SHANGHAI TRIP – 7th Day – 13 Sept 2007

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Mr Ni is our 1st interviewee for today, he’s also one of a very popular toy designers in 60s. One of his best toy designs is Battery Operated “12,000 Ton HYDRAULIC PRESS TIN TOY” and this tin toy won him an award during the Cultural Revolution. According to Mr Ni, almost every kindergarten and primary school in China purchased this toy for educational purpose in Cultural Revolution as this is “POLITICAL RIGHT”.

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This is the B/W pic of Mr Ni when he was young and an award which he won.

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As for our request, Mr Ni has signed his name on his popular toy and donated to Museum of Shanghai Toys, Singapore.

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After our interview, Mr Ni brought us to his office show room and showed us some toys which he designed for his recent toy company after he left Shanghai Toy No.2 Factory in 80s.

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Beside plastic toys, Mr Ni also designs bigger toys for “ELDER KIDS” like “US”. 🙂

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Mr Ni’s designs has won plenty of awards for his recent company in 90s.

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Our next stop is going to interview an old man who is 80 years old and worked as toy designer since 50s. This is the building where he stayed. “DE YEE DA LOU” is the name of this apartment which was designed in 20s and has won an HERITAGE ARCHITECTURE AWARD in 90s.

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This is Mr Zhu.

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Mr Zhu has donated some toys and his Employment Pass of Toy Factory to Museum of Shanghai Toys, Singapore.

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The Wooden Horse Toy is one of his favourite toys which designed by Mr Zhu in 60s and this toy also won him an award. This product had sold for 100 over thousands pieces from 60s to 80s, according to Mr Zhu.

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We started to interview Mr Zhu.

Mr Zhu is sharing his experience on how the Wooden Toy Factory manfactures WOODEN PICTURE CUBE TOYS.

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CHEERS! 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Very nice.

  2. I meant to add, that I loved these tin toys when I was growing up.. I think most of mine were repoductions though, but I still have a ton of them that I have bought over the years.
    This guy was pretty prolific in his designs, it’s nice to see where these things come from.


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