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Mint Toy Museum

MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys has more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and memorabilia from more than 40 countries. There are old figures, robots, cars, teddy bears, comics, themed lunch boxes etc! If you have any interest in old toys you will like this place. It’s a great example of the differences in times, comparing what kids used to play with (metalic or wooden, non-moving or wind up figures) to today (plastic animated, automatic, talking, robotic toys, video games etc!).

Young kids will recognize characters like Batman, Astro Boy, Tin Tin and Doctor Who etc, just in much older toy form! Note there are a few examples of quite racist toys and products that simply could be be sold today. The museum takes about 1-2 hours to walk around if you read the information and take pictures.

A short walk from various MRT stations (City Hall, Bugis, Bras Basah). You will see two black-coloured umbrellas with Mint Museum of Toys and Mr Punch Restaurant & Winebar logos at the main entrance.

S$15 (Adults), S$7.50 (Children, seniors), free for kids under 2 years old
S$36 (Family – 2 Adults & 2 Children)

Opening Hours
Daily – 09:30 ~ 18.30

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Hamleys Toy Shop

Hamleys is the coolest Toy Shop in London, with roots going back to 1780! Their flagship store on Regent street is 5 levels of fun, and while it may be (mostly) for kids, I love this store & so do my mates. There are staff standing out the front in costumes with bubble-guns, and inside the shop demonstrating the toys. The floors are divided into age groups, boys and girls to make it easy to find things. They do have toys for grown-ups too, with puzzles, chess boards, video games etc.

There’s also a Build-A-Bear Workshop in-store, where you select your fuzzy, clothing, custom-voice recordings, stuffing etc and build your new friend! Materials are natural or high-quality man made fibres.

Walk South on Regent Street from Oxford Circus, or North from Piccadilly Circus.

London Aug 2011