As my 50th post I thought I’d show off a bit of my Otaku side….
So on Monday it was a bit rainy here in Nara and I decided to take a train out to Nippombashi, Osaka and do a little shopping. Due to my friends back home talking about Gundam alot lately I decided I wanted to go out to one of the biggest Gundam stores in Den Den Town and pick up one of my old favorites. So this is going to be a picture chronicle of shopping in Den Den Town and what you might see when you go there.
Nippombashi station entrance
About a 1KM walk from the station is Den Den Town. But I forgot to get a picture of one of the signs…
The beginning of Den Den Town, you can already see the Zaku
From here I decided it would be best to head right into the Joshin and get to business.
The big Gundam Display, can’t miss the building.
If you are coming here for Gundam specifically then you can just skip the first floor. Best to take the escalator up to the second floor, and you’ll be greeted by this
A giant fist!?
From there the fun really begins
Do you want to look like Char at your next Halloween party?
Here is a display case with LOADS of Gundams doing battle. Its like a case of collectors dreams. “NO PICTURES!” Don’t worry I’m not taking any pictures, I’m just looking around…
And we haven’t even really walked into the Gundam portion of the store yet…
And you are still missing another isle on the left side here
As we come in I’ll kind of show you around. Here is a good bit of the HG Universal Century stuff
PG Gundam Astray Red Frame anyone?
Or how about this guy? Master Grade Destiny
Extreme “BEAST?” Mode…LOL
On the way back down to the first floor this is in the stairwell…
A nice description of the different levels of Gundam, or at least most of them.
In case you didn’t know ZOIDs are big again, and have been for quite some time.
Of course I couldn’t leave the store without snapping a picture of some of the statues. I do love me some Mio from K-On!
And as you leave the store this guy is almost 5’6″ tall. Kinda hard to miss. Some kid had just got done putting the fingers into the rock n’ roll posture so I had to get a picture of that.
After leaving I headed over to the Other Joshin. Thats about 5 or 6 stories tall and snapped photos of the model cars and planes. And also some of the RC stuff. When I was a kid I always dreamed of visiting the Tamiya store. So a store like this is a dream come true for me. Almost every Tamiya everything was on display here. It was amazing.
There was a row for Tamiya Bodies, there was a row for wheels and tires, there was a row for paints, there was a row for electronics. There was a row of RC kits. There was a row of suspension and drivetrain goodies. It was like heaven on earth.
There was a racetrack in the back corner setup making alot of noise and quite a few people gathered around it. Interesting to watch. But good for me so I could snap a few pictures of the custom drift cars in the glass cabinet that said “no pictures” once again…mwahahha
Custom drift skyline
custom drift Z
Trouble finding wheels for your oldschool ride? What do you fancy? Maybe some SSR FM? What about some Techno Shadows? That’s right everything is here… From Watanabes to Volks, widened steels to Work Equips.
If you have a chassis, and the perfect wheels what about a perfect body to cover it all with? Everything from Civics to Zs.
Moving to the next floor….
Maybe the famous Mazda 787B is more you speed?
Maybe you prefer 2 wheels instead of 4…
Maybe flight is more your thing?
Or if you really wanna blow some stuff up…
Of course I had to visit the car racing floor…
Thats right a floor dedicated to racing and diecasts, as a collector of hotwheels and scale car models in childhood this is like a heavenly floor…
This would have been my fathers flavorite floor I believe. When I was a child he had lots of train sets. And we played with them. And here is a floor dedicated to model trains. Its kind of a big deal here…
One more floor left, the model floor. And things glue together models (mostly cars). Now on the racing floor I was a bit disappointed by the lack of Toyota chasers/crestas/soarers. But here they more than made up for it.
SOO BEAUTIFUL!!! All the Shakotan you could ever want!
And the best wheel selection I’ve ever seen. Whats your favorite?
So finally left probably spent a couple of hours in here. then headed to my next favorite spot that’s last on the way out of Den Den Town.
I’ve only got a few but Bear Bricks are SUPER popular here.
So awesome…here’s just one wall.
My favorite, I do love me some graffiti.
And if you like Daft Punk….
This place is full of old used stuff…you like Dragon Ball Z?
And to end this all I ended up with HGFC G-Gundam 1/144th
Still my favorite series.
If you visit the flickr photoset here http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigtoepfer/sets/72157632530654975/with/8385749986/ there are alot more photos. This is just the ones I thought most interesting. Hope you enjoyed. Let me know if you want to see more stuff like this. Thanks for reading.