Ebay Top, Hakes Bottom
Back in the Spring of 1990, still in my 20's, just!(the sound of yearning can be heard) Me, Mrs.Moonbase and the 6 year old mini-martian went to Bali on the coast of Crete. It was our first family holiday in the Med, one which we were to repeat many times during the '90's. Whilst on one of our many days out we went to a quaint coastal town called Rethymnon and stumbled across, of all things, an old toy shop. An Alladin's cave of Greek plastic and boxed tin toys, it was heaven. The old store keeper didn't know what had hit him when I started to pile up boxes on the counter. Dusty stuff from the top shelf! Amongst the booty was a lovely boxed Modern Toys Spaceship X-5 like the one pictured above. Not the rarest of the rare or even that attractive really, I have a soft spot for the X-5, probably because it reminds me of that old cool toy shop on Crete. It's only looking at the box now that I realise that the little jet at the bottom left is a Fireball XL5 of sorts. The name X-5 obviously completes the connection! My own X-5 was one of the first items I ever sold on Ebay in 1999 when it first kicked off in the UK. I remember friends used to say to me "Ebay. what's that then Woodsy you wierdo?"!