February 20, 2024

JEDDAH: Some say that there’s an interior baby inside all of us. Talal Tayeb, 43, chooses to embrace his — a lot in order that he established his personal personal toy museum.

Tayeb owns one of many largest motion determine and toy collections in Saudi Arabia with greater than 3,000 items starting from collectible figurines, comics, motion pictures and TV sequence, Legos, mannequin kits, gaming consoles, limited-edition board video games, posters and buying and selling playing cards.

“I attempted to cease gathering so many instances, however Superman has kryptonite, and my kryptonite is ‘Grendizer’,” he informed Arab Information.

Whereas his love for the UFO robotic is unfaltering, Tayeb’s assortment additionally options numerous characters from the worlds of Marvel, DC, Disney, Treasure Island, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Scooby Doo, James Bond, The Jetsons, Flintstones, Pink Panther, WWE and extra.


An undated file picture of a set of toys owned by Talal Tayeb in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Picture courtesy: Talal Tayeb)

He retains this prideful assortment throughout the “Grendizer Base,” which is open to guests. It holds items that date again to the 70s, such because the uncommon and classic piece Grendizer Izenborg, amassed via his travels throughout the globe or via auctions.

After work, you’ll be able to normally discover Tayeb lounging across the apartment-turned-museum, constructing new gadgets by way of three of his 3D printers, and even cosplaying at occasions throughout the area.

I attempted to cease gathering so many instances, however Superman has kryptonite, and my kryptonite is ‘Grendizer.’

Talal Tayeb, Collector

He started professionally cosplaying in 2015, participating in occasions in Saudi and the UAE. Tayeb usually designs and executes his personal costumes from scratch. He is called the primary Saudi to decorate because the beloved Grendizer character, also referred to as Goldrake or Goldorak, and the second Saudi to cosplay Duke Fleed and Jumaro.

“I revived an icon that was lacking for a very long time — because it was faraway from TV and videotapes. After I wore Grendizer earlier than in Comedian Con in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah, everyone was stunned. All people has heroes, however that is an icon. So, I’m completely satisfied that I introduced this icon again once more.”


An undated file picture of motion determine owned by Talal Tayeb in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Picture courtesy: Talal Tayeb)

Tayeb’s efforts to construct his legacy assortment began as a younger boy within the late 80s.

Like every regular baby, Tayeb stated, he collected motion figures from Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Superman and Mickey Mouse. However all through the years, transferring from one home and metropolis to a different, he misplaced most of his childhood items. But, he managed to maintain just a few, his oldest surviving merchandise being a small squishy soccer acquired in 1990.

Years later, his passion has slowly rubbed off on his household. Tayeb’s eldest daughter additionally used to cosplay at occasions however is now his assistant at comedian expos. His second daughter nonetheless clothes up alongside him, whereas his youngest son is extra inquisitive about video video games.

He made a degree of introducing his youngsters to older anime reveals and cartoons, together with Grendizer, Heidi and a few Disney movies, rising their curiosity on the earth of animation.

Via his assortment, he goals to share the magic of older fashionable reveals and characters with youthful generations.

“The very first thing we began to see in Saudi Arabia for my technology, the 80s technology, was ‘Grendizer’,” he stated. “‘Grendizer’ for us was the most important and most well-known cartoon that we ever watched.”

However the Grendizer Base appears to solely be the start for Tayeb’s interior baby.

He hopes to in the future manage an expo the place followers can come to personally try the motion figures, learn the magazines and begin studying the way to create their very own items on 3D printers.

Tayeb additionally goals of constructing a theme park with an intensive museum containing the childhood recollections of many, together with his assortment throughout the Grendizer Base.

He needs the theme park to supply each indoor and outside actions together with golf equipment for manga, cosplay, crafting and weekly competitions.

“Possibly in the future I can do all of that … I hope that any person generally is a godfather for this concept and help me, and everyone can provide you with a conference or a spot that’s alive for everyone ceaselessly, not just for a short while.”