Since their first stall selling collectible model toys, trucks and farm machinery at Crossmahon Vintage Day in the early 1990s, Michael and Mary Murphy from Innishannon have grown a business that now ships items around the world. Collectors Toys, part of O’Murchú’s Gala shop in Innishannon Village, began as a humble 4ft shelf of models but has now mushroomed to fill half of the shop’s floorspace. Michael is gearing up for a busy Christmas season, supplying the children and teenagers of West Cork with toy tractors, farm machinery and accessories.
Mostly made by Siku and Britains, one of the most popular makers of toy tractors, trailers, farm machinery, animals and buildings, many of Collectors Toys’ customers had these models when they were young and are now buying for their own children or grandchildren. Extremely detailed, the models are usually a perfect 1:32 scale, so will satisfy the most discerning of mini farmers! Fantastic for playing with, the models are also a collector’s item. So in short, they make a great all round toy.
As well as every type of machinery that a working farm would require, Collectors Toys also stocks cattle sheds, silage pits and even wind turbines for the modern farmer. Prepare to have the sitting room floor transformed on Christmas Day!
Michael is an enthusiast with a vast knowledge of models. As well as his huge selection of toys for children and teens, he is also holds the only franchise in Ireland for Tekno, the world’s leading suppliers of model trucks. Tekno build 1:50 scale-replicas of original and existing trucks for well-known companies. In his display cabinet are trucks from Dempseys, Ballycotton and Hennessy to name just a few. These limited edition trucks are treasured collector items, which usually hold if not increase in value over time. For example, Michael has a Collins Transport truck that is now worth twice its original value!
Collectors Toys also stocks new and vintage Corgis and Dinkys, many from the Oxford Automobile Company. With everything from Austin Martins to HB Icecream vans, Jaguars to Low Loaders, the vast wall of models will delight adults and children alike.
Visit Collectors Toys to view Michael and Mary’s full collection of toys or phone on 021 4775218/087 2355379 if you are looking for something in particular. www.collectors-toys.com.