Las Vegas is flush with pawn shops and antique stores, but I hadn’t noticed until about a year ago that a handful of vintage toy stores have shown up around town.
There’s Toy Shack at Neonopolis, two Collector’s World stores at the Boulevard and Galleria malls, and — my favorite — Rogue Toys in downtown Las Vegas.
I just got back from the monthly trade night at Rogue. It’s exactly like it sounds: vintage and new toy collectors swap everything from Hot Wheels to Star Wars.
I don’t own much of anything from those two franchises, and the vintage toys I own — G.I. Joe, Visionaries, Marvel and DC superheroes — aren’t worth as much because they’re all loose.
(By the way, if you’re interested in taking a toy trip through the 80s and 90s, check out My Old Toys on Tumblr.)
So I spent most of trade night talking to other collectors and browsing the shelves. Nearly everyone who showed was able to make a trade and walk away happy, but I think the most fun comes from bonding with people who have similar interests and reliving childhood memories when you see some of the merchandise.
I’m talking about really obscure toy lines like Crystar and Supernaturals, and toys I never thought I’d see again, like the Dukes of Hazzard action figures and some creepy purple guy from the original Battlestar Galactica.
I could have spent a good chunk of my evening (and I have on other nights) picking up each item and taking a personal trip down memory lane. I appreciate the fact that the owner, Steve, doesn’t mind when people just come into the store to browse and talk toys.
I’m a big fan of NECA collectibles, I wish they would have made these figures when I was a kid.
For a couple of years now, I’ve been collecting figures of horror film characters from my childhood. Finally, tonight, I was able to get my hands on this Michael Myers.
The autograph is just a bonus, this one’s going in the permanent collection of Halloween memorabilia.