If it’s Japanese toys you want, then by all means, yonde kudasai (read on please)!
Do you love to see your favorite fandoms expanded on? Molded and mashed together with many of the products you already know and love. Well then, what I have for you is gonna get you super excited, and maybe even break some of your wallets. That’s not a joke, some of these made my already tight bank account want to explode. This list is the best Japanese toys out there, and I’ve got some really interesting finds that you’ll definitely need to have. Just don’t go overboard. Or do—I’m not your senpai.
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Japanese Toys & Games
For me, Tamagotchi is the first thing that pops into my head when I think Japanese toys. So, when I saw this, my heart melted! This is honestly so adorable, not only because if you grew up on tamagotchi, this would bring back crazy nostalgia, but it’s a collection piece as well. Each individual slayer gets their own in the series, so the options for all of your favorites are here. Also, please don’t just abandon them to die. I know a lot of us were guilty of that in the past.
Calling all Bounty Hunters! I present to you this interesting find: A competitive deck-builder that sets out to prove who’s truly the best hunter in the solar system! Select between the four members of the Bebop crew and rack up reputation points as you fight and capture criminals wanted by the ISSP. With these points, players can buy cards to improve their deck and manage resources. Now, we’ll really see who’s the best of the best! See you space cowboy…
My Hero Academia: The Card Game
As someone who grew up watching Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade dominate the market, this put me right back in that moment. Not only because the game feels somewhat familiar because of the similar blueprint, but also it just makes me happy. There was never any type of embarrassment for liking anime for me, but for some that wasn’t always the case. So, the growth and acceptance I’ve seen over the years is always nice. There’s also a stand-alone villain version, if being a hero isn’t your thing.
Poké Ball – Pack of 4 with Figures
Ready to battle! Ever wanted to live out your Pokémon trainer dreams? Don’t worry you won’t be ten years old wandering around alone. Nor will you have to worry about running into the dastardly Team Rocket. In this pack, you get not only the original Poké Ball, but an ultra, great, and premier Poké Ball too. You also get four adorable figures: Pikachu, Fennekin, Froakie, and Chespin.
Want more Pokémon options? Check out our list of Pokémon toys, figures, and plushies!
Studio Ghibli Movie Scene Playing Cards
So as a kid, I never learned spades, solitaire, poker, old maid, or any of those types of “classics.” Never really felt an urge strongly enough to try. But with this, I’m willing! Because, if I may be a little corny, Ghibli had a grip on me when I was younger that has continued into adulthood. So, to me, anything Ghibli-related is a must buy! I don’t make the rules. Totoro does.
For anyone who witnessed Sakura’s journey of recapturing the Clow Cards, it was exciting to see her take the next step and finally become the master. This set also captures the next part of her new journey, as they say: Once one story ends, another begins. Now you can own the original Clow Cards as well as the remastered Sakura cards. Just know, the Sakura cards are freaking gorgeous.
Figures & Model Kits
Take your heart! When I tell you I need this like yesterday, I’m not even joking. As someone who’s been in the Persona fandom since 3 & 4, watching 5 blow up in popularity had me living. I adore the Phantom Thieves and this little Joker has my eye (and my heart). He’s precious and looks so ready to make corrupt adults pay for their crimes!
Hello Kitty x Gundam – Char’s Zaku
Two classic Japanese toys in one! We all know Hello Kitty, Sanrio, and all their adorable characters. If you don’t know, then you’re one of the few not obsessed with their cuteness. Another collection piece, this mashup includes three versions with different mobile suits. Char’s Zaku, featured here. The classic standard mobile suit. And a Zaku II suit.
Dragon Ball Z (Goku Eating Noodles)
One thing about Goku, no matter what, he’s going to eat! You can’t keep that man away from his meals, nor will Chi-Chi let you get in his way. Just know, dead or alive, his appetite is truly unmatched. And looking at this, I think it captures that essence perfectly.
One Piece – Thousand Sunny Model Ship Kit
For all of the fans of the Straw Hat Crew, this one’s for you! I present to you a buildable model of the Thousand Sunny. This model also comes with members from the crew, and other favorites as well. Till Luffy is king of the pirates, you can at least be part of his crew.
Cardcaptor Sakura (Black Cat Maid Version)
Sakura Kinomoto to me is one of the most iconic but still criminally underrated magical girls to exist. So, any opportunity I can find to show her love, I will! As a fashion icon, she’s never lacking on a quick outfit change, and her best friend won’t let her be lacking. Here you have just one of the many cute outfits from the original series.
Kirby Adventure – Stackable Figures
“You have too many Kirby’s!” said no one ever. And if you do, how dare you?! You can never have too many of this adorable pink sphere. Never speak ill of him. He could kick your butt, swallow you whole, and take everything you love. If there were more than one of him, forget about it! May as well just succumb to his cuteness, like everyone else.
Oramajo Doremi – Doremi Harukaze
Japanese toys seem to have a monopoly on all things cute. This here is an attempt to bring some attention to the cutest, most underrated magical girls series ever. I could go on for days about it. That, however, is a conversation for another time. If you were like me and caught Oramajo Doremi (aka Magical DoReMi) on 4Kids TV on Saturday mornings, you know this is a magical girl masterpiece. I miss it terribly.
She’s literally an icon of anime and magical girls, because she is the one named Sailor Moon! Kinda corny, I’m know, but I had to. Again, I don’t make the rules. She’s a gorgeous find, and, even if you aren’t a fan of Crystal, you know Usagi is great no matter what!
Dragon Ball Z : Adventure Begins Bulma
Where would Dragon Ball lowkey be without Bulma? She came in, and the rest kinda feels like history. A badass in her right, mother of Trunks, and Vegeta’s wife. Looking at her what’s not to love? Not only because it reminds me of how far Bulma has come, but the changeable expressions she has are adorable. Also, the original outfit is always a plus.
Sakura Miku (Hatsune Miku) Taito Doll
Was anyone else like an AMV (anime music videos) kid, listening to Nightcore and stuff? No? Am I one of the last original people who remembers that? Is that what getting old feels like? Yikes! Anyways, that was my introduction to the Vocaloid fandom, and it’s weird because as a kid, I never would have imagined how it blew up the way it did. I mean, Hatsune Miku literally performed at Coachella, has dozens of albums on Spotify, has her own Funko Pops, and is out here dominating since 2007!
Black Butler: Ciel Phantomhive Figure
Finally, we have the Earl of Phantomhive himself, young master Ciel—lowkey, that feels weird saying now. Check the manga for context, cus we don’t do major spoilers over here! We just obsess about amazing anime, and honestly, not only is this figure precious but the signature pose in the chair took me out. It just needs a Sebastian figure to make it perfect. I said what I said. Nobody can change my mind.