4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Wacko, in the heart of Hollywood, is wonderfully weird. They have a huge assortment of gag gifts and novelty items. But they also have über-hip toys and collectibles.
Big Kid Collectibles
14109 Burbank Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you’re a child of the 1960s or 1970s, Big Kid Collectibles is a little slice of heaven. As soon as you walk in, you’re thrown back to the days when your house stunk from burning Shrinky Dinks and the dog ate your favorite Colorforms accessory. You can relive it all here for a price.
The LEGO Store
2148 Glendale Galleria
Glendale, CA 91210
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you know a LEGOmaniac, you might lose them forever in this store in the Glendale Galleria. The Pick a Brick wall has LEGOs in every shape and color imaginable. And you can always sit down in the “Living Room” for some quality build time.
7522 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
While Meltdown isn’t technically a toy store, if you’re looking for anything comic-related or just plain cool, this is the spot. From collectible action figures to the latest and greatest vinyl figure from William and Shady, you can find it at Meltdown.
11726 Barrington Court
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the best Los Angeles toy shops for the really little ones is Wonderland in the upscale Westside neighborhood of Brentwood. In addition to a great selection of toys, they have clothing, books and baby gear galore.
– Monique Martin