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James May's Top Toys
James May's Top Toys title card
Genre Documentary
Starring James May
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 1
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC
Original airing December 21, 2005

James May's Top Toys is a BBC documentary in which James May explored and celebrated his favourite toys, including Etch-A-Sketch, Airfix model aeroplanes, Lego, Meccano, Top Trumps, Scalextric, model cars, and Hornby model trains.

The show included May dropping a parachuted Action Man from a helicopter after an actor named George Huxley dropped it from a window, proving the parachute did not work. Further exploits had May shooting the Action Man figure with an automatic rifle, thereafter referring to the toy as "Killed-in-Action Man".

May also constructed a model of the Airfix Bismarck. Upon completion, he took it out on a boating lake and shot at it with an air rifle, while pretending to be a British seaman firing a salvo at the battleship.

In the feature of the Etch-A-Sketch, Rose Pipette of The Pipettes is one of the students "etching" May on the toy.

A spin off of the show, James May: My Sister's Top Toys, came on 23 December 2007.


External Links

Review by Chris Warrell from the South East London Meccano Club


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