When we look back on our childhood, the happiest memories are always about the good friends whom we grew up with, the sweet and delicious snacks, and those toys that we did not want to discard even when they were broken. Toys are not just little gadgets for children, but also friends to them. In the past century, toys have undergone many changes. Take material as an example, ceramic, which was commonly used at the beginning of the last century, was gradually replaced by the more expensive but durable tin. Later, plastic became a popular material, and nowadays many toys are electronic products. All these changes have reflected the transformation of the society.
LAM Leung-tim, who was born in the 1920s, is the founder of a toy factory. As he grew up in a poor family, it was almost impossible for him to have any toys. Nevertheless, with handy shells and branches, or even sand on the ground, he could have fun all day. Inspired by his deprived childhood and his mother’s teachings, LEUNG had been having a “dream of toys” since childhood for establishing his own toy factory one day. Growing up during the war, although leading a turbulent life, he had never given up his dream. When he grew up, he encountered a new material – plastic, since then, his life became inseparable with toys. Even though he is now in his nineties, his life is still closely related to toys.
Toy collector CHONG Hing-fai also has his life inseparable with toys. He came across the toys of his childhood on the street when he was in his twenties, and that ignited his passion in collecting toys. Throughout the years, he has collected a myriad of toys and had done many researches on old toys. He opened a small shop 10 years ago, with a wish to share with children stories about the old toys he collected. Regrettably, he realised that many of the toys that he had enjoyed playing with when he was a child have become unattractive to children nowadays. It makes him wonder, what toys will win the hearts of children nowadays? Have toys been replaced by electronic products or video games? What are the viewpoints of Kenneth, a father of two who has been designing toys for 20 years, and Potato YU Kai-yin, a parent-child game training professional, on the issues?