The Toy Collector is the labour of love of Alan Preston supported and encouraged by his partner Ruth Fisher.
Alan's love for toys started with the anticipationand excitement that surrounded the somewhat irregular shipments of Matchbox cars arriving in their local toy shop in The Exchange in Dunedin. Limited to four cars each, the whole family would be dragged into the store to buy the maximum allowed to then be shared between him and his brother Paul. While those treasures were lost in the hills and growth around their home in Dunedin (a fact that still irritates) he grew to have a fascination with miniature from diecast to lead soldiers.
In recent years their daughter introduced him to a world of Littlest Pet Shop, Sylvanian Families and, in more recent times, Hunger Games and Divergent collectibles providing a still wider range of items to the collection. He was also reminded that nostalgia exists even in the very young when, just as for adults, seeing a toy or picture can instantly take you back to a memory you didn't even realise had been created.
The Toy Collector is the display of years of collecting and, in the past two years, of conscious acquisition to ensure as broad a range of toys as possible. This is not a museum in that the toys are not all old and they aren't all in pristine condition since toys are meant to be played with.
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tuesday Groups by arrangement
Wednesday Groups by arrangement
Open Daily 10am – 4pm
Phone: (03) 3667785
Child $5 (under 14 years)
Family $25 (2 adults + 3 children)
Annual Child Pass $20
Annual Adult Pass $40
Annual Family Pass $100