Travel – Tokyo Toy Plan Pitstop 1: Yamashiroya At Ueno

14 12 2006

Anyway, the highlight for the first day with regards to my Tokyo Toy Plan is our trip to Ueno in the afternoon. And guess what, the day is short during winter. By 4pm, the sky is already dark! Upon exiting Ueno station, we were greeted by the 7 floors(7F) high Yamashiroya toy store! What a welcoming sight. After a delicious meal in a neighbouring building’s eatery, I was off to hunt! The Yasmashiroya building is home to all sorts of toys.

I must say that the 3rd and 5th floors were of most interest to me. The 3rd floor surprisingly had 24(FOX’s superb TV series for the uninitiated) related merchandise. I had planned to get 24 related stuff at Blister in Shibuya but since I was presented with a headstart early in the trip, I took it. Bought a 24 shield and collar pin. I refrained from buying the T-shirts as it was early in the trip and I did not want to splurge when I have not bought any 12″ figures yet. Was able to pick up a catalog on 24 merchandise there as well. It looked like the prices are fixed for such retailers. There should not be a difference if you had bought at Yamashiroya or at Blister.

The fifth floor(5F) made me grin ear to ear as it had 12″ stuff from Medicom, Sideshow and Hot Toys. But do not expect a wide selection. There were only a handful Hot Toys stuff. I spotted a TACP, First Blood Rambo and ED-209 amongst them. It was similar for Sideshow Star Wars 12″ figures. Medicom 12″ weighed more heavily towards the Ultraman series. Yamashiroya is more of a retailer carrying a wide range of toys that cater to different groups. Not 12″ specialists! But seeing these familiar toys there were enough to make me happy!

Sideshow and Hot Toys stuff aren’t any cheaper than back home. Medicom stuff are only slightly cheaper. Had hoped to find Hot Toy’s 12″ Superman but none were there. Seeing Rambo First Blood available on the shelves gave me a glimmer of hope that Rambo Part III could be found. Alas, none were available. 5F also stocks Star Wars merchandise from Master Replicas, Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant and Hasbro.

There are plenty of Gundam kits on the upper floors. Chogokins, Gaogaigar, Ultraman, Karmen Riders and 1/48 Macross valkyries can be found there as well. I did not scrutinise the prices of the valks as I have no plans to buy any of them. But there weren’t any real bargains there. The prices stated in the glass cabinets are written next to their Japanese descriptions. Be careful or you may mistake the price of a fastpack for the price of the valk displayed there with the fastpacks on it!

To get to Yamashiroya in Ueno, alight at the Ueno subway station and exit from the Central Gate exit. This exit is also where the Ueno Hard Rock Cafe can be found. Looking for the Central Gate exit is the best way to prevent yourself from getting lost in Ueno station’s many station exits and tracks entrances! Upon exiting the station, you should be able to see Yamashiroya’s yellow sign in front of you. You can’t miss it. The pic below is the exact scene you will see upon exiting Ueno’s Central Gate.




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