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Richard Ray at Fox 4 News wrote this about our Toy Museum
HALTOM CITY, Texas – With our Lone Star Adventure series we like to seek out fun places and little-known gems that are close to home but you may not have heard about. This week’s feature qualifies on all accounts. FOX 4’s Richard Ray takes us to Haltom City and the newly-enlarged DFW Elite Toy Museum.
There is much that makes the DFW Elite Toy Museum unique, most notably its vast collection of toy cars. The museum is home to both the largest and smallest gas-powered remote control cars in the world.
Collector Ron Sturgeon likely has more driving school models from the 1950s than anywhere else in the world. Most are from Germany and have gasoline engines that work but they’re too valuable to actually fire up.
Sturgeon is an entrepreneur who made his fortune in junk yards and commercial real estate. Despite his real estate background, location is a bit of a problem for his quirky little museum that’s hidden away in an industrial section of Haltom City.
Sturgeon’s penchant for collecting began with toy cars. Increasingly, other rare collectables are showing up in the museum. Among them are hand-crafted ships from billionaire Malcolm Forbes collection. The museum also boast a bring-your-dog policy, making it possibly the only dog-friendly museum in the United States.
The museum holds only a fraction of what Sturgeon has collected. Some of what he owns but is reluctant to display are Nazi-era toys from Germany. He says these toys are rare because many have been destroyed.
Sturgeon also has full-sized and expensive cars, including Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris. Five of them offered on a special tour called the Drive Your Dream tour. Participants get to drive the cars about 150 miles through scenic Texas countryside, stopping every few miles to stop and switch cars.
The driving tour is pricey but visiting the museum is absolutely free. For more information please visit DFW Elite Toy Museum’s website .
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