Remember all those cool toys you had? The ones your mother threw away when you weren't looking because you "didn't play with them anymore" or wanted space because you dared go off to college?
Well, if you want to see how much your old Kenner Star Wars Star Destroyer is really worth today or want to bemoan the fact that what was yesterday's trash could have actually paid off today's college debt, The Travel Channel has a show just for you debuting this Wednesday.
"Toy Hunter", a new series based on a pilot that aired ealier in the year, folows New Jersey toy store owner and expect Jordan Hembrough, on his search for rare and unique toy items to acquire and sell.
Hembrough is well known for traveling to different areas and sort of like a plaything's Inspector Clouseau, sniffing out rare pieces that were never released to the public and items that never made it to the toy stores in the United States.
So, if you ever muttered the statement, "They aren't dolls, they are action figures!", this one may be for you.
Here's the official blurb from the network:
"This is not your ordinary child’s play! Travel Channel reveals the big business of buying and selling toys and collectibles in the new original series “Toy Hunter,” premiering with a special one-hour season opener featuring back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT (regular time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning Wednesday, August 22). This weekly half-hour series follows acclaimed toy dealer and expert Jordan Hembrough, founder of Hollywood Heroes, a New Jersey-based vintage and modern collectibles company, as he travels across the country hunting for the most sought after pieces. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score vintage items is all in a day’s work!"
And, just to get you extra interested, here are the official episode previews for the debut episodes:
“JEDI SHORE” 10PM ET/PT
Hembrough knows collectors in New Jersey so finding leads isn’t the hard part. Getting these toy boys to give up the goods at a reasonable price is another story. And if he does discover a life-sized Star Wars showstopper, will he even be able to find a buyer willing to dish out the dough?
“NORTH CAROLINA” 10:30PM ET/PT
Hembrough journeys to North Carolina – the epicenter of antiques and collectibles. He travels to Bryson City, Asheville and Charlotte, and meets some great people along the way. But these folks drive hard bargains. Will Hembrough leave empty-handed, or will he find toy gold?
Which toys do you still wish you had? Let us know below!