Just been into two huge discount shops in Wakefield's city centre. Not Poundland or Pound Shop, these were even cheaper, the 89p + shop and one called Mini Market. You must have shops like these near you?
The toy sections were vast affairs and I always have a butchers to see which knockoffs are popular and whether there's anything interesting from China. Without doubt the knockoff of choice at the moment is anything to do with the Avengers. That's the Marvel gang and not Emma Peel.
Most of the larger toys are utility vehicles like huge boxed cement mixers and motorbikes and the top racks are draped with massive carded weapons sets, everything from Police SWAT sets, Knights in Armour to the new kids on the block, Ninja Killers.
The Ninja weapons sets are quite amazing and I would have fought Bruce Lee himself for them forty years ago! The table-sized blister cards contain plastic nunchaks, plastic shurikens, a plastic Ninjato Katana sword and scabbard, a sai or two, maybe a tonfa and best of all, a short plastic bow and quiver of rubber-tipped plastic arrows, the Yumi and Ya. Mind boggling. I had to make them all from scratch when I was 12!
However, the most interesting thing about these cheapo store toy shelves is the complete lack of space-related stuff. Not a rocket, a missile, an astronaut or a spaceship. Not even a space shuttle anymore. Nasa? Nada!
I have come to the conclusion that modern cheap space toys are dead or dying!
What do you think?