If you missed the new reality special, “Toy Hunters,” that aired a couple of weeks ago on the Travel Channel, you’re not alone. The late-night time slot was a tough one for a new pilot to debut – especially because the show was also competing with the “Golden Globes” awards show.
None of that matters now though, because tomorrow night, January 29th, you’ll get a second chance to see our Queen City back in the national spotlight when the television show enjoys an encore broadcast at 6:00pm.
The show follows the trek of professional toy collector and dealer, Jordan Hembrough, as he travels the country in search of the very best collectible vintage toys. This first episode focuses on pop culture toys from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with a heavy emphasis on Cincinnati’s own Kenner Toys. Items of note include hard to find collectible licensed toys like Star Wars action figures, Care Bears plush toys, Tonka vehicles and many more. At the end of the show, he takes his finds and the camera crew to New York’s annual Comic Con to sell to collectors and fans.
The program features footage of Cincinnati including the downtown skyline and scenes from Kenner Street, which runs next to the Cincinnati Museum Center. Kenner Street was the location of the original Kenner Toys factory, which opened for business here in Cincinnati in 1947.
Kenner made millions of toys in Cincinnati over the years. In 1990, they were acquired by Hasbro Inc.. Hasbro maintained a presence here until 2000, when they relocated the Cincinnati operations to their Rhode Island headquarters.
On the show, Hembrough visits with some of Kenner’s retired employees here in town, who open the doors on their private collections of rare items.
Of special note is a visit to Queen City Comics shop in Silverton. Queen City Comics has been in business since the mid-1980’s and houses an extensive collection of vintage locally manufactured toys as well.
Hembrough says, “We hope Cincinnatians will help spread the word and watch their hometown shine on “Toy Hunters.” If the ratings are good for this encore broadcast, it increases the likelihood that the show could be picked up and made into a series.”
Anyone who loves Cincinnati, it’s history and toys will enjoy this virtual journey. Find it on the Travel Channel: Insight Channel 55, Time Warner Channel 155, and DishNetwork Channel 196.
January 29th, 2012 at 6:00pm on Travel Channel.
Learn more about Toy Hunters: see previous article about this program by clicking here.