My wife and I will go to Tokyo and Osakaon April 8. I will visit Bic Camera and Yodobashi for new toys. However, I no idea where to buy vintage robots, like Voltes V, Godsigma, Godmars, Daltanius, etc. Can anyone recommend me where is/are vintage toys shop located? Map will be great..
I think all the other smaller shops in Akihabara try to beat Yodobashi-Akiba's prices, not the other way around. Anyway, the toys are on the 6th floor, but try looking at other places before you buy anything at Yodobashi.
Mandarake Go to the 7th floor for vintage toys. Expensive, though. Better stuff at lower prices can be had on YJP, but this place is great just to visit.
You can see the Taito building standing in the alley where Mandarake is located.
Remember, if you see this, then you know you're near Mandarake.
Golden Age. It's in Akihabara. Expensive.
If you just look and shop on the ground floor, then you'll miss the great deals on the upper floors of Rajio Kan. Climb the stairs to the 4th floor, look at the shops, and then make your way down each floor. You won't regret it.
Like this great deal on a 1:1 scale Kenshiro at Kaiyodo. (See? I told you the fourth floor is where you should start.)
Oh, shucks! It's sold out, and I thought it was a bargain.
When you get thirsty from all the walking and drooling while looking at the toys (or cosplay maids handing out flyers), then drop a 100 Yen coin in one of these vending machines next to Kenshiro.
The refreshing taste of Ultra Cola for more toy shopping power!
I like this place better than Akihabara.
"Photos? No taking... What? I don't understand. Nihongo ga zen zen wakaranai!"
Yup! You'll see something you want, but then it's expensive. If cash is no problem for you, then go ahead and buy all of it.
After all that toy shopping, try enjoying the culture and scenery around Tokyo. April is also a great time to view sakura flowers. Ueno is probably a good place to visit for that, but it can be crowded during holidays.
Roboto, thanks for the nice photos and information. Since Mandrake is expensive, can you recommend shops that I can find reasonable vintage robots? I am looking for Daltanius, Godmars, Godsigma, and if possible, Voltes V.
I believe if I ever went there my brain would literally Explode from all that Sensory Overload. I'd never have enough batteries and SD cards for my camera, especially if taking pictures posing with those tall lifelike statues of Ken FOTNS and the super-robots.
blitzkriegomega: Agreed. that's why I put the images I link in other threads behind links colored bright green....
Jul 29, 2014 15:03:29 GMT -5
TheMazingerZ: Sometimes the "new and improved" ImageShack screws up the re-sized pictures in the accounts, and makes them NOT re-sized. It does it to me very often...
Aug 2, 2014 12:38:36 GMT -5
TaurusOxford: That's why everyone should use imgur.com instead. FAR better image hosting site.
Aug 5, 2014 11:30:37 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: that doesn't fix the image size thing. paint.net does, but direct uploads are easier....this site needs collapse things...
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TaurusOxford: It would fix them to some degree, since you can choose "large thumbnail" once you have the images uploaded to imgur. It would still be a sh*tload of images, but at least it wouldn't break the forum tables and you can see the whole image.
Aug 7, 2014 10:35:26 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: So...my random question that will never get answered. is there ANY robot you would want in a MODERN Gokin/Figure/Model Kit that has NEVER gotten such treatment before? and what line would you want it in? and by modern, I mean anything made AFTER GX-01.
Aug 7, 2014 18:14:25 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: and no, resin kits/conversion sets DON'T count. it has to be an official release.
Aug 7, 2014 18:28:26 GMT -5
TaurusOxford: I'll answer it, although i'm not sure it would count. SRC Dragonzord. Yes I know it has figure from '93 and the Legacy version, but I want an actual figure, not a brick.
Aug 7, 2014 22:14:38 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: the cutoff is 1997, and if the Legacy is just a reprint of the original, it counts as needing a Modern figure.
Aug 7, 2014 22:31:50 GMT -5
TaurusOxford: The Legacy is a complete redo of the '93 toy(much like how the 2010 Megazord is a redo of the old '93 Megazord). No SRC for me.
Aug 7, 2014 22:46:04 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: sorry to hear that ;w; if it makes you feel any better, I can't say Getter Go (TV Ver) even though it's in desperate need of a toy because of the Revoltech of the Manga Version, which may as well be the same thing.
Aug 8, 2014 12:31:35 GMT -5
tetsuryu: God Mazinger.
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blitzkriegomega: God Getter could also apply :3 but yeah, what did it have? an 80s Gokin with swivel arms?
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magengar: An SRC of the robot Jet Jaguar
Aug 13, 2014 7:00:47 GMT -5
joweone: I've always wanted a custom Jet Jaguar JM
Aug 13, 2014 22:20:31 GMT -5
Falconhood: I got the ROADBUSTER!!!
Aug 16, 2014 0:17:40 GMT -5
Falconhood: But I am calling my RoadBuster: Mugen Calibur
Aug 16, 2014 9:17:30 GMT -5
gravewolf: Go Nagai has made a new Grendizer! Grendizer Giga manga launching in September!
Aug 20, 2014 1:49:21 GMT -5
magengar: It won't be long before we see an anime of Grendizer Giga. Hopefully it would look anything dark like the artwork in the Shin Mazinger series.
Aug 30, 2014 12:10:35 GMT -5
jmc: Thank you for the kind words. As of right now I just put a repro red sticker on the chest but I think I agree with you about leaving the paint and not more stickers. However , part of me still likes the silver midsection sticker with the black lettering.
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