The top 20 collectible toy firms voted in for 2015 were, in alphabetical order:
ALEXANDER DOLL CO.
DARK HORSE COMICS
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
MAISTO/BBURAGO (MAY CHEONG)
MEZCO TOYZ LLC
NJ CROCE CO.
ROUND 2 CORP. (JOHNNY LIGHTNING)
TONNER DOLL COMPANY, INC.
Along with honoring the above 20 top-voted firms at this elegant, fun event, the BATCC had special exhibits to celebrate the 75th anniversaries of DC Comics' 'The Flash' (1940) and 'The Joker' (1940); Gerry Anderson's UK launched 'THUNDERBIRDS' (1965); the 60th anniversary of the Bentley 'Silver Cloud' and 'S' series motor cars; and a special tribute exhibit to Boston's own, the late actor Leonard Nimoy (STAR TREK, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., etc.).
Speakers included the noted toy designer and production sourcer, Vinnie Nauheimer, who left the then-top toy retailer in the USA to command a key position at Empire Toys (1976-1981), deciding which creative toy properties (robots, figures,etc.) --then taking Japan by storm-- would have the same reaction in the USA.
The centerpiece Live Auction of MATCHBOX prototypes, donated directly from MATTEL, was joined with a 1-of-only-200 handbuilt scale, DUESENBERG "TWENTY GRAND" model, (valued at US$420.00), showcasing the highest level of rare craftsmanship from B&G Historic Line Models with EMC, in honor of our late Member and famous Jaguar motor car designer from England, George Frost.
This unique-in-the-nation event has a world wide attendance, open equally to all BATCC Members with their families and friends alongside toy collecting non-members, retailers, members of the media, Toy Industry executives/personnel, Cos-play contestants, and more who request to be on the BATCC's 'Official Invitation' mailing List.
The not-for-profit BATCC, now approaching its 19th year, is a donation and Member dues-paying organization that first started as a regional organization, then expanded due to toy collector enthusiasm across the USA and abroad. Currently, its audience is fastest growing from Mexico to the tip of South America and throughout Europe.
The BATCC has always given back to the community, with 'The Home for Little Wanderers' being its primary cause for well over a decade. Established in 1799, 'The Home' today has grown from its beginning mission of helping the abused and abandoned youth of Boston to today being a refuge of assistance,training, and more from birth to age 22. Visit www.thehome.org .