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Acorn

1220 5th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-451-5845

When it comes to kids’ toys, we’re suckers for wooden blocks and stacking rings, for dollhouses and minuscule villages…

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Anime Jungle

319 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-621-1661

Los Angeles is awash in designer vinyl toys, but fans of postwar Japanese classic flicks like De-stroy All Monsters flock to Anime Jungle for old-school kaiju needs.

Website: http://animejungle.net.

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Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

14109 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91401

818-785-9208

Expect happy murmurs from the adults as they stroll the aisles of the Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

Website: http://bigkidcollectables.com

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Fitzsu Society

7970 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-655-1908

Most toys are garish and flimsy—in short, we can’t wait to toss them in the donation bin…

Website: http://fitzsu.com

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Karen’s Toys

16101 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91436

818-906-2212

An old-fashioned merry-go-round graces this family destination, which carries hundreds of craft and activity kits, such as Best Friend Pet Bowls (paint a set for your pooch).

Website: http://www.karens4toys.com

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Kid’s Land U.S.A.

3807 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90010

213-487-9090

There’s a global village inside Kid’s Land U.S.A. Along with bedroom furniture and toys…

Website: http://www.kidslandusa.com

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Kip’s Toyland

6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-8334

The floors in Kip’s Toyland are well worn, and the displays are pleasantly chaotic, which makes shopping here like going on a treasure hunt…

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Life Plaza

1370 Fullerton Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91748

626-839-8811

Cuteness engulfs you at Life Plaza, a perky gift store and restaurant where you can pick up toys, CDs, pajamas, and a strawberry boba…

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Puzzle Zoo

1413 3rd Street Promenade, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-393-9201

Don’t be deceived by the name. Puzzle Zoo is indeed stacked high with puzzles featuring everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Simpsons, but that’s only part of the inventory…

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Puzzle Zoo

1413 3rd St. Promenade, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-393-9201

Jigsaw enthusiasts are always craving ever more wicked challenges…

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Robotoys.com

15500 Erwin St., Los Angeles, CA, 91411

818-908-4055

Ditch the windup R2-D2. At the online store Robotoys.com, based in Van Nuys, the automatons and programmable pets are packed with 32-bit microprocessors and solar-powered batteries…

Website: http://robotoys.com

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San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe

2424 Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91108

636-309-0333

Older kids will find plenty to put on their wish lists at the sprawling neighborhood fixture San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe…

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Tom’s Toys

437 N. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-247-9822

You can’t judge a toy store by its facade. Tom’s Toys, in the heart of 90210, doesn’t look like much from the street…

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Toy Dept.

255 E. Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91101

626-396-9487

Adults might get more excited than the kids about the Toy Dept., a year-and-a-half-old find just east of Old Pasadena where the shelves are filled with favorites from their own childhood…

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Whimsic Alley

5464 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

310-453-2370

Purveyor of wizardry, fairy magic, and all things vampire…

Website: http://www.whimsicalley.com

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