October 8, 2008

Reminiscing someone else's childhood

Hiding behind Raffles Hotel along Seoh Street in Singapore is the cozy 5-story toy musuem MINT. Supposedly the "world's first purpose-built toy museum", it showcases popular action figures, dolls and collectibles from countries like Japan, US, UK, Singapore and other countries.

Show your passport and get 20% discount on the entrance plus food voucher.
Some food voucher though, the only thing I could afford with it was a can of Coke =p



Irona(Richie Rich) and Rosie's (Jetsons) relatives.


The first Shrek daw.


You'll find the place interesting if you grew up playing with the likes of Tintin, Popeye, Flintstones, James Bond, Million Dollar Man, Voltes V, Voltron, Superman, Batman and other heroes. A lot these characters are on display with corresponding labels stating country of origin and net value. Though overall the collection is fine, it lacks some of the popular brands like Disney, Lego, Transformers, Tonka or Barbie. Would have been interesting to see them mixed with the current inventory. Actually, now that I think about it, it would have been so cool if they had the complete Mask, G.I Joe, He-Man and Silverhawks. Or if they had an Atari or Nintendo Room. Or something like "Ethnic Asian toys" room. Oh well. They did have a sizeable collection of Matchboxes on display which I liked.


Dolls from the UK. How very politically correct!


So that's why they're called Matchbox cars.


Overall I don't think its a place most Filipino kids will be able to relate to. Even if its a "toy museum" its more for the parents (particularly the dad) than the kids. Well maybe it'll be somekinda educational na rin to show kids nowadays what toys were being played before all things electronic.


Tintin!


007 Rubber Bands as a museum item? We used to have tons of em in Cebu.



la lang.

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