One of my favorite places to visit in Tokyo is a little hidden gem of a toy shop called TOY CATS SHOWCASE. Located conveniently near Kichijoji Station right behind Yodobashi Camera, TOY CATS is easily the 'holy grail' of toy shops for collectors of Henshin Cyborg and Microman. They also specialize in Star Wars toys, 'gashapon' (vending machine toys) and various dealer showcases.
A collector himself, Yuichi Ishii the shop's owner, is one of the most genuinely friendly toy shop owners you will find in Tokyo. His passion for his own toy collection is extremely evident, beaming from his smiling face into your very soul. It was this passion that converted me from a strictly 'sofubi' and Star Wars collector, into a Microman and Henshin Cyborg fanatic.
Thanks Ishii-san ;D
Recently I visited TOY CATS and interviewed Ishii-san about his shop. I also asked him to show off some of his prized possessions. Many of the toys that he presents in the video are most likely unknown to the layman... but you can bet your ass that they are not easy to find ...or cheap.
For more info visit the OFFICIAL TOY CATS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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