We return once again to Melrose Avenue in beautiful Los Angeles, Calif., to visit my local Kidrobot store. There are only a few physical Kidrobot locations and I consider myself quite fortunate to live so close one. I consider Kidrobot to be more of a jack-of-all-trades of toy stores; rather than catering to one or two markets it spreads it toy-lovin' equally amongst DIY divas, artsy addicts, plush prima donnas, plastic professionals, and vinyl ... somethings.
Anyways, hit the jump and check out the store!
Immediately after you walk through the door, you'll find yourself face to face with a herd of wild mustachioed plush Labbits. They stand atop a shiny white platform in the center of the rectangular shop. Besides the Labbit family and what appeared to be a blow-up punching bag with a disarming smile, there are also some art books on the display island.
On the left side of the store, tiered glass cases are mounted against the upper part of the wall. The shelves are lit and well-organized, giving the impression of a museum display. The coolest museum display ever. Underneath the cases is a sort of merchandise trough, where blind box sets are displayed. You can spend a good 10 to 15 minutes just looking at the variety of blind boxes that Kidrobot has for sale. Word of advice: resist the urge to shake the box. It makes you look silly.
What is inside those glass case shelves? Why, I thought you'd never ask! The majority of the merchandise inside seemed to be limited edition vinyl figures but there are also some DIY customizable figures on display along with some Shawnimals plushes. Every item has its own placard within the display case that says what it is along with how much it costs.
Next to the blind boxes and glass cases is a cubby hole packed with artsy books about toys and pop art. It's the kind of stuff that not only works as a conversation starter on a coffee table but also something that is genuinely fun to flip through.
In the far back of the left side of the store, is what I like to call "the plush nook." Now, being a fan of all things plush, I tend to make a beeline towards that corner when I enter the store. It is my genuine belief that Kidrobot Los Angeles has a great variety in plushes. Want something edgy? They have Kozik's delightfully disgruntled Vasily the Grumpiest Walrus (which I highly recommend, by the way.) Or something more colorful and happy? Perhaps the Pecan Pals are more your speed, then. Regardless of your taste, odds are Kidrobot has a plush that will fit your mood.
On the right side of the store, the focus is more on artsy clothing and accessories. Who hasn't dreamed of wearing a beanie with a Labbit embroidered on it? Or maybe a Munny? Now your dreams can be realized. The shirts take up a good portion of the right side wall and are displayed sideways on a rack. They have a good variety of designs; I just wish I didn't have to keep pulling out shirts to see them all.
Two mannequin displays also make their home on the right side of the store, one in front near the window and the other closer towards the rear of the store. They are pretty hip mannequins: beanies and hoods up, rolled up sleeves, and hands in pockets. They look perfectly at home in a hip community like Melrose.
Kidrobot is a must-see for any toy collector who lives in LA or for those who are visiting. With a wide variety of high quality merchandise and friendly, knowledgable staff (whom I did not take pictures of- sorry!), it is always a great experience. They even have events like artist signings and releases here too!
IF YOU GO:
Kidrobot Los Angeles
7972 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782- 1474
Hours of Operation
Monday- Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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