Surely my collecting friends are anticipating the new James Bond flick that will soon be released. This newest and latest in the series of Bond focused adventures, Skyfall, is the spy movie adventure of the season. Of course, every 007 fan always needs a little piece of the action to keep at home as a reminder of the Bond mania. While you may not be able to find your own 007 license to take care of the bad guys, you might be able to find something almost as thrilling. There is an entire array of James Bond related merchandise that is available for fans and collectors. There are no collectors quite as avid about their purchases as movie buffs and the James Bond 007 toy collectors.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 James Bond collectibles.
5. 007 Monopoly
For serious collectors, having the special edition of the 007 Monopoly game is another treat to have in their collection of toys that honor this iconic legend. The game is played in the same manner as the original Monopoly version, but the playing pieces, board and cards all have to do with the James Bond character and films.
4. 20th Anniversary Lotus Esprit
In 1997 the Corgi company packaged a Lotus Esprit with a metal mouthed Jaws figure which was released to commemorate the 20th anniversary for one of the most famous of all James Bond films, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” This nicely detailed car is equipped with realistic features that are very well made and even includes a necessary arsenal of super weaponry to keep our favorite agent safe.
3. Gilbert Toy Company James Bond Doll
During the 60’s there was also a great action doll produced by the Gilbert Toy Company. This was a figure that was meant to resemble Sean Connery who was playing the dashing 007. This action hero was produced with an arm mechanism that actually worked to help this debonair agent escape tight situations. There were even some shockingly bright, orange fins to help him out during underwater exploits.
2. Scalextric Car Set
In 1965 there was a great car set introduced to the public that was all about the James Bond character and films. This is a toy manufactured by Scalextric and it came with a really cool, white Aston-Martin and a black, enemy driven Mercedes. The set included the cars, track, and controllers. For kids at the time, and even adults, this was the ultimate secret agent toy.
1. Mego Jaws
For the vintage toy collector of 007 toys, the Mego rendition of the Moonraker character, Jaws, is a must have classic. This metal mouthed behemoth was more than a handful of action all combined in one giant body. This one item is extremely rare and is difficult to find in any condition. Finding one that is mint in the package still creates a great deal of excitement for toy collectors today.
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