Big boys get the chance to flash their cash at toys exhibition

SPEND it like Beckham!

Boy racers with an eye on a lavish lifestyle will be flocking to the RDS in Dublin this weekend for the third annual Toys 4 Big Boys exhibition.

The Ballsbridge venue has been turned into a virtual playground for Eddie Irvine and Colin Farrell types with a dazzling array of fast cars, classic motors, speed boats, helicopters, gadgets and gizmos on show.

The presence of scantily clad troupes of females to highlight and promote some of the goods and services on display will also ensure that the weekend is a guaranteed testosterone-fest for Celtic Tiger cubs.

“The exhibition has grown to twice the size of the original Toys 4 Big Boys back in 2002,” said organiser John McDonald, who is planning to replicate the concept in the Czech Republic next year.

Although not on sale here until 2005, a new gaming device, Gizmondo, was arousing keen interest from many of the 30,000 people expected to attend the event.

Gizmondo, which incorporates a game console as well as a movie player, MP3 player, digital camera and multi-media messaging, is expected to retail at just under €400 and is likely to create the same buzz among techno-lovers as the first Playstation or Nintendo.

Among the main attractions at this year’s exhibition is Europe’s largest mobile Climbing Wall, provided by Tyrone outdoor centre Toddsleap.Com, with long queues forming to tackle the 6.5 metre vertical face.

For the mechanically minded, Kits ‘n’ Klassics, will provide the equipment to build your own Pilgrim Speedster sports car for €11,800.

“If you can use a set of spanners and change a wheel or are anyway half sensible at DIY, it should be no problem especially as we provide an idiot-proof manual,” explained company spokesperson John Adam. “Excluding the paintwork, you should be able to build your own car in about 200 hours.”

Big boys with more cash and less time could choose from top-of-the range cars like a Lotus Elise for just under €50,000 or the new BMW M3 convertible with a range of luxurious extras for a mere €102,480.

Toys 4 Big Boys continues today and tomorrow (10am-7pm) at the RDS.

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