The long-awaited third update volume to the DAVID HOWE’S TRANSCENDENTAL TOYBOX has now finally arrived and it’s a stonker! The book was delayed due to the sheer amount of work needed to pull something like 1500 items together over the 4 year period that the volume covers, and then to get it all laid out with photographs and information, plus some additional interviews and articles which will hopefully be of interest to readers.
The final book has come in at 448 pages and so is a massive tome, and it’s also in full colour throughout!
David J Howe and Arnold T Blumberg present the definitive collector’s guide to Doctor Who merchandise. From the rare and obscure to the commonplace and disposable, every facet of Doctor Who’s penetration into the marketplace is detailed.
This volume documents all the items released over 2006 and 2009, when Doctor Who cemented its position as one of the top-rated drama series in the UK, and the merchandising went into overdrive. More items were produced and released in this period than at any other point in the series’ history. Also contained within is a feature on the development of the Doctor Who Pinball, an interview with the man behind the pop group Mankind, and an interview with WETA on their range of collectibles. Howe’s Transcendental Toybox is both a fascinating tour through the many ways that Doctor Who has been presented in merchandise and an entertaining guide to the world of Doctor Who collecting.