Had to play secret agent doing this post for these confidential pics as Mandarake had prohibited photo-taking within their premises. Mandarake is one biggest players when it come to toy trading in Japan both retails and online. They do buy in old toys beside selling so if you a collector of vintage toys, look for Mandarake. During my otaku, Agent S and I had managed to cover 3 Mandarake stores like Akihabara which is within walking distance from our inn. We had also took train to visit Mandarake Shibuya and Nakano.
Mandarake Akihabara - This tower of power is an institution. Housing eight floors of anime merchandise, toys, collectibles and manga, the place offers enough pop-culture goodies to make any fan beam with joy and go bankrupt. The lift is usually packed so warm up by taking the stairs. This store is most frequent by tourists but communication is ease as I was greeted by Caucasian staff.
Mandarake Shibuya - Many say Shibuya has probably the biggest single Mandarake store. Locating the store can be a bit challenging if you walk from the train station and the store is hidden underground. A more open concept for shoppers to feel and touch the items on the shelves. With some patience going through the shelves, you will find rare gems.Shibuya area is know as a place for young people in Tokyo. New pop culture has been developed from this town. Mandarake Shibuya is located in underground floor of Shibuya BEAM. All manga and anime goods are place in one large floor, it is like treasure hunting.
Mandarake Nakano - Their goodies are segregated into many smaller stores within the building. You will see a single store with all the Transformers toys, store solely on Sentai rangers/ Kamen riders and store entirely on western imported toys.Mandarake Nakano is the main shop of Mandarake. Mandarake was established in 1987 as a pre-owned comic dealer in Nakano Broadway buiding. Mandarake currently has 16 different stores separated as a kind of items selling. We always have staff who can help you in English here in Nakano, please let our staff know that you need help to seach whatever you are looking for.