For this page I will tackle the topic of Where to buy Gunpla?
I have two main stores where I buy my Gunpla kits locally here in the Philippines, they are Wasabi Toys and Great Toys Online.
Wasabi Toys :
Wasabi Toys is located at Blue Lane, 3rd Floor Shoppseville, Greenhills. San Juan City, Philippines. They have a nice range of Japanese toys and collectibles to choose from, whether it be Figma, Nendoroids, S.H. Figuarts Kamen Riders or Gunpla kits. Wasabi Toys along with Great Toys Online, are among the most cheapest resellers (with outlet stores) of Japanese toys and collectibles in my country (that I know of). Other stores from the same mall and area would sell the same products at a much higher price (sometimes really, insanely overpriced!) and sell bootlegs which I really really hate!.
They have a nice straight forward website design that you can easily navigate, find products you want, pre-order updates and new arrival updates. You can register and receive updates via email (like a newsletter) when new pre-orders and new arrivals are available, pretty convenient! Upon registration, you can also apply for pre-orders online as well!
They usually participate in Toy/Anime Conventions and you can find them selling their available products there.
This is their website : http://www.wasabitoys.com/index.asp
Great Toys Online :
Great Toys Online outlet/retail main store is located at Unit S-3029 / S-3030 (former Blue Lane) 3rd Floor, Shoppesville Bldg, Greenhills
(Above Daiso, Payless Shoe Store and Giordano in Shoppesville building). Its just beside Wasabi Toys!
They have other branches that can be found here : http://www.greattoysonline.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=6
One thing I like about Great Toys Online (GTO) is their supply, they have a huge supply of Gunpla kits and other Japanese toys and collectibles! Although the main outlet store is a little cramped up and hard to go around, but hell if you want to buy a cheap HG Gunpla kit, I wouldn’t mind browsing through the claustrophobic aisles!
Here is their website : http://www.greattoysonline.com/index.php?route=common/home
You can apply for a membership card at their store too and avail of 10% discount on all their products for only 200 PhP for 2 years membership! That is helluva deal! If you’re planning to buy something at GTO, better apply for a membership A.S.A.P.! Imagine buying an MG kit worth 3,000 PhP, you can get it for only 2,700 PhP instead! Saved 300 PhP that you can use for a snack, or better buy some Gundam Markers or paint if you don’t have one yet, its also enough to buy an action base! The membership card design is not bad too! You can avail discounts at other partner stores like Star Sports and TOPCOMS.
There are other stores where you can buy Gunpla kits, but as I said earlier, they are already overpriced and some are stupid bootlegs!
There are other online resellers of Gunpla that are cheaper but you have to wait for the shipments to arrive if the product is to be ordered. A list of online Gunpla resellers in the Philippines can be found on the link below this page. 🙂
You can also order online through the popular Hobby Link Japan although I haven’t tried it myself due to the expensive shipping cost and the insane customs tax here in my country! Its better to buy locally, UNLESS you’re that RICH and can’t wait for the new kits to arrive at local stores! XD
Here are other online stores that I know of :
My advice for fellow Gunpla collectors in the Philippines, just wait for the kit you want to arrive (local pre-orders), be patient and save money, rather spending it on shipping and insane government tax just for your product to arrive earlier than local stores. 🙂
*EDIT* March 18, 2012 10:00pm
I found a list of Gunpla shops here at Gundam Ph, hope this helps too! :
Hope this page helps those people who are interested in buying Gunpla kits! 🙂