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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 4 Jan 2010
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HS Cartwright "Spaggy Arm" (Cheshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: James May's Toy Stories [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This was a Christmas present for my Dad. But the whole family has loved it!
Great for all in fact! Kids love it because it's about toys and the grown ups love it because it's about their old toys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get those kids off their screens, 30 Oct 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed introducing my eight year old to my childhood favourites, he was amazed at what could be achieved, I almost think it should be an obligatory lesson for all screen addicted kids....
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5.0 out of 5 stars james may toy stories, 7 Jan 2010
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Mrs. P. Parker "happy granny" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: James May's Toy Stories [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
again a very interesting but not boring dvd. Especially well received as it was being shown on the television but no time to watch so able to view at leisure.
A good Christmas present
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4.0 out of 5 stars and a great topic, but some of the episodes get a ..., 17 Nov 2014
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This is typical James May for the most part, and a great topic, but some of the episodes get a little tedious or overly silly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James May's Toy Stories, 15 Jan 2010
This review is from: James May's Toy Stories [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I bought this as a stocking filler for my son as he missed a couple of episodes from the series when it was on TV. He loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of James May's Toy stories., 22 Dec 2009
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This just has to be about the best series ever produced on some of the truly great British toys. James is certainly entertaining, and his inter-reaction with the volunteers, especially the kids, is lovely to see. And ANYTHING that can get our junk food ridden, often dangerously obese, kids away from the screens of their playstations, computers and televisions HAS to be a good thing. Just to see the boys AND girls building model tanks and actually creating a real replica and then to note that at least one of them did not want to destroy their own hard work was worth the Airfix program just in itself. It is all too easy to destroy something in seconds that has taken hours to build, but immensely more satisfying to have created something oneself in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer feel-good entertainment (with an intelligent twist), 21 Nov 2009
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: James May's Toy Stories [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This is a delightful series in which grown-up folk who should know better aim to do ridiculous things with children's toys on a huge scale. The result is entertaining, charming television which has a bit of a secret mission, too.
May is engaging, witty and self-deprecating (well; the latter occasionally) as he organises the building of the world's first full-size house made of Lego, the world's first Plasticine garden, the world's biggest ever model plane, the world's greatest model train set, a world record beating Scalextric track which follows the original Brooklands circuit, and a life-size swing bridge made out of Meccano. It's all totally daffy -- except that at some levels, it's not...
For years, James May was the smartest man writing for 'Car' magazine, and it seemed for a while that his intellect had been swamped by the pressure of mainstream populist TV. However, it's plain that his brain is still alive and well and ticking over in fine form as he neatly re-directs his celebrity status to further the cause of the traditional British toy. Beyond that, this series celebrates the spirit of the engineer, of those pioneers who created our industrial revolution in the first place. But it does so with considerable subtlety.
There's an incognito scheme at work here; May and his ilk do their best to quietly unravel the suffocating embrace of the nanny state and to remind the UK's increasing population of couch potatoes that there is a real world out there. Engaging with it is the first step towards re-defining it. And May goes out of his way to explore the history of each play-thing, reminding us that from tiny acorns once grew a mighty oak.

There is something refreshing and encouraging about this series. I expected to be bored or irritated by it, but it had the opposite effect. At its best this is inspiring programme making which might just encourage a few more young people to engage with hard science and mechanical expertise. And if nothing else it is jolly entertaining.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars James May Toy Stories, 8 Jan 2010
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What a DVD. The kids and i loved it. We've watched about 3 times
A must
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Dec 2014
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came quickly everything about description was acurate (sorry if mispelt).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Inner Nerd, 18 Dec 2009
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I loved this series I thought it was well done and extremely entertaining. Especially good for those of us who loved playing with these toys the fact that they can sometimes be used for practical purposes is excellent. I love James May and I think this is a series not to be missed for anyone that wants something entertaining and interesting to watch.
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