Toys are not only kids' play, and for 45-year-old George Ang, owner of the Malacca’s Toy Museum, toys are something that can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of age and/or gender. A certified toy enthusiast, Ang first started collecting toys during his 20 years of working at an advertising agency, and when his collection expanded, he began running out of space in his home to store them all. With encouragement from his family members, he started the museum to share his love of toys and figurines with visitors to Malacca.
As a result, Malacca Toy Museum has grown from its humble beginnings in Jonker Walk, to a single-storey bungalow in Jalan Penghulu Abbas. To get there from Jalan Bukit Baru, search for St. David Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah St. David), and the museum will be on your right. On approaching it, you will see a giant green statue of the Hulk on the museum rooftop and a big T-Rex on the museum grounds. Parking spaces are a little bit scarce, with street parking only available.
Ang's love for toys was first developed back in the 1970s, when Star Wars was first shown on the silver screen. Today he has amassed over 10,000 figurines and toys under his roof, with some being his own and others donated by visitors and friends. Among the most notable exhibits at Melaka Toy Museum are a life-sized Catwoman gracing the wall of the museum, and a full-sized Jar Jar Binks standing tall amidst the exhibits. Some of these toys are limited editions and while they largely feature iconic cartoon and comic characters such as Superman and Batman, the museum also features cult movie classics, such as The Mask and Chucky by displaying rare figurines from both films.
For the horror fanatics, Melaka Toy Museum also has a Horror Chamber – a room featuring collectibles from the most memorable horror movie characters, such as American Psycho's Patrick Bateman and Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddie Krueger. There is also a special section hosting vintage toys for sale. With prices as low as RM30, you can take home your favourite childhood toys and playthings. The section also sells vinyl records for only RM15 a pop for the music lover in you.
Malacca Toy Museum advocates love for your toy, even when you feel like you have outgrown them. Mr Ang also suggests to toy owners to keep unique and rare ones in mint condition, as over time they can reach a high value and benefit the owners through auctions and sell offs in the future. So if you have a complete set of untouched Pokémon cards, don’t chuck them out!
Melaka Toy Museum
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 19:00; Sunday 13:00 – 19:00
- Address: 5044, Jalan Penghulu Abbas, Bukit Baru, Malacca
- Tel: +6012 362 7066
- Price Range: Adult RM6; children under 12 years old RM4