THIS afternoon, after a delicious lunch at Sunshine Plaza, my brother and I decided to explore the Singapore Mint (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys), Toy Museum, just across the Raffles Hotel.
We had a very wonderful time in this five-story building. It was like a time-travelling experience. Most importanly, they were very educational. The exploring starts from the fifth floor - Super Heroes.
These are the Star Wars merchandises that made a fortune for George Lucas till today. The invasions of these toys in the mid 70's drasmatically changed the landscape of the toy industries. It ended the era of toys made with tin and lead paint.
A series of toys manufactured in the 50's based on the classic British science fiction comic hero - Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. How interesting is the way how people in the 50's trying to vision how space travel would be like in the future, ermm .. that is today. It doesn't really aligned to what we are seeing today. At least, one thing for sure, is that we don't have a Earth-Mars Venus Express yet.
Dan Dare. Errmm .. Zhixian said he looks more like a communist.
My brother and I called it a Super-Fat-man. It looks hilarious. Look at his double chins and fats accumulated around his neck! I wonder what has American's burgers and fast food culture done to the Superhero. Hehe..
A great hero assasinated in March 2007 - Captain America. Gosh!! Who dug out his eyeballs? Atrocious!!
United Nations of Mickey Mouse! Evidence of globalisation in the early of last century.
Toys from Door of Hopes - a 1900 Western missionary group in China which aimed to protect young Chinese girls from prostitution and slavery. To fund their mission, they trained the girls as doll makers and sold the products to the affluent Chinese market. I wonder if this guy is the one that goes hopping around? kekeke...
This set of handmade dolls was made by a well-know doll maker, Michael Lee, who migrated from China to Hong Kong. The profits from the dolls were given to help the refugees. Quoted from an article from A Village Life, he once said this:
"I heard about some Quakers who had gathered during the night at a baseball park in the United States. Each carried an unlighted candle. It was pitch black. At a given signal, all the Quakers lit their candles at once. Bright light illuminated the dark night. I can be one candle. If I can help, and you help, and you help, then there are many candles" -
Meet Miss Friday!! Hey! That makes me a Mr Friday, isn't it? ...
The remote-less control car. Grandfather of all the remote control cars that we see today.
Matchbox toy cars. These are the original Serial no. 1-75!! Magnificent!!
This collection of climbing tin monkeys were made first in Germany, then US, Japan, England, China and India. The significance of these toys is that back then, copyrights were not properly in place to stop manufacturers from piracy acts. Hey, I thought, it is still a issue in China today?
This toy bears an important and significant part of our last century history. Noticed the fine print that says that it was registered in Japan/Manchukou?
This Santa Claus toy is kind of creepy ...
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After, finished the 2nd level, my brother and I were both exhausted. It was an unbelievable journey. Okay. Let's head back to Sunshine Plaza and see if our muffins and chicken pies are ready for our teabreak. Hehe!!
Actually, I hardly sees any of my childhood toys from my era, except the StarWars and the Snoopy. No Transformers, no MASK ... It showcases rare retro toys, mostly from the period of 1920s - 1970s and I think they are really damned valuable. I overheard from the curtor saying that one of the sets of collectible toys cost the owner around US$40,000 (US dollar somemore)!
Back home, I showed the photos which we took in the museum, to my mum and I asked her if she can recognise any of these toys. She shook her head and said that she and my uncles were too poor then, to own them. Errmmm.. I'm sorry, mum ...for I wanting to tell you that we still couldn't afford them till today.