Wednesday, May 8, 2013

31 Days to a Better Toy Collection Challenge: Handling Toy Restoration Projects - Day 8

Most followers of the Batcave Toy Room know that I am into restoring vintage toys. This can be as simple as cleaning up a dirty toy to doing a complete rebuild, which can very inexpensive or not worth your time and money as you would be better off to buy a specimen in better condition.

However, for me, toys that are broken or in need of some TLC are like the toys from the Island of Misfit Toys and deserve a second chance. Most toys I restore are my actual toys from my childhood. Toys I played the tar out of back in the day and just want to bring back to the day I received them.

My super cool, yet non-geek wife says I am like the old man with his toy first aid kit that sews and touch up paints Woody in Toy Story 2. I am proud to say I agree. I took look around the toy room tonight at the restoration projects that I had begun and never completed and I plan on working on this weekend. Here's the projects I plan to complete this week.

Death Star Playset: Needs decal replacement and foam trash compactor replacement.

X-Wing Fighter: Decal replacement

Twin Pod Cloud Car: Decal replacement.

Imperial Cruiser: Decal replacement.

Imperial Troop Transporter: Decal replacement.

I'll be reporting how these turned out next week. So stay tuned. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on toy restoration?

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.


  1. I want to see these all fully restored but am curious on the form compactor replacement and how you will be doing that and am guessing you already have the monster for it.

    1. I will be revealing how it all came together next week JBoy. However, I do have the Dianogi.

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    1. I am always here for your viewing pleasure Hobby.


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