Giant Robot, LA
Giant Robot was first launched in the mid-90’s as a hand-published, pop culture magazine. A decade ago, its founders, two UCLA grads, decided to expand the brand and spawned a tiny shop selling all things Asian and ephemera. From Lotta Jansdotter notepads and Princess Tina tee-shirts to Shinzi Katoh mug set and plush Ugly Dolls, Giant Robot excels at kitsch. Display cases lined with vintage Japanese monster toys, obscure Asian candies, and comic books amuse shoppers of all ages.