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A visit to HobbyLink Japan

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23 comments posted
Damn it.......I WANT GO

Damn it.......I WANT GO THERE TOOOOOOO ;_; !!!!!

Oh a silly question: can you buy anything if you were inside:) ?

Bahim Z 360's picture
Posted by Bahim Z 360 on 2 April, 2009 - 09:11
Its ABS Heaven

*insert crying school boy*

...that place is so beautiful.

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The Gundam Model Guy

Gunpla Rob's picture
Posted by Gunpla Rob on 2 April, 2009 - 09:26
I love the design of the

I love the design of the building, it looks like the bridge to some super dimensional space fortress secretly beneath the ground.

duke togo's picture
Posted by duke togo on 2 April, 2009 - 10:32
Or like something out of a

Or like something out of a Tokusatsu series.

Like something out of Ultraman or Kamen Rider.

Decade010's picture
Posted by Decade010 on 2 April, 2009 - 11:40
Bah, those are cheap

Bah, those are cheap imitations of Thunderbirds.

duke togo's picture
Posted by duke togo on 3 April, 2009 - 11:01
HobbyLink Japan rocks

Wow that is EXACTLY how I imagine paradise to be.

Keep up the good work, Josh.

Thanks.

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Posted by grendizer1975 on 2 April, 2009 - 12:10
Does anime-export have a

Does anime-export have a warehouse like this too?

If it does then JOSH I ORDER YOU TO GOT THERE NOW!!!!

Bahim Z 360's picture
Posted by Bahim Z 360 on 2 April, 2009 - 13:08
I actually hung out with

I actually hung out with someone from Anime-Export, but we were not able to make it to their secret lair...

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Posted by JoshB on 2 April, 2009 - 13:10
The best survivalist bunker EVER

It's got its own food and water supply, lockable doors, isolated location, and A GIGANTIC MULTI-LEVEL WAREHOUSE FULL OF TOYS.

This is the place where I want to go when the zombie apocalypse starts.

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Posted by RobotBastard on 2 April, 2009 - 13:08
I'm sure that the

I'm sure that the nostalgic feeling of walking into a regular toy store comes back full-force as an adult when you walk in there- so many endless shelves of awesomeness that you don't know where to start!

If I'd had my head on straight, I would have told you to say "Hi!" for my Dad- he and Scott are e-mail buddies through a modeling site (I forget the name)... or they were several years ago.

Awesome posting, Josh. I envy you all the more!
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 2 April, 2009 - 13:30
Wow thats so awesome to see

Wow thats so awesome to see the HLJ warehouse. It all looks so neat and tidy.

NEOGETTER's picture
Posted by NEOGETTER on 2 April, 2009 - 13:41
Gah....still in awe.

Gah....still in awe. freaking awesome coverage Josh. I remember back in the 90's on Nickelodeon they'd have this yearly contest where you had x number of mins to go on a shopping spree at a toys r us filling as many shopping carts as you could...Can you imagine doing that at hlj?

Jerilock's picture
Posted by Jerilock on 2 April, 2009 - 14:15
Oh, yeah- I remember those

Oh, yeah- I remember those contests! Those were awesomeness indeed. You're right on the money in that, Jerilock.
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EVA_Unit_4A's picture
Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 2 April, 2009 - 14:33
So glad I wasn't the only

So glad I wasn't the only one thinking exactly that!!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 2 April, 2009 - 15:28
I'd take a sleeping bag and crash in the girlie figure aisle

REQUEST DENIED most likely

Materialist Zen's picture
Posted by Materialist Zen on 2 April, 2009 - 16:26
HLJ Air Bag packaging

I love these type of behind-the-scenes tours... this is an instant classic post, Josh. Classic! Excellent!

Great little detail here:

"You know those cool air filled bags that cushion your order? Those are filled right here in the factory. Open one up, and you are breathing Japanese air from the HLJ warehouse."

...next HLJ order, I'm huffing HLJ air bags, so I can get some more of that Japanese air!

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 2 April, 2009 - 16:53
I bet you were all giddy

I bet you were all giddy when you saw all those SOC Reideen's.

I know I wouldn't have contained my excitement if I were there.

The video was great too.

VZMK2's picture
Posted by VZMK2 on 2 April, 2009 - 18:52
What a blog post!

What a blog post! I already love HobbyLink Japan,
but to see so much behind the scenes reinforces
my love so much more. Thank you for doing this
post. I love these "peeks behind the curtain".

I had two favorite parts - the shelves full of
toys and getting to see the people who do such
a good job making HobbyLink Japan run so well.
If any HobbyLink Japan employees are reading
this -- you all are Awesome!!!

krakit's picture
Posted by krakit on 2 April, 2009 - 19:11
One thing that I found

One thing that I found interesting is that being a small-ish outfit you get the side benefit that every piece they ship out is more or less handled by a human being, not run down a massive conveyor belt and scanned by an automated computer so in that you get a lot more care and "love" put into your shipping box..

Jerilock's picture
Posted by Jerilock on 2 April, 2009 - 19:26
Wow! So that's where all my money goes...

That was a great article. I always wondered how my orders were filled at HLJ. Very insightful and I loved that video. If only I could have reached into my monitor and grabbed some stuff when you were down the Chogokin aisle.

That place is spotless too! Incredibly tidy.

Thank you for that outstanding post.

Cheers!

GC8Monkey's picture
Posted by GC8Monkey on 2 April, 2009 - 20:29
Alas, poor Yamato...

It was amusing to see the Garland proudly displayed on the spare parts shelf... :)

RainBot's picture
Posted by RainBot on 3 April, 2009 - 07:35
the holy land !

Wow you are soo lucky to visit HLJ and still keep your sanity. I would've gone mad walking thru those aisles :D

Mathai

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Posted by mathai on 5 April, 2009 - 04:16