LANCE Eder’s father thinks his son has a life-long addiction, although a good sort of addiction.
Almost 33 years ago, Mr Eder was given a small Lego car for his seventh birthday.
It was that gift which ignited an obsession which has lasted the test of time.
He’s mad about collecting toys, to the point a spare bedroom at his home and a good chunk of his garage is taken up by his collection.
It started with Lego, but the Invercargill man’s collection has grown to include various figurines, Transformers, and basically anything attached to the toy industry.
In recent years Mr Eder decided he wanted to find a way to display his toys for the public to see, rather than hoarding them in boxes at his home.
Last year he set up shop at the former ASB building on Esk St.
This year he organised to use a good portion of the ground floor of the Menzies Building in Invercargill as a “Toy Museum” over a three-week period.
The display opened last Saturday and will continue to October 13. Opening times are 10am to 5pm, Monday through to Saturday.
Mr Eder was asking visitors to bring a gold coin for entry, with all money raised going to the Cancer Society.
The operation had been done on a limited budget with his father Michael, a builder, chipping in to make display tables out of wooden crates donated by businesses.
Mr Eder also called on any other people who had collections which they wanted to display.
“When you display something your passion for it increases. You get to talk about it with people,” he said.
Mr Eder said he was well aware he was obsessed, but he felt it was healthy for people to become a collector.
“If you have a hobby and you love it, it gets you out of bed. You get out of bed and go to work because you want to earn that money so you can buy that next Lego toy, or whatever it is you want to get.”