This week the self-proclaimed National Toy Museum of Canada opened its doors in Victoria on Broad Street. Woodward says the point of his new museum is to take people on a trip down memory lane with the toys of their childhood."When I'm looking up here, I think the Muppet wall is one of my favourites … Over time, he says his goal is to do special exhibits of certain types of toys — for example, a Star Wars exhibit when the next installment of that franchise is released.
and the He-Man wall, that's one of my favourites too," Woodward told Woodward, who also owns collectible toy store Cherry Bomb, started the museum with his wife because he saw Victoria's downtown losing too many of its attractions."We've lost Undersea Gardens, we've lost the wax museum, we've lost businesses like Tony's Trick and Joke Shop," he said. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.
And with new movies scheduled for years to come, they look to stay relevant.
But nothing takes the place in our hearts of the vintage collection of toys.
From TV show reboots such as “Magic School Bus,” “The Jetsons” and, of course, “Roseanne” to the return of Jolt Cola and Caboodles, everything that’s old is new again.
But one thing that never goes out of style are the cool toys from the ’80s and ’90s that every kid back then just had to have.
"We had this space upstairs, and we said, let's convert it [to a museum]."Woodward says he wants the museum to be a fun spot, but also a place of education about how standards of toy safety have changed over the years and also how the way toys represent reality has changed."The oldest piece we have in here is 1920s Meccano … You go by Canadian standards now: [And] it's a no no no. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.
Woodward has been growing the collection from selected pieces he sells at Cherry Bomb and has also accepted donations from local collectors.
Collections like the one below can be found on Ebay and other collector sites. It was never really clear with Monchhichi, but they were so adorable, people couldn’t resist them.
If you’d like one of the newer toy collections featuring popular characters like Kylo Ren, Rey and others, head over to Amazon. If you’re looking for one of the original dolls, then Ebay is likely your best bet.
And the spin-out handbrake on the side was the best part of the bike!
Original versions of the Big Wheel can sell for thousands of dollars!
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