I am very excited about Hergé’s Tintin arriving on our big screens. Being a child much hungry for adventures of the especially preposterous and exaggerated kind, Tintin was a staple in our household.
Just the other day, whilst rooting through Hiro’s medicine drawer, I came across an unassuming tin pencil case. I tingled with delight when I laid eyes on it’s contents.
Turns out that Hiro was a Tintin fan too. He would plonk himself in front of the box after his daily double paper-round and devour a sausage sandwich with Tintin for company. He had lovingly collected these pin badges from the memorabilia shop in Covent Garden and kept them all this time. He was as delighted as I was to see them again.
I think that they are all marvellous but my favourite one has to be this one from Tintin and the Blue Lotus.
Named after the opium den that features within the story, The Blue Lotus is my hands down favourite adventure of all because of Wang’s somewehat mentally distracted son Didi.
I also like this sketchy Tintin pin badge.
I had quite forgotten about the little Tintin treasure trove in Covent Garden, I think I will have to pay it a visit again very soon! Here is the address if you would like to pop down too!
The Tintin Shop
34 Floral Street