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The Toy Collectors - Grand Opening Weekend

The Toy Collectors - Grand Opening Weekend

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  • Sat 6 Feb ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun 7 Feb ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 8 Feb ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm


The Toy Collector, 90 Falsgrave Street, Waltham, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Children: $5.00
  • Adults: $10.00
  • Family: $25.00

The Toy Collector is opening up his enormous collection of toys and collectables – 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.
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, Star Wars, Star Trek, Thunderbirds,Trains, Littlest Pet Shop, Sylvanian Families, and in more recent times, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Divergent collectables.
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 collectable 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.

The Toy Collector opens to the public on 6 February 2016, at 90 Falsgrave Street.
Admission charge: $10 adult, $5 child, $25 family with family and annual passes available.
Admission tickets can also be purchased online at thetoycollector website.

A range of kit sets, NZ-made collectables and unusual diecast will be available for sale. The Toy Collector can also source harder-to-find items.

For More Information: Contact the Toy Collector (Alan Preston) Phone: (03) 3667784

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