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Kickstart Your Weekend: The Austin Toy Museum

Celebrate your collecting obsession with Austin's newest museum

By Richard Whittaker, 9:01AM, Fri. May. 23

Kickstart Your Weekend: The Austin Toy Museum

Austin doesn't have many museums, and even fewer that let you play with the exhibits. The Austin Toy Museum wants to share all its best play things with you.

The plan is to create a celebration of classic toys, games and comics right here in the most proudly nerdy city in America. That means everything from classic Mego dolls to those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle you lost behind the couch, and an incredible selection of video consoles from the original machine, the Magnavox Odyssey, through the seminal Colecovision (and yes, even the migraine-inducing but still awesome Virtual Boy.)

The collection already exists, it just needs a home: C'mon, if Austin can't get this going, who can?

The museum held its kickoff party last month, but now the fundraising campaign is in full force.

The incentives go from a big ol' thank you for a miserly $1 to a custom diorama of your very own for your collection (we know you have one, don't deny it) for $10,000, and all points in between. They've also just added the chance to get some collectibles of your won: $25 gets you a grab bag of four pieces from their collection of vintage '80s action figures, or a copy of GI Joe signed by the creator of the series, the mighty Larry Hama. You can find the full listing on their Kickstarter page.

More info at www.austintoymuseum.com and at facebook.com/austintoymuseum.


Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

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