As a denizen of Los Angeles and genre nerd, the upcoming docuseries A Toy Store Near You is near and dear to my heart. The series will take viewers around the globe on a plastic-coated, nostalgic journey through the wild world of independent toy stores. The majority of the show’s proceeds will go to the stores featured in its 50 episodes, providing crucial relief to these owners and their staff during the health crisis.
Created by Brian Volk-Weiss (Founder and CEO of The Nacelle Company and creator of Netflix’s hit series The Toys That Made Us and The Movies That Made Us), the series is a deep dive into one of the quirkiest and tightest-knit parts of the pop culture community. The series 50 episodes are as much a snapshot of these small businesses during one of the hardest times in the history of the world, the Covid-19 crisis, as it is a look at the wonder and joy of the toy stores and people behind them.
“When I heard that my two local toy stores were closing due to the quarantine, I knew we had to do something to raise money and awareness for the stores all over the world that were struggling. Hopefully we can be of some help.” says Brian Volk-Weiss.
Created with self-filmed footage from toy store owners and employees from across the globe (US, The Netherlands, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, and The UK), the show is a compelling look at the nostalgia-and-plastic world of each individual shop, the stores histories, the unique personalities that run them, the resurgence in the indie toy community, and how these stores are trying to survive while closed due to the pandemic.
A Toy Store Near You will feature stores that are still operating under legal guidelines during the health crisis- some running under an online storefront and others that have opted to provide curbside delivery only. The first episode will feature Billy Galaxy Toys in Portland, Oregon, one of the premiere toy stores in the country. The majority of the proceeds from the show will go back to each store that is featured. The Nacelle Company conceived of and began production on the series early in the crisis to provide vital relief for this hard-hit segment of Americas small business community.
To quote one of the store owners, “Keep calm, buy toys.”
A Toy Store Near You premieres on May 29th via Amazon Prime, YouTube and many other content destinations. New episodes will be released as they are ready in a release pattern designed to prioritize speed over designated seasons.
Will your favorite toy shop be featured in A Toy Store Near You?
Check out the list of shops that will be featured in upcoming A Toy Store Near You:
1313 Mocking Bird LN – Lawrence, KS
Andy’s Toys- St. Louis, MO
Atomic Age Artifacts: Antique & Collectible Mall- Wildwood, FL
Big Redhead Vintage Toys- Tampa, FL
Billy Galaxy- Portland, OR
Black Cat Comics and Toys- Burbank, CA
Blast From The Past Toys and Collectibles- Burbank, CA
BobaKhan Toys – Everett, Washington
Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectables- Chicago, IL
Cherry Bomb Toys- Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Chicaca 2.0- Taipei, Taiwan
Dr. Tongue’s I Had That Shoppe- Portland, OR
Empire Toys- Keller, TX
Eternia Dreams- Taneytown, MD
The Fan Fortress- Tulsa, OK
Farpoint Toys and Collectable- Mays Landing, NJ
House of Plastik – Cincinnati, OH
I&S Vintage- Los Angeles, CA
Imperial Castle Toy Shop- Pawling, NY
Jayden’s Toys- Lewisville, TX
Kelly’s Toy Stop- Huntington Beach, CA
Kokomo Toys and Collectables- Kokomo, IN
Leicester Vintage & Old Toy Shop -Leicester, United Kingdom
Paul’s Toy Room- Parlin, NJ
RetroTV Toys -St. Louis, MO
ROBOTROBOT -Nakano City,Tokyo, Japan
Rogue Toys- Las Vegas, NV
S.M.A.S.H. Toys – Chicago, IL
South Louisville Antique & Toy Mall- Louisville, KY
Spiral Toys- Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan
Super7 (Promotional Sponsor)- San Francisco, CA
Super Happy Incredible Toys- Houston, TX
The Batcave Comics and Toys- Santa Rosa, CA
The Gnarly Toy Box- Lakewood, CO
Tardys Collectors Corner- Grand Rapids, MI
Totally Rad Toy House- Nashville, TN
The Toy Box- Glendale, AZ
The Toy Department- Cincinnati, OH
Time Capsule Toys- Girard, OH
Toy and Comic Heaven- Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
the Toyboys- Haarlem, Netherlands
The Toy Drop- Indianapolis, IN
Toy de Jour- Chicago, IL
Toy Fusion- Sacramento, CA
Toy Stable- Tacoma, WA
Toys From The Past- Lincoln, NE
We Can Be Heroes – Chatsworth, CA