5 May 2022

Collectors unite as Canberra's Toy and Hobby Fair returns after two years

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Expand your collection of comic books at the Canberra Toy and Hobby Fair. Photo: Waldermar Brandt.

The wait is over for Canberra’s collectors of rare pop culture items with the return of the Canberra Toy and Hobby Fair following a two-year hiatus.

Having shaken off the vestiges of COVID restrictions and lockdowns, the Fair is set to hit the University of Canberra High School in Kaleen on Saturday 21 May with an impressive showcase of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, sports trading cards and collectables, action figures, figurines, vintage posters, magazines, comic books, model railways, LEGO, apparel and more.

Canberra Toy and Hobby Fair event coordinator Sonny Sen said the fair would celebrate its seventh anniversary in the Territory this year.

“This fair provides the opportunity to get everyone involved from around Australia and attract the collectors in Canberra to come out for the day and be under one roof,” he said.

“It’s a one-stop shop for every collector.”

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Sonny, who runs his shop Trading Cards and Collectibles in his hometown Wollongong, said he loved attending events like this for the opportunity to meet people from all across Australia who shared his hobbies and interests.

He said the Toy and Hobby Fair is held nationally every year and had previously travelled to Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and parts of South Australia and Tasmania before COVID disruptions limited travel.

“We’ve been involved with events like this for about 18 years now and it feels really nice to now have things slowly return back to normal,” Sonny said.

“The fair is held once a year and was always a nice excuse to travel down, have a day in Canberra and touch base with all the collectors down there.”

Sonny said the fair welcomed collectors of all ages to see everything it had to offer – especially the ‘big kids’.

“In the past we’d get anywhere between 500 to 3000 people attend, so we’re aiming to get about 1000 people at this year’s event,” he said.

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Lucky door prizes from TLA Australia, Classic Carlectables and Banter Toys will be given away throughout the day.

The Canberra Toy and Hobby Fair will run from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday 21 May. Admission from $3 is payable upon entry. Visit the website for more information.

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