London Toy Fair opens its doors

First day of ExCeL event now underway, with a number of famous faces making an appearance.
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The 2008 UK Toy Fair open its doors this morning – with the trade and the media flocking to ExCeL to see what’s new from the vast number of exhibitors.

Today is press day, and the show’s organiser has put together a comprehensive programme of events, with a number of famous faces putting in an appearance to push various products.

Ravensburger invited look-alikes of The Queen and President George W Bush to celebrate its 125th anniversary, while The Stig from Top Gear will be promoting Scalextric’s new Powerlaps set.

Terry Venables and Peter Jones from Dragon’s Den are also due to be at the show today. In addition, Corgi will have the actual Aston Martin DBS car driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and the upcoming new Bond film.

Its stand also boasts a selection of the original screen props from the Harry Potter films, on public display for the first time as part of its new range. These includes Dumbledore’s and Voldemort’s wands, Lucius Malfoy’s Death Eater Mask and an original copy of The Daily Prophet.

Nintendo’s Mario and Microsoft’s Master Chief (from Halo) will also be on the Corgi stand.

Toy Fair runs until Saturday February 2nd at ExCeL, in London’s Docklands.

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