A Nerd (Christmas) Shoppers Guide to Victoria, BC

13 Dec

6564547955_ecda3f14b8_bBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

December is upon us and holiday shopping is in the air! Twelve days remain to find that special item for the nerd in the family. Just what they want can be found with this list of where to go on (Mid and) South Vancouver Island. There is a Nanaimo entry, but its lumped under Curious Comics since they have several stores.

This guide is not restricted to the season either. Everyone has a birthday, and if that collector must have more FUNKO Pop figures for that collection, going to EB Games is not the definitive place to be. Operations like Toys R’ Us and Walmart have their place for finding toys and current movie tie-in products, but let’s consider the local operations before going corporate.

For any other outlet that’s not listed, please submit by commenting and this guide will be updated and made its own page, a Nerd’s Guide to Shopping on Vancouver Island, after the new year.

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA (NERD ROW)

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Cherry Bomb Toys

Used Comics, Vinyl Records, Videos (anime), LEGO, Toys (Barbie, Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe & Many More!)

1410 Broad Street
(250) 385-8697

This operation specializes in carrying a diverse range of product for everyone of all ages. From products for young girls, like Barbie, to collectible products (like original packaging G.I. Joe), if you name it, it might be hiding here!

Curious Comics

Comic Supplies, Comics, FUNKO Pop!, Graphic Novels,
Illustration Books, Models, T-shirts, Toys

631 Johnson Street (Victoria-location)
(250) 384-1656

844 Goldstream Avenue (Langford location)
(250) 592-1656

3200 Unit 6 Island Highway (Nanaimo BC location)
(250) 756-2157

With three locations to serve most of Vancouver Island, Curious Comics makes up the heart of Nerd Row in Victoria, BC. Stepping in here is a paradise of goodies. From CGC certified comics to Walking Dead merchandise, a lot of nerd culture franchised out properties can be found here.

Curious Two Game Central

Board Games, Dice, Miniature Paint Supplies, RPG

1319 Broad Street
(778) 433-1310

This branch deals with all aspects of card, role playing and board games. With interest high, the chiefs in this operation decided having a separate store makes for a better method to show all that’s available. From the latest edition of Call of Cthulhu to Star Trek, it’s here. If you visit their Facebook, you can find when they host demos of the latest games.

Co-owner Gareth Gaudin knows his comics and is the creator of the hometown legend, The Perogy Cat!

Co-owner Gareth Gaudin of Legends Comics is the creator of the hometown legend, The Perogy Cat!

Games Workshop

Dice, Miniatures & Associated branded paint Supplies, Wargaming)

625 Johnson Street
(250) 388-3696

Technically a big box operation, this business deserves a special place as having been part of the local nerd scene for a long time. Games like Blood Bowl and even Lord of the Rings shows how well this company rules them all. This company is popular for a reason. Their prices, say what you will, has to pay for the licensing they have to pony up to maintain their high quality of miniature building and craftsmanship.

Legends Comics and Books

Comics (current & silver age), Graphic Novels, Illustration Books

633 Johnson Street

Coming into this book store to find that gift for the comic book enthusiast is a must. The diversity is huge, and the selection is a mix of rustic to modern. The love for the medium can be seen everywhere. Books are organized by publisher and artist! For the true collector, co-owner Gareth does have a side operation to preview the truly vintage material, and that can be arranged by appointment.

If Gareth or Lloyd does not have it in the store, then the next step is obviously going to be that Amazon place, if not eBay.

Yellowjacket Comics

Magic the Gathering, Card Supplies, Comics

649 Johnson Street

This place is better known as one of two places to buy your Magic the Gathering cards, old and new, and supplies related to it. Walking by this place may seem scary to some since it’s card central than comics, but they still have space to sport more of the latest titles than old.

Need your Dungeons & Dragons? The Vorpal Gnome (located upstairs in Cavity) has it all! From 2nd Edition to the latest, Steve Saunders can get it!

Need your Dungeons & Dragons? The Vorpal Gnome (located upstairs in Cavity) has one heck of a selection! Coming here to dungeon crawl is a must. ;)

Vorpal Gnome / Cavity Curiosity Shop 

Used Books, RPG, Miniatures, Underground Music, Punk Rock 

556 Pandora Ave
(250) 381-9857

Within one storefront lurks two operations. Upstairs is a wide range of used and new role playing games material, with plenty of classic Dungeons and Dragons books to worry a Red Dragon to second run molds of miniatures, the love of pen and paper gaming can be found here, along with the odd golden gem from the 70’s / 80’s, when RPG was the “in-thing.”

Downstairs lurks a wide range of product ranging from books to music (punk rock, heavy metal) of bands. Some are obscure and others are not. But it’s a curiosity shoppe for a reason. You never know what you can find!

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA

Epic Games & More

Used Video Games, Consoles & Arcade

2612 Quadra St
(250) 590-3532

Although a bigger operation with a larger library of product to display, the distinction this operation has is in the fact it the home for several standing coin-operated arcade games. Good people run this operation too and parking is nearby.

When compared to other stores carrying Nintendo licensed product, Fan Favourites has the biggest selection!

When compared to other stores carrying Nintendo licensed product, Fan Favourites has the biggest selection!

Fan Favourites Games & Movies

Used Video Games, DVDs, Nintendo

760 Yates St
(250) 361-4447

This operation loves Nintendo and I recommend going here over Epic (sorry) just because of the love the family of store owners have for the product. They are fellow nerds, and offer great after-support for the refurbished consoles sold here.

Russell Books

Used Sci-fi & Fantasy Fiction, RPG
734 Fort Street

The avid reader will find Russell Books and their overstock store, Books on View, a great place to find used books. If they do not have it on the shelf, the product can be ordered in.

ESQUIMALT

 

Game Cycle

Used Video Games & Consoles

780 Esquimalt Road
(250) 590-1557

When heading into the downtown core seems to be a chore, Esquimalt residents can visit this nearby business to trade in their games for other ones and maybe find the odd “hacked” console to play games developed for another region. Apparently this store has them but they fly fast. Sometimes, the odd collectable trinket can be found here, and the selection is no better and no worse when compared to other used video game shops in Greater Victoria. But to find that specific title, phone around to each store helps.

SAANICH

 

Skyhaven Games

Card Games, Anime, RPG

3458 Tillicum Rd
(250) 477-1519

Located in the Tillicum Mall Hub, this operation is home for many nerds living nearby to play their card or RPG games in the evening. They keep up with the popular games of the season and host tournaments. Their selection is diverse enough to include bootlegs of some anime soundtracks and products coming from Hong Kong than Japan.

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