Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood in London, UK is one of the leading museums of it type in the world and has a significant collection of action figures.
The museum, part of the Victoria & Albert Museum, seeks to document childhood through a range of toys, furniture, art and photography ranging from the 17th century to the modern day.
The museum was given nearly £250,000 of lottery funding in 2008 to enhance its display of classic toys.
Among the museum’s many notable collections is a sizable display of action figures, complete with detailed information on their origins.
Included here are popular figures of the 1980s, including the Hasbro-distributed Transformers, Playmates Toys’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mattel’s He-Man, alongside sister She-ra.
Palitoy’s Action Man, which first hit UK shops in 1966, is well documented in the museum.
There is also a Star Wars collection and some Power Rangers figures produced by Bandai.
Entry is free and the museum is open every day of the week.
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