That being said, this new thread will be *Pinned and Locked* so there will be no posting in it. If there is a store or seller that you would like to add to the list, just PM me, and I will take care of it. Likewise, if a store goes out of business, or their contact info or address changes, PM me and I will see to it.
So, without further adieu..
Hong Kong Toy Shops
Words from Graham...
Below is a list of some of the best known places in Hong Kong for purchasing Macross toys and other Japanese toys. This list is not all inclusive and there are many other interesting out of the way store to be found. Other Hong Kong based members, such as Neova and Valk009, please feel free to post additional information.
1. Sino Centre which is at 582-592 Nathan Road in Mong Kok district. This centre is a great place for Japanese toys, magazines, CD's and bootleg anime DVDs. There are two small shops selling Japanese toys on the ground floor and a couple more in the basement level including a branch of Animate and aslo a couple of small garage kit shops. The 1st to 4th floors mostly sell VCDs/DVDs. To get to Sino Centre, take the MTR (subway) to Mong Kok station and take exit 'E' which puts you about two minutes walk away along Nathan Road.
2 Just around the corner from Sino Centre is another must-visit mall called CTMA centre. this is situated near the end of Sai Yeung Choi Street South. make sure to visit all the upper floors as well as the basement as there are about six or more shops selling Japanese toys including Superman Toys and Ant Shop. Note, many of the shops especially the ones in the basement do not open until early evening.
3 There is also another branch of Animate (selling toys/ books/magazines/some garage kits) on Nelson street in Mong Kok. Sorry, I can't remember the shop number, but Nelson street is not that long anyway (nearest MTR exit: D).
4. Also, make sure to check up the basement and 1st to 3rd floors of the 111 Richmond Center in Argyle Street also in Mong Kong (next to a McDonalds). Lots of cool toys and hobby shops there with a great selection of toys, gashapon and resin kits to be found, but most shops don't open until around 4pm or 6pm.
5. Your next stop should be the Cauesway Bay district of HK Island. Take the MTR (subway) to Causeway Bay station to get there (take the MTR Victoria Park exit). First stop should be the Causeway Bay Centre located on Sugar Street. Again make sure to check out all the floors especially the basement as there are lots of cool toy and model shops to be found. Like most hobby shops, they don't open til late afternoon though. Also on Sugar Street, there is a place called Toy Mart, which is like a huge warehouse selling old toys. It's on the 16th Floor of an office building, but they have a sign on the street in front of the building and Sugar street is a short street, so it's not difficult to find. Great for older Japanese & US toys and models.
6.Next up should be the Oriental 188 Centre on Wanchai Road in Wanchai distict also on HK Island. Lots of great toy and hobby shops.
7. There is also one shop in Tai Koo Shing (Hong Kong island, same MTR station name). The shop is located on the 2nd floor opposite the JUSCO department store building (there is a flyover from JUSCO leading to the toy store). The store stocks a lot of Gundam related stuff, gashapons and does have quite a good selection of garage kits (mainly older ones though).
8. Another place worth visiting is perhaps a shopping centre in Kwai Fong (Kowloon side, same MTR name). There is a shopping centre right next to the station with 4 floors and has a handful of toy and game shops!
9. Lots of shop in Mongkok around Dundas Street between Nathan Road & Waterloo Road. Toys/hobby shop, Airsoft gun shop, RC hobby shop. There are so many of them in that area, just look around.
- 2 great model shops along Sai Yee Street North of Argyle Street (Richmond Center), also in Mongkok.
- There is a really awesome warehouse-esque shop on the 14th floor of Sino Centre, see Graham's first post for how to get there.
-2 shops @ Pilkem Street (and Parkes Street) & Austin Road. It's on the North side of Kowloon Park. Quickest way to get there is Nathan MTR stop exit "C2"
- As for models, you should check out Universal Models for their extensive lineup. Many shops in HK, see website http://www.universal-models.com/
10. Shum Shui Po. It has many small hole in the wall places filled with hidden goodies. Comics, toys, other more ahem... adult toys too. tongue.gif Happy hunting.
11. Games Workshop/Citadel Paints - in Wan Chai. Its on QUEENS' ROAD.
Exit A2 I think, go through the alley across from the MTR station, head towards Queens's Road and its near the Italian Restaurant there. Go past that and look UP, its on the 2nd floor.
Final words from Graham...
Generally speaking, the smaller hobby shops will open either late afternoon or early evening whether they are in Mong Kok, Causeway Bay or elsewhere. Of couse, this is not a hard and fast rule and some of the smaller shops do open earlier at around lunchtime, you just have to find which ones by trial and error.
Japan - Including Yahoo Sellers who will ship internationally
Words from Shawn...
1. Your best bet here is probably Rinkya. The process can be a bit daunting, and confusing, but I have shopped there and everything went smoothly despite the lags in communication etc due to involving a third party.
3. Here is the Macross search(keep hitting next 20 on the bottom right are of the pages)
4. Here's another one, and they accept paypal and speak english (something even rarer). I'd have even more except I went throught the favorites and deleted them a month or so ago.
5. Here are some searches too...
6. Another one...
7. Here's another one. They even accept paypal.
8. Same for this guy. He's got a ton of cels from various Macross stuff and like every Gundam, along with Cyborg 009 (among others)