Monday, August 11, 2008

Split Obsession - Toy Collectors

Toy collectors of all ages will love this store: Split Obsession. It's for folks who have that private dual side to them...a collection obsession.

Most of the toys in this store are unique ones shipped directly from Japan. Next Tuesday a special shipment of Bobafett and other Star Wars items will come in. The items are being internationally distributed now that the Japan Star Wars Convention has ended. The conventions, drawing over 35,000 people each, were held in London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Exclusive toys were made for each country.

My brother's "split obession" is with Star Wars, a movie our family enjoyed and grew up with. It was the very first drive-in movie we saw as kids. We got dressed up in our PJs, brought our pillows and favorite stuffed toy, and eventually fell asleep in the car before the movie was over. Leah confronting an angry Darth Vader was the last scene I remembered on that big screen. It was a fun family experience.

Today my brother owns a house, and has dedicated one room specifically to his Star Wars collection. His room looks like a specialty store--literally!, with gray and black painted walls lined with hanging action figures (much like Toys R Us aisles), different Star Wars space ships hanging from the ceiling, and artfully placed on tables and the ground. Bruce, the owner of Split Obsession, was so intrigued by this that he wanted to see the room...until he learned it was on the mainland. Yet in the typical aloha spirited way, he offered to order my brother any Star Wars items from Japan that he might want. Sometimes I get "good" culture shock when I'm in Hawaii--when I see how genuinely friendly and kind people are here and how they go out of their way to help one another. Through these small acts, I find my soul refreshed time and again in the land of aloha.

For a fun Star Wars blog see:

Where to Shop:
Spilt Obession (in the Koko Marina Shopping Center)
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, #D-100
Honolulu, HI 96825

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