Getting My Geek On at Wonko’s

Wonko's at 183 and Lake Creek Pkwy

What is it that makes grown men and women indulge in buying toys, such as action figures? It’s really easy to say that there is some unfulfilled desire from childhood that toys resolve for us or that, to put it more bluntly, we’re just being childish. I’ve been called a “man-child” for my own collection of Bleach action figures in my cubicle at work. Sure, toys are for kids, but to call me a “man-child”? That’s just harsh.

As an honorary, junior pseudo-student of Jungian thought, I like to think that action figures act as symbols of the different aspects of my own subconscious or symbols of personal traits I wish I possessed. For instance, Byakuya Kuchiki would represent confidence and quiet determination in all situations, and Abarai Renji would represent the ability to live in the moment without concern for the next. … Neither are traits I possess. Perhaps in a society of dwindling respect for the basic archetypes and symbols that make up our collective unconscious, these figures are our way of counterbalancing being too fully immersed in day-to-day reality.

Whether you’re looking for a place to indulge in some toy therapy for your over-worked mind or your just looking for a place to let out that inner child, you may just find what you need at Wonko’s Toys & Games in North Austin.

Wonko's Toys and Games Store Entrance

You can find just about any action figure, from your basic Star Wars figures to more expensive collectibles, you can think of and a few you would’ve never thought of at Wonko’s.  The store’s collections include characters for The Watchmen, DC Universe, Teen Titans, Star Trek, Spawn, and many more.

Additionally, and most relevant to this blog, they carry anime figures and plamos (plastic models, usually mechas from anime). I’ve personally purchased two plamos from Neon Genesis Evangelion and all of my Bleach action figures from Wonko’s. In fact, I bought a limited-edition Hollow Ichigo (only 1 of 1000 made) while I was there on Friday.

Wonko’s also specializes in role-playing games, card games, and board games. They regularly hold Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and I’ve often seen people in the back playing strategy games. … It truly is a store where you can get your geek on.

Action Figures at Wonko'sBoard and Role-Playing Games at Wonko's
Balrog Toy Display at Wonko'sPlamos and Anime Toys at Wonkos
Voltron and Other Toys at Wonko'sLimited-Edition Hollow Ichigo

I had a chance to speak with Eric, the new owner of Wonko’s, and he said that if there is an action figure that they don’t carry in stock, he can probably get it for you from his distributors. Special or rare toys may be harder to come by, but he will try to find them.

If you happen to be north of the city (and I do mean far north of Austin), drop by and see if Wonko’s has something to entertain that inner child of yours … or to appeal to your subconscious need for archetypal symbols. ;-)

Wonko's at 183 and Lake Creek Pkwy

Wonko's at 183 and Lake Creek Pkwy

Wonko’s is located in the Lake Creek Festival Shopping Center a few doors down from Alamo Drafthouse.

Address:
13729 Highway 183, Suite 630
Austin, Texas 78750
(512) 335-1000

Store Hours:
12PM – 7PM Tuesday through Saturday

Rating: ★★★★½

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  • Eric August 8, 2009, 11:25 am

    Hey! Thanks for the kind words :) I’ve been trying very hard to keep up what Chad Seger started back in 2005. My family and I purchased Wonko’s from the Segers in May of this year, and plan to keep it going as a family run and family oriented Toy and Game store.

    Again, Thanks for the kind words :)

    Eric

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    • Austin Otaku August 8, 2009, 11:43 am

      Thanks for keeping the tradition alive, Eric. I’ve been a fan of Wonko’s ever since I walked in a couple of years ago and saw the Boba Fett cut-out saying “Welcome to Wonkos. I love you.” (a la “Idiocracy”)

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  • SNS August 8, 2009, 1:12 pm

    OMG it’s so close…

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  • Evelvinin August 8, 2009, 1:24 pm

    Hi! You have a great page!

    Well, I really WANT a Wonko’s in my city, it’s the biggest “otaku shop” that I ever seen…

    Where I live we only have 4 comic shops, where you can find some merchandising, but nothing like this.

    I hope to go someday to Texas!

    Kisses from Spain *3*

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  • Mitchell August 8, 2009, 1:42 pm

    I had a chance to check out Wonko’s when I was up in TX for business. It’s amazing how much stuff Eric has and still keeps it organized and clean and very inviting for gaming. I think its a destination spot for anyone visiting TX. :)

    Thanks…

    …Mitchell

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  • whipcracker August 12, 2009, 3:11 pm

    The commercials for “Wonkos” are a Hoot! Especially the one with the watcher. :) Wish I had one like this in my area and then I would not have to travel to the larger area of the metroplex.

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  • Wonko's June 1, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Hey there,

    Just an update, we moved in November to:
    13776 Highway 183
    Suite 116
    Austin, TX 78750

    I REALLY thank you for your review of the store, and invite you back to take new pictures :) We LOVE our Wonkonians!!!

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