Fans rejoice Dhaka’s first toy museumApon Zahir
If you are an ardent fan of toys and action figures, if comic books are your holy scriptures and super heroes your messiahs, then you have most probably heard of “Saadi’s collectibles”, the facebook page that has one of the most insane toy figurine collections in Bangladesh!
After spearheading the initiative to bring forth the first ever comic-con in Bangladesh in 2012, Saadi Rahman has opened the doors to the country’s very first toy museum. On Friday, the Dhaka Museum of Toys, the biggest personal toy collection in the capital witnessed an outpour of enthusiastic visitors, particularly the proud comic geeks of Dhaka. The museum is open from 11am to 8pm daily for a nominal admission fee of 300 bucks.
The organiser, Saadi Rahman is an avid collector of action figures, comic books, tin cars and his collection dates back to as early as 1950s. It all started when he opened a simple facebook page a couple of years back. The whole point was to share his passion with similar minded collectors in Dhaka. Little did he know of the sheer number of like-minded individuals he would actually find! After visiting several Comicons throughout time and getting inspired by his experience at the Mint Museum of Toys in Singapore and the BatCat Museum in Thailand he thought, ‘Hey! Why don’t we have something like this?’ And the masses of people that attended Dhaka Comic-Con 2012 shed light on the fact that there is a big demand for pop culture in Dhaka!
‘The dreams of Dhaka Comicon and Dhaka Museum of Toys has created an explosion of interest among the youths and paved a way for pop culture in Dhaka,’ shares Saadi Rahman, ‘I didn’t begin this journey with financial prospects or for publicity value, rather to bring together all pop culture fans in the country!’
In his display at the museum, you can expect to encounter action figures from Batman to Thor, Superman to the X-men, Hulk, almost every fantasy franchise known to man! You name it, the toy museum has it! From the comic book worlds of DC and Marvel to epic movies like Austin Powers, Star Wars, and popular tv shows such as Dexter, Hannibal, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, South Park and even Scooby-Doo! That’s right, Scooby-Doo! Now you can comprehend the scale of the collection. The museum will also be showcasing other collectors’ memorabilia from time to time. There is a small gift shop at the venue where you can buy souvenirs. This place has the potential to become the biggest pop culture hot-spot in Bangladesh and might even bring the geek out of those who have never had the chance to dream, to imagine, to escape the grim and mundane reality, and to live in the fantasy!
A lot of love has been put in this daring expedition; the daunting quest to introduce pop culture in Bangladesh, and a lot of dedicated people are involved in this project. There are a lot of reasons to check this place out, even if you aren’t well acquainted with comic books and movies. Go on, you won’t be disappointed.
Location of Dhaka Museum of Toys: 25,26,27, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, 1st Floor, Banglamotor, Dhaka
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