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 and the history of them. How the concept was invented, where they were made, how they were made. Real toy nerd stuff!
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 Toys, 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-store”. We have since served hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide, many of them repeat customers as well! 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’ve had various famous actors, musicians and a well known politician order from us. We even gained a bunch of “Best Toy Store” nominations along the way, locally.
In 2006, we had to shut the store down for personal reasons, but a few years later, we started (kinda) 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, Instagram, and Twitter have now become such a huge part of our day to day business. If you’re a member of those three social media platforms, give us a follow and see what we get in next! 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 also earned the distinction of being the 2nd person in all of Canada to have this title as well. It’s something that I value as it confirms to new collectors, or those looking to sell to us, that I’m not some flash in the pan, looking to rip you off. I’m honest, we’ll tell you if you have that rare item in your stuff, and I’ll actually give you a fair amount for your items.
October of 2014 saw us win the Platinum Award for Best Collectible Store in the city. (That’s #2 for those of you unaware – TRU was number one) 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, way back in October of 2000, was to provide you with good prices, great stock, and even better service. The repeat customers over the years, and the appreciation and awards we’ve received from people during that time has me convinced that we’re on the right path.
During the rise of Covid. We re-opened our online e-store (we shut it down in 2015). We run that a little different now, preferring to offer our items to fellow Canadians, which means we no longer ship worldwide. However, in my opinion, nothing beats physically seeing that toy you’ve been searching for in person, so we’d love to invite you to stop the store sometime! If you’re ever in the Hamilton, Ontario area, or passing by, you should make it a mission to stop in! 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.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to use the Contact form on this site, or shoot us a message via the social media platforms.
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