I’ve seen a few collections of toys in New Zealand but The Toy Collector in Christchurch is the first to have me tapping at my keyboard. I wasn’t a model railway fan before visiting, but the train sets are fantastic, one is a LEGO city including houses, shops, a soccer pitch, and an airport.
The other model train set has a lot of detail too, I spent ages looking at all the individual pieces.
Along with the train sets is a life long collection of matchbox cars and a shiny selection of diecast Holdens and Jaguars.
There are also collections of Superheros and Star Wars, collectibles from the movie Cars, and All Blacks memorabilia.
There’s a lot to see and next year probably a lot more as The Toy Collector’s lease expires in March 2019 and it’s likely they’ll be on the move to bigger premises to fit an ever increasing collection. See The Toy Collector on Facebook for updates.
Cost to visit – $10 adults, children under 14 – $5, find the Toy Collector at 90 Falsgrave Street in Waltham.
PS. The owner is really nice, he’s keen to chat about toy collecting, unfortunately as a non collector I couldn’t oblige, however if you’re a collector call in and say hello. And if you have a much loved collection of toys that needs a new home, I doubt it could find a better one.