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The Toy Collector

The Toy Collector

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  • Thu 7 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 8 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 9 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 10 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 11 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 12 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 14 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 15 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 16 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 17 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 18 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 19 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 20 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 21 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 22 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 23 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 24 Jul ’16, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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The Toy Collector, 90 Falsgrave Street, Waltham, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child: $5.00
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Family (2 adults, 3 children): $25.00

This is a great indoor activity for the school holidays. There is something for everyone to see here.

February 6th 2016, a new venture appealing to children - and to the child within everyone - opened to the public in Christchurch. The Toy Collector opened up his enormous collection of toys and collectibles - a reminder of playtimes long past, side by side with yesterday’s favourite playthings. It’s an eclectic display that will stir memories and prompt smiles of reminiscence for all ages.

The Toy Collector himself has been building his collection for half a century. He has always had a love of toys and wanted to share that with others.

For a long time, he had a dream of having a toy museum - somewhere that people of all ages could wander through and see things they remember and toys that they loved. He wants to show kids that if toys are taken care of, they can be kept or passed on to others to enjoy and create further memories. And he also wants to assure all other collectors that most people think toys are precious too - it’s really surprising how many people collect toys but have nowhere that they can display them so they are boxed up and stored away.

We have space for loan displays and we are fortunate enough to some of these treasures being shared with us to display. The Toy Collectors love of toys was sparked by the anticipation and excitement of a new shipment of Matchbox cars arriving at his local toyshop in The Exchange in Dunedin. In those days, import restrictions limited the number of individual purchases so extra family members were recruited to buy on his behalf. Those childhood toys led to a fascination with all things miniature – from diecast vehicles to lead soldiers.

Over the years the Toy Collector’s children have introduced him to many new toys, including Lego, Trains, Littlest Pet Shop, Sylvanian Families, and in more recent times, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Divergent collectibles.

The Toy Collector’s treasures are the result of years of collecting. His collection is not a museum in that the toys are not all old and they are not all in pristine condition – after all, toys are meant to be played with. His collection offers a rare chance to experience a very broad range of toys - from a working model railway, dioramas made with kitsets, loan collections, donated toys and collectible items.

The Toy Collector knows that nostalgia exists even in the very young when, just as for adults, seeing a toy or picture can instantly bring forward a previously deeply buried memory.

But don't take my word for it, Come visit and experience for yourself.

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