Hobbyists looking to add to their collection or find a unique piece for a display have a wide selection of hobby shops to visit in the Detroit area. With a massive selection of kits, models, figurines and supplies, each of the shops listed below caters to enthusiasts of all types. Whether an expert at reproductions or an amateur gamer just looking for something fun to work on, discover the possibilities available at these hobby shops and specialty stores.
Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc.
21714 Harper Ave.
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 771-6770
www.whistle-stop.com

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc. is a one-stop shop for model train and automobile sets. This whimsical shop also carries plane, planet and even rocket ship kits. Have fun browsing the aisles, filled with puppets, crafts and educational toys for kids. There’s a ton of different remote control vehicles, construction kits, dolls and collectibles.

Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure
1406 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 586-1022
www.michtoy.com

Those searching for figurines look no further — Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure has it covered  This unique shop carries a massive line of different soldiers for hardcore enthusiasts. Check out the complete lines or miniature artillery, detailed elements of war and historically accurate pieces. Create your own authentic battle or have some fun re-ejecting your own battle with the popular outer space miniature sets. There are a ton of figure kits and the tools and supplies necessary to make them come to life.

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Pandemonium
6033 Middlebelt Road
Garden City, MI 48135
(734) 427-2451
www.pandemonium-online.com

Pandemonium is both a hobby shop and toy retailer. This store specializes on miniatures and other supplies for the gaming enthusiast. Hobbyists will appreciate the vast selection of paint and other elements for recreating the perfect scenery for different sets. For those who love throwing down with friends on game night, there’s a generous collection of board games designed to test your mind and show off your strategizing skills.

Nankin Hobby
33350 West Nine Mile Road
Farmington, MI 48334
(248) 919-0040
www.nankinhobby.com

Nankin Hobby is an expansive hobby shop that carries a serious selection of miniature figurines, models and remote-controlled electronics. Planes, trains and RC automobiles run the aisles, and customers will also find a thorough range of rocket ships, toy helicopters and robots. For miniature enthusiasts, Nankin Hobby also boasts tons of gear including tools, paints and anything you need to get your project finished and ready to display. The staff is top-notch and more than willing to help with questions and even advice as to what materials will work best for your latest project.

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RIW Hobbies, Coins, Stamps
29571 5 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 261-7233
www.riwhobbies.net

RIW Hobbies, Coins, Stamps specializes in miniature building sets and gaming pieces. This shop has been in business for years and carries a great selection of both card and board games. Step through the doors to experience a wide variety of role-playing products for gamers. The staff is friendly and can answer any question that crosses your mind. Stamps and coins are also sold and traded as are Magic supplies and hobby paint.

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