I was going through old vacation photos and found some pics I took from my visit to Japan's Bandai Museum four years ago (wow, time sure does fly!). It has since closed down and I think moved to a smaller location. I was disappointed that many of the photos I took look really crappy for some reason (I'll blame it on trying to get used to a new camera), but I found a few that weren't too terrible. I thought that folks interested in vintage Japanese character toys might be interested to see these.
Here's the outside. You can kind of see that there are actual statues of characters like Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Mazinger Z, etc. in the windows:
These shots are taken from a big cabinet display in the lobby. The first shot includes the impossibly rare Garada K7 Jumbo Machinder on the far right, one of only possibly three known to exist, and probably one of the most expensive toys period. Many diehard collectors made the pilgrimage to this place just to see this legendary toy. I took a lot of pics of this guy.
At this point we had to pay a few bucks admission to see much more.
Big cabinet of Ultraman and Ultra Kaiju vinyls:
Here's me geeking out in front of a huge cabinet of Jumbo Machinders (24" tall robots, Mattel released a few of them here as part of the Shogun Warrior line). I'm probably standing in front of maybe $50,000.00 or more worth of toys in this pic (it would be even more money if there were more of them MIB). This is probably one of the most expensive toy lines to collect in the world, but it's tragically one of my favourites (#2 probably only to Megos).
A couple more Jumbos, Kamen Rider and a very, very rare Lensari Jumbo villain:
Some cool old Mazinger Z toys:
Popy Godzilla Jumbosaurus (cooler than the similar Shogun Warrior Godzilla. This one actually roars!)
One of the largest Godzilla vinyls made (the Final Premium version) and the same with Gamera. I'm in the pic to show how big these boys are.
One wall of Godzilla toys. I took more pics including close ups, but they all turned out kind of bad.
Anyway, this gives you a small taste of the wonderful world of old Japanese toys. And it was the best museum I've ever visited.