Toy Shopping in Hong Kong

by him on October 23, 2011

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Hong Kong is a shoppers’ paradise for toy lovers. Most of the toy shops are located in the Mong Kok district and that’s where I always stay when I visit Hong Kong. I have also included a short writeup on the toy street in Wan Chai district. Here’s a look at the malls I frequent for my Hot Toys, NECA, Figma, Nendoroid, Revoltech, gashapons and candy toys.

Update: This post has been updated in Apr 2014 and expanded to include the type of toys that can be found on each floor of the featured shopping malls. More recent photos including Hot Toys Secret Base, Enterbay and Tai Yuen Street have been added. I have also covered additional places to shop for toys in Hong Kong. Hope that this will make your toy shopping experience a fruitful and amazing one when looking for toy stores in Hong Kong. Happy shopping and browsing!

Mong Kok District

Richmond Shopping Arcade (皆旺商場)

Richmond Shopping Arcade

This is one of my favourite mall. It is located just outside the busy heart of Mong Kok on Argyle Street. If you walk past this building without knowing beforehand that it has 4 floors of toy shops, you will probably not enter it due to the nondescript facade. A stairway leading to the basement, an upriding escalator and another stairway that links to the upper floors are all you see at the entrance. No fancy window displays or toy advertisements outside. Inside, Richmond has plenty to offer in terms of 1/6 figures, Transformers, NECA, Mcfarlane, Figma, Nendoroid and Revoltech. I got all my NECA toys from here. Don’t forget to visit the basement as the stairways is not directly linked to the upper floors. Thanks to this site for the recommendation.

Richmond Shopping Arcade Wideshot

Name: Richmond Shopping Arcade (皆旺商場)
Address: 111 Argyle St, Mong Kok
Nearest MTR: Mongkok station, Exit D2, 170 metres
Google map: Richmond Shopping Arcade

richmond basement
The basement of Richmond Shopping Arcade

Update Apr 2014 for Richmond Shopping Arcade
Basement: Shops at the basement are generally open from 3pm onwards, till around 9pm. You can find: Bearbrick, Kubrick, Bandai (Robot Spirits), Revoltech, SH Figurarts, Banpresto DXF Craneking, Figma, Nendoroid, Jojo, Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z, trading cards.
1st floor: Most shops are already open by the time I visited on Sat at 1.30pm. You can find: 1/6 figures from Hong Kong movies, Real Steel, Police and military figures, Bandai PVC anime figures.
2nd floor: Robot spirits, S.H. Figurarts, Revoltech, Figma, Lego, some modeling kits, Hot Toys, Kamen Rider, 1/6 figures, busts.
3rd floor: 7″ NECA, 1/4 NECA, McFarlane, Simpsons, Revoltech Takeya, Military books, Conan, AVP, Pacific Rim, Halo, vintage camera.

In’s Point

In's Point

Another personal favourite, lots of Nendoroid, Figma, 1/6 figures & accessories and Lego can be found at In’s Point, near Yau Ma Tei MTR station. There is a shop dedicated to all things Bruce Lee too. In all there are 3 floors of toys shops but each floor is huge and has many more shops than Richmond Shopping Arcade, the top floor after that is a restaurant. I got my Hot Toys True Type bodies and Figmas from here.

In's Point Entrance

Name: In’s Point
Address: 530-538 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Nearest MTR: Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit A2, turn around and walk towards the main road, Nathan Road. Without crossing the road, turn left and In’s Point is less than 50 metres away on your left.
Google map: In’s Point

Thanks to this site for recommending the place.

Update Apr 2014 for In’s Point
Generally less 1/6 figures and accessories than before. More anime-based and Japanese branded toys now.
1st floor: Lego (sets and mini figures), Revoltech, Figma, Nendoroid, military supplies, model guns, lifesize masks from Predator, Ironman, V for Vendetta), Hot Wheels, anime cards & booster packs, card sleeves, boards, Tamashi nations Ultraman, Saint Cloth, Kamen Rider, Masked Rider, Bandai S.I.C., NECA, Banpresto PVC, Danboard, Playarts, 1/6 accessories, Gundam.
2nd floor: Lego, Godmarz, vintage Godfighter, vintage Laserion, vintage Ultraman, Fujiya, gashapon capsule sets, Re-ment box sets, loose ultra-man figures in clear bags, Slam Dunk, McFarlane NBA, loose UFC, loose WWE, loose lego parts, loose vintage transformers, Zoids

Sino Centre (信和中心)

Sino Centre

Sino Centre is a very dynamic mall as the type of shops changes every time I visit within 1 or 2 years. In the mid-2000s, there used to be lots of shops selling mostly DVDs and Animes. Most recently in 2010 and 2011, console games, asian movie / TV idol photographs, photobooks and manga have taken over. There are still Japanese toys such as gashapons and candy toys (good for collecting whole sets) and trading cards. I also noticed more rental-type cabinets with random toys and gadgets for sale. The basement is mostly unchanged, and you will be able to find music CDs, DVD or Bluray boxsets from different regions. Great if you want to collect different boxset editions of your favourite movies for the different extras. Prices are competitive and all are original and legitimate sets.

Sino Centre Entrance

Name: Sino Centre (信和中心)
Address: 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Nearest MTR: Mongkok station, Exit E2. Turn around and walk towards the main road, Nathan Road. Without crossing the road, turn left and walk for approximately 280 metres, you will see Sino Centre on your left. The entrance is a little obscure so look out for the large blue vertical signage that faces the pedestrian sidewalk.
Google map: Sino Centre

Update Apr 2014 for Sino Centre
Basement: Animate (2 shops, one for ordering, payment and collection, the other one stocks Japanese magazines), pictorials, idol photos, VCD, DVC, Blu-rays (Hollywood, Anime), CD, audiophile music, console games (limited edition Japanese versions)
Ground floor: Manga, phone accessories, console games, cabinets
1st floor:  Same as ground floor, magic shops, Figma, Gundam, Plushies, Getter Dragon (Pewture)
2nd floor: Headphones, idol cards, RAH, gashapon, re-ment, trading cards, Figma
3rd floor (accessible via elevators or stairs, not escalators): Hobby Base – closed on Sundays (Oritoys, Acid rain, Transformers Asia Premium Series)
20th floor (accessible via elevator): Hot Toys Secret Base Showroom & Gallery (Hot Toys New Official Store opened on 14 October 2013)

Secret Base (Hot Toys Official Store)

Located at Sino Centre floor 20, this new showroom, gallery and collection centre is every toy collectors’ dream come true. Virtually every single Hot Toys figure that has been produced is on display here.

secret base sign
The Secret Base sign plate greets you as you exit the elevator at the 20th floor.

secret base entrance
The impressive entrance looks straight out of a Starwars set

secret base display
Huge displays adorn the entire showroom. Photography is welcome as long as you do not take photos of staff members.

secret base collection
The pre-order and collection area.

secret base avengers
The entire series of Hot Toys Avengers. Just one of the many displays you can see there.

secret base autograph
The autographed boxes of the Avengers series by the respective stars, proudly on display.

Name: Secret Base Hot Toys Official Store
Address: Floor 20, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Nearest MTR: Mongkok station, Exit E2. Turn around and walk towards the main road, Nathan Road. Without crossing the road, turn left and walk for approximately 280 metres, you will see Sino Centre on your left. The entrance is a little obscure so look out for the large blue vertical signage that faces the pedestrian sidewalk.
Google map: Sino Centre

CTMA Centre (兆萬中心)

CTMA Centre

No visit to Mong Kok is complete without dropping by CTMA Centre as the other Hot Toys showroom is here too. Before the opening of Secret Base, this is where you go if you want to admire Hot Toys pre-orders on display. Going by the name “Toy Hunters”, this should be familiar to you when you look at your Hot Toys packaging box. All the upcoming prototypes are displayed here. There are a few floors of toy shops here but I don’t usually buy anything from here as I don’t find their prices competitive enough. You can find mostly Japanese toys such as Nendoroid, Figma, gashapons and candy toys here. CTMA is directly behind Sino Centre but you have to walk around the whole stretch of the building to see it.

Hot Toys Showroom - Toy Hunters CTMA
A small part of the Hot Toys showroom display window outside Toy Hunters

Name: CTMA Centre (兆萬中心)
Address: 1N Sai Yeung Choi Street South
Nearest MTR: Mongkok station, Exit E2. Go straight ahead once out of the exit and turn right on Sai Yeung Choi Street South. Walk down the street for approximately 300 metres and you should see CTMA Centre on your right.
Google map: CTMA Centre

Update Apr 2014 for CTMA Centre
Basement 1: Comics shop (Metro comics 2), NECA (sets and 1/4), Starwars, DC statues, DC / Marvel comics, Instax and nail accessories (There’s a shop Sweety magic that seems popular with females), gashapon, Line toys, hamster toys, Takara Tomy arts, Hello Kitty food sets, Danboard mini
Basement 2: Cabinets, Fujifilm Instax, Blythe (Shop B202 – DreamToys), Doraemon, Plugys, various beauty shops (fake lashes, Korean cosmetics, cosmetic contact lens), S.H. Monsterarts, Saint Cloth Seiyu, Tiger & Bunny
Ground floor: Beauty products
1st floor: Tailor shops, miniatures, dresses
2nd floor: Toy Hunters (Hot Toys display), Superman Toys (Huge shop that sells a variety of toys: Anime, Acid Rain, Kubrick, Real Action Heroes (RAH), Revoltech), Kidslogic Marvel, Transformers
3rd floor onwards: Restaurants

Kwong Wa Street

Kwong Wa Street

If you are into realistic model air guns, RC helicopters, tanks, boats and cars, Kwong Wa street should excite you. Lining this street on both sides are such model shops. If you are hungry, consider having 1-michelin star Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan. Be prepared for a long wait though.

Address: The stretch along Kwong Wa Street
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok Station, Exit A2, 700 metres away. Walking directions is a little complicated so refer to map below. I choose a slightly longer route but there are plenty of clothing, electronics and eatery shops to see along the way as you will be cutting through the heart of Mong Kok.
Google map: Kwong Wa Street

Yan-On Building
Here along Kwong Wa street, you will find the the Yan-On building which houses the Enterbay showroom and collection centre. There are also several shops selling army surplus (U.S. military supplies), hobby modeling, radio controlled (r.c.), model guns & scopes.

Yan On Building
The entrance of the Yan-On building. Step inside to find the Enterbay store.

enterbay store
The Enterbay Official Store and Gallery

enterbay bd t800
The battle-damaged Terminator T-800, the most realistic Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face sculpt on a 1/4 scale, in my opinion.

enterbay bruce lee
Enterbay is famous for their Bruce Lee figures

Address: 1 Kwong Wa St
Walking directions on Google Maps: Yan-On Building

Langham Place
A very cool shopping mall in Mongkok that was featured in the Korean popular variety show, Runningman. The distinctive digital sky, huge glass atrium and large display screens are on the “open” area at Level 4.
Floor 11: 80m bus model shop. You can find bus models, planes, ships and models of Hong Kong landmarks and buildings. There is also a UML Hobby shop here where you can find Dragon Action (Ironman), Lundby(smaland), space collections, model cars, mimo dolls, model shophouses in the 80’s settings, re-ment, Gundam and Lego.
Floor 9 to 12: There are several designer toy shops here featuring Hong Kong toys.

Address: 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok Station. The station is linked directly to the mall via an underground walkway.

Log-On
This is a chain of lifestyle stores under the city’super group that carries various brands of toys including the exclusive metallic Starwars 3D puzzles. You can also find Line products, nanoblocks, nanodots, crystal puzzles, Starwars black series, Lego, Papero, Herocross, Torafu Architects building puzzles.
Branches I have visited include the one at Lane Crawford (Times Square, Causeway Bay MTR) and Langham Place (Mongkok MTR).

Website: Log-On

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Causeway Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui

toysrus

If you are looking for new Lego, Digimon, Nerf, Hasbro, Mattel, Disney toys, you can try Toys R Us. There are several stores in Hong Kong, the larger ones are located at Causeway Bay (Windsor House), Central (Nexxus Building) and Tsim Sha Tsui (Ocean Terminal).

Toys R Us Causeway Bay
7/F, Windsor House, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. (Causeway Bay MTR Station Exit E)

Toys R Us Central
Shop nos. 201 – 210, 2/F, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong. (Central MTR Station Exit C)

Toys R Us Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop OTG23, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. (Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit L6)

Check here for the addresses of all the stores:
http://www.toysrus.com.hk/inside/location.htm

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Wan Chai District

Tai Yuen Street (太原街)

Tai Yuen street in Wan Chai district is also known as Toy Street and there are around 4 to 5 toy shops in this area. I find some of the shops resembling our local neighbourhood toy shops selling kiddo toys (for example kitchen playsets, unrealistic toy guns), but you may still be able to find a gem or two. Prices are generally higher than in Mong Kok. You can find Japanese toys such as gashapons, candy toys and an assortment of Sanrio toys. Toys that appeal to the younger generation such as Ben 10 and Beyblade can also be found here.

tai yuen street
Tai Yuen street has several Hong Kong toy shops

freeway toys
Freeway Toys

hung hing toys
Hung Hing toy shop. There are 2 outlets next to each other.

Address: Tai Yuen Street
Nearest MTR: Wanchai MTR Station, Exit A3, 80 metres away. Once you exit the station, cross the main road, Johnston Road to the other side. Turn right and walk about 30 metres. The start of Tai Yuen Street will be on your left.
Google map: Tai Yuen Street

 Update Apr 2014 Tai Yuen Toy Street
I noted down a few shops that seemed to stock the most toys. They are practically next to each other or opposite each other along Tai Yuen Street.
Freeway Toys 縱橫行玩具: Transformers, Dragonball, Starwars, NECA, Egg Attack Iron Man, Bandai Gundam, Lego, Toy Story
No. 16 (Didn’t get the name, it’s next to Yat Shing): Cross-Fight BaDaman, Beyblade, Re-ment (Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma), fishing toy, Bandai kits, Model diecast (Motormax, Welly, KiNSMART, Siku), Fisher Price Thomas & Friends, stickers (Rilakkuma)
Yat Shing: Trading cards, Doraemon figures, Danboard, Danboard mini, Line toys, Takara Tomy Tomica トミカ, Gundam, Kre-O, Hobbit, Iron Man, Marvel, Barbie
Hung Hing Toys – Shop 1: Huge Lego sets (Tower Bridge, Sydney Opera House), Lego Starwars, Line Toys (Brown, Connie plush, figures), capsule gashapon toys, nano blocks, Potato head (Spider-Man, Darth Vader), S.H. Figurarts Zero, Figma, Revoltech, Pokemon (monster collection), small acrylic display cases
Hung Hing Toys – Shop 2: Die cast (Kyosho, Tomica Caul, Hot Wheels, Siku, Hornby, Wiking Modellbau, Oxford, Ebbro, Tomytec), Gundam kits, Bandai Action base), S.H.Figurarts, One Piece
Fu Chong: General neighbourhood toys, board games, toy kitchen, small children playsets

Oriental 188 (東方188)
Much further down Wan Chai, towards the direction of Causeway Bay, is Oriental 188. There are 3 floors of console games, PC games, mobile accessories (covers, screen protectors, battery packs, cables), Blu-ray, DVD boxsets. If you are looking for games on clearance or older games, you may wish to drop by, else I think it’s out of the way. I didn’t really see any toys for sale here. Thanks to this site which I found during my research for additional places to shop for toys.

Address: 188 Wan Chai Road
Nearest MTR: Wanchai MTR
Walking directions on Google map: Oriental 188

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Tai Koo Area

Toy Zone
This place is really out of the way, but apparently they have been featured in many toy magazines and newspapers due to the nature of their business. They operate as a collection point for online auctions and sales such as eBay, Yahoo auctions and even Rakuten. They mostly stock toys based on consignment and so it’s a great place if you are looking for vintage or classic toys and out-of-print items.I spotted toys such as classic McDonald collectibles, old MacFarlane toys, Spawn, NECA, Lego, Transformers, Kenner and other toys from the 80s and 90s. Prices are generally quite high as these are hard-to-find items. Thanks to this site for providing the info when I was researching on toy warehouses.

Website: Toy Zone
Address: Room B, 4th Floor, Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Tai Koo
Nearest MTR: Tai Koo MTR Exit A1 or A2
Walking directions on Google map: Toy Zone (Look out for Taobin on the ground floor. Go into the delivery lift area on the right. The friendly security guard will ask you which floor you are going. Tell him that you are going to the 4th floor. They will open the traditional lift with metal shutter gates and press the lift button for you. It’s quite an experience as you can see through the gates when the lift is ascending! I couldn’t figure out how to operate the lift when I left the shop so I had to walk down the stairs to the ground floor, LOL)

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Hong Kong International Airport

Disney Store

If you have time for some last minute shopping or regretted not buying that cute Mickey Mouse plush while at Disneyland, consider dropping by the official Disney store located at the airport.

disney store airport

Outlets: Terminal 1 Departures East Hall Level 7 (Restricted area), Terminal 2 Level 5 (Public area)
Website: Disney Store

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Hope this has helped you to plan your toy shopping trip. There are so many amazing toy shops in Hong Kong, do share your shopping experience and the gems that you have found with me and other readers in the comments section. Thank you!

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