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Playtime’s over: Madrid’s top 'toy surgeon' retires after decades in the business04:39

Playtime’s over: Madrid’s top 'toy surgeon' retires after decades in the business

Spain, Madrid
December 8, 2022 at 20:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Antonio Martinez, owner of the famous 'toy hospital' in Madrid, is set to retire after decades in the business, as seen in footage on Thursday.

"We repair all kinds of toys, from dolls to cars, any toy can be repaired," he commented. "The Toy Hospital is an establishment that was first started as a factory in the year 1945, my parents started it."

Footage shows Martinez in his workshop, with dolls and other toys in various stages of repair. He took over the business full-time in 1985 with great success, but explained that his decision to bow out now was partly due to production changes.

"What happens is that lately, with the arrival of Chinese toys, there are a lot of things that can't be repaired because there are no parts for them, they are whole circuits and there is no way to repair them," he shared.

Regular clients like Enrique admitted they were sad to see the hospital go.

"It’s a place where for many years all kinds of pieces have been restored, ceramic, iron, aluminium, wood," he said. "Everything to do with the world of toys. The closure is a loss for all of us who are involved in the world of toys, especially classic toys, antique toys and their restoration."

The Toy Hospital has already stopped taking on new orders, and it will close its doors forever on December 31, 2022.

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Antonio Martinez, owner of the famous 'toy hospital' in Madrid, is set to retire after decades in the business, as seen in footage on Thursday.

"We repair all kinds of toys, from dolls to cars, any toy can be repaired," he commented. "The Toy Hospital is an establishment that was first started as a factory in the year 1945, my parents started it."

Footage shows Martinez in his workshop, with dolls and other toys in various stages of repair. He took over the business full-time in 1985 with great success, but explained that his decision to bow out now was partly due to production changes.

"What happens is that lately, with the arrival of Chinese toys, there are a lot of things that can't be repaired because there are no parts for them, they are whole circuits and there is no way to repair them," he shared.

Regular clients like Enrique admitted they were sad to see the hospital go.

"It’s a place where for many years all kinds of pieces have been restored, ceramic, iron, aluminium, wood," he said. "Everything to do with the world of toys. The closure is a loss for all of us who are involved in the world of toys, especially classic toys, antique toys and their restoration."

The Toy Hospital has already stopped taking on new orders, and it will close its doors forever on December 31, 2022.