Travel – Hong Kong 2007 Pitstop 3: Richmond Shopping Centre @ Mongkok

25 03 2007

The Richmond Shopping Centre was a gem of a place that I missed in my first trip to Hong Kong in 2005. Well, I did not know it was quite a gem then. But reading reports from other toy hunters who had visited it convinced me that this place really seemed to be another CTMA Centre. Found at the junction of Argyle Street and Sai Yee Street, it’s less than 100m from the Argyle Street Mongkok MTR exit. Once you are out of the MTR exit, just walk along Argyle Street towards Sai Yee Street. You can’t miss it, it’s the last building before Sai Yee Street. For a map to Richmond Shopping Centre, please refer to this post.

Richmond Shopping Centre has a peculiar building front(maybe not peculiar in Hong Kong). What’s there is just an escalator going up, a flight of stairs heading up and another heading down. Secured on each side of the building’s front… lobby(?)… are two shop directories. A quick glance on both directories and you are likely to spot the common words ‘toys’ and ‘hobby’ in the tenants’ shop names.

I headed down to the basement and was greeted by many toy stores. Similar to CTMA Centre only you can tell that the building is more aged. The range of toys found here is similar to CTMA Centre shops. However, there are some 1/6 figure specialist shops. One of them is a small shop called Sergeant Barrack(or something like that). You can find 1/6 accessories here. But most are for military figures and the shop is really small. If I was fluent in Cantonese, I might have asked the guy inside if he made his own 1/6 clothes and gear!

Another shop here which I am more interested in has its exterior covered with toys during operating hours. The toys literally covered up any evidence of a glass display in the shop if you are viewing from outside. It was only when it was closed that you can see what is displayed on its glass front (because now all the toys displayed outside are now stuffed and locked in the shop). It was here that I spotted the 12″ Brad Pitt Achilles figure from the movie Troy. I had inquired about this figure locally before my trip and I was pleasantly surprised that it was going for 500 HKD less in this Richmond shop. Too bad the shop did not accept credit cards so I had to make a trip to the ATM in order to snipe and snare this figure! After a quick bargain, I got it for 840 HKD. A good price by my standards for this commander of the Myrmidons in the Trojan War.

 

 

This shop also offered me a closer look at a displayed Guan Yu figure from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms line of 12″ figures. Honestly, it looked fantastic! Very droolicious. If my toy kitty had been bigger, I just might have snapped it up. But then, there are more than one figure from this line. Dilemma dilemma. I was also able to spy an excellent Chow Yun Fatt 12″ figure on display. Good unique stuff from non-Medicom-Takara-Sideshow 1/6 figure companies! I believe that there are more interesting stuff that can be found here if you have to time to scrutinise every nook and cranny. Something fresh.

Heading up to the high levels of Richmond Shopping Centre revealed more toy shops there. I spotted a pretty good bargain for a Macross Monster in one of the shops. Generally, Richmond Shopping Centre is really similar to the configuration of CTMA Centre except that the building is older and quieter. The latter is largely due to the building’s location on the fringe of the Mongkok main shopping zone. The toy shops here offer a good variety of toys. Good buys are waiting to be found by the determined. However, it does not really have anchor toy tenants like Toy Hunters or Superman Toys at CTMA Centre. So it’s a multi-way fight for the buyer’s dollar here by smaller independent shops.

If you want to visit a second toy location besides CTMA Centre, Richmond Shopping Centre is my recommendation. For the excellent value it gives to the toy hunter and it’s unique toy offerings, Richmond Shopping Centre is ranked the No. 2 toy hunting desitnation in Hong Kong here at SWFToys.

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17 responses

4 12 2007
mario

what time the shop at Richmond Shopping Centre close ? thanks

8 12 2007
swftoys

Hi Mario,
I can’t remember. It’s around and hour or two after dusk. Just don’t make it your last stop of the day if you may to spend much time there.

8 12 2007
mocha wahid

how about model kit store? do you have any references? TIA

9 12 2007
swftoys

Hi Mocha,
For model kits(i.e. gundam, WWII, planes, tanks,etc.) I recall UML (at the junction of Dundas St and Nathan Road) have a good range. But CTMA and richmond centre are all a stone’s throw away so you can always pop by them and have a look.

29 12 2007
neo

Hello, do you have any references of toy figure store in Hongkong beside Richmond and CTMA (Please inform the area such as: Mongkok as well as the street) Many thanks, Neo

4 01 2008
eric

Hi,
Do you know where I can find Masterpiece Optimus Prime (MP01)? And do you have an idea how much it cost? Also, where’s the best place to look for Bandai SOC robots like Voltes 5, Mazinger Z, etc.
Thanks!
Eric

23 08 2008
Jianfranco

I could not locate the shop for the 12″ Brad Pitt Achillies. Is there anyway you may be able to get one for me or put me in direct contact with a shop, store or someone to buy from. I have been on search for it everywhere and no luck.

13 09 2008
Woody

Hi!

I am searching everywhere in Hong Kong for Carrera Slot Car Racing Kits – Evolution. Does anyone know where I can buy that brand????

Cheers.

12 10 2008
Jill

My kids are interested in Bakugan toys. We are going to HK in 3 weeks. Are these Pokemon-type toys something I will be able to find?

23 02 2009
Adam

just finished watching troy for the first time, was dissapointed when brad pitt didn’t win an oscar tonight.
any idea where i can locate a 12” like yours for purchase?

16 06 2009
70s Super Robot Fan

I just wanted to say many, many thanks for the detailed HK toy stores information. The photos and directions were very helpful when I went toy hunting in 2007 and 2009.

More power!

8 11 2009
Katherine

Nice post! wonderful blog

28 03 2010
SL

Hi,
The post is so helpful. Thanks so much!
I just cam back from HK. I did not see Richmond shopping mall anymore. Not so sure if it is now under a construction.

Cheers!

21 04 2011
fendy

hi…
have you got hot toys bruce lee DX04?
if you have, how much would that be?
thank you and waiting for your reply.

21 05 2011
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