MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys opened in 2006 and is the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys.
The owner, Mr Chang Yang Fa, a Singapore Citizen, showcases the extensive collection of vintage toys, with many rare and unique pieces valued at over S$5m. It is considered to be the largest collection of vintage toys in Southeast Asia, with more than 50,000 pieces from all over the world. The collections of toys were made from the mid-19th Century to the mid-20th Century.
The collections include Disneyana toys and memorabilia, a range of character toys such as Batman, Astroboy, and Popeye as well as pre-war Japanese toys and Tintin collectables.
The Outer Space Collection
The Outerspace Collection offers a ride in a rocket ship. The exhibition also has the largest collection of Dan Dare toys and collectables, including several rare original paintings by Frank Hampson. Other rare items include the only transparent plastic Dan Dare water pistol known to exist in the world. You will discover the largest Buck Rogers collection and space-related toys in Southeast Asia.
The Characters Collection
The Character Collection is home to the largest collection of Batman and Popeye toys in Southeast Asia, where you can find rare items such as Chief Miles O’Hara’s car, the Batmobile, and the Green Hornet Car. Other rarities include the Batman Magic Slate Printing Plate and the Batman Robot. You will also see the battery-operated ‘Popeye Rollover tank’ and the 1906 Steiff Peter Rabbit stuff toy.
The Childhood Favourites Collection
The Childhood Favourites Collection is the largest Teddy Bear collection in Southeast Asia, outside Japan and includes a 1903 Steiff Teddy Bear, and a 1906 Steiff Teddy Bear, the 1930’s Steiff Musical Bonzo and Michael Lee dolls made in 1946 and 1948.
Also on display is the largest ‘Door of Hope’ Doll Collection in the world, with more than 150 dolls, including the Manchurian Lady and twenty-four other types of dolls.
The Collectables Collection
Find the earliest version of the Mickey Mouse Hurdy Gurdy, or Organ Grinder toy in the Collectables display, as well as an early prototype made by The Johann Distler Company, Germany in the 1930’s.
The collection also includes the 1953 Britains Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Set, one of five known complete sets to exist in the world. The display also has one of the largest China-made toy and collectable collection in the world.
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