Following the successful launch of the first-ever Bandai Namco Cross Store outside of Japan and Victoria Place recent brand store opening, a continued expansion of Bandai Namco brand stores will launch nationally this month. Which will include popular collectable Gashapon, Ichibankuji, Sun-Star stationery, arcade experiences and more.

London’s Camden ‘Bandai Namco Cross Store’ opened in the summer followed by Victoria Place brand store in November 2023, and now the following stores will open in December with Ealing opening on the 7th of December featuring Gashapon, Ichibankuji and Sun-Star Stationery, Brighton’s North Street on the 12th of December featuring arcade games and Gashapon and Meadowhall Sheffield on the 15th of December featuring Gashapon and Sun-Star Stationery.

The positive appearance of stores in the UK have strengthened the love of Bandai Namco’s popular brands in the physical space. This will also expand into 2024 with plans for larger stores, tours and other brand appearances reaching out to fans nationally.


GASHAPON is BANDAI’s miniature capsule collectables and vending machines. The name is a combination of the “clunk (gasha)” sound made when the handle is turned, and how the capsule “pops (pon)” out of the machine. GASHAPON BANDAI OFFICIAL SHOP is a GASHAPON dedicated capsule collectable shop, featuring many of Bandai’s products. You will be introduced to some of your favourite Japanese characters and an array of on-trend miniature collectables.

What is Ichbankuji?

“Bandai Namco presents Ichibankuji, the unique Japanese experience where every player is a winner. Meaning “Number One Lottery” in Japanese, the Kuji combines high-quality exclusive Anime collectables with a lucky-dip style draw with prizes ranging from detailed statues, character plush and much more. Simply ‘Peel & Reveal’ your ticket to claim your prize with every draw being a guaranteed win!”

What is Sun-Star Stationery?

Sun-Star Stationery is a Japanese company part of the Bandai Namco Group. They create cute (kawaii) and practical stationery and everyday items, including products featuring popular Japanese characters. Enter the world of “Practi-Kawaii” at the Sun-Star Stationery Shop.

I have been to the Bandai Namco Cross Store in Camden Street and it was magical. It was so much fun trying out this special kind of export. And it prepares people for a possible trip to Japan. I found myself addicted to Ichbankuji. This fascinating twist on a lottery made me feel like a winner each time. Hopefully one day it’ll find its way to our Irish shores.

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