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Friday, 3 February 2012
Classic images captured in new jigsaws
Children of the late 1950s and early 60s who eagerly awaited birthdays and Christmas in the hope of receiving a fast paced Scalextric or iconic Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 are in for a real treat with the launch of Gibsons latest 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles depicting the ultimate toys of that time.
These new releases join a number of puzzles featuring art from classic toys - and comics.
First hitting the shop shelves in 1957, Scalextric was an immediate winner and initial demand was so strong that that the original manufacturers were barely able to keep up. Just as popular today, Scalextric is synonymous with the term 'slot racing' and apart from moulded plastic replacing the tin plate cars and a few other technical refinements, remains the much loved racing game we're all familiar with today.
Likewise, there are few boys who didn't own a collection of coveted Corgi die-cast cars and Gibsons' new jigsaw puzzle shows all of the features pioneered by Corgi including clear windows, opening doors, detailed interiors and removable wheels.
Also in Gibsons catalogue are these fun Beano and Dandy jigsaws - just two of many from the company's catalogue utilising art from classic products of yesteryer such as model kit company Airfix and train company Hornby.
Established in 1919, Gibsons is a British icon in its own right, with a plethora of awards for many of its jigsaw puzzles and games.
With both IPC and Egmont licensing their comic art, wouldn't it be great to see some other classic comics covers as jigsaws? Which would you choose?