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A visit to the fantastically weird Antique Toy Museum

A sole collector in Mexico City has created one of the most amazing toy museums in the world. Come take a look.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

MUJAM, the Museo del Juguete Antiguo de Mexico, in Mexico City is home to one of the most bizarre toy collections in the world.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The museum, which opened about a decade ago, houses the collection of Roberto Shimizu, the son of Japanese immigrants began collecting toys as a child.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Gorgeous murals cover almost every external and interior wall of the museum.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Well-known international graffiti artists were commissioned to create some of the murals.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

One constant on the museum shelves: toys and iconography inspired by lucha libre, a style of professional wrestling characterized by colorful masks and capes.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Even the doorbell has a luchador mask.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The collection includes everything from tin toys to Barbies.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

A full-size tin car.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The museum is the perfect place to clown around.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Recently, the museum launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund better curation and maintenance of its collection and building. The campaign failed, but the museum plans to launch another one soon.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

If you grew up anywhere in Latin America -- or watching Galavision in the US -- you know characters like El Chapulin Colorado, which got its own lunchbox.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

A more familiar collection of Matchbox cars.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Some of the exhibits in the museum are handmade, which gives the place a very kitschy look.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Another character from Chespirito, the comedian who created El Chapulin Colorado.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Antique radios, anyone?

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

These are the typical luchador toys, made of plastic and painted in multiple colors.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The museum can look a bit swamped.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

This toy is inspired by Atayde Hermanos, the Mexican version of Ringling Bros.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The entry fee to the museum is 50 pesos (about $2.50, £2, AU$3.50).

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The murals alone are worth a visit.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

The building itself could use some love.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Some of the "pieces" on the shelves don't seem to fit the theme.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Barbies! Lots of them!

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Look! It's R2-D2, frequently called "Arturito" in Spanish.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Iconography inspired by the colorful lucha libre style of professional wrestling is everywhere at MUJAM.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

Murals, murals and more amazing murals.

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Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City

In English, this reads: "Art is a reflection of society, and it's at its best with dedication, quality and devotion and a technique that moves you."

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