Coming Soon !! – Astro Boy Wind-Up Tin Toy

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GOOD NEWS! We are happy to announce to every Astro Boy Fans that we are lucky to get the Astro Boy license this year and produce the Astro Boy (Movie version http://www.astroboy-themovie.com) Tin Toy. It should be out by November and hope the Astro Boy Fans will like it. The price is not fixed yet but is affordable, so not to worry. In Singapore, this toy will be on sale at TANG’S STUDIO (VIVO CITY only) and Museum of Shanghai Toys, Singapore. For other countries and cities like Europe, Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Japan..etc, we are still under discussing and will inform soon.

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According to this new Astro Boy movie, we create 2 versions for this toy. One with jacket and one without jacket. Do let us know which version you like. :-)

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My Toy Factory – New Project 2009

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SPACE PATROL CAR was manufactured by NOMURA in Japan during the 60s in the last century. We have received an order to make this fantastic battery operated toy car and Mr Wang is working on this project now.

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Anyone can tell me which one is the original, and which one is the prototype?

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I think Mr Wang also confused which one is the original… haha! :-)

My Toy Factory – Part 2

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SPACE WHALE is a wonderful tin toy, was made by YOSHIYA in 1950s. After a deep discussion with my partner, we decided to start this project last year and I am happy to announce to all the tin toy lovers this fantastic tin toy space whale will be out SOON!!!!!! :-) Cheers!!

My Toy Factory – Part 1

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Operating a toy museum for the past 4 years, the most common question from visitors or reporters is, is museum my full time job? Yes, I will say that, but from last years onwards, after a small investment to a toy factory, tin toy making become my full time business… For the past 1 year, while I stationed in Shanghai, my partner and I are successfully upgraded our tin toy products and start to build a “branded” image in overseas market.

Jack in the box is one of our most popular toys and we have produced more than 20 types of Jack in the box for our overseas customers for the past few years. And our workers are now working on this project.

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School Excursion: TAMASEK PRIMARY SCHOOL / 27-5-08

School Excursion: BETHESDA (Pasir Ris) Kindergarten / 26-5-08

After the excursion, teachers bring all the kids to the park which just in front of MoST. :-)

School Excursion: TRUEWAY KINDERGARTEN / 21-05-08

School Excursion: Clementi Town Secondary School / 16,20-22 May 20008

My China Toy Trip / 5 April to 20 April 2008

This is another fruitful trip for me this year as I am exploring more china toy stories in other cities of China beside Shanghai. The 1st station is a little town which took me 2 hours travel from Beijing. In this little town, there’s a small tin toy factory produce many tin toys which formerly manufactured by Beijing No.1 Toy Factory. After the Beijing No.1 Toy factory closed down few years ago, this little factory bought over their mouldings and continue the China Tin Toy Dream. :-)

This is the environment around the factory.

These are the Beijing tin toys.

Factory workers are assembling the wind-up dinosaur tin toy.

Before assembling, this is how Jumping Frog looks like. (FUN) :-)

This is Monkey Riding Tricycle tin toy…

This is the room to store the mouldings.

This is the mouldings of wind-up Penguin Tin Toy.

And this is the mouldings of Rolling Tin Toy Cat.

After visiting the tin toy factory, i went to visit a famous Tangram Collector, Wei and her husband. I have been knowing them for many years but this is my first time to visit their home in Beijing.

Part of their collections.

We went for dinner after our gathering, Wei and her husband, Peter brought me to this interesting restaurant. Delicious!

Peter enjoyed the food too… :-)

After dinner with Peter and Wei, I visited Zhang Yang and his sweet wife. Zhang Yang is a famous China Tin Toy collector in Beijing and this is my 1st time to meet him.

I gave my book to Zhang Yang as a gift and he liked a lot. :-)

I wake up early in the next day and walk around the hotel i stayed. Quiet a beautiful environment…

Next stop is visiting a “tiny” wooden toy factory (Fun again) :-)

This shows how the worker paints the children wooden pen. :-)

Two cute little girls manufactured by factory owner… ha! :-)

A wooden toy town.

Dennis, Daisy (my partner who ho;ld the camera) and I went to visit this famous wooden toy town which locate at Yun He. (Dennis is an Australian toy wholesaler and retailer)

Wooden factories everywhere in town…. wow!

Wooden toy production house.

This is the wooden toy factory where we visit, quiet big to me, but in fact it’s not that big when compared with a real huge wooden toy factory at Yun He.

Dennis is demonstrating…

Different wood will be used for different wooden toy, but sometimes not based on different toy’s needs, it also based on customers’ budget and requirement.

That’s how the original wood look like before becoming a beautiful wooden toy. (Isn’t it beautiful?)

This is the production department at level 3 of the factory where all the workers assemble the wooden toy house.

This is their sample room where show their sample toys to their potential customers.

After visiting the toy factory, the owner invites us to try a countryside chicken for dinner where takes us about 15 mins travel from his factory.

This is where the small restaurant is. Outside has many countryside dogs and as I like dogs, so would like to say a hello to them but no response…. :-( They look so cool….. wow!

Here is the food, countryside chicken pot…the soap ok, but the chicken meat…is too hard….

Countryside chicken, fried countryside vegetable and original fried potato chips (not those we bought from supermarket)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chee How / 12 March 2008

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Today is Chee How’s birthday. His sweet girlfriend Melissa choosing Museum of Shanghai Toys as one of the birthday programme for him. Thank you for the support, and hope they are enjoying the museum tour and the activities at MoST.

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