus with my mum, I think it said Games, didn't it ?

    I remember my mum buying me a electronic baseball game from there almost the same as this. How simplistic it was but I played with it for ages

    Just notice Ged mentioned the shop in his first post, but I'm not correcting my post

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    Great picture of Hobbies !, I loved that shop, my Dad bought me my first set of Meccano there and got lots of Lego too....
    What about the "Dolls hospital" I got some lovely putfots there for my dolls and also one very sick doll of mine got a "hair transplant" at the hospital.
    Lewis's had a great toy depatment a whole floor, spent many a happy hour in there !.

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    I used to buy my balsa wood and different materials used to make flying model aircraft there. Moorfields had a model shop as well which moved to Dale St,also Orrell Lane had one.
    Hobbies had a very large meccano set which was contained in a chest of draws which was a nice piece of furniture on its own it stayed in the window for years as the price was far out of reach of ordinary people
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    There was a Toy shop on County Road called Buchanans for around 30 years which I believe has now recently closed. That was always where I went to pick my toys from as a child, and my nieces and nephews toys over past few years. It is so hard to find shops that just sell toys now without queing up in deparment stores.

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    It's great reading about the old toy shops. I can't recall being in any "toy shops" when I was younger. My toy shops where the department stores which had everything a young lad could want. I think a lot of my toys came from the likes of Blacklers,Lewis's and Tj's
    I can remeber Hobbies in the precinct.

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    Would this be the one smurf, another fave of mine.





    I got a jigsaw of this very pic out of there which hangs in the Walker, of Horatio Nelson dying on his ship, the Victory at Trafalgar.






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    Point of order: theres two in the Walker next to each other
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    remember those Airfix planes and the packs of tiny little Airfix soldiers that always ended their lives going up the hoover
    I used to spend ages glueing those planes together for my brothers cos they wanted the planes/tanks but never had the patience to assemble them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Would this be the one smurf, another fave of mine.
    That's the place

    Didn't it used to have Games written above the door on the corner too ?

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    Yes, the trams lines are still there too, as were the ones in Whitechapel outside the Met Quarter I saw recently when they were digging up - or was it digging down

    Yes, Scouse, the diagonal door on the corner had Games above it too.

    I think the toy shop in the precinct Zappa, was called Beatties and is now modelworld. City models has been in Elliot st, Stanley Street in the basement next to the barbers and also when the Ace Place moved from Dale street for a short while. There was also a model shop at the top of Bold st.
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    Does anyone recall a large toyshop at the top end of London road ? It was there in the late 80s.
    I bought a TCR racing car set there for the lad

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    Can we expand this to computer games shops too ?

    I remember City Software on Lime St and the one in central, but can't remember the name of that one.

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    Stretch it too far we could end up with adults playthings
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    Does Ann Summers supply models,I wander?

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    Getting back to toys did you ever see something in a shop you really really wanted but could not have it for some reason? I remember a shop in Crosby and there was a Roman Helmet in the window just for display. I would dream about wearing it. The shop was not a Toy shop I think it might have been an opticians. Well my desire for the helmet never waned and I would look at the desired object everyday.
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    A nostalgic and memorable look back at hobbies toy shop. Great picture of the olde days. I remember the meccano my brother was mad about and was always hanging around outside hobbies. He used to ask me for pocket money so he could buy his next set.

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    My favourite shops:

    Hatton's Model Railways used to go there a lot until mid 1970s then switched my allegiance to City Models.

    By the mid 90s my interest switched more to photographing transport rather than making models.

    Then City Models disappeared!

    Isn't it sad though that there are no quality toys now made in the UK?

    There are some nice scale models bearking UK names but most come from the far east even if they are designed here

    Dinky, Meccano, Hornby ......

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