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From the thirties, toy and doll-makers produced an incredible diversity of objects reflecting not only the world around them but also designs based on books, films and television. Mickey Mouse and his friends from Disney became instant bestsellers. Robots and space toys from science fiction were big hits, as were die cast Batmobiles and Yellow Submarines.
Today, demand for the latest cult toys and dolls leads to queues forming outside shops. Barbie dolls come with careers through which children can role-play real life and computer games allow the player to be anything from a street fighter to the pilot of a space ship. No doubt, one day, these too will be collectible.