Treasure in playthings

Treasure in playthings
Toy collector Chang Yang Fa is the owner of the Mint Museum of Toys. Most of the collection is kept in a warehouse in Ang Mo Kio.

SINGAPORE - In the last of our fortnightly series, In The Vault, we step into a warehouse in Ang Mo Kio.

Inside the warehouse unit are two custom- built levels.

Each level holds several cardboard boxes on shelves built for storage.

Steel ladders provide access to reach a treasure trove of toys, first- edition posters, first-edition comics, masks, enamel signs, vintage bicycles and even rare teapots.

These are all part of the Mint Museum of Toys' extensive collection kept in storage, the exact location of which owner Chang Yang Fa prefers not to reveal.

The museum, which opened in 2006, is in a shophouse at 26 Seah Street, opposite Raffles Hotel.

It has been converted into a modern gallery for Mr Chang's vast collection, estimated to number a staggering 50,000 toys. At any time, there are about 5,000 toys on show at the museum, with the rest in storage.

Apart from the permanent collection, the displays are changed several times each year for special shows during the Christmas, Chinese New Year and the Formula One seasons.

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