Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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February 16, 2014

Toy store re-opens in downtown Kokomo

Collectibles shop now four times larger

How into G.I. Joe collectibles is Todd Jordan? Let’s put it this way: he has connections in China sending him prototypes of action figures, some of which were never produced.

That’s why a serious collector like Terence Muncy, up with two friends from Indianapolis Thursday, will make the trip to Todd and Amber Jordan’s shop every year.

“It’s the only store that has this much stuff,” said Muncy, an Indy artist with a special affinity for He-Man and Masters of the Universe collectibles. You know, He-Man, the guy with tons of muscles and the Prince Valiant haircut.

“I’ve got everything over there except the castle,” Muncy said, pointing to the special He-Man display at Kokomo Toys & Collectibles’ new location, 111 E. Sycamore St.

The castle he was pointing at, He-Man’s home, Castle Grayskull, features a barbican shaped like the mouth of a skull, and also carries a $350 price tag.

“I’ve got the old one, I don’t need the new one,” Muncy said, with a trace of wistfulness.

The new shop, with four times the floor space of their old shop on North Morgan Street, opened Feb. 7 for the downtown First Friday event.

It’s a testament to the young couple’s business savvy. They’ve managed to tap in to a market for a thriving subculture most people have no idea exists.

For somebody like Muncy, who puts on events for Indianapolis’ late night horror flick host Sammy Terry, the toys Jordan sells both influence and express an artistic temperament. For others, the toys are something to share with their kids or a connection to good childhood memories.

The new downtown location, on the same block as Comics Cubed and Goblin Games, is also close to the Sycamore Cottage collectibles store. Downtown Kokomo’s retail variety is growing month to month.

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