Scouting for Toys: Inside Teesside’s famous toy auction house as a new TV show takes place behind the scenes

One of the world’s biggest toy auctioneers, Vectis, will feature in a new documentary series that will take a nostalgic look at some of the country’s favorite childhood toys.

The famous Teesside-based toy auction house will feature in a new Fly on the Wall TV series which premieres tonight. The documentary is bound to be a trip down memory lane for all members of a certain generation as the show takes place behind the scenes at Vectis, where buyers and sellers from all over the world come to swap every toy imaginable – from Star Wars action figures to vintage dolls. .

The program, titled Scouting for Toys, will air on the Yesterday channel, with the first in the series due to air on March 31. Filmed at Thornaby Auctioneers, the first episode, produced by the BBC Studios Documentary Unit, follows the auctioneers prepare for a big TV and film memorabilia sale, and the place of honor is given to an extensive Star Wars collection, amassed over many years by movie fanatic, Declan.

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Suffering from MS at the age of 27, Declan was an avid collector, but sadly passed away. Her brother, Kieran, brought the entire collection, hoping the items will bring joy to a new generation – but it’s an emotional farewell to the much-loved items. Nick Dyke, Star Wars specialist at Vectis, evaluates the collection and shares his knowledge on which are particularly sought after.

Narrated by Teessider Kirsten O’Brien, the series finds out how Vectis’ team of experts assess and catalog a range of toys ahead of their weekly auctions. Along the way, the show encounters enthusiasts who sell the precious collections they have accumulated over the decades.

Over the years TeessideLive has followed Vectis news featuring many items with quirky pasts and interesting stories as well as those that fetched huge sums at auction. In 2015, a Star Wars collector paid £18,000 for a rare Boba Fett action figure – which when it went on sale in the 80s cost just £1.50.

Star Wars super fan Craig Stevens has won £66,000 from the record-breaking two-day sale and made headlines around the world.

Toy screening begins on yesterday’s channel at 9 p.m. Thursday March. 31 All episodes will be available for catch-up on UKTV Play.

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