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Location Guide: Places to buy anime figures and merchandise in Singapore

Location compilation of anime merchandise stores in Singapore

Where is the best location in Singapore buy anime figurines? Do a quick Google search about anime merchandise Singapore and you will find that many people are asking for information about the best places to shop in Singapore.

Most of these stores are located around central areas such as Dhoby Ghaut, Suntec or Chinatown. Presumably, this would help to encourage shoppers to conveniently come down to shop or pickup their pre-orders.

The retail landscape in Singapore is extremely dynamic and competitive. Retail stores are losing their much of their attractiveness to visit due to the competition of e-commerce.

“Why bother going down to a physical shop location when I can simply buy online and get them delivered to my house at a lower cost?”

After all, Singaporeans are very sensitive to prices – if I can get things at a cheaper price, then I will go for it. As a result, these retail shops change location or close down in matter of months. Compilation lists such as this become obsolete fast because shops come and go over a short period of time.

I would like to dedicate this post to all local retailers who keep their heads high. These local retailers help to keep the collectors’ dream alive. It is definitely not easy to run a retail business in Singapore because of the expensive rent, overhead and manpower costs.

Top store locations in Singapore to visit for your anime needs!

La Tendo

lan tendo anime shop location in singapore
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038983
Opening Hours:
11am – 7.30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed (Saturday – Sunday)
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Opening Hours:
11.30am – 9pm (Sunday – Thursday)
11.30am – 9.30pm (Friday – Saturday)

Location Review

La Tendo has been around since the time of the old Funan Digital Mall. It is one of the easily recognizable anime stores in Singapore. As you enter the shop, rows of glass cabinets filled with your favorite anime figurines can be found neatly displayed. Also, keep a lookout for boxes or racks that have small anime trinkets like keychains or charms. These are usually cheaper and for clearance sale.

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Going Japan? Top 5 Places to visit for Anime Figures in Akihabara, Tokyo – Part 1.

Akihabara – is it the dream of every Figure Collector to be in the home and world of anime series?

Akihabara, Tokyo

Worked hard and saved up some moolah for a week’s trip to Japan? Are you thinking to yourself – “I must visit all the anime stores and buy some collectibles back”. That’s right, I had this thought 6 months into my full-time work and told myself it is a good time to take a break. Akihabara is famed for being known as the electric town as it sells a lot of electronic goods. Over time, it became the place to go to for pop-culture and anime-culture consumer goods.

I went to Tokyo from 22nd March 2019 and 6th April 2019. It was a total period of 14 days, excluding flight time that has transfers at Bangkok, Thailand. Tokyo was just one of the places I went – I did travel out to nature area and popular tourist places too.

I will share with you the top 5 places to visit to purchase your favorite character and anime merchandise in Akihabara. For reading ease, I will be splitting my list up. Finding these places can be difficult but do not worry as they are all listed on Google Maps. Do Google the names and save/bookmark the places to your favorites!

  1. Animate
  2. Surugaya
  3. Mandrake
  4. Sofmap
  5. Akiba Culture Zone
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How to tell the difference between authentic and fake/bootleg anime figures?

Fake anime figures are the poison of the anime world!

Firstly, fake anime figures are the ones destroying the market prices. Secondly, these fakes discourage the authentic hard work put in by their makers. Third, this practice discredits the source of the character. It is humiliating to the creators because it rips off years of hard work.

All in all, this is discrediting the whole line of manga artists, anime producers, visual artists, figurine makers, graphic designers when people support unoriginal work. As a consumer, do not get cheated by this unfaithful replications!

Moreover, some people do not have reservations about owning fake anime figurines because they claim that the figurines look essentially the same. For something that looks the same and cost much lesser, it is fair enough to go for the fake or bootleg figurine. So, why would you buy the more expensive one?

Bootleg Nendoroid, fake tracer, overwatch
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What are the different types of anime figures?

Too many variations of anime figures!

Have you seen shops in Singapore with so many different types of anime figures on display? Well, I sure have!

There was this shop that I went when I was 16 years old. and the vast number of colors, line sand contrasts was overwhelming. I left the shop after a while, feeling deeply impressed and dizzy at the same time. (The spotlights did not help!)

Supposedly, you want to buy an anime figure of your favorite series. A big question would be – where do I start? The anime merchandise industry is huge. There are just way too many different types of anime figures from so many different anime series.

I am pretty sure this is a common experience for many people. To begin with, you need to find out more about what you want. Fret not, I will be guiding you through the different types of anime figures that are out there.

1) Nendoroid

Nendoroid (ねんどろいど nendoroido) series is a brand of anime figures created by Good Smile Company. They are unique in the sense that they have a larger head and a smaller body.

This gives your favorite characters a very cute and child-like appearance. It is something like chibi, if you are familiar with the term.

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