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7000 Piece Personal Toy Collection on Display

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

From Disney to Despicable Me and Dragon Ball, Yexel Sebastian has amassed more than 7,000 toys from his childhood and put them on display in a museum in the Manilla suburb, Las Pinas. (Courtesy: AP)

From Disney to Despicable Me and Dragon Ball, Yexel Sebastian has amassed more than 7,000 toys from his childhood and put them on display in a museum in the Manilla suburb, Las Pinas. (Courtesy: AP)

Many parents despair of what to do with a house full of unwanted toys, especially post Christmas when another load has just been unwrapped.

One man in the Philippines has had a novel idea - he's opened a museum displaying every toy he's had since he was a child.

From Disney to Despicable Me and Dragon Ball, Yexel Sebastian has amassed more than 7,000 toys from his childhood and put them on display in a museum in the Manilla suburb, Las Pinas.

Sebastian has been collecting toys since he was 10 years old. Now 31, he started with anime toy figures, but soon moved on to include all sorts of toys, for boys or girls, young or old.

To add to his collection, he has also made more than 100 life sized replicas of his favorite toy and comic book heroes.

Visitor Jason Fernandez says: "I think it's very unique because there are toys from different genres, not just one. There are toys from anime shows, cartoons, video games and movies and they're all in different sizes."

Sebastian says he was encouraged to open the museum by his family and friends who watched his collection grow over the years:

"It's a hobby that I've had since I was a child. When my family, friends and I saw that my collection was getting bigger, we decided to open it to the public as a museum. This is why we now call our house, 'house-seum'."

In addition to more than 20 years of collecting, Sebastian estimates he has spent around 20 million pesos (USD $455,000) putting the collection together.

One of his favorite pieces, a life-sized replica of Optimus Prime from the film and TV series, Transformers cost USD $45,400 alone.

It's money well spent according to 5th-grader Jelon Semafranca.

He says: "The Transformers, because it's huge and it has lights."

For older visitors, it's a trip down memory lane.

Nurse, Dante Martinez says: "I know some of these cartoons from growing up, like Dragon Ball. I think people will really enjoy it here."

Sebastian's Toy Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays with an entrance fee of US$ 7 per person.


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