Kyle and Cole Maggart, the brothers behind Brothers Music KC, a vinyl record store on Johnson Drive in Mission, has a new adventure: toys.
And their loyal customers won’t have to go far.
Brothers Toys and Collectibles opened earlier this month at 5810 Johnson Drive, right next to the Maggarts record store, which moved from another location just up the road over a year ago. .
Kyle Maggart considers the new toy store to be an attraction for “everyone, ages 4 to 45 and 50”.
The brothers will sell new toys, like Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers action figures and accessories, as well as vintage items from the 1980s and 1990s, when the Maggarts themselves were children.
“We have brand new stuff for the kids, stuff that is current that they won’t be able to find at Walmart,” Kyle said. “And we will have items for older collectors, who may want items they had as a child or items to complete a collection.”
One year of work
The Maggarts said they planned to launch the toy store last year, shortly after moving their record store to its current location.
Kyle had already started buying new toys for initial stock, but the COVID-19 pandemic has struck. This inventory remained in a storage unit for over a year.
Ironically, however, Kyle says the past year of stay-at-home closings and orders may have helped their long-term business model.
“I think people stuck at home walked into their attics or garages and found their old toys,” he said. “Half decided they didn’t want them and looked for places to sell them. The other half thought, “That’s pretty cool, maybe I’ll try to find more.”
Likewise, sales of new toys have exploded during the pandemic.
Analysis firm The NPD Group says toy sales jumped 16% last year, a trend attributed in part to parents who want to entertain their children at home.
On a recent weekday, Kyle sat at the counter at Brothers Toys, in front of shelves of vintage Masters of the Universe action figures and GI Joe vehicles, answering over the phone to inquiries from sellers wanting to unload their toys.
Another customer walked in with an old toy still in the box, asking what he could get with it.
“We were a little anxious to launch this after last year, but so far the reception has been well received, from adults and children alike,” Cole said.
Subsidiary of a record store
Mission residents and Johnson Drive shoppers may already know the Maggots from their record store, Brothers Music KC, which opened in its original location in 2015.
They built a loyal following by selling new and used records, as well as guitars and accessories.
Kyle admits that Cole, who plays guitar, is the musician and he’s the collector.
“My mother spoiled me when I was little,” he said. “She basically made sure I got everything I asked for and I took great care of my toys.”
When he grew up, he sold his entire collection, which he says he always regretted a little.
Now he’s making up for it in a way.
Brothers Toys and Collectibles is open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.