Shopping for Transformers in Akihabara

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2024 update: If you must visit Akihabara along with the hordes of tourists, you might as well go to the Akiba Zone and Radio Kaikan Towers.  If Ami Ami is open, check that out too.

2023 update: smaller stores have closed. Check out Surugaya, which is next to Mandarake.  In my opinion, I would start at Mandarake, walk down to Surugaya, then Jungle and then circle around to Golden Age and Liberty, if you have time.

The map is pretty old now so you should cross reference with Google maps.

This map is now outdated, please check on google maps

Recommended stores by location number below

MANDARAKE

Map Location #15

Yellow Shining Ultra Magnus

Yellow Shining Ultra Magnus

This is an incredible shop for Transformers enthusiasts:

  • (Prices from 2018)
  • G1 Predaking 26,250 yen
  • Masterpiece Ultra Magnus 9,450 yen
  • Green colour G1 Slag
  • Yellow G1 Ultra Magnus (Apparently, there are only 800 of these made!!!)

They even have imports such as Transformers from Spain!?  Interesting to note they even have the Fan Made Ultra Magnus Trailer Armour and bootlegs.

I found the Alternity Megatron here for 2,940yen – lowest price in Akiba I saw (maybe it was box damaged?).

I can’t go on about how shocked and surprised you will be at seeing some of these classic TFs.  A loose Binaltech Shockwave for 3,150…. hmmm.

Following images are from Mandarake in Ikebukuro (ground floor Parco building)

If you have time, you may have better selections outside of Akiba.

Gallery 1 Akihabara Mandarake Store

Gallery 2 Mandarake store in Nakano!

Since this report was written, prices fell in 2017 as more competition rose with other shops such as Jungle, Liberty 8 and Surugaya Specialty shop.

Jungle

Map Location #1

Great collection! Often cleaned out by tourists… [ Gallery ]

Surugaya

Map Location (just down the road from Mandarake) 

Tons of stuff, used and new, generally newer stock. They now have several stores, taking over from Liberty. [ gallery ]

Golden Age

Map Location #24 

next to Liberty 8, worth a check even though it’s a small collection crammed into a tiny shop- a mix of old and new TFs.

Akiba Culture Zone

Lashinbang has its store here along with others, and at the top you have rental boxes where individuals set their own prices. Lashinbang is the new up and coming chain to challenge Surugaya.

Radio Kaikan Building 

Map location (google it) 

2024: Ami Ami store was closed and moved to Radio Kaikan.  In this tower you have loads of other stores like Jungle and it’s rammed with customers, good luck.

Liberty stores 

Map Location #23 

In 2024 I didn’t find them so good.  Lots of the latest and “as new” 2nd hand TFs here with a quite good classic G1 collection.  [ Gallery ]

 

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