Greenhills Mall in San Juan, Metro Manila isn’t just one of the most popular shopping centers in the Philippines. It’s also a treasure trove of exquisite toys and collectibles if you know where to look.
But something new has popped up on the second floor of the Promenade wing that may make hunting down those toys or collectibles a little easier.
What is it?
UNBOX Greenhills is a 500sqm space that looks just a tad bit different than your regular store. It doesn’t have its own inventory per se and, instead, rents out cabinets to sellers for PhP 3,500 a month.
The sellers or merchants will then be able to fill up their rented cabinets with whatever their goods are. UNBOX will then take over and assist in operations and marketing.
In addition to that, there’s also a live selling studio that renters can use for online selling.
The setup is unique and results in customers being treated to a rather fascinating variety of goods — some of which are highly elusive and exclusive.
So many toys!
Of course, it goes without saying, you’re going to see A LOT of toys here. Quite a number of the boxes hold a lot of toys and figures that you won’t normally find at your local toy store.
Funko Pop fan? There are tons of exclusives here. Pop culture or movie buff? There are also rare, early-edition toys that we haven’t seen in a very long time!
Whether you’re a comic book geek or certified otaku, you’re sure to find something here.
We saw a bunch of Marvel figurines (some loose, some boxed), Japan-exclusive toys, custom figures, and so much more!
Shoes to make you drool
Sneakerhead? Then you’re going to enjoy the interesting and unique collections at UNBOX Greenhills.
I’m not a big sneakerhead myself (so pardon me if I can’t name them) but was still really impressed with the store’s offerings.
From what we saw during our quick trip, you can find shoes ranging from PhP 2,000, PhP 5,000, PhP 15,000, and more.
And unlike your regular shoe store, a lot of the shoes come in just 1 or 2 sizes, depending on what the merchant has.
Shiny watches and rare collectibles
While not as present as the others mentioned above, you will find some cabinets offering unique and premium watches.
From G-shock to Seiko, we were able to see a pretty good range of choices that may urge watch collectors to bring out their wallets when they visit the store.
There are also quite a large number of different collectibles! The basketball cards were very present in a lot of cabinets but you’ll also find some Pokèmon cards, signed memorabilia, and vintage items to name a few.
Right when you enter the store, you’ll see five stars marked on the first few glass cabinets and up top a large sign that says VIB or Very Important Boxes. These are celebrity-owned items or merch that are up for grabs.
Currently on display are items from Carlo Ople, Madd Creatives by Jed Madela, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Chinkee Tan, Wetworks, and Bea Benedicto.
Like the other cabinets, items in VIB may also change as well as the featured celebrities.
Project 7 to 1 by Carlo Ople and Pop n’ Shop
Project 7 to 1 features a Steal Cabinet where you can cop the hottest goods for less. Apart from a curated selection of shoes, you can also find original merch and collabs.
What else is there?
One of the magical things about Unbox Greenhills is that you’ll probably have a different experience each time. While some cabinets may have predictable items, you’ll really never know what you’ll find on your next visit.
If you’re not into toys, shoes, or expensive collectibles, there are also cabinets that offer gadgets, crafting materials, funny knick-knacks, and even instant Ichiran ramen from Japan.
Once you’re done shopping (or while you’re shopping), you can also grab a cup of coffee or food from the Bean Brewers coffee kiosk in the store.
Unbox Greenhills is truly a must-visit if you’re in the Greenhills area and especially if you’re a collector. It’s probably the ultimate budol store for collectors and we wouldn’t blame you if just can’t walk out empty-handed.
Below is Carlo Ople’s vlog and features different stuff from UNBOX Greenhills:
UNBOX Greenhills is located on the second floor of the Promenade wing of the Greenhills Mall in San Juan, Metro Manila.