Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail shop, Toy Sapiens, is certain to render visiting fans of pop culture action figures and collectibles giddy with excitement. We’ve given our readers a look inside in prior posts (first here and then here), but given the ever-changing assortment items on display it’s easy to justify another look behind the doors.
Nestled in Tokyo’s modish Harajuku district, Toy Sapiens is a brief stroll from the Harajuku and Jingumae train stations. The store’s distinctive elegance and incandescent awesomeness are evident even before entering as guests and passersby are treated to a window display of several dozen new and classic sixth scale action figures fully viewable from the street outside. However, it’s even better beyond the doors. Toy Sapiens’ 21,000+ square feet of retail space filled with collectibles inspired by the luminaries of popular culture. Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles fill the store’s center area with glass display cases showcasing the latest ultra-detailed sixth scale figures to purchase or view. Visitors can count on seeing a healthy complement of pieces based on cornerstone favorites like Alien, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Appleseed as well as those based on perennial darlings like Star Wars and the breadth of the Marvel and DC superhero universes.
In addition to the featured pieces by Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles, Toy Sapiens always has a huge variety of collectibles by other major toy manufacturers lining the shelves. In particular, Funko enthusiasts have plenty to revel in with an entire wall dedicated to the stylized vinyl figures and bobble-heads. Rounding out the display is a robust selection of action figures, statues, and other licensed items by DC Collectibles, Bandai, Kotobukiya, Bowen Designs, and others.
Toy Sapiens should be on the short list of frequented destinations for pop culture fans and collectors of all interest levels. Hot Toys’ stylish shop joins Square Enix’s Artnia, Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby, and Kotobukiya Akihabarakan as can’t-miss spots for collectors in Tokyo. For additional store information and detailed directions, be sure to visit Hot Toys’ official Toy Sapiens page here.