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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMick and Jessica Rutigliano, owners of Galaxy Toys in downtown Medford, play with some of their many Lego figures for sale at their shop. The new Medford shop carries a wide variety of toys, but makes their stock of Lego playsets and figures a focus.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneGalaxy Toys owners Mick and Jessica Rutigliano rearrange a display case featuring such highlights as a Marvel Infinity Gauntlet made of Legos at their new downtown Medford store.
Galaxy Toys in Medford appeals to kids and collectors alike

Striking every fancy from Disney to G.I. Joe, a new store near downtown Medford hopes to become a local destination for the young and young-at-heart.

Behind Galaxy Toys’ eye-catching planetary silk-screened window treatment at 303 N. Bartlett St. are Lego playsets, action figures and Funko Pop collectibles of every stripe.

The shop, which opened its doors April 30, is already stocked to serve the needs of a wide gamut of vintage and modern toy fans whether they’re trying to find just the right Lego guy to complete their playset, a Star Wars Tamagotchi or a hard-to-find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure.

According to owner Mick Rutigliano, who runs the store with his wife, Jessica, the store’s variety stems from his lifetime of collecting toys.

“I’ve been buying since I could afford to buy,” Rutigliano said. “I have a passion for toys and I want to bring that locally.”

He loves action figures and superheroes — particularly Marvel characters — but another primary draw is that of a blocky variety.

There are shelves and shelves of Lego playsets including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Batman, and glass countertop display case filled with dozens of individual Lego cowboys, knights and astronauts.

“Lego is going to be a focus here,” Rutigliano said.

Galaxy Toys stocks new Lego sets and used sets, along with completed sets that Rutigliano says he cleans and sanitizes before putting up for sale. He also buys pre-owned Lego sets.

“The pre-owned stuff is usually stuff I find locally,” Rutigliano said.

Oversize cardboard Lego-themed cutouts fill the shop’s front wall and immediately grab the shopper’s eye. Rutigliano said he used to work at a Toys ‘R’ Us, and the giant display pieces were decorations from the big-box chain that he couldn’t bear to throw away.

“I always saved stuff like that,” Rutigliano said. “Everything has value to me when it comes to toys.”

He started getting into the habit of reselling toys as a way to cycle through the toys he’d buy for his kids as their interests changed.

“It’s a good way to recycle the hobby,” Rutigliano said.

Leading up to the store’s opening, he tried to keep his eye out for things he used to buy at chain stores but could no longer find — then he stocked up. Rutigliano remembers being able to find little Rick and Morty-themed surprise boxes at Hot Topic.

“Now since COVID they don’t have those anymore,” Rutigliano said, pointing out his stock of blind box surprise figurines.

Down the line, Rutigliano said he's considering a sort of catalog system for rarer vintage toys in his collection, and ways customers can preorder the toys and collectibles they’re after.

Galaxy Toys is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It can be reached at 541-499-6951, sogalaxytoys@gmail.com or Facebook.com/sogalaxytoys.

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