Superheroes at the V&A Museum of Childhood

You’ve probably seen my recent post about various objects that have been confiscated from school-kids on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood. If you haven’t, I can wait patiently whilst you check it out, it’ll only take a minute or two…

Back already, my, that was quick! Now, that display is in the foyer, and I really want to emphasise that I managed to make it through the main doors and into the museum properly. So, here’s a kind of follow-up post. If you’ve been following my adventures in museum land for a while, you’ll know that I like my Super heroes, I even did a post about where to find superheroes in museums.

The Museum of Childhood gets a mention there for their display of Power Rangers, but little did I know there was a whole uber-squadron of supers from across the fictional universes there too!

To begin with, we weren’t even looking for superheroes, but then we came across this doll that was a dead-ringer for Wolverine. It’s uncanny, right?

A doll from the V&A Museum of Childhood - a dead ringer for Wolverine

A doll from the V&A Museum of Childhood – a dead ringer for Wolverine

There were also some vintage X-Men comics on display too, as well as some other, which were great to see, I love the illustrations in the old ones.

Vintage X-Men comics

Vintage X-Men comics

There was also the Fantasic Four hanging out with the Power Rangers; as both franchises are owned by Disney, I fully expect this cross-over to happen soon…

Power Rangers and the Fantastic Four

Power Rangers and the Fantastic Four

On the Marvel note, did you know that the Doctor Who comics were published by Marvel? Doctor Who pops up in museums rather a lot (you can check out some Whovian Museum adventures here). The V&A Museum of Childhood has some Whovian artefacts too.

Doctor Who toys from the V&A Museum of Childhood

Doctor Who toys from the V&A Museum of Childhood

The museum also has some toys from that great Space Odyssey set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Let’s face it, you can’t really have a display of iconic toys without including the Star Wars toys. They are legendary, not just for George Lucas’ merchandising coup but also for the astronomical value attached to these plastic figures, especially if they are in (near) mint condition.

A Star Wars X-Wing fighter from the V&A Museum of Childhood

A Star Wars X-Wing fighter from the V&A Museum of Childhood

What really struck me as I wandered around the superhero toys is just how many of the franchises are now owned by Disney. All of them apart from Doctor Who are owned by the House of Mouse. So, in honour of that, here’s a cuddly Mickey Mouse from the 1930s.

An early Mickey Mouse from the 1930s

An early Mickey Mouse from the 1930s

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One response to “Superheroes at the V&A Museum of Childhood

  1. Pingback: Museums and the Movies: Batman and Robin | Jack's Adventures in Museum Land·

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