Toy Sapiens: Inside the Flagship Hot Toys Tokyo Retail StoreAugust 11, 2014
Tucked away in Tokyo’s stylish Harajuku district (a short walk from the nearby Meiji-Jingumae and Harajuku rail stations), lies what may only be considered to be a dream destination for fans of high-end action figures and collectibles; the Hot Toys retail store, Toy Sapiens.
Whether an ardent Hot Toys fan or more casual enthusiast, it’s clear on arrival that Toy Sapiens is all about premium collectibles. Even before setting foot inside, arriving guests are treated to a jaw-dropping showcase of over four-dozen tantalizing Hot Toys sixth scale figures on display near the entrance. Familiar science fiction, video game, and pop culture properties represented include Aliens, Predator, Resident Evil, Terminator, Iron Man, Michael Jackson, and a host of others.
Beyond the expected assortment of Hot Toys sixth scale action figures and accessories for sale in the shop’s center area, visitors to Toy Sapiens will also find a staggering range of collectibles for purchase from a similarly impressive stable of manufacturers. As much a gallery as it is a retail store, the walls of the 2100+ square foot retail space are overflowing with figures, statues, busts, and toys from the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, Funko, Kotobukiya, DC Collectibles, Bowen Designs, and more.
For anyone with even the slightest interest in high-end toys and collectibles, a visit to Toy Sapiens is a dazzling science fiction and pop culture excursion. For Hot Toys collectors it’s a pilgrimage. In either case, the up-scale Tokyo toy store thoroughly lives up to the company’s lofty reputation.