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  1. Thread: Barry sheen toy

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    Smokey,

    Those Roller Boots were a real life saver for Zodiac. We shipped them direct from the Far East by the container load. They were our best selling line for months. Most branches had long...
  2. Thread: Barry sheen toy

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    Re: Barry sheen toy

    Dave,
    We were not regular Airfix stockists in the way that many hobby and model shops were, but for many years during the 70s we took a lot of clearance stock from Airfix which always sold quickly....
  3. Thread: Barry sheen toy

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    Re: Barry sheen toy

    Hi Smokey,

    It couldn't have been Zodiac as we didn't trade in Doncaster until 1981, when we took over the Youngsters shop on the top level of the Arndale Centre and re-branded all their branches....
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Stockport was a busy shop despite being quite small. We had a few celebrity events there. I remember Charlie Drake and Ann Ashton being there in 1980 and Les Dawson in 1983.
    We had a few shops in...
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Cracking ad .... must have been late '87 as there are 3 stores Colchester, Leeds and Southend listed at the bottom of the page which were not open when I left the company in July of that year.
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    Re: Skeleton Toy from Zodiac - Help!

    Hi Lockwood,

    When you mentioned Zodiac did you mean retailer or manufacturer? I was involved with Zodiac retail until the mid 80s but don't remember this line.
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Daz,
    I don't remember that particular competition, but we did occasionally have "trolley dashes" in our large stores .. actually not a trolley, but as much as a kid could grab and carry in a given...
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    Re: Woolworths virtual Museum

    For those of you who want reminding just what you could expect from a Woolworth store back in the 1960s here is a department list .....
    Confectionery, Food, Ice Cream, Delicatessen, Biscuits and...
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Daz,

    With that logo on the box it must have been mid 70s ... probably before our buyer learned to spell. :confused:
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Hi David,

    I left Zodiac in July 1986, but at the time I was in discussions with a leading design house for a new look for the Zodiac stores and logos. The new owners (Ward White plc) must have...
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    Re: famous people we may have met

    I've met a few over the years .....


    GENE VINCENT at the Malvern Winter Gardens in 1961 (yes a little too early for the youngsters on this forum) ... here's his autograph ....
    ...
  12. Thread: Solitaire

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    Re: Solitaire

    Karen, perhaps you had one of these from Zodiac ......


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/solitaire.jpg
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    So it was you who bought all the stock, was it?
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Who do you love? Sindy or Barbie?


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/Sindy1.jpg


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/Sindy2.jpg

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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Now for some boxed games .......


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/z81.jpg




    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/z79.jpg...
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    Re: What's Your Fave Film Quote?

    The Godfather has plenty of great lines but I like ......

    "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."
  17. Thread: Maynards

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    Maynards

    I'll start off with these two images which should make you salivate ....:D


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/maynardsrange2.jpg

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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    You are correct Karen ..... this is the store in 1981 on Powis street, just after the conversion from YOUNGSTERS to ZODIAC. In 1984 it was completely refitted. Unfortunately with a rent of 65000 it...
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Zodiac Wolverhampton.
    In 1972 I was across the other side of Mander Square as manager of the electrical/white goods dept of Woolworth (their largest UK store) selling fridges, dishwashers etc. I...
  20. Thread: Defunct sweets?

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    Sticky: Re: Defunct sweets?

    Tigers Tails .... a chocolate bar from the late 1960s.
    I remember selling hundreds, if not thousands of these when I was a trainee manager at Woolworth in Doncaster.
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    Re: Mr Value - cut-price sweets and cigs

    These are the best images I could find so I don't know if you can pick out any favourites from these scans of the Pick and Mix bar.


    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/ziksby/candy3.jpg

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    Re: Mr Value - cut-price sweets and cigs

    Huggie,
    Checking my files I note the Potteries shops included Tunstall, Hanley (plus a cigs kiosk), Newcastle(2) and Longton plus nearby stores in Leek, Crewe and Macclesfield (our furthest North)....
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    Mr Value - cut-price sweets and cigs

    Does anyone remember this chain of 100 shops which operated during the late 70s and 80s in the Midlands? In 1987 they were taken over by T&S Stores who ran the Supercigs chain (all now part of...
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Thanks Huggie for your kind words. I have more pics to upload when I have time.
    We never did get to Stoke on Trent, but I remember trudging the streets of Hanley on several occassions looking for...
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    Re: Zodiac Toy Shops

    Manchester ... I remember it well. Started off as a combined Toy/Confectionery outlet in 1976 with Maynards taking the right-hand side, not leaving much room for toys. Later the sweet section was...
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