VIDEO: Toytastic at the Museum of Hartlepool

VISITORS to a popular museum can reminisce about their favourite childhood toys at a new exhibition.

Called Toytastic, the exhibition is currently on at the Museum of Hartlepool, at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, until Sunday, September 8 and features scores of toys from the 1970s to the present day.

Richard Davison of the Maritime Experience pictured taking a look at the Action Man display

Richard Davison of the Maritime Experience pictured taking a look at the Action Man display

Among the toys on show in the exhibition is a full set of original Care Bears - over 40m of the plush teddy bears were sold around the world between 1983 and 1987 and they even had their own TV series.

Action Man - the first fully-poseable action figure which was introduced in the UK in 1966 - will be strutting his stuff along with He-Man from Masters of the Universe and She-Ra from the Filmation cartoon series.

Museum bosses say there will be lots of toy cars, courtesy of Teesside toy auctioneers Vectis, and a collection of handheld electronic games on loan from Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum.

Star Wars figures were a rip-roaring success. When the first film was released in 1977, toy manufacturer Kenner, which held the licence, was unprepared for the demand for the toys but within a year, sales of its Star Wars range had rocketed to 40m items, generating a turnover of $100 million.

Timeless time lord Dr Who also features in the display - since his first appearance on British television screens in November 1963, he has gained legions of fans of all ages and triggered hundreds of products, ranging from action figures to postage stamps and even a pinball game.

Charlotte Taylor, Hartlepool Borough Council’s collections access officer, said: “This is a light-hearted, fun exhibition which is packed with nostalgia for adults and a real journey of discovery for youngsters.

“Some of the items on show are favourite toys which people have cherished and kept from childhood, while others have been collected by adults to replace toys which they had as children or wished they had.”

The Museum of Hartlepool is open every day from 10am to 5pm and entry is free.

For more information call (01429) 860077.