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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.
Mong Kok District
Richmond Shopping Arcade (皆旺商場)
This is 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.
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
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.
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.
Sino Centre (信和中心)
I consider Sino Centre a very dynamic mall as the type of shops changes everything 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.
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
CTMA Centre (兆萬中心)
No visit to Mong Kok is complete without dropping by CTMA Centre as the official Hot Toys showroom is here! 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.
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
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
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 them resembling our local neighbourhood toy shops, but you may still be able to find a gem or two. 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.
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