Repair Shop expert emotional as he parts ways with restoration he ‘loves’
16th November 2023

The Repair Shop: Flying saucer toy is repaired

The Repair Shop’s vintage toy expert David Burville had an emotional moment after returning a restored flying saucer to its owner.

It came as he handed back a vintage toy saucer he had restored. Seeing that he had clearly become attached to it fellow expert Dominic Chinea enquired: “Were you sad to see that one go?”

An emotional David admitted: “Yes that was great wasn’t it? I loved that. Loved it.”

When the toy was first brought into the workshop he could hardly contain his excitement.

Steve Hann, who brought it in for repair, explained that it was one of his favourite toys from his childhood.


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He recalled his close relationship with his grandfather, as he and his mother lived with his grandparents when he was a child while his father did his national service in Egypt.

He then explained that the toy was a gift from them after they holidayed in Canada and at the time it was an impressive toy to own, and Steve said that he loved it.

The incredibly retro toy seemingly used to whizz around the floor, spinning and flashing. Inside the glass dome cockpit is a little spaceman who appears to steer it.

However, the toy had been out of action for decades, since Steve’s teenage years, after the batteries leaked into it and the acid corroded much of the metal in the unit.

As well as the technical issues the paintwork has faded and it was looking a little worse for wear.

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When Jay Blades asked him what he would like them to do with it cosmetically Steve said he would just like it back how it was.

An ecstatic David admitted he would have to have a little play with it first before repairing it and was clearly quite taken with the piece.

Steve returned to collect the piece with his young grandson whose first reaction to the restored sci-fi toy was to exclaim: “It’s a bit loud!”

As he looked enthralled, Steve was extremely impressed and admitted that he never thought he would see it like that again.

“And this time the batteries will get taken out so it will get looked after,” he promised leading Dave to tell him: “That’s the most important thing.”

The Repair Shop episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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