City of the sun set to shine even more with the opening of Bandai Namco’s Gashapon department store.
Much of the fun of Japan capsule toys is the pure variety offered. Each individual machine contains several variations on a single theme, and there is an incredibly wide range of toys available across the industry.
And soon fans will have a place to revel in this abundant diversity like never before, with the opening of the world’s largest specialty capsule toy store in Tokyo.
Bandai Namco Amusement is preparing to open the new branch of its Gashapon department store chain downtown Ikebukuro district. Although this is not the first branch of the Gashapon department store, it is by far the largest, with a huge 1,256 square meters (13,519 square feet) of floor space.
The most important number, however, is the number of Gashapon capsule toys that will be ready and waiting: 3,000!
▼ The Ikebukuro Gashapon department store will be even larger than the smaller branch shown in these two photos.
There will even be a little history of capsule toys, like the place will also present an exhibition of nostalgic Gashapon machines of yesteryear.
Due to the large number of machines, Bandai Namco boasts that the new Gashapon department store will be able to cater for a variety of tastes, die-hard anime fans (Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s main otaku meccas) looking for from the latest casual capsule character merch toy fans and international travelers looking for a quirky memento. For example, among the items that will be available on opening day are Dragon ball and Gundam figurines, but also replicas of tea cardboard keychains.
Bandai Namco says 3,000 capsule machines in same location are world record, and Guinness will stop to confirm claim March 18. You don’t have to wait that long to get your hands on some of the toys from the Gashapon Ikebukuro department store, however, since the store opens February 26 inside of City of the sun entertainment complex, which means you can easily combine your visit with a cupcake race at the Pikachu Sweets Cafe.
Gashapon department store (Ikebukuro branch) / ガ シ ャ ポ ン の デ パ ー ト （池袋 dealer）
Address: Tokyo-to, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 3-1-3, Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 3rd floor
東京 都 豊 島 区 東 池袋 3-1-3 サ ン シ ャ イ ン シ テ ィ ワ ー ル ド イ ン ポ ー ト マ ー ト ビ ル 3F
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Source: PR Times via AnimagePlus via Livedoor News via Otakomu
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