On the second leg of my trip, I visited the Philippines, where I found a surprising amount of quality toy stores. Aside from regular big retail chain stores, I discovered a slew of hidden gems that equal many of those in Hong Kong. I'll even go as far as saying that the Philippines boasts more quality shops specializing the the sale of loose figures than Hong Kong. Read on to find out why, and how to get to these shops yourself.
Toy Kingdom keeps things fresh, with a brightly colored layout filled with fantastic life-sized statues of your favorite comic characters, and an almost magical atmosphere. The one pictured here even had a Gashapon tunnel! In summary, Toy Kingdom is the kind of toy store that a kid would love, and with all the stock that an adult collector would appreciate.
|My Wife's Favorite Find|
|I love this giant Mario!|
FILBAR'S & Comic Quest
If you ever make your way here. Go to the lower level. Toy Kingdom is directly across from the food court. Around the corner on the same level, you'll find Filbar's and Comic Quest. Both sell comics and toys. Filbar's is a bit stronger in the toy department, and has a wide variety of loose and packaged toys. Despite it's small appearance, this shop holds a vast inventory. Make sure to look around, as they have toy treasures tucked away into every corner.
I highly recommend Filbar's. This is another chain store, and you are likely to find them at SM and some other malls. I snagged these two nice pieces there after having originally overlooked their detailed window display. When I say you have to look everywhere for the best finds, I mean it!
Ultimately, the best of all the shops at Mega Mall has to be JAE Collectibles. I wish I could have taken more photos inside, but the claustrophobic space of floor to ceiling toys made it impossible. Rest assured however, that this place is it. They have tons of stuff, and I guarantee no matter what you're into they will have something for you. It's located on the same level as all the previously mentioned stores, just walk through the mall toward Mega Hall B. It's at the very end, next to Ace Hardware.
That does it for now, but come back soon as I will post on what is my new favorite toy destination, Greenhills Shopping Center. I plan on outlining this mall in full, and showing you where the best toy shops are. You may have noticed a Series 16 Classic Robin figure in this post's main picture. Well, if you're into him, then you'll love Greenhills because that's where I got him. Hope you enjoyed this post, and be sure to check in soon!