Planes, Trains & Hobby Shops

By: Michael Fossbakk | February 19, 2020

Do you ever dream of a simpler time when you were a kid and your biggest worry was finishing your homework on time? Well, I like to think that kid is still within all of us and we just have to take the time to indulge them a little. That’s why it’s a good thing hobby shops and toy stores are still alive and well in Metro Detroit! From model planes to toy soldiers, rediscover your childhood at these local hobby shops.

The Rocket Gifts & Candy Shop

With locations in Ferndale and Ypsilanti, The Rocket Gifts & Candy Shop is home to all kinds of toys, knick-knacks, books, stationery, and more. Walk into either of their stores and you’re bound to find something for yourself or someone who has been on your mind. They have items for comic book fans, candy lovers, home decorators, book worms, artists, collectors, and more.

Prop Shop Hobbies

Fans of miniature models should definitely check out Prop Shop Hobbies in Warren. Whether you enjoy building model planes or action figures, Prop Shop has everything you need from full model kits to individual paint colors and proper tools.

Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure Company

If you’re serious about the toy soldier scene, or if you’re just curious, Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure Company in Royal Oak is one of the best places to get everything you need. Want to recreate historic battles in precise detail? Or maybe you want to step into the world of fantasy? Whatever you’re interested in, this shop has the models and materials you’ll need to create whatever you like.

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc.

With such a wide selection of new and classic toys, it’s no wonder Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc. has been around since the 1970s. The shop began as an antique store in 1969 in Harrison Township, but opportunity came knocking just a year later and owners Richard and Carol Claggett moved their store to St. Clair Shores where you will find it today. The store has aisles and aisles of toys, games, action figures, construction sets, science kits, and a whole lot more. You might just get lost in there!

Great Lakes Hobby and Toy

Located in Sterling Heights, Great Lakes Hobby and Toy is a premier place for all your hobby needs. What makes this store stand out, especially in this town, is its collection of toy cars. They have such a great variety that you can probably find anyone’s dream car in model form — a great gift idea for car fans!

Nerd Out

The new kid on the block, Nerd Out in Oak Park, is located on 9 Mile, just west of downtown Ferndale. Of all the stores on this list, Nerd Out’s collection of action figures might be the most impressive. They have toys that span decades and, if you’re a comic book reader, they even have a modest collection of comics you can flip through. You might even find a gem!