For the last few years now, Star Wars has been all about the medium of TV with Disney Plus churning out shows at quite a rapid rate. In just the last 15 months or so there has been ‘The Book of Boba Fett‘, ‘Obi Wan Kenobi‘, ‘Andor‘, season two of ‘The Bad Batch‘ and the third season of ‘The Mandalorian‘. Presumably, the latter is the reason why this pop-up shop has returned to Ginza for the first time since the release of ‘Obi Wan Kenobi‘ last May.
The long escalator ride to the third floor is donned with images of iconic characters on both sides. You could say that it’s something of a moving experience!
The present incarnation of Star Wars Galaxy in Ginza has been open to the public since the 29th of March but due to the Ash concert, watching Nankatsu SC (a.k.a. the real life Captain Tsubasa club) and work I had to bide my time and wait until a week later to finally visit the store. I was quite surprised by how spacious it was given how limited space can be at times in the Japanese capital. A trio of larger than usual Be@r Brick models (including Bo-Katan Kryze) are on hand to greet visitors.
Full-size R2-D2 and BB-8 droids, as well as Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren and Master Yoda were all a pleasant surprise as I was not really expecting to see such props or exhibits on display in a pop-up shop.
As I had a Star Wars t-shirt on (Who’d have thought it!) I couldn’t resist a couple of selfies with a couple of legacy characters.
Other than the life size statues, the left side also comprises a lot of camping and urban equipment and products such as tents, marquees and even skateboards which have the Star Wars logo emblazened on them. There really are very few products out there which are yet to get the Star Wars treatment!
Back on the other side of the escalators are a range of paintings and artwork with each one settng you back a whopping 130,000 yen! I only bought a couple!!!
The cost of them makes the various limited edition busts and models seem reasonably cheap! The most expensive one I could see was a gold Darth Vader for just 110,000 yen.
Most people are probably aware that some of the costumes such as Darth Vader and the strormtrooper ones were indeed inspired by Japanese samurai outfits. A few crossover figurines are available for those with deep pockets!
You’d have to be a complete mug to not come away from here without a drinking cup or glass of some note. I didn’t bother though as I already have more than enough mugs relating to Star Wars! Mini plates, chopstick rests and other such crockery are also available.
Some of the most colourful and interesting products on sale in this pop-up shop are the range of socks.
There’s a wealth of mobile phone accessories, stationery, magnets, key rings, stickers, pencil cases, pin badges and clear files. I almost always end up buying the latter as they are very useful for my job even though I’ve now got an excessive amount of them. I didn’t have one with Grogu on though so a couple more were added to the collection!
One thing that many, many Japanese always carry with them is a hand towel. They can be used to dry hands in public toilets or to wipe sweat in the hot and humid summers. Having one on you is something that is instilled from an early age and so naturally there are all manner of Star Wars towels and all of them are fairly reasonably priced too.
The theme here generally focused on ‘The Mandalorian‘ but from April 24th it will change to the Star Wars saga so, like Emperor Palpatine in Episode IX, I will make an unlikely return.
- Star Wars Galaxy in Ginza is on the 3rd floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza at 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. It is open everyday from 11:00 am till 8:00 pm and runs till 28th May 2023.
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