MINT Museum of Toys’ newest exhibition tracks the generational shift in the toy industry. | Source: MINT Museum of Toys Singapore

MINT Museum of Toys Singapore is launching a new exhibition. 

Home to the largest collection of popular vintage toys in Southeast Asia, the MINT Museum of Toys Singapore is opening its latest exhibition, UNBOX Presents: Toy Figurines. The exhibit will narrate stories that defined playtime by unveiling various toy figures that sparked generational shifts. The collection tracks the evolution of gender norms captured by Barbie, G.I. Joe, Bratz, and more recently, Monster High

“Toys echo societal voices, and at the same time, facilitate the progressive changes in society,” says the UNBOX curatorial team. “The definition of womanhood further shifted and expanded in the age of the Internet that called upon greater representation with more inclusive toys. Here, the racially-diverse Bratz dolls replaced Barbie’s single-tone and sweet personas with edgy personalities that empowered young girls.” 

The exhibit aims to reach out to the inner child in each visitor and allow them to rediscover and reflect on their pasts. This exhibit is the newest iteration in the UNBOX exhibition series, which help to bridge the gap between toys, art, and history. 

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UNBOX Presents: Toy Figurines will be open to the public from May 28 to November 28. Museum admission tickets can be purchased online via the museum’s online ticketing platform

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Hannah Sacks

Hannah Sacks

Hannah Sacks was an editorial assistant at The Toy Insider, The Pop Insider, and The Toy Book. An avid reader, her first love is late Victorian literature paired with a huge plate of dumplings. When she’s not reading, she loves to attend concerts, cook elaborate dinners, and snuggle up with her two cats, Oscar and Percy.