He rescued your toys from the trash to make a fantastic backyard playland

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A toy version of Mr. Rios with a Puerto Rican flag is part of the collection. (Paul Biasco / DNAinfo)

WEST HUMBOLDT PARK — Mr. Rios never had toys growing up in Puerto Rico.

He never knew what a toy was, let alone what one looked like, until he was 8 years old.

Now 70-year-old Mr. Rios is a savior of discarded Barbies, race cars, headless GI Joes and hundreds of playthings that would have otherwise met their fate at the landfill.

His West Humboldt Park backyard resembles the Island of Misfit Toys.

Mr. Rios calls it his fantasy.

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