10 Great Toy Shops for Grown-Ups
For the kid in you.
(SPOT.ph) One of the best things about being a grown-up is that you can afford to buy almost anything you want. And when adulting starts to take its toll on you, shopping for fun things—especially things that would make you feel like a kid again—can be a great way to go back to simpler days of yore. We round up 10 shops for toys and games for the kid in you.
Get your board-game fix at Gaming Library, where the store’s inventory goes beyond Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly. They consistently carry new releases from all around the world and sell them at very reasonable prices (if you factor in shipping costs). The hottest games like Exploding Kittens and Coup fly off the shelves quickly, so it’s best if you check their website regularly for shipment announcements. Plus, you can pre-order the games you want on their website.
See a list of Gaming Library branches.
Big Boys Toy Store
If you’re looking for collectible action figures, then a visit to Big Boys Toy Store is in order. Movie and anime characters, video game protagonists, sports icons—name it, Big Boys has it. The store also carries exclusive items that you might not be able to get elsewhere—from Star Wars figures to miniature boxed sets. Make sure to visit their online shop and check the What’s on Sale section to find great deals!
Big Boys Toy Store is at Unit S-3017 Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan City.
LEGO Certified Store PH
With LEGO bricks, your imagination is the only limit. So, if you plan to build something from scratch, you can buy the bricks you need to complete your project here, which they sell per 100 grams. But if you’re the type who wants to follow plans, boxed sets are for you. And with LEGO’s partnerships with multiple brands like Marvel, DC, and Ferrari, you’re sure to find something you’d want to build. Apart from these, you can also make your own mini-figures or personalize LEGO keychains, which are perfect to give as gifts!
LEGO Certified Store PH has branches at Park Triangle, Bonifacio Global City; Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City; TriNoma, Quezon City; Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City; and UP Town Center, Quezon City.
Hobbes & Landes
While Hobbes & Landes does carry items for kids, most of the stuff you’ll find are for the kids-at-heart. They have board games, scooters, puzzles, and other knickknacks. They also host events like polymer-clay workshops, a LEGO building competition, and even a summer party for your pets—how’s that for variety?
See a list of Hobbes & Landes branches.
Ever since the late '90s and the rise of games like Magic the Gathering, Neutral Grounds has been around to supply gamers with all their needs—from different kinds of dice and card sleeves, down to specialty paint for miniature figurines. They also host a lot of tabletop games and card tournaments in their stores, so expect to see a lot of people playing while you browse through their inventory. Who knows, you might end up playing a game with them while you’re there.
See a list of Neutral Grounds branches.
If you absolutely hate lining up to purchase anything (and you can wait three to five working days for shipping), then Abubot.ph is perfect for you. Replica lightsabers, superhero-themed cufflinks, and Star Wars-inspired ice cube trays are only some of the many things available on their digital storefront. You can use your credit card or PayPal account for payment. And if you live in Metro Manila, you can opt for their cash-on-delivery option for a minimum purchase of P1,000.
For more information, visit Abubot.ph's website.
The Stockroom has plenty of fans for its wide range of cute stationery and quirky gift items, but the store also has a small but interesting selection of party-ready amusement options. Check out their branch at Ayala Malls The 30th for games like the ever-popular Cards Against Humanity, the very challenging Pentago, or a variety of different editions of Monopoly.
The Stockroom is at 2/F UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City, and 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Pasig City.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro
This board game haven-slash-restaurant offers hundreds of tabletop games you can tinker with while waiting for your food. Aside from being a great place to hang out with friends, it’s also where you can try the games you’re eyeing before making a purchase. Should you decide to start investing in these games, Ludo has a pretty good selection available for sale, too.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro is at 38 Jupiter Street corner Planet Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City.
Filbar’s is pretty well-known as a shop with a good selection of comics, books, and magazines. After all, the store has been around since 1979! And in case you didn't already know, they also carry Funko Pop! toys and other exclusive collectibles. If the shop feels a little too cramped, you can always pre-order items on their website.
See a list of Filbar’s branches.
If you like the expression "Work hard, play hard," AlterEgo is your kind of store. With tabletop games from Gaming Library and bags and wallets from Urban Traveler, AlterEgo caters to both the fashionable and the geeky—an ideal combination if you ask us—under one roof.
AlterEgo PH is at 5/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing, Mandaluyong City.