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13/12/10

The ’bot from Brum

Last weekend Team K went to Birmingham to see Diversity, winners of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. They were brilliant, putting on an unbelievably energetic dance show, whizzing around the stage for two and a half hours. Mrs K and the young K’s really loved it and so did I.

In the morning before the show, we decided to go shopping. Fortunately for us, the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK, was also visiting Birmingham. The Germans certainly know how to do Christmas – our mouths were watering as we wandered around the stalls selling fabulous candied nuts, stollen, gingerbread, crepes, chocolates, marzipan sweets, grilled sausages, pretzels, Gluhwein (mulled wine) and German beer. Other stalls were selling a beautiful selection of handmade toys, Christmas decorations and craft goods.

Tin Robot bought from Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

One stall sold tin toys, including some really cool robots. I love toy robots, especially tin ones, so it wasn’t long before I was waving my credit card around like a lightsabre and nabbed this fantastic robot pictured above. Made by Ha Ha Toy in China for the German company Alexander Blechspielwaren, this robot was a real blast from the past, reminding me of the great tin robots I used to own as a child. I also really loved the box graphics with it’s pastel colours and the brilliant little Ha Ha Toy logo, which reminded me of those bonkers little logos Barney Bubbles used to decorate his work with.

Ha Ha Toy logo on the box of the tin robot I bought from Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market runs until the 23rd December, and I recommend you visit if you can. And if you get to the tin toys stall early (like I did) maybe you will also get a free little wind-up toy tin chicken for being the first customer of the day!

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