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Vintage Tin Toy and Robot Museum

The Vintage Tin Toy and Robot Museum is an online collection of vintage tin artifacts.

The Vintage Tin Toy and Robot Museum preserves the history of tin toy characters including science fiction, superheroes, and fantasy. Manufacturers represented in the collection include Bullmark, Osaka Tin Toy, Billiken, Popy, Bandai, Toply, Tada, Schylling, and others. Characters from Astro Boy, Planet of the Apes, Thunderbirds, Ultraman, Kamen Rider accompany tin toys of animals, clowns, astronauts and more. Also included in the virtual museum are Bearbrick Chogokin, Bearbrick Star Wars, and Kaws collectibles.

The collection includes educational components, as well. High-resolution photographs of objects are often complemented with videos of the toys in motion. Item descriptions include the manufacturer, date, and size of the object.

The Vintage Tin Toy and Robot Museum is free, accessible anywhere there’s an internet connection, and open 24/7.

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.