British Children’s Shows dominate eBay TV property searches

TV Century 21 Issue 52 - Cover

TV Century 21 Issue 52

While the impending return of The X-Files is prompting many searches of eBay by its users. British children’s TV – including Thunderbirds and The Clangers – are prompting a lot of interest on the online auction site, no doubt stirred by their recent reboots.

The impending return of Mulder and Scully in January on FOX in the US (and, presumably, soon after, FOX UK) has piqued the interest of UK online shoppers as eBay, with more than 200 pieces of X-Files merchandise selling a day, according to a study of sales of popular television reboots over the past three months

But Thunderbirds is not far behind, selling more than 100 pieces of memorabilia per day, followed by shows such as The Clangers and The Wombles, all pointing to the power of strong, well-loved TV shows and explaining just why so many big companies are so keen on rebooting them.

LicensingBiz reports that there are currently more than 5000 live X-Files listing on eBay, including an early photo of actress Gillian Anderson now seeing bids of over £450.

Three original 10 inches by 8 inches pen, ink and watercolour artworks by Peter Firmin are currently being offered on eBay, with bids at over £1400.

Three original 10 inches by 8 inches pen, ink and watercolour artworks by Peter Firmin are currently being offered on eBay, with bids at over £1400.

A vintage Dinky Thunderbird 2 is being offered for a staggering £699 (in its original box) and some beautiful watercolours of the Clangers and Bagpuss by co-creator Peter Firmin have, so far, reached a bid of over £1400.

The top five TV remakes properties currently selling on eBay are:

1. The X-Files

2. Thunderbirds

3. The Clangers

4. Twin Peaks

5. The Wombles

It might be time to bookmark a Danger Mouse search before merchandise prices escalate…

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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