Yes its true Santa is coming. Not sure what to ask for, for Christmas? Have a loved one in your life that likes all things robot and toys but your eyes glaze over when they start talking about their hobby and you have no idea what to get them? Well we are here to help with this handy, dandy guide which I have cleverly named “The 2008 CollectionDX Holiday Buying Guide.”
Found via a link on the Robot Japan BBS, it's the commercial for the legendary Mr. Big's Toyland. If you grew up in New England in the 70s and 80s, and you watched Force Five and Starblazers, This commercial holds a special place in your heart.
Television Magazine (terebi magajin テレビマガジン) is a long-running Japanese magazine that features comics and stories based on Japanese television shows airing at the time. CollectionDX takes a closer look at this hidden jewel, including scans of the toy advertisments in the May 1978 issue.
I was planning my trip to Boston where I was attending a conference for work. I usually like to try and do a bit of research to see if there are any interesting Japanese toy stores in the cities i'm visiting. Nothing is cooler than visiting Japanese toy stores in other cities. I knew that Josh Bernard from CollectionDX lived in Boston so I dropped him a note asking if he would refer me to a couple of cool local stores (if any existed).
Every collector dreams of this happening, to find the diamond in the rough, to stumble on that special something in the place you’d least expect it. I came to this road a while ago, and on a whim decided to walk down it. What resulted was the purchase of this Mazinger Z head mold.
When I was five years old, Star Wars was released and, like all the boys in the day, I wanted all of the toys, especially the action figures, and focused my entire existence on obtaining them. By Mike McCarthy
In the beginning of June 2003 I found myself in Tokyo for 7 days. I had a book all made up of Japanese toy stores, and I had money to burn. All of the shops I went to were really great, but it got to be overwhelming. Who would have thought you could see too many toy stores?
In January of 2004, I made a road trip to New York City for some toy shopping. We hit most of the major stores, and found a couple of hidden treasures. Overall I found a wide assortment of toys, but the prices were usually more expensive than through an on-line retailer, or through ebay. Still, seeing these toys in person can make up for the extra expense.
Suntory Japan will be including exclusive Gundam Figurines with bottles of Pepsi
Twist and Diet Pepsi Twist. 32 7cm different Gundam characters will be released
from late August to October.