With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to visit the Batcat & Toys Museum Thailand
As Christmas is now just around the corner it’s the perfect time to visit the Batcat & Toys Museum Thailand, and take a trip into a world of comics, toys, and cartoons—bringing with it not only joy for the kids, but also fond memories to most adults.
The museum is located in an insignificant corner of town, at the top of Ramkhamhaeng Boulevard, a few metres away from the Mall Bangkapi. It’s an area where only the cars and advertising images bring a welcome touch of colour to an enclave of grayish concrete buildings from the 80s and 90s. But here stands one of the most intriguing museum collections in the city. In a building that looks a bit like a garage is crammed some 50,000 toys and objects related to comic characters. If you want to remember Super Mario, Ironman, The Simpsons, Doremon, Superman, and more classic comic book characters, then this place is made for you. There’s even a special area dedicated to all the characters of the Star Wars movie series.
The collection of several thousand objects is impressive, and some are actually rare memorabilia dating back to the late 50s and early 60s. And even more amazing are the human-size sculptures of some of the superheroes—from a giant Ultraman standing at the museum’s entrance, to a waiting Spiderman, an angry Hulk and characters from the film Avatar.
The museum opened its doors in 2012, and claims to be the largest and most unique collection of toys related to comic super heroes in Asia. And even if this assertion is hard to verify, the place definitely has the largest collection of Batman objects in Asia. The caped crusader, along with his friends and various supervillains, occupy two entire rooms of the museum. Large human-scale statues are one of the highlights of this collection, so prepare to get up close and personal with Batman, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Two-Face.
Passion is largely what motivated owner Somchai Nitimongcolchai to open the museum. He is well known in the comic collector world, and was even part of a series of portraits in a 2013 Japanese documentary in which he was profiled as the biggest Batman memorabilia collector. Meanwhile, the pièce de résistance of the collection is the full scale model of the famous Batmobile, which has been—for more than 75 years—crisscrossing the streets of Gotham City.
While most of the toys on display here are part of the collection, there are a few toys at the museum entrance room for sale. There’s also a small coffee shop in which to recover from the emotion of meeting so many superheroes in such a small space.
NOTE: To reach the museum, drive up to the Ramsalee area at the end of Ramkhamhaeng Road. The museum is at the corner at Srinakarin, a few metres away from the shopping complex The Mall Bangkapi. By public transport, the closest Airport Rail Link station is Hua Mak. Admission is B100 for Thais, B250 for non-Thais.
Words and photos by Luc Citrinot
Batcat & Toys Museum Thailand
3702 Srinakarin Rd.
Open: Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm
Tel: 02 375 9006