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Coincidentally, I'll be traveling to Tokyo in the near future and I am curious if there are any stores that might cater to older kaiju figures like these? Or even reselling items from other people's collections. I know that there are stores in Tokyo that cater to that sort of thing but I have no idea where to begin. Has anyone searched for figures there before?
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See here: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3069.html
I also found a few random stores with Godzilla merch while browsing around Akihabara (a district of tokyo famous for is “nerd culture” stores, for lack of a better word). You just have to keep your eyes peeled.
Finally, check out Monster’s Labo (in Akihabara). Again, you *might* find them there if you’re lucky but you’ll certainly find amazing Godzilla toys you can’t live without. And the store owner is a really nice guy who was fun to talk to.
Main site: http://monsters-labo.com
Address and map (print this page and take it with you!! It is NOT easy to find for a Gaijin, but is WELL worth the effort!)
Here’s a tv show from when Guillermo del Toro was promoting Pacific Rim in Japan that features several clips of him shopping for toys in Monster’s Lab.
As you can tell from the video, the store is quite small and actually in the basement of the building. But it has SO MANY awesome Kaiju toys crammed into such a tiny space. It is still one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done abroad. It was like a great quest, first asking the right people the right questions before even going to Tokyo just to learn about the store at all (step one, you’ve already completed!). Then, figuring out where the heck it was located in the city. Then actually going there and finding it (it’s down a side alley, with a tiny little sign above the door, which then goes into a hallway and downstairs to the basement - we had to stop and ask for help several times). To finally getting there and seeing it for yourself. It was like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. So much fun and a true adventure getting there!
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