Do you get giddy over Godzilla figurines? Feel your heart flutter in the presence of Star Wars collectibles? Zakka, a toy junkie’s heaven, is where you’ll find a drool-worthy selection of Japanese and vintage toys. Tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street in DUMBO, this shop draws collectors from all over for its display cases brimming with rare gems. You’ll find Japanese favorites, such as Totoro, Astro Boy, Peko-chan, Doraemon, Thunderbirds, and Ultraman (so much Ultraman!), as well as contemporary action figures and vinyl collectibles from artists steeped in street culture, including KAWS, Futura, and Michael Lau. The shop also carries a huge selection of manga and art, design, and fashion publications, many from Japan. Plus, find great gifts for the non-collector. Get a small golden gas mask on a chain for your sweetie (from Mathmatiks’ Zombie Survival Kit Collection) or bring her flowers in a white vase shaped like three guns, and maybe she’ll let you put your new Bruce Lee doll on the mantel.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013