WHAT do Hulk Hogan, Mr T, He-Man and Darth Vader all have in common?

They are just some of the nostalgic characters that appear on the shelves of a Bradford shop giving children of the 1980s and '90s, in particular, a chance to re-live their childhood.

4EveRetro in Eccleshill has around 2,000 items on sale from a host of toy lines of yesteryear.

The shop, which is based within Paul Everett Print and Design on Stony Lane, Eccleshill, is the brainchild of Mark Everett.

It houses a host of different items from US and UK TV shows and movies from the '80s and '90s, including Gladiators, Mr Blobby, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and Mask.

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Mark says the shop, which opened in December last year, not only interests people who grew up during those two decades, but it also has an appeal to younger generations.

The business is also active on social media and often tweets its toy of the day.


The firm also received a follow on Twitter from comedy character Keith Lemon. In a previous business he ran called Cheesy Christmas Jumpers, Mark used to send some of his bright festive designs to the comedian, who would often wear them on TV.

Mark, 42, who works alongside his father Paul and Dom Dargue at the shop, says he hopes Keith will pop into his shop one day.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A look at some of the items on sale in the shopA look at some of the items on sale in the shop

Its shelves look like the real-life version of the Argos catalogue from the 1980s and 90s and he says he scours copies of the shop's old catalogues on social media to look for new toys and collectables to buy for his shop.

He says the favourite items he has at the shop is Castle Grayskull from the Masters of the Universe '80s cartoon series.

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Mark said: "It's nice to come to work and be surrounded by toys that I grew up with.

Everyone who comes into the shop has a smile on their face. It's nice to get that connection with someone over these shared items

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"I was mad into the Gladiators TV show when I was a kid. I had never seen the toys before.

"It's about connecting with people. There might see something in the shop that they might not have seen for 20 or 30 years."

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4eveRetro also sells a line of T-shirts inspired by the products in the shop and also buys retro toys people bring into the shop or via online.

The shop is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Go to 4everetro.com for more information.

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