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The collection already exists, we just need a place to put it. Every pledge helps us get one step closer to becoming an awesome museum! Read more

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The collection already exists, we just need a place to put it. Every pledge helps us get one step closer to becoming an awesome museum!

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Update: We will be having our vintage toy treasure hunts around Austin for our Austin area backers May 31, June 7th, June 14th and July 5th. Pledge now to be automatically entered!

Not in Austin? that ok, check out our Vintage Toy Grabbag rewards for a treasure hunt in a bag! 

STORY: Welcome to the Austin Toy Museum's Kickstarter!

When you see a toy from your past, do you say, "I Had That!"?  If so, you are going to say our catch phrase over and over again as you visit the Austin Toy Museum (ATM).  We are creating an awesome experience to not only display toys but also to honor the memories of your past toy adventures.

There are four main reasons we are seeking your Kickstarter support:

The first aspect of funding is the start up costs. We will begin the process of creating the museum as a non-profit. We believe that the non-profit status will enable us to have a sustainable future, give us a support system and allow us to physically archive all the toys which have had an impact on all our lives.

Next is getting our location and setting it up for you to visit us.  We want you to have easy access in a popular location with enough room for us to amaze you with our dioramas and displays.  Families, Collectors and Museum goers will be able to enjoy our collections while having enough room to stay and play.  We expect our collection offerings to grow so we want to have enough space to expand and never limit ourselves to what we can share with you.  

Did you catch that we will be displaying all these great toys in a massive interactive diorama format?  Yeah, that is right.  Not a bunch of toys on shelves and cluttered, but dios where everything is viewable and entertaining. Diorama building is our specialty.  Just Google us and you will see we are famous for building amazing dioramas.  The construction of these dios in our signature style sets us apart from any toy displays you have ever seen.  We love what we can build to display toys and have so much inspiration of decades of cartoons, comics, commercials and more.  Our displays will be what you would expect from a refined museum surrounded by acrylic glass housing that protects the toys from dust and UV lighting (both of which degrade plastic).  We want to protect our toys, but we will always have plenty of toys and games for you to enjoy.  You won't be passively looking, but you will be playing so please come prepared to have fun and play for hours.  

Lastly, we will be offering scholarship and education for the "Golden Age of Toys" where you will learn more than you could ever imagine about your favorite play things.  We have created partnerships with toy experts such as Mark Bellomo (who has authored a series of great toy guides) and various toy database websites. We are very serious about the digital and research aspect of our museum and are creating an amazing database which we hope to share with everyone who collects toys, games, and comics. Our goal is to make our digital archive available to you 24/7 via cloud based technology.  We want you to also have access to interactive features with our collection by providing you tablet displays and allowing you to bring your own device.  This won't end with just an archive of toys and video games, that is just the beginning.  Through the digital experience, we will be documenting the toy creation process and history by showing the prototypes, production material and tools, initial documentation, toy company records, interviews and any related historical data. This is a critical time in history to obtain all this data so that it is not lost. The preservation of these toys and their history is our top priority. 

In addition, did we mention we love toys and dioramas?  Well, if you have ever wanted to learn how to build dios, restore toys or create your own custom toys then the ATM is the place for you.  We will be offering physical and online education on diorama construction, custom building, and restoration so you too can build your own little piece of the ATM someday.

So if you miss your toys...love your toys...want to display your toys..., then you as soon as you enter you will be saying...

I HAD THAT!  (Our catchphrase)

MY MOM GAVE THAT AWAY! 

MY BROTHER STOLE THAT FROM ME! 

I SOLD THAT IN GARAGE SALE!!

Those are the phrases which are most often said when people see what we have to share.  Who knows, we might even have one of your old toys!?

The best part of the ATM is that the collection already exists! Our collection consists of toys, comics, and games primary from the golden age of toys which ran from the 1960's to early 90's, however we also have toys as old as the early 1900's. The collection includes some of the most popular toys of all time, from Barbie and Gi joe to My little Pony and Transformers. Our alliance of collectors will also keep the museum interesting as collections rotate in and fresh new dioramas are created to delight our members.

The ATM will feature many rare and unique items including prototypes of action figures that will help educate the public on the toy creation process.  Many of these unique toys will be displayed from private collections or are acquired directly from some of the people who used to work for the great toy companies. Not only will the ATM feature action figures, dolls and linked merchandise to all the franchises, but it will also feature over 50 video game systems all the way back to the first home console unit. These video game systems will also be available to play!!! If you love arcade games from the 80's you will be please to know that the museum will feature some of the most popular original arcade games of all time, including Dragons Lair, Space Invaders, Ms. Pacman, Missile Command, Centipede, Asteroids, Q-Bert, Donkey Kong, and Pole Position.

Our $20 Tshirt in white and our Limited Edition Tshirt design
Our $20 Tshirt in white and our Limited Edition Tshirt design

We will also have your favorite board games and comic books.  Some of our favorites are X-Men #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15 (First Spider-Man appearance).  

We have the people, the passion, the collections and now we need your help to get our location ready for your first visit. 

Help us make your ATM a fun destination for families and all toy lovers to enjoy.

Without your help these collections will continue to sit in attics, garages, storage units or perhaps sold off and lost.  With your help we will bring an amazing toy collection right here to beautiful and weird Austin, Texas.  Just like all cool Austenites, we love to give and share so you will be rewarded for every bit you give, not only from our reward levels, but also from taking part in the creation of what could be the coolest museum in the world! Thanks for looking and we look forward to seeing you all at the museum!

Risks and challenges

The risks: ATM has the toys but the space to display them is the first huge obstacle. Finding the perfect venue for ATM which allows us to accomplish the displaying of the toys, creating a consistent revenue source from traffic flow and events is the main key factor at the beginning, as well as the managing of operations. Like most start up opportunities, how the initial set up goes can make or break it in the following years. With a completely funded Kickstarters, ATM believes this will be enough to cover all start up costs which will help keep ATM financially stable from the very beginning.

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FAQ

  • YES!!! Just pledge the combined total and send us a note, we will make the adjustments and send you the rewards at the end! For example if you would like to come to the Diorama party and get a 8sq ft diorama, pledge 135 and select the diorama, then send us a note. And please ask any questions you might have, we love to talk to our supporters!

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  • We would love that! We can also teach you our techniques as you watch so you can make lots of other cool dioramas for all of your collection. Keep the great questions coming!

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    $1 reward

    16 backers

    A heart felt thank you!!

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    $5 reward

    14 backers

    1 admission ticket to the museum and an "I support the Austin Toy Museum" Bumper sticker, and a name on our donor wall. (Includes $1 Pledge Reward)

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    $10 reward

    5 backers

    A totally Rad Screensaver of the ATM collection for your computer featuring our dioramas of vintage toys such as GI Joe, Cabbage Patch Kids, Star Wars, Barbie, Thundercats, My Little Pony, Megos, HeMan, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and other popular toy lines of the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. (Includes $1 & $5 Pledge Reward)

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    $15 reward

    11 backers

    3 Admission Tickets, 3 Bumper Stickers, 3 Tickets to the Grand Opening Party. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $20 reward

    12 backers

    One of our very cool Austin Toy Museum T- Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards) You should buy many of our shirts and some of our other rewards too!

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    $20 reward

    21 backers

    4 Admission Tickets, 4 Bumper Stickers, 4 Tickets to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on our donor wall. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $25 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    One signed copy of GI JOE issue 200 signed by the GIJOE grandfather himself LARRY HAMA! Cover A

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    $25 reward

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    One signed copy of GI JOE issue 200 signed by the GIJOE grandfather himself LARRY HAMA! Cover B

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    $25 reward

    8 backers Limited (32 left of 40)

    Vintage toy grab bag! We have to get rid of some of our extras and could use the help! Get a vintage toy grab bag and receive 4 random vintage toys!

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    $30 reward

    6 backers

    2 Passes to any of our fun Special Events during our first year. 4 Admission Tickets, 4 Bumper Stickers, 4 Tickets to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on our donor wall. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $35 reward

    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    Diorama Set up Party!!! 2 passes to our awesome diorama set up party prior to the museum opening! Help us make awesome toy sceens and work on a diorama of your choice. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards) (some terms and conditions apply)

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    $40 reward

    10 backers

    2 VIP Passes to any of our fun Special Events during our first year and you also get early entry and good food. 4 Admission Tickets, 4 Bumper Stickers, 4 Tickets to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on the donor wall. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $45 reward

    9 backers Limited (41 left of 50)

    Limited edition "I Kickstarted the Austin Toy Museum" T-shirt. Hurry while supplies last, we will never ever ever make these shirts again! (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $65 reward

    6 backers

    One Year Single Person Membership, 1 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 1 name on our donor wall, 1 guest pass. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $75 reward

    2 backers All gone!

    Sega Genesis Console with one controller, hookups and 1 game. Comes with 20$ reward level

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    $80 reward

    1 backer

    Wall Sponsorship. The name of your choosing (business names are welcome) will appear on one of our wall displays of your choice. This will be displayed for a 2 year period, which is our Kickstarter exclusive option where you get 2 years at our 1 year rate. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $80 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    One Vintage Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1 with Peter Venkman figure and orange ghost. This will include the $20 reward level (Ecto one is complete except missing seat belts on the top gunner seat, and is in c-6 condition, Peter is c-8 missing protonpack and ghost)

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    $100 reward

    1 backer

    One Year Single Person Membership Gold, VIP Access to all Public Events, also includes 1 Vip Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 1 name on our donor wall, 2 guest passes, and one of our cool T-Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $100 reward

    5 backers

    One Year Family of 4 Membership, 4 VIP Tickets to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on our donor wall, 3 guest passes. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $100 reward

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    8 square foot custom diorama for your favorite toys. This diorama can be designed by you or by us if you prefer. It will include everything to make a unique scene to display your toys. Toys and plexiglass case not included. (Certain Conditions Apply) (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $100 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Private Party reservation!!! Why pay some boring place 300 dollars for a party reservation when you can have a party at a toy museum for way cheaper! This party is 3 hours and complete with arcade games, video games and playing with toys!!! (includes rewards at the 1$ 5$ and 10$ levels)

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    $100 reward

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    Custom Case for your coolest toy! This case will be made with UV protectant Clear Acrylic Plastic, Security screws, Locking hinge (optional) and will be museum quality. It will be built with your toy in mind and will include clear acrylic braces for it. Maximum size 12in Tall 12in wide and 12in deep. Please ask any questions.

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    $120 reward

    0 backers

    Two Year Single Person Membership, 1 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 1 name on our donor wall, 1 guest pass, and one of our cool T-Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $125 reward

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    COBRA Terrordrome!! This Terrordrome will come with 4 random cobra figures and the $20 rewards! (Terrordrome is about 80% complete and will need some restoration)

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    $150 reward

    0 backers

    Two Year Family of 4 Membership, 4 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on our donor wall, 5 guest passes. Two Year Single Person Membership, 1 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 4 names on our donor wall, 2 guest passes, and one of our cool T-Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $150 reward

    1 backer

    Two Year Single Person Membership Gold with VIP Access to all our public events in the first 2 years, also includes 1 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 1 name on our donor wall, 2 guest passes, and one of our cool T-Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $150 reward

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    Our Diorama/Custom Toy/Toy Restoration class!
    6 one hour sessions where you will learn the basics of creating your own toys, restoring your old ones, and building awesome displays for them. Basic materials included for in-person students but if you can't make it in person you can participate via skype. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $150 reward

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    A 15in by 9in Replica of the GiJoe Motorpool building (as seen on our GIJOE Pit Diorama) signed by LARRY HAMA, SAM SPEARS, AND KIRK BOZIGIAN!

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    $190 reward

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    Rare Lion-o Prototype head. This head will come in a protective plastic container and a letter from the toy company employee who obtained it.

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    $200 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Your own custom action figure of yourself or a person of your choice. You will have a spot reserved for your figure on our donor wall, pop it in when you visit or leave it for a stay. Pick your favorite action figure paired with our artist creativity. You will love the result! Maximum size 12in (Certain Conditions Apply)

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    $250 reward

    2 backers

    Large Feature Display sponsorship. The name of your choosing (business names are welcome) will appear on a large featured diorama display of your choice. This will be displayed for a 2 year period, which is our Kickstarter exclusive option where you get 2 years at our 1 year rate. Two Year Single Person Membership, 1 VIP Ticket to the Grand Opening Party, 1 name on our donor wall, 1 guest pass, and one of our cool T-Shirts. (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    16 square foot custom diorama for your favorite toys. This diorama can be designed by you or by us if you prefer. It will include everything to make a unique scene to display your toys. Toys and plexiglass case not included. (Certain Conditions Apply) (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $500 reward

    1 backer

    1 Year Silver Sponsorship. The name of your choosing (business names are welcome) will appear on one of our walls, including in all our Marketing activities and promotional material. This will be displayed for a 1 year period. This is a very limited Kickstarter ONLY offer!! (Certain Conditions Apply)

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    $500 reward

    2 backers

    LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP!! with LIFETIME SPONSORSHIP of a display and a CUSTOM FIGURE of yourself for the donor wall (or home). This membership gets you VIP to all public events with a guest, in the museum everyday we are open with a guest and your name is large font on a display of your choice (or a business name of your choice)

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    $700 reward

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    24 square foot custom diorama for your favorite toys. This diorama can be designed by you or by us if you prefer. It will include everything to make a unique scene to display your toys. Toys and plexiglass case not included. (Certain Conditions Apply)) (Includes $1 $5 & $10 Pledge Rewards)

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    2 Year Silver Sponsorship. The name of your choosing (business names are welcome) will appear on one of our walls, including in all our Marketing activities and promotional material. This will be displayed for a 2 year period. This is a very limited Kickstarter ONLY offer!! (Certain Conditions Apply)

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    $2,500 reward

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    3 Year Silver Sponsorship. The name of your choosing (business names are welcome) will appear on one of our walls, including in all our Marketing activities and promotional material. This will be displayed for a 3 year period. This is a very limited Kickstarter ONLY offer!! (Certain Conditions Apply)

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    $5,000 reward

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    Want one of our museum dioramas? At our one year anniversary we will offer you a great selection of some of our featured dioramas for you to choose to own. No toys or acrylic glass included. (Certain Conditions Apply)

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    $10,000 reward

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    Your very own custom diorama. Let our creative artists work with you to design and construct a featured diorama where you can include your toys and in your location. Diorama materials, wood and acrylic glass included. Maximum size 8ft lenght, 4 wide and 6 feet tall (Certain conditions apply).

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