For science fiction and pop culture collectors in the Tokyo metro area, Kotobukiya Akihabarakan is on the short list of places to visit. Aptly nestled within the Akihabara district, the store’s five floors are flush with a wild variety of licensed toys, action figures, statues, and licensed memorabilia.
We’ve provided our readers with a look inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan in the past (here and here), but since the displays are often refreshed, another look behind the doors can often net a few fresh surprises. Given how much there is to see, we’ve decided to focus the spotlight on what the shop has to offer for the galaxy of Star Wars fans that are fortunate to venture inside.
Past the Yotsuba and Danboard, and Monster Hunter shops on the first floor and the anime-themed second and third floors, Star Wars aficionados will discover the veritable mother lode of licensed collectibles to view or purchase. Right off the escalator visitors’ senses are struck with licensed items inspired by one of the most universally beloved universes in all of science fiction. In addition to apparel, home and kitchen goods, inflatables, and plush items Kotobukiya Akihabarakan offers an extensive assortment of Star Wars items that are certain to pique the fancy of discerning collectors. Not surprisingly, there’s no shortage of pieces from the company’s expansive line-up of plastic model kits, and ARTFX, ARTFX+, and Fine Art statues to view or gaze at longingly. Although it’s a Kotobukiya store, Akihabarakan is a showcase for pieces produced by other manufacturers as well including, Bandai, Takara, and Sideshow Collectibles.
A short stroll from the JR Akihabara train station, collectors and Star Wars fans of all ages should be certain to spend some time at Kotobukiya Akihabarakan. For more store information (including details about awesome in-store amenities like free Wi-Fi, gift wrapping, and the Kotobukiya frequent buyer points card) and detailed directions be sure to check out Kotobukiya’s official page here.