Sydney has it’s fair share of geek treasure troves, and because I live there I haven’t gone exploring in a few years, so it’s probably overdue. However, having just spent a few days in Melbourne, I have gone exploring, and so here are some of the great (not-so-hidden) treasure troves worth checking out in Melbourne.
Located about 45 minutes outside Melbourne CBD, this store is a must for collectors of Funko’s addictive and ever growing Pop!Vinyl figures. The more you buy, the more you save, so it’s worth popping in to pad up your collection. This store is also home to other collectables, homewares and a small range of apparel.
We spent about an hour wandering around, and just enjoying all the little throw backs to our favourite shows and characters hidden around the store.
Minotaur is a store I visit whenever I’m in Melbourne, simply because they not only have a huge range of great merch, a bigger collection than anywhere in Sydney to be sure, but also an amazing range of fantasy and sci-fi books and an awesome range of comics.
Minotaur is a must see for any collectors of Manga or Anime figures, their range is extensive and up to date, and their apparel range is simply to die for.
This is one of my favourite stores in Melbourne. I love them because they import a lot of things from overseas, especially Japan, so they have a lot of collectibles you can’t get anywhere else (except online – but let’s face it, us geeks want things now and waiting for shipping from overseas to Australia just sucks).
This store may be small, but every corner is packed with anime and video game paraphernalia. Plus their t-shirt range is super on-point. This tiny store might be hard to find but it’s definitely worth seeking out.
So EB games and Zing stores are fairly common in Australia, you can find one or both in most major shopping centres (or Malls for our overseas friends) and they usually have a good range of good under their roof. This store however, is special. It’s three levels of geek goodness.
Starting with EB games as you walk in, downstairs is a huge collection of goodies and Pop!Vinyls and then there is the Nintendo experience upstairs – yes, that’s right, you can come and hang out and play Mario Kart with your buddies in store.
If you can’t make it to Melbourne anytime soon, don’t fret! Popcultcha and Critical Hit often make their way up to Sydney for conventions like Supanova and OzComicCon, and all the stores have websites that will ship everything to you at home. But these stores are definitely worth checking out in person! Happy Geeking!