About Me


Repair and restoration videos started when I first looked for how to make a simple repair to a vintage toy I owned. The video was so long, focused heavily on the person making it more than the toy or topic itself (the reason why I came to their video). By the time I reached the end, I still had to figure out major steps on my own that weren’t clear, or totally skipped in the videos.

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My Approach To Toy Repairs

– It shouldn’t distract from the original visual appearance (draw your eye to the repair at first glance)

-The repair shouldn’t drastically alter the original build of the toy (permanently alter the toy by cutting out bits and pieces for the sake of a low effort repair job)


Benefits of Repair and Restoration of Vintage Toys

  • Taking vintage toys that would be discarded because they are worn or broken, and making them functional again, and adding value.
  • Creating an affordable alternative for collectors to purchase less than perfect or ideal items, and making them displayable pieces in their collections.
  • Follows the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” process of keeping toys out of landfills and putting them into the hands of collector’s present and future who will display and trade their hobby.

“Many creative people are finding that creativity doesn’t grow in abundance, it grows from scarcity – the more Lego bricks you have doesn’t mean you’re going to be more creative; you can be very creative with very few Lego bricks.”

Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

Steve Jobs - Apple

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.”

Marco Bizzarri

“I look at other people’s lives, and some people feel like they’re too old to play with toys. But I still go through the toy section at the store, ’cause there were toys that I wanted when I was little that I couldn’t have. So I still get them.”

Kevin Gates


Here are a few of the more common questions I’ve received.  Toy Tinker Tim is a small operation, so direct questions unfortunately take a little while to get back to, hopefully one of the FAQ’s below will help.  Otherwise, you can still contact us using the form below.  Thanks!

Q. Can I send you my toy for repair?2020-04-13T14:18:29-04:00

A. The toys I repair in my YouTube episodes are from my personal collection.  At this time I do not offer toy repairs as a service.

Q. Do you have a pet?2020-04-13T14:16:00-04:00

A. Yes, a rabbit named Moon Racer who thinks he’s a puppy with kitten attitude.

Q. What do you sell?2020-11-14T12:55:01-05:00

A. So glad you asked! Visit the “shop”.  Covid restrictions may cause delays or limits on availability for certain products, so be sure to read the details to see if any apply.

Q. What time is it?2020-04-09T21:03:00-04:00

Look at your cell phone or computer.

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