Photo/Illutration A life-size model of the head of a dinosaur at least 2 meters tall on display at the Kaiyodo Hobby Land Kadoma in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture (Takaharu Yagi)

KADOMA, Osaka Prefecture--A museum showcasing the history of Kaiyodo Co., a leading figurine manufacturer founded in 1964, recently opened in Kadoma with about 10,000 items on display.

Figurines of characters from anime and movies from the 1980s feature heavily in the collection amassed by the company renowned for its elaborate designs, attention to detail and unusual motifs. Highlights include life-size models of the heads of a Tyrannosaurus and a Triceratops.

The Kaiyodo Hobby Land Kadoma opened here June 26 and occupies around 2,000 square meters of floor space on the third floor of the Kadoma outlet of the Izumiya supermarket chain in front of Keihan Electric Railway Co.'s Kadomashi Station.

There are also areas for visitors to see artisans working on sculptures and gain hands-on painting experience.

"We want it to be a place that inspires children's curiosity," said the company's founder, Osamu Miyawaki, 93, during the opening ceremony held June 25.

The venue is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 1,000 yen ($9) for adults, 700 yen for junior and senior high school students, 500 yen for grade-schoolers and free for preschoolers.

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