For this episode of Mecha Fridays, we will taking a tour at the most awesome Gunpla store in Japan.
We previously featured the Gunpla store in Yamada Denki where it has one of the largest selections of gunpla at a reasonable price. This time we will be exploring an official Gunpla store in Odaiba, the same place where you can find the life size Unicorn Gundam.
Gundam Base Tokyo is located on the 7th floor of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaibai, it was previously called Gundam Front Tokyo that was built in 2012 but it was changed this year as part of Bandai’s new campaign to celebrate the anniversary of the Gundam franchise as well as revealing the new life statue to replace the RX-78-2 Gundam.
The store is almost at 2,000 square meters in size and features several sections. The store section will feature a wide range of Gunpla kits; including the reissues of vintage 1980’s kits and other recent line of Gunplas. Each stall will feature different series and gunpla kit lines, from Super Deformed to High Grades, Master Grades, Real Grades and Perfect Grades. Here you can also purchase some of the exclusive Gundam Front model kits that you won’t be able to find elsewhere and may vary at certain seasons, so be sure to check on this regularly for updates when planning to purchase.
There is also a section filled with displays of different Gunpla kits, there is also a section that displays the different grades and how many runners it needed to hold the parts before assembly. Some works from other Gunpla enthusiasts are displayed along with some entries from previous Gunpla building competitions.
A Gunpla builders room is installed at Gundam Front where customers and enthusiasts can use the room to build their kits, there are large tables where group builds are encouraged. There is even a station where the Gunpla crew shoot their livestream sessions for special promos or events.
On the other side of the venue, a display of equipment and materials used in building the model kits are shown. From the different types of plastics used and even the uniforms worn by the workers which is entirely based on the military uniforms of the Earth Federation, you an even check out how they conceptualize the design on the mechanics of the kits and even the older equipment that they use in the early years. You can even check out the model of the Gunpla factory or the Bandai Hobby Center that is based in Shizuoka, Japan.
G-Strict is an exclusive apparel for the Gundam franchise that are on sale at Gundam Front. You can find shirts, jackets, bags and other accessories for those fans who want to bring their love for Gundam in their fashion.
The store is open daily from 10:00AM to 9:00PM and admission is free, there are some occasions that the store may be open at a later time so be sure to check for any upcoming events or promotions.
So be sure to plan a schedule on visiting Gundam Base Tokyo when you are in Japan, as it is worth your time if you are a Gundam or mecha fan.