A cool new vintage toys, games and collectables shop has landed in Preston. Respawned opened nine weeks ago in Guild Hall Arcade stocking all manner of Star Wars, Dr Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Power Rangers and Marvel and DC Comics goodies. Urged on by my seven year old son I went to find out more.Advertisement
Paul Jepson started collecting, buying and selling in collectable toys and games twenty years ago.
“It was always a sideline,” he says. “I am a plasterer by trade, I started off with megadrives and went from there doing car boot sales and markets. I built up my knowledge as I went along.”
Respawned is packed to the ceiling with toys and collectables from Star Wars, Dr Who, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Thunderbirds, Ben 10 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Paul has also stocked his shop with film related memorabilia including figures from the Matrix, Hellboy, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It is a treasure trove for any film or television fan.
It is clear from speaking to Paul he is very passionate about what he does and on the day we visit the shop is busy with people looking for retro games, toys or just browsing. My son could easily spend a good couple of hours going through all the figures and characters. I wondered what the response had been?
“It has all been word of mouth or via Facebook,” says Paul. “The main problem is people aren’t used to there being shops in Guild Hall Arcade, we can’t put A boards out at the front so many people don’t realise we are in here.”
“There is also a number of empty units which people were interested in until they said they were going to pull down the bus station and the Guild Hall Arcade was going. Who wants to move in then? Myself and other traders in the Guild Hall Arcade wish that Preston City Council could promote the businesses in the Guild Hall Arcade a bit more.”
As well as selling Paul also buys and exchanges toys and video games, he is always on the look out for something exciting, whether its old or new.
“Even with new sets of figures there will always be something collectable,” explains Paul. “There is always one figure which is hard to find, making the full set very desirable.”
The shop also stocks old fashioned board games, including a game of Scrabble from 1949 and a card game called PIT from the 1930′s. The shop stocks board games pre-1970′s.
“At one point I had Monopoly from the 1930′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s,” says Paul. He also sells retro video games and specialises in figures from the world of wrestling, with nearly 1,000 figures in stock.
Items range from a few pounds for a toy to £350 for an exclusive limited edition Lion-O from Thundercats.
“A lot of the items here are from my own collection. I once had the Corgi original Eagle from Space 1999. I liked it, looked at it and sold it. I get excited when I find something exclusive,” he says, “and the shop gives me a good excuse to get really cool stuff.”
Respawned, Unit 15 Guild Hall Arcade, Lancaster Road, Preston open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm T: 07507 056974