Holy Off-Model Batmans, Batman!

by John Holbo on January 3, 2014

I took the girls to Mint, the Singapore Museum of Toys. This place is just amazing! The girls got to be photographed in front of a 6-foot tall Tetsujin 28! ‘Nuff said. Plus:

Holy Digestive Juices, Batman!


I like this strangely cryptozooic, yeti-like Batman, with Robin looking cut out for a career in middle-management.

There’s five floors packed with stuff. A lot of Asian stuff, naturally. That’s all wonderful and fascinating. I have rather American tastes, of course, and was not disappointed by all the Betty Boop and L’il Abner and Fritz the Cat and so forth.

Here is a Kim Deitch-worthy tin toy. Bunch of mice playing the piano – and why shouldn’t they be, after all?


I liked this creepy doll.


Kids! If you come to Singapore, make your parents take you to Mint, the Singapore Museum of Toys.



Meredith 01.03.14 at 6:31 am

That last, the creepy doll, is Howdy Doody, who is ubiquitous, it seems, to me, though maybe I am just projecting. Some of my earliest memories are of him (truly early — those hazy visual memories, without time but full of place and space), though even earlier (and much warmer) memories are of Miss Frances’ Ding Dong School. I was never enthralled by Captain Kangaroo — my disadvantage, given what I’ve learned since about him.

Happy New Year to you, the girls, and Belle!


Belle Waring 01.03.14 at 9:21 am

Hi Meredith, thanks, and Happy New Year to you and yours!


Katherine 01.03.14 at 9:49 am

Should you ever be passing by in London, do go into the V&A Museum of Childhood. It is excellent, and building in which it is housed is wonderful.


John Holbo 01.03.14 at 9:55 am

I was really impressed by the Mint building, let me add. Apparently it’s geomantically sound. I don’t know about that. But it’s sure a nice play for toys.


Ronan(rf) 01.05.14 at 2:08 am

“Kids! If you come to Singapore, make your parents take you to Mint, the Singapore Museum of Toys.”

You underestimate your readership, mein freund

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