A new toy store in Valparaiso specializes in Legos and collectibles.
Miller’s Toy Box opened last fall at 3512 Calumet Ave., near El Salto in a busy strip mall with a coffee shop, pizzeria and hair dresser. It offers rare Legos, like one would find at a Lego store, a Legoland or a Lego Discovery Center.
“To find a store like ours you would need to go to the western suburbs of Chicago, Detroit or Indianapolis,” owner Jason Miller said. “There’s also one in Water Tower Place. We specialize in stuff you’re not going to see at Walmart.”
Miller has been in the collectibles business since 1989. He’s traded collectibles at a number of places, such as NWI Comic-Con and the Brickworld conventions, including the forthcoming one in Indianapolis.
He eventually came to see there was an under-served demand for Legos.
“I did Star Wars and Hot Wheels, but wanted to come back to do something you don’t see every day,” Miller said. “We had one or two, or half a dozen, sets when we started, but ended up showing up at toy shows with entire booths of nothing but Legos. We’ve been strictly Legos and got a reputation of finding the stuff nobody else had. We just got some ‘Home Alone’ sets for Christmas that were gone in a few days.”