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Best Place to Reclaim the Childhood Your Mother Threw Out 

Toy Go Round

A garage sale, spring cleaning, moving away to college — whatever the reason, many priceless toys slipped away as you left childhood behind. For a long time, eBay has been a great spot for finding those childhood friends, but too often you end up spending $80 on an action figure because it's still in the box and considered a collector's item. Forget eBay and head to Albany, where you can pick up a few memories that won't break your piggy bank. Toy Go Round does offer some mint on-card toys, but most of its selection comprises used and consigned toys with little to no wear. Especially impressive is the assortment of action figures — a twentysomething nerd's wet dream. Buckets and boxes overflow with He-Man, M.A.S.K., Marvel, and DC superheroes, wrestling figures, Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers (pre-Michael Bay), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most figures are around $5 to $8 (comparable to what you paid after saving up a month's allowance in 1989) and come complete with that giddy, gleeful feeling in your stomach that recalls summer vacation, Saturday morning cartoons, and sugar cereals. Stepping inside Toy Go Round, with its dim lighting and slightly dusty smell, is like entering a giant toy box that's been sealed up for years. Without worrying about ruining an $80 investment, you're free to take these toys out of the box and play for hours until your mom calls you for dinner.
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