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A sole collector in Mexico City has created one of the most amazing toy museums in the world. Come take a look.
MUJAM, the Museo del Juguete Antiguo de Mexico, in Mexico City is home to one of the most bizarre toy collections in the world.
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.
Gorgeous murals cover almost every external and interior wall of the museum.
Well-known international graffiti artists were commissioned to create some of the murals.
One constant on the museum shelves: toys and iconography inspired by lucha libre, a style of professional wrestling characterized by colorful masks and capes.
Even the doorbell has a luchador mask.
The collection includes everything from tin toys to Barbies.
A full-size tin car.
The museum is the perfect place to clown around.
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.
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.
A more familiar collection of Matchbox cars.
Some of the exhibits in the museum are handmade, which gives the place a very kitschy look.
Another character from Chespirito, the comedian who created El Chapulin Colorado.
Antique radios, anyone?
These are the typical luchador toys, made of plastic and painted in multiple colors.
The museum can look a bit swamped.
This toy is inspired by Atayde Hermanos, the Mexican version of Ringling Bros.
The entry fee to the museum is 50 pesos (about $2.50, £2, AU$3.50).
The murals alone are worth a visit.
The building itself could use some love.
Some of the "pieces" on the shelves don't seem to fit the theme.
Barbies! Lots of them!
Look! It's R2-D2, frequently called "Arturito" in Spanish.
Iconography inspired by the colorful lucha libre style of professional wrestling is everywhere at MUJAM.
Murals, murals and more amazing murals.
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