CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Adult toy collectors who are just little kids at heart

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None of us ever really grow up. We get married, we take out mortgages, we grow old, but the child lives in us.

And like all children, it can be very expensive.

In his stylish new detached house in a quiet estate in Middlesbrough, NHS anesthesiologist Faisal pursues a hobby with a cheerfully childlike allure.

He invited the cameras of Scouting For Toys (Yesterday) into his kitchen-dining room where the shelves are laden with elaborate paintings recreating scenes from films.

Each diorama features a classic car. There’s James Bond with his Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall, Dustin Hoffman in a red Alfa Romeo from The Graduate, Marty McFly’s DeLorean in Back To The Future and several setups from the Fast And The Furious street racing series.

Scouting For Toys presents enthusiasts who present their miniature collections at auction

Scouting For Toys presents enthusiasts who present their miniature collections at auction

These lovingly recreated scenes come at a price. This Alfa alone cost a few hundred pounds.

Faisal happily justifies the expense, explaining that he has a very stressful job and that modeling helps him relax.

When he works out a detail of a movie with a multi-million dollar budget, his mind is completely absorbed, with no room for other worries.

But this is only the justification, the excuse provided by a conscious mind for a passion more primitive than words.

The truth is, Faisal never stopped playing with toy cars – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

As this charming show proves, our favorite toys can connect us to a less complicated time when we felt safe and loved. . . our childhoods.

Tasmin in Swansea collects Superman memorabilia. She has over 1,400 figurines, games, and all kinds of merchandise, not including her comics.

If she can get a few hundred more items, she thinks she could have the most complete Man Of Steel archive in the world.

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A Teesside auction house serves as the basis for the series. Dave, who works at the auction house, sadly recalled his mother selling his toy box when he was a teenager

The interviewer teased her that she might have a crush on Superman. ” You love it ? Tasmin just blushed.

But she revealed the real secret when she mentioned how her obsession started – watching Superman’s adventures on the couch with his doting grandfather.

I bet all the money that’s the emotion she’s looking for when she hits eBay or crosses the country for another toy auction.

An avid collector, Dave, who works at the Teesside auction house which is the base of the series, sadly recalled his mother selling his toy box when he was a teenager.

He came home from school one day to find that the treasure under his bed was missing.

The toys were irreplaceable, but that didn’t stop him from devoting his life to trying to fill that gap.

Presenters Greg Davies and Alex Horne head up Channel 4's project manager with a cast including Death In Paradise's Ardal O'Hanlon and Loose Women's Judi Love

Presenters Greg Davies and Alex Horne head up Channel 4’s project manager with a cast including Death In Paradise’s Ardal O’Hanlon and Loose Women’s Judi Love

The teenagers invaded by Taskmaster (C4) also recreate childhood, which makes this show so fun and innocent.

Presenters Greg Davies and Alex Horne act as the playground’s bully and its greedy sycophant.

Alex doesn’t care how much his best friend humiliates him, as long as he’s protected from the other kids.

The cast of contestants, as always, includes some very funny faces, including Ardal O’Hanlon from Death In Paradise and the raspy Judi Love from Loose Women.

Their challenges included rubber duck hunting and combat duels. Oxford-trained comedian Sophie Duker took on Alex in a rap battle, both of them so embarrassed they looked like they wanted to spend the rest of their lives in hiding.

The best task was to paint a portrait of Greg with lipstick, using their lips as brushes. Comedian Chris Ramsey (you’ll recognize him from Strictly) has shown unexpected talent.

His drawing of kisses really looked like Greg. . . worthy of an elementary school art gallery.