THE 2016 CHICAGO TOY SHOW was held on April 24, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, west of Chicago.
Mat Irvine: I went along with Dean Milano, kit historian and musician, and Jeff Clark, ex-Al's Hobbies of Elmhurst, Illinois, to see what we could find.
As usual at a show like this, there's little point in us asking each other, "What are you looking for?" as the reply can only be, "I'll know it when I see it..."
Housed in an array of indoor halls, and outside sheds that usually feature animals for sale, there was a liberal mixture of toys, dolls, games and some model kits. There was also a huge number of modern collectibles, especially from Star Wars.
A typical mix (below) of what you can expect to see at the Chicago Toy Show. There are a lot of toys, with some kits sandwiched in between.
The intriguing educational model of a generic US convertible from Ideal (below) was titled a Crystal Starflite. 'At last - a real working car model' says the box, and indeed you can see the engine and other components inside. The transparent plastic has been yellowed by time, but there was still a $1000.00 price tag on it.
More from the Chicago Toy Show tomorrow.