Akihabara is no doubt the place for all things electronic and is a mecca for all otakus hoping to add to their manga and anime collections. Walking through the streets of Akihabara will also give you plenty of opportunities to see popular figures and “gunplas” or Gundam Plastic Models.
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Collecting figures and gunplas is a very satisfying hobby despite the hefty price tags involved. But if you’re sticking to a budget or just want to see a wide variety of these figures, then the Akiba Showroom is something you should check out!
Visitors can view, take pictures, and enjoy a wide variety of figures and gunplas at the Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom completely for free. The Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom is the official showroom facility by Bandai’s Collectors Division where they exhibit their high quality product brand Tamashii Nations.
There are two sections to the showroom, the Theme Exhibition Corner, and the Tamashii Web Store Exhibition Corner. Both sections are part of an open style store where people come and go to check out the figures. Aside from that, the content and figures that are exhibited change from time to time as well.
The Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom’s location may be hard to find for first timers but it’s located inside the tunnel-like East-West passage beside Akihabara Station. Use the Pablo shops as your marker as there is one on each side.
From June 17th to July 20th, the Theme Exhibition Corner will be featuring the Godzilla Special Edition Exhibit showcasing a variety of Godzilla figures. The collection will include figures from the 1989 Godzilla up to the Godzilla featuring EVA-01 for its upcoming show soon! All the more reason to go and enjoy this showroom.
While other shops prohibit customers or visitors taking photos of their merchandise, there’s no need to hold back at the showroom because they allow it. During the time I passed by the Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom, I was lucky enough to spot a variety of One Piece figures on display at the Web Store Exhibition Corner and a Gunpla display at the Theme Exhibition Corner.
You don’t need a large amount of money to enjoy sightseeing and it won’t cost you a cent to check out the figures and take photos on display at the Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom. So on your next visit to Akihabara, make sure to drop by! Who knows what exhibit you’ll get to check out on your trip to Electric Town!
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