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#1 TMBounty_Hunter

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Posted 03 April 2004 - 06:37 PM

Revamped guide to make it less of an essay and easier to read and find what you want guide (version 4.0)
Actually bothering to update it for the first time in almost 4 years (version 5.0)


LAST EDIT: NOVEMBER 28, 2014



Notes about potential usefulness of this "guide":
I can be lazy and go a few years without updating this.
I'm mostly listing the stores I've actually been to. If you know some super amazing store that's not on here please let me know.
This guide places emphasis on little plastic robots. For more traditional hobby needs (armor, ships, etc) exploring the individual store sites will help you more.
The rough estimate of prices over the yen assumes a brain-convenient rate of 100yen=$1CAD



Downtown Toronto

AnimeXtreme
315 Spadina Ave. Unit H.
Supplies: Good selection of basic modeling supplies. Tamiya and an incomplete Mr. Color rack. Have Mr. Color Thinner.
Model selection: Bandai, Kotobukiya
Prices: 1.3-2 times yen



Silver Snail
329 Yonge St. (Look for the banner)
Supplies: None
Model selection: Bandai
Prices: 1.6-2 times yen
(They have a tentendcy to really knock the prices down during local cons, beating others in the dealer room by a wide margin. Not the broadest selection though)



Dragon Hobby
612 Gerrard St E
Supplies: Most modeling supplies and much more. Aqueous Hobby Color, Tamiya, Testor/Model Master paints and a few bottles of Mr. Color.
Model selection: Bandai (mostly old stuff), Tamiya (tons), some resins and vinyl kits that look like HK recasts.
Prices: 1.8-2.5 times yen



Wheels and Wings Hobbies
1880 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON
Supplies: Tons of modeling supplies. Tamiya, Alclad, Testors, etc paint. Have bottled Mr. Surfacer. Have an Evergreen styrene rack.
Model selection: Pretty much no mecha but metric tons of aircraft, ships, cars, armor, etc.
Prices: ~2 times yen for Tamiya and Hasegawa



John's Hobbies
2880 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON
Supplies: Lots of modeling supplies. Don't actually remember the paint selection. Have an Evergreen styrene rack.
Model selection: Armor, ships, aircraft, trains, RC.
Prices: ???






West

Sculpture Supply Canada
345 Munster Avenue.
Supplies: They carry all sort of goodies like Apoxie Sculpt, Super Sculpie, Smooth-On silicone and urethane mold materials and casting resins as well. Tons of other stuff too.
Model selection: None
Apoxie Sculpt 4lb Natural color:
June 2005 = $35.95
January 2009 = $42.90  Posted Image
May 2014 = $38.20 :D



Ukato
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203-776 Dundas St E., Mississauga, ON L4Y 2B6
Supplies: No paint yet, but have Gundam Markers. Decent selection of tools and planning to expand. Sujibori-do BMC scribers and 3M sanding sponges.
Model selection: Metric tons of Bandai kits, some armor, aircraft and cars.
Prices: 1.25-1.35 times yen. Surprisingly low and consistent across all model lines. As of last update appears to have the cheapest Bandai kit prices in the GTA.



Panther Hobbies
2580 Wharton Glen Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario L4X 2A9
Supplies: Tons of modeling supplies. Tamiya, Alclad, Model Master, other paint. Has an Evergreen rack
Model selection: Armor, ships, aircraft, trains, RC.
Prices: 1.3-2 times yen for Tamiya and Hasegawa



Big Boys With Cool Toys
2025 Dundas Street East, Unit 6, Mississauga, L4X 2M1
Supplies: Tamiya paint rack
Model selection: Mostly an RC Store, some Revell kits.
Prices: -





North York


Sunward Hobbies
2700 Dufferin Street
Supplies: Good selection of basic modeling supplies. Tamiya and Model Master paint. Has bottled Mr. Surfacer.
Model selection: Mostly non-mecha. Metric tons of model rocket supplies.
Prices: -



HOBBY HOME
180 Steeles Ave. West, Unit 29, Thornhill, ON
Supplies: Most basic modeling supplies and more. Tamiya and Testor/Model Master paints.
Model selection: Bandai (maybe 10 kits or so), Tamiya(tons). Fairly small selection overall for mecha, mostly an R/C store.
Prices: 1.8-2 times yen


Centerpoint mall

Unit 1-10
Smart Maple
Supplies: None
Model selection: Bandai
Prices: 1.6-2 times yen


Cyber City Comix
1025A Steeles Ave West
Supplies: None
Model selection: Kotobukiya
Prices: 1.3 times yen


Plastic World
1140 Sheppard Ave. West, Unit 8
Supplies: Gigantic sheets of styrene, all sorts of resins and solvents, PVA mold release, Polytek brand silicones and just tons of stuff. They also have the awesome The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook



East side

Hornet Hobbies
1563 O'Connor Drive, Toronto, M4B 2V7
Supplies: Good selection of basic modeling supplies. Tamiya and Model Master paint.
Model selection: Mostly traditional, no tiny plastic robots.
Prices: 1.3-2 times yen


Advance Hobbies
85 Ellesmere Rd, Unit F10, Toronto, M1R 4B9
Supplies: Most basic modeling supplies and more. Model Master, Alclad and Tamiya paints. Also small selection of Tamiya enamels and Aqueous Hobby Color.
Model selection: Bandai, Hasegawa, Tamiya, Dragon. Fairly small selection overall for mecha, mostly an R/C store.
Prices: 1.2-1.5 times yen


Pacific Mall
4300 Steeles Ave. E

??? ugh I don't remember what the place is, it's on the top floor, south west corner, has lots of airsoft
Unit #: ???
Supplies: Tamiya paints.
Model selection: Bandai.
Prices: 1.5-2 times yen


Market Village

Unit: B 21
Smart Maple
Supplies: None
Model selection: Bandai
Prices: 1.6-2 times yen


Unit: A 20-21
One's
Supplies: Tamiya paint
Model selection: Bandai
Prices: 1.6-2 times yen




North


Hobby King
800 Denison street, unit 6, Markham, Ontario.
Supplies: Lots of modeling supplies. Full racks of Mr. Color, Aqueous Hobby Color, Tamiya and other paint paint. Has Mr. Color Thinner and Mr. Restoring Thinner.
Model selection: Bandai, Kotobukiya, some Hasegawa and Wave.
Prices: 1.3-2 times yen


Advance RC & Hobbies
8555 Woodbine, Markham, ON L3R 4X9
Supplies: Good selection of basic modeling supplies. Tamiya and Model Master paint.
Model selection: Mostly an RC store, has some aircraft, ships and armor.
Prices: ???


Pinnacle Hobby
5970 16th Avenue, Units 114-116, Markham
Supplies: Some basic modeling supplies. Tamiya paint.
Model selection: Non-mecha. Mostly RC but decent amount of armor, aircraft, etc.
Prices: -


-------------------------------------------------------------In Memoriam (dead store entries copied over from previous versions of the guide)-------------------------------------------------------------


I�ll start with my favourite, Omake Hobby CLOSED DOWN Posted Image , unit 212A in Chinatown Center at 222 Spadina Ave.
They have gundam models and also stock up in gachapons and hard to find Japanese toys and memorabilia, Hard Gay stuff for example. What makes the store above the rest however is the atmosphere created by the owner, Eric Francisco. He�s always there to help you find what you need or if you just wanna chat about things new and old, or even sit down for a game of Halo or Tetris Attack. Great store, great people.

Next stop is also in Chinatown Center, KiKiWai. They have a lot of anime merchandise, but not much in terms of hobby related things. A small selection of gundam and a few other IP kits, but that�s about it. Other stuff includes artbooks, Japanese and English manga, magazines, plushies, figurines, and everything down to coffee mugs, kinda pricey though. They also had an uptown location but they closed it this past month. Store hasn't been open for months, but still stuff in it, notes taped to the door, mail on the floor, fate unknown.....

A bit east of Pacific Mall, at 4390 Steeles Ave E is Market Village. Another location for Smart Maple (they�re near McDonalds) and also Yim Ha Hobby ( don�t have a card so I don�t even know if I spelled it right�.) they have some older or hard to find models stocked. CLOSED Posted Image

On Sheppard Ave there is a few stores. At Pharmacy there is a small plaza where there is a HUGE store for warhammer fans, don�t have the exact address but it will jump at you if you�re at the intersection. Gryphon is the name of the place I think. No longer there. Not sure if they moved or closed

KEITH"S HOBBY SHOP LTD. at 5205 Yonge St. They got almost every supply that you need to paint a kit that I know of. Tons of paint, masking tape, Exacto knifes, those snipper things, airbrushes, they even got Gundam Markers, and loads more. If you�re into ships, plane, or cars, or just need some supplies, that�s the place to be. MOVED TO SOME TOWN NORTH THAT I FORGOT

If we go west on Steeles we have RaceWorld at 248 Steeles Ave West, same plaza as Toys R Us. They have some paint supplies but mostly specialize in RC.[/s] STORE WAS NO LONGER THERE WHEN I WAS AT THE PLAZA A FEW WEEKS BACK


Aura Model Shop
10 Dundas St. E Unit 308
Supplies: Most basic modeling supplies. Mr. Color and Tamiya paints.
Model selection: Bandai (lots), Hasegawa, Kotobukiya, Tamiya.
Prices: 1.4-2 times yen
DEAD



Gundam Base
Unit #: ??? (almost at the very north end of the east-most isle)
Supplies: Most basic modeling supplies. Mr. Color and Tamiya paints.
Model selection: Bandai (lots), Hasegawa, Kotobukiya, Tamiya.
Prices: 1.4-2 times yen
Closing sale as of May 31st, 2014


Last update 28/11/2014

Edited by TMBounty_Hunter, 28 November 2014 - 01:38 PM.


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Posted 03 April 2004 - 10:29 PM

I think you might be close to the record for the most number of combined characters and images in one post  :wink: .  I guess you DO have time on your hands...

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Posted 03 April 2004 - 10:40 PM

Hey "TMBounty_Hunter"  have you ran in too any predator kits up there? :D

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 06:35 AM

actual kits that you have to put together? no, sorry. ive seen only action figures.

record? hehe, i didnt have that in mind when doing this :) but when i update this thing, its going to grow quiet a bit.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:07 AM

bumped for my convinience...

http://www.hobbyfana...?showtopic=2657

My older sister sprung this on me and is begging me to accompany her to Toronto for a weekend vacation.
I really don't want to go since to me, painting time on the weekend is more precious to me than leaving one major city, just to go shopping in another major city sounds utterly rediculous to me.
:angry:

But if I DO end up going next week, I wanted to ask around if there are any used manga/artbook stores around?

Not to insult Toronto or anything, but I doubt I'll find anything new in Toronto that I couldn't find in NY.  Unless it's from one of those random used book store kinda stuff.
I know there's a bookstore chain that carries used manga.  And they're not common in NY.  What's it called?  Bookmark?  Can't remember.

Man, I wish she'd pick a smaller, rural town.  Or some camping trip thing, rather than to go visit a city.
^_^'

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 11:42 AM

sorry about the late reply and the newer topic being empty, im still slowly working on that, just too busy with too many things atm.

so you're coming here for the weekend of 27-28th? if so then you'll be here for the Canadian National Expo weekend. biggest convention in Canada, a con for anime, sci-fi, comics, horror, and this year also gaming. because of that all the stores in the city will have most of the staff at the con and some stores might be closed.

i donno about stores that sell used manga, but most of the stores that i have listed in the previous guide do carry english releases of manga, and Kikiwai carries the japanese manga and a load of artbook, but those are kindof pricy.



link for the Expo if you're intereted:
CNAnime
and another store that has a pretty good selection of anime and manga:
Silver Snail

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 03:01 PM

TMBounty_Hunter, on Aug 22 2005, 11:42 AM, said:

link for the Expo if you're intereted:
CNAnime
and another store that has a pretty good selection of anime and manga:
Silver Snail

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Is anybody going to be there (or already there, its started already...)?  Work wanted to fly me out to Toronto for Monday, so I booked my flight for saturday morning and will be there for sat/sun... =D

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 05:52 AM

I guess I should've added a hobby shop called Toys^2 on this list.  It's in the same mall as the FantasyBox shop mentioned in the other thread.  To find it, you have to be 'inside' the mall section (not the movie theatre or mini golf place), it will be at the north-east section close to the food court.  Though FantasyBox mostly focuses on pvc merchandise exclusively, Toys^2 is a store of all sorts.  It has hobby paint, a few supplies such as putty, masking tape, tools..etc.  It has a few diecast model cars.  Also has pvc figurines large and small (though doesn't only concentrate on anime).  It has quite a bit of hollywood characters (eg. batman, superman, predator,robocop...etc.).  For actual model kits, it varies between small and large gunpla.  I didn't notice many resin kits though.  I'll have another look next time.

Which mall you ask?  First Markham Place located on Hwy. 7 (between woodbine and warden).  You'll probably notice the large stores like Home Depot, Chapters first though.  There's like 2-3 other plaza complexes all beside each other, so First Markham would be the most eastern complex.  Parking can get annoying though.

On a side note, while I was browsing the Smart Maple they have in this mall yesterday, I notice they were playing Suzumiya Haruhi music through their store speakers...   :o   Everything from bouken desho desho to god bless and ending theme.  Looks like Haruhism is still alive.   :lol:

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 01:03 PM

We are an Online Anime shop based in Toronto Canada.
www.kctoysshop.com
check us out  :D

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 11:09 PM

I wish there was a bridge across lake ontario so I wouldn't have to go from syracuse all the way around, Its only like 44 miles across from Rochester, lol

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:08 PM

okay I have lived in the toronto for a couple of months going to university of toronto, and I have some extra stores where you guys could go and my comments on a few.

Grey region 550 yonge street. From the outside it looks like just a comic book store but it has a suprisngly good selection of modelling supplies. It has all the basics, glue, Tamiya paints, various knives and saws for modelling and some scratchbuilding stuff.  In the basement they have a very large suggestion of models of cars, ships, planes and tanks.

Anime Extreme- Prices for models generally suck. There really REALLY expensive there from what I've compared it to. They have a very good selection though. But then again the price thing. He's chargin what, 49 bucks for an 1/100 infinite justice? lame....

Silver snail: decent model kit selection. they expanded on this and have quite a few mgs' and some pg's. prices are pretty good as well.


Here's my new favorite store though is Kuramae Hobby with a deal which I'm not sure you fellow modellers know about it. Kurama is a store located on spadina in the chinatown mall.  there's a good deal there. Basically if you pay 50 bucks anually, you'll be able to buy any model kit FOR ONLY THE YEN PRICE.  Let me put this in comparison for you. One guy there bought the Master grade f-91 which normally cost around 55-60 bucks. He got it for 32 dollars. not bad!

Also I believe in good customer service and this guy kick some serious ass. He's one of the nicest and friendliest  guys I've ever met. Hell half the people who go to shop there stay for a quick game of halo or something. I'm pretty much buying all my kits there now.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 12:45 PM

We are having a special of 10% off on all of our in-stock items.  The special ends December 8.
Please email us to receive this special offer. =)

www.kctoysshop.com

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 01:10 AM

View Postobsessed-with-gundam guy, on Nov 4 2006, 02:08 AM, said:

Here's my new favorite store though is Kuramae Hobby with a deal which I'm not sure you fellow modellers know about it. Kurama is a store located on spadina in the chinatown mall.  there's a good deal there. Basically if you pay 50 bucks anually, you'll be able to buy any model kit FOR ONLY THE YEN PRICE.  Let me put this in comparison for you. One guy there bought the Master grade f-91 which normally cost around 55-60 bucks. He got it for 32 dollars. not bad!

Also I believe in good customer service and this guy kick some serious ass. He's one of the nicest and friendliest  guys I've ever met. Hell half the people who go to shop there stay for a quick game of halo or something. I'm pretty much buying all my kits there now.
I believe the owner (Eric) changed the name of the shop to Omake Hobby (that is, if you're talking about the store that I think you're talking about).

They had a booth at CNAnime (or "Fan Expo" as it's been unceremoniously renamed), but weren't at Anime North 2006.

By the way, I also go to the University of Toronto, we should meet up sometime :)

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 10:51 PM

HEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY COOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLL I'M ALSO IN UT!! and i'm looking for ppl who wish to start a hobby club next semi or next year or something........

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 11:30 PM

Gah I suck with names so no wonder I messed it up.

Sure I'd meet up with you guys, just gotta coordinate a time in place. It's gotta be in january though as I'm going home for christmas right away.




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