As a kid, toys were the biggest “wants” in our lives and we would beg our parents to buy that car that “is different from the one I have at home” or the Barbie doll that “wears a different dress”. Most of us didn’t get that car or Barbie doll.
We’d go home feeling dejected and disappointed. But a good night’s sleep later, we’d move on with our lives, completely forgetting about the toy.
However, some of us never moved on. And that is how a market for hobby collectors came about. They are mainly older men and they’re surprisingly caught up on the latest and most anticipated toys in the market.
Prepare yourselves, we’ve gathered up the ultimate list of Singapore’s hobby stores.
Toys Aren’t Just For Kids
1. Dollz Inc
Dollz Inc has been around since 1999 and is quite well-known among hobby collectors.
They specialise in selling collectibles and figures from Transformers, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider (Masked Rider), Blythe dolls, and Barbie dolls.
Collectors can find the latest collectible imports from Japan, as well as the collectibles from the older Transformer, Power Rangers and Kamen Rider series.
However, the best thing about Dollz Inc is that they sell loose pieces of toys, perfect for collectors that are missing a certain piece of a set.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-358 Suntec City Mall Tower 3, Singapore, 038983
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 9pm, Sun: 11.30am – 8.30pm
Contact no.: 6733 7377
2. La Tendo And Ani-Nation
La Tendo and Ani-Nation, previously from Funan the IT Mall, can now be found in the same place at Suntec City.
Just directly opposite Dollz Inc, La Tendo and Ani-Nation occupies 2 units together in one massive collector’s playground.
La Tendo sells loose Gachapon items, a wide variety of anime-related products, as well as expensive figures from Marvel, Transformers, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, and many more.
If there’s any particular figure you’re searching for, the friendly shop staff are always ready to help.
If you’re looking for a photo op, don’t miss their famous lighted display alley of figurines and the huge Gundam display in the window.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-354 Suntec City Mall Tower 3, Singapore, 038983
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11.30am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Contact no.: 6336 6615
Forty42 is a hobby shop at China Square Central that sells 1:6 scale figures. From military figures to the different Iron Man suits and even the display cases and loose accessories for the figures.
Forty42 also does customisation for the figures, paint restoration, custom repainting, small volume productions, and even prototype making of collectible toys.
Address: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central, #02-10, Singapore, 048423
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 7pm, Sat – Sun: 11am – 5pm
Contact no.: 6536 3155
ToyStar is a shop at China Square Central that sells old toys.
Stepping into ToyStar feels like stepping into your childhood toy chest. They sell past collections of Hot Wheels cars, wrestling figures, LEGO sets and figures, Disney products and even past Mcdonald’s happy meal toys!
We will always enjoy visiting ToyStar because we never know what surprises we’re going to find.
Note that their opening hours are irregular, but the owner has mentioned to come after 1pm.
Address: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central, #02-31, Singapore, 048423
Opening Hours: Daily: Irregular – 6pm
Contact no.: 9748 1103
5. TOYZ CRAZI
TOYZ CRAZI sells detailed 1:6 scale figures ranging from Marvel to G.I.Joe characters.
It originally started as a small store but has now expanded to a bigger store at China Square Central.
TOYZ CRAZI is one of the few “old timer” stores at China Square Central that has stood the test of time amidst closing toy stores all around them.
If you’re in China Square Central, do drop by!
Address: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central, #02-19, Singapore, 048423
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 1pm – 8pm, Sun: 11am – 6.30pm, Mon: Closed
Contact no.: 9839 9927
6. Hobby Atelier
Hobby Atelier is one of the long-standing shops in China Square Central.
They sell Gachapon sets, candy toys, Power Rangers and Kamen Rider merchandise, hobby magazines and posters, Sanrio merchandise, and also anime-related items.
Hobby Atelier is one of those shops where you can just spend a long time perusing each item in detail and still not be bored.
If you’re looking for something specific, there’s a good chance that Hobby Atelier can help.
Address: 18 Cross Street, China Square Central, #02-24, Singapore, 048423
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 7.30pm, Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Contact no.: 8612 7866
7. Robo Robo
Previously hidden in the basement of Excelsior Hotel, we only found out about Robo Robo through a colleague’s friend’s recommendation.
However, they’ve moved to The adelphi on Coleman Street, so that’s more accessible.
Robo Robo sells a wide range of toys imported from Japan. From Transformers, Power Rangers and Kamen Rider, to Blythe dolls and 1:6 scale figurines.
The service is great and the prices are reasonable. You can also call to enquire if they have stocks for a specific product.
Address: 1 Coleman Street, The Adelphi, #03-09, Singapore, 179803
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 1pm – 7.30pm, Sat: 1pm – 7pm, Sun: 1pm – 5.30pm
Contact no.: 8288 3515
8. The Falcon’s Hangar
The Falcon’s Hangar was started by toy collectors, for toy collectors, and has had 19 years of experience in the hobby collector’s industry.
They have a shop at Waterloo Street as well as an online store that ships internationally.
They sell a huge range of merchandise from anime to movie characters, Pokemon and even Disney products! The list just goes on and on.
You can view their whole list of products here, sorted beautifully in alphabetical order.
The Falcon’s Hangar
Address: Blk 261, Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre, #01-27, Singapore, 180261
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 8pm, Sat – Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Contact no.: 6235 2390
Toy and hobby shops might be slowly disappearing from the local shopping scene, but there are still these gems hanging around as little pockets of haven.
Be right back, got lots of shopping to do!
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