A Christmas Carol
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year!”
This famous quote is from the changed Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol published in 1843.
We, like Ebenezer Scrooge, hold Christmas dear to our hearts every day of the year. This is why we, here at The World’s Largest Toy Museum, display the remarkable 1930’s window diorama of this infamous Christmas story for all to enjoy. Artistically master pieced around 1935 in New York and used at a department store in Houston, Texas for many years, this display brings joy and excitement to all who behold its wonder and meaning. This delightful exhibit will stir your heart and have you sharing the smiles and warmth of Christmas all over again.
Anybody recognize this lovely little lady? You guessed it! This radiant lady is the very first Barbie introduced by Mattel in 1959.
Barbie gave a new definition to the word “doll” as her 1959 debut sent moms scrambling to purchase these new fashion dolls for their daughters. When it comes to dolls, Barbie has never ceased to create excitement in the lives of young girls, and she is definitely at the top of the doll collector’s lists. Barbie continues to be known throughout the world for her beauty and for her fashion statements. But Barbie isn’t the only doll that brings special memories to heart! Shirley Temple, Cabbage Patch Kids, Chatty Cathy, Mrs. Beasley, Poor Pitiful Pearl, Betsy Wetsy, Betty Boop, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Raggedy Ann and Andy, are just a few more of the many dolls that have brought hours of fun into the lives of girls everywhere. Where are your old dolls? In the attic? Passed down to little sister? Or could one of them be right here in the World’s Largest Toy Museum? Come see us and let the heartfelt emotions of your childhood days be stirred once again.
Cast Iron Toys
If there is ever anything that always gets its share of attention any time day or night, it’s the huge, red fire truck flying down the road with its siren screaming, its horn blasting, and its bright lights flashing! And it’s the same way here at the toy museum. There is something about that shiny, red emergency vehicle and those bright flashing lights that turns our heads and holds our attention. Sears featured them on the front covers of their catalogues and store managers displayed them in their front windows. Some were more realistic while others required a little more imagination, but all brought lots of fun and excitement! Children yearned for them. Dads couldn’t resist them.
Our amazing collection of cast iron fire trucks, antique tin fire trucks, and pressed steel fire trucks always have plenty of heads turning and necks craning to get a better look at ’em! Come see if we have your old fire truck.
What is red, black and pink all over? How about the 1969 Hot Wheels Redline Volkswagen Bus! Never making it into the public arena, there were only a few dozen created from the prototype. It is rumoured that one of these little beauties was recently found and purchased for a mere $72,000! Hot Wheels have been an iconic toys for kids of all ages since they hit the track with wheels spinning in 1968. Being some of the fastest little vehicles in the world, they still get the adrenaline pumping! Just thinking about these little beauties zooming down that amazing orange plastic race track will bring back that good old feeling of excitement. Park yourself right in the Hot W heels, Matchbox, Slot Car, etc. section in the World’s Largest Toy Museum and let the good times roll!
Okay there Mouseketeers, sing along now.
Who’s the leader of the club,
That’s made for you and me,
Hey! there, Hi! there, Ho! there,
We’ve got toys for you to see,
When it comes to Disney there is no other character who comes to mind more often than that adorable, friendly little guy known as Mickey Mouse. Mickey waddled his way into the public’s heart in 1928 in the animated cartoon Steamboat Willie, and he still holds that special place for many of us today. But let’s not forget Mickey’s girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, and his best friends Donald Duck and Goofy. And of course in a case close by, you will find Snow White with her Seven Dwarfs as well as other familiar Disney friends. Before you know it, you’ll be heading for Disneyland just to give these old friends great big hugs!
“Hakuna Matata” is what you’ll be singing when you see those crazy carefree characters of Timon and Pumbaa from the wonderful Disney movie of The Lion King. Trek your way through The World’s Largest Toy Museum’s Lion King Safari and you may just actually realize a little more truth in the movie’s theme song “Circle of Life”. We know you’re going to have a “roaring” good time in our Lion King sanctuary! And remember, “NO HUNTING ALLOWED!”
Remember how excited we became when we realized it was about time for the new school year to begin? Of course, we weren’t excited about reading and arithmetic or about seeing our teachers! We just couldn’t wait to go get some new school clothes, some fresh school supplies and…. A NEW LUNCHBOX!!!
Selecting just the right lunchbox was serious business, remember? A lunchbox told a lot about its carrier – sort of a signature. Our lunchboxes quietly announced who we were and what we were all about! Perhaps you remember the pretty girl who was lucky enough to sit across the table from you, or the famous food swap!
What lunchboxes did you have? Charlie Brown “PEANUTS”? G.I. Joe? Strawberry Shortcake? Cinderella? You’ll work up an appetite of memories as you gaze upon our lunchbox collection. Only good memories allowed!
“Melts in your mouth but, not in your hand!”
What is it? It’s M&M’s candies of course! You know, those colorful little hard-shelled chocolate morsels that can put a smile on any face. Moms loved the clean hands and kids loved the sweet treats!
Know what the “M’s” stand for? They represent the founders and creators of the scrumptious chocolate bits. Forest E. Mars Sr. & Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey’s Chocolate president William F. R. Murrie.
Created in 1941, the colorful snack grew in popularity and eventually advertising geniuses birthed the crunchy morsels into a family of dancing and singing robust characters who were soon to be attached to candy dispensers, telephones, radios, mugs, and anything else that might be sold using the M&M’s concept. You will truly enjoy our M&M exhibit!
What comes to your mind when you hear the number 24? How about the number 43? Or the famous number 3? If you are one of the millions of NASCAR fanatics, you simply smile and say, “Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt, of course!”As you’re racing through life, make a pit stop here at The World’s Largest Toy Museum and fuel up on some of those great memories in our NASCAR section. We know you’ll be giving it the “1st Place checkered flag” and sending us to the winner’s circle!
This simple sailor man quickly became a favorite to both boys and girls. Popeye was seen in comic books, in television cartoons, and even in a full length movie. Children everywhere were singing his song! His friendly attitude (but not taking kindly to being bullied) coupled with his always available can of Spinach seemed an odd combination, but he showed us that there was nothing wrong with us little guys defending ourselves against the bullies of this world. Unbelievably, because of his phenomenal strength gained immediately after gobbling down a can of this leafy green vegetable, Spinach sales increased from 1931 to 1936 by 33%!
Stop by to see his exhibit and you’ll be spouting his famous words, “W-E-L-L blow me down!”
Remember your child’s first steps? As parents, those first toddling steps proved that our child was surely both brilliant and athletic, but what Jr. might remember best is that exciting pull-toy that followed him around the living-room floor. Can you still hear the clatter or the clucking? Let your mind go back… Hear the squeals and laughter? Pull-toys were not just for fun. They encouraged toddlers to walk while creating excitement for them. At the World’s Largest Toy Museum, we’ve got “Chatter” (as seen in “Toy Story 3”), “Digger the Dog” the walking hound, the Waddling Duck Family, and many more old pull-toy favorites.
You won’t have to pull yourself over to the pull-toy section, but you just might feel a little pulling of the heart strings as special memories of yesteryear come to mind.
Sci-Fi / Action Figures
5-4-3-2-1, BLASTOFF! If you’re the daring and adventurous Space Cadet that I think you are, then welcome to our intergalactic space place. Get ready to meet an army of alien robots wanting to take over the world. But not to worry, we not only have “The Force” on our side with Luke and other Star Wars friends, but Captain Kirk and the United Federation of Planets from our Star Trek galaxy are sure to lend us a helping hand!
Think you know your action figure Superheroes pretty good, eh? Well let’s see if you can name a few of them from some famous slogans. Here goes!
- “LET’S ROLL!”
- “Cowabunga dude!”
- “By the power of Gray Skull, I have the POWER!”
- “With great power comes great responsibility.”
- “Up, up and away!”
- “It’s Morphin’ Time!”
Think you got ’em? Well now, let’s see if you passed the test! If you said, Autobot Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-man (Masters of the Universe), Spiderman, Superman and Power Rangers, then you did fantastic! But don’t forget that we also have other superheroes to test your memory: such as Star Wars, Star Trek, X-men, The Incredible Hulk. You’ll have to see our Superhero Collection to believe it! “Let’s Roll!”
Question: What do Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Cal Ripken all have in common besides professional baseball?
Answer: Their autographed baseballs are in the Sports Section of The World’s Largest Toy Museum. These treasures are located just behind our life size replica of the former heavy weight boxing champion, Mike Tyson. Come on in and let our Hockey, Football and Basketball exhibits take you back to the days when the roaring crowds cheered you on and your dream was to join the pros!
And while in the neighborhood, you will definitely want to take a few minutes to find your all-time favorite WWF wrestling figurines. Our Sports Section is a “must see” for all the sportsters. And if you’re hooked on fishing (pun intended), You’ll treasure the nearby display of antique lures and old fashioned fishing gear.
Are you one of the many who are missing the old famous “Made In America” label?
Then the Tin Toy Collection at the World’s Largest Toy Museum is going to wind you up and catapult you into a wonderful tin toy adventure! The tin toy market was dominated by German manufacturing until toy enthusiast Louis Marx entered the picture in the early 20th century. He introduced tin toy manufacturing to the U.S. and produced tin toys that were affordable for the common family. Soon these realistic tin toys were on the top of many a wish list, and Marx toys quickly became world renown. Because of outstanding quality and durability, many of these toys have survived the torture of young fingers and are now on top of the wish lists of today’s most avid toy collectors.
Did you see red, green, orange, blue, or yellow when you plowed in that sandbox field of dreams? Whatever you used to cultivate your childhood crops, we have something that will take you back to the good old days of backyard farming. From red plastic with yellow wheels to precision with all the details, we have it. One of the largest collections in The World’s Largest Toy Museum is the Farm Toy Group. We have John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Ford, Case, CAT, Farmall, International Harvester and Oliver – just to name a few and to give you an idea of what’s on that level.
You’ll enjoy our great Tractor/Trailer collections up there too!
“ALL ABOARD!!” is the cry you hear with the dinging of the bell and the tooting of the whistle as you watch the famous New York Central steam engine race around on our ceiling-suspended train track.
I’ve often heard that girls mature into women, but boys stay boys forever! Boy’s toys are for guys of all ages and, like the young engineer in the advertisement, your face will light up when you discover our collections of “boy’s toys” —planes, trains, fire engines, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, slot cars, Nascar, Tonka Trucks, Buddy L, Smith Miller and much, much more! Here at The World’s Largest Toy Museum, we even have some “Big Boy’s Toys” — the 1959 British Embassy Rolls Royce and a 1927 Cadillac with wooden spoke wheels!
“WHOOOOOAAAAA!” hold on there you Lil Buckaroo. If you think you’re gonna mosey right on past The World’s Largest Toy Museum’s western area, you got another thing a comin’ to ya, pardner!
Head yourself right on into the bunkhouse and check out some of the roughest and toughest cap guns and BB guns you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Got you a little bit of a hankerin’ for some real cowboy memorabilia? Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy and John Wayne are only a few of the great iconic western characters from yesteryear who will have you wanting to sit by the campfire whistling a little bit of “Home on the Range” and telling those sweet little grandkids a few of the old western stories.