Pang Man is one of the coolest dudes we know and he's knocked our socks off again this week by telling us all about his trip to Tokyo and in particular his journey to the Video Games Mecca that is the Square Enix store.
As usual we are very jealous of The Pang Man's exploits.
Luckily for you Pang Man has taken some pictures just for the Freezer Fraternity!
Let's see what the Man has to say in PART 6......
"One of the coolest places for a gamer to visit in Japan, was the Square Enix store.
Located in Tokyo, it was the perfect place to pick up some gaming collectables.
Squaresoft was well known for creating the Final Fantasy series of games, as well as the beloved SNES RPGs, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger.
The store itself was located in Shinjuku and was located within a short walking distance of the station.
(Update: the Shinjuku store has recently relocated to and has now developed into café/bar/store hybrid)
Dragons Quest merchandise was prominently featured, with King Slime front and centre of many of the displays.
His smiley face was everywhere! In fact I think it was the most smiles I have seen in one place!
Not to be outdone, Chocobo and Cactuar merchandise from the Final Fantasy series were also given significant store space.
There were at least 5 different varieties of Chocobo plushes(!)
Besides Final Fantasy and Dragons Quest, there were also quite a few figurines from Kingdom Hearts.
(I even saw Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Not sure if he is from the game though?)
Huge posters of Lightning , Vanile and Serah from Final Fantasy XIII, Cloud, Aerith and Tifa from Final Fantasy VII and Yuna from Final Fantasy X adorned the walls.
The highlight of the store was an amazing lifesize Sephiroth statue embedded within a transparent tomb.
On the top floor of the store, the more, high end figurines, costing thousands of Yen (which sadly I could not afford!) were showcased.
Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
Cloud Strife and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
A lifesize Vincent Valentine Final Fantasy VII costume!
Back on the ground floor my eye was drawn to the display of mini trading figurines from the Final Fantasy series.
I was keen to buy them but the shop assistant informed me that each box contained a random figure so I would not be able to find out which character I would be getting, until I had purchased them.
In the end though I could not resist and I went ahead and bought two of them at random anyway.
Imagine my delight when I discovered I got the Ninja Yuffie as well as Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII!
I also got a Chocobo just ......because......
Overall I was extremely chuffed with my purchases and I would highly recommend a visit for anyone planning a trip to Japan.
Thanks for listening."Pang Man