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TIME ZONE TOYS 2945 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 343-6358 timezonetoys.com Open: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Owner: Dave Bazan

In business here only since July, Time Zone Toys is a treasure island of action figures, Disney “Cars,” yo-yos and toy world collectibles. It’s especially enticing if you were a kid in the ’80s or ’90s. “When I created this store, I wanted to make it a destination location,” owner Dave Bazan said. “I wanted to create something cool.” And he certainly did. In addition to this little Garden City shop near the Connector underpass on Chinden Boulevard, he also keeps about $10,000 of steady inventory on eBay. (Check out that rare Transformer!) “We also have the largest Disney ‘Cars’ (based on the movie) collection in the U.S.,” he said. He does buy collectibles by appointment, and he once hit the jackpot after finding a gold mine in a storage unit he bought. “I still have boxes I haven’t opened,” he said. So if you’ve ever lost your brother’s Hans Solo figure and are tired of taking grief for it, you can finally rectify that situation. One mom came in at Christmastime and bought her son a long-desired He-Man figure. “That is probably the best $5.99 Christmas

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gift you’re ever going to buy,” Bazan said. But there’s more. “Toys are a niche, yo-yos are our hook,” he said. “We’re the only custom yo-yo shop in the world.” Bazan bought his first yo-yo in 1997, and the following year he was hired by High Performance Kites in Hawaii. “The next thing you know, I was traveling all over the world with the best yo-yo players,” he said. He left that job for a full-time yo-yo job. (Yes, there really is such a thing.) Barely five years after buying his first yoyo, Bazan began getting his name on trophies. He’s a two-time world champion in spin top, and he placed second in the world in the Artistic Performance Division yo-yo championships. “I’m one of the few guys in the world that has placed in both spin top and yo-yo,” he said. With that expertise to draw on, it’s not surprising that Time Zone Toys offers free yo-yo lessons every week. (Need a new yo-yo? There are more than 100 models to choose from.) Bazan gives school demonstrations and has taught and coached numerous national and world champions over the years. And don’t be surprised if you walk into the store and find a few people hunched over a laptop computer oohing over a YouTube video of some yo-yo phenom at a national event. One of those kids might be 18-year-old

Dalan Kerr, a senior at Boise High School. He’s been yo-yoing since he was 9, and Bazan considers him a probable future employee. Kerr is a big fan of both Bazan and this special store. “He has toys people had when they were a kid and can’t find anywhere else,” he said. “This is the place to come. There’s ‘new’ stuff all the time. It’s legitimately a seemingly endless supply of vintage toys.”

Treasure Magazine Feb. 2013  

Idaho Statesman's Treasure magazine

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