Growing up in Louisville in the '80s and '90s, brothers Joe and Tony Workman were often playing with GI Joes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures and Hot Wheels cars.

"Those were our thing," Joe recalled.

As often happens, childhood toys were lost over time. "We didn't keep much," said Joe, who has passed his remaining Hot Wheels cars to his 4-year-old son. While in college, Tony sold his GI Joe collection to pay for his wife's engagement ring.

These days, the brothers are surrounded by toys from their past. Joe has been in the vintage toy business for six years, and has a shop called Classic Plastics Toy Store in Vienna, W.Va. A month ago, he opened a second store, also called Classic Plastics, in Plain Township at 2848 Whipple Ave. NW in Avondale Plaza.

"People come in and say, 'This brings back so many memories,'" said Joe, who runs the local store. Classic Plastics is nothing if not nostalgia-inducing. There are Star Wars, Beetlejuice, WWF, Power Rangers, Ghostbusters, Madballs, Gremlins and My Little Pony items, some still in their unopened, original packaging. In the back are three working arcade games — Mortal Kombat, Ninja Turtles and Heavy Barrel for a quarter a play, with more on the way.

"My customers are mostly in their mid-20s to mid-30s," said the 35-year-old Joe. "Somebody will say, 'I had that PAC-MAN TV tray as a kid!' And they'll want to show it to their kid."

Top sellers are superhero-related figures, Marvel Legends especially, and anything horror movie-related, Tony said.

Among items spotted at the local Classic Plastics:

• "Monster High" Dollhouse

• Wrestling Buddies stuffed toys

• "Ghostbusters" Ghost Trap

• "Back to the Future" DeLorean unopened

• Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz collectable doll

• Wild Style Barbie

• Talking Bart Simpson doll

Asked where the store gets its vintage merchandise, the 31-year-old Tony said, "People just bring it to us. We advertise that we buy, so they bring in boxes. We do house calls. But people should call before they show up with stuff. We might not need what they've got or we might not have money at the time because we've just bought stuff from someone else." Classic Plastics also is on the hunt for arcade games.

If the store doesn't have that particular beloved item someone is seeking, "we do wish lists and we'll contact them if we get it in," Tony said. "A lot of people want stuff they used to have as a kid, or something they wanted but couldn't afford, or something their parents wouldn't buy for them."

Classic Plastics also sells current products, including a large selection of Funko Pops.

Tony started in the toy business as a college student in Parkersburg, W.Va. He first had a booth at a flea market, then opened his first Classic Plastics store in downtown Parkersburg. It recently was relocated to a shopping mall in Vienna. "At first, it was all toys, and as the business got bigger, I got into video games and comic books then arcade games," he said of his West Virginia stores.

Joe had been commuting to West Virginia weekly to work with Tony, a situation made impossible after Joe's wife recently gave birth to twin daughters. "Joe needed a job in Canton, plus I always wanted to have a second location in the area where I grew up," Troy said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (closed Sunday). Store phone is 330-232-4627. The website is at