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New retro toys and collectibles store opens

A FILM fanatic from Solihull opens his second ‘destination’ retro collectibles store this weekend.

A FILM fanatic from Solihull opens his second ‘destination’ retro collectibles store this weekend.

Retro World, based at Birmingham’s Custard Factory, features vintage computer consoles and toys, cult collectables and film merchandise.

“We want it to become a destination store for film fans and gamers across the Midlands,” said owner Robert Hadley, aged 46.

“It’s a very rare shop. It feels like a museum really.

“We’ve got artwork from cult classics like Quadrophenia and Danger Mouse displays which give the shop a fun feel.”

Retro World sells a huge variety of merchandise to transport shoppers back to their era of choice from Sega and Atari consoles to mint condition Star Wars collectibles and even retro candy while its signed movie memorabilia and rare Transformer figures can reach a couple of hundred pounds each.

Robert from Wolverley Road, Elmdon, said he was hoping the shop will build on the success of his first venture - Entertainment World in Sheldon.

Robert admitted he was a “big kid at heart” and said the shops were a chance to own a collection which would never be allowed back at his house.

“I love coming into work. It’s fun. I’ve been a massive movie fan all my life and I think you get more nostalgic about things as you get a bit older. A lot of our customers are in their 40s and 50s who want to get those toys they never got to have as kids.”

Retro World, in the Custard factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham will hold its grand opening day on Saturday May 12 from 10am to 6pm. A vintage fair will also take place from noon to 5pm the same day.

 

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