When I was 5, my father introduced me to Enid Blyton and her world of goblins, elves and toys that came alive. I was into the Grimm brothers then and the bright-eyed teens of Riverdale and Blyton was a welcome addition. Days were spent drawing scenes from the books or recreating them using my own toys.
One afternoon last month, us kids (at heart) made our way through a maze of strange alleys and found the MINT Museum, a building full of TOYS from the 1800’s to the 1900’s and it was there that I was taken back to that year with Enid Blyton and found myself face-to-face with Noddy, Golly and many other characters from my childhood.
MINT, also known as Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys, is a kid’s dream come true – 5 storeys of vintage toys from all over the world! We relived our childhoods that afternoon – days spent with G.I. Joe, Tintin, Mickey, Donald, Popeye, Astro Boy, matchbox cars and the countless toys that kept us company many years ago.
We left the museum with wide grins. We felt like kids again.
The coolest elevator door ever:
Some of these toys are really old. A few dating back to the 1800s!
Mark: One of the best designed characters ever – Felix the Cat
Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck, hyuck
Kid and gun
Our friend Leo and his friend D. Maul
The Mint Shop
Mural at the cafe
You can find the MINT in Seah Street!