Before there was a “Bounty Hunter Toys”, There was just “Mike”.
I used to actively buy and sell comics & toys with friends in the local area as a teenager, and in my early 20’s, entered the “work force”. On the side, I started BHT, and continued to dabble in the toy market, predominantly buying and selling vintage Star Wars and G.I. Joe toys. As the years progressed, my interests expanded from just those toy lines, into the entire culture of action figure collecting. I started researching the history of Star Wars toys, and expanded my knowledge into the various many other toy lines.
I knew a store was eventually in my future, so in October of 2000, my wife and I opened Bounty Hunter Toys as a retail store. I quickly started setting up direct accounts with major distributors such as Hasbro, Playmates, Jakks Pacific, Diamond Comics, etc. In 2001, our business had grown to the point where we went from small-time toy dealer, to full time retailer, and “e-tailer”, and have since served hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with people from all 50 states, every province in Canada, and virtually every free country in the world. We even gained a couple of “Best Toy Store” nominations locally.
In 2006, we had to shut the store down for personal reasons, but a few years later, started from scratch again, and did the local toy show circuit before re-opening in 2012 on Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. After being open only a year, we were once again nominated as the Best Toy Store by the readers of the Hamilton Spectator. As a bonus, we were also nominated Best Collectible Store! Our longtime online presence and great communication with our clients is why Facebook and Twitter have now become such a huge part of our day to day business. If you’re a member of Facebook, you can now “Like” us on there and keep up to date with some of the more unique items that come in as we regularly post images on our page. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us there as well. We recently also jumped on the Instagram wagon, so why not follow us there as well!? Not a fan of Social Media? No problem. We leave everything “open” so non-members can read updates as well.
In November of 2013, in an effort to expand my knowledge of the hobby that I enjoy so much, I completed the Canadian Personal Property Appraisal course and became the 1st certified person in Ontario to specialize in appraising Action Figures and collections of this nature. I’m also the 2nd person in all of Canada to have this title.
October of 2014 saw us win the Platinum Award for Best Collectible Store in the city. (That’s #1 for those of you unaware!) and a Gold Award (3rd) for Comic Books. The nominations and awards haven’t stopped, and we’re extremely grateful for each and every one of them. THANK YOU!
Our goal since day one of opening in 2000 was to provide you with good prices, great stock, and even better service. The repeat customers over the years, and the appreciation we’ve received from people during that time has me convinced that we’re on the right path.
While we no longer sell online currently, we’d love to invite you to stop the store if you’re ever in the Hamilton, Ontario area. We’re just off the QEW ; turn onto Nikola Tesla Blvd, and then turn left onto Ottawa St. North. We’re on the left, just pass Cannon St.
Thank you for visiting.