Love Toys and Superheroes? Check Out Mancave Cafe and Collectibles @ Bandar Puteri Puchong

Normally I’m not into the whole hype thing with new cafes because I hate lining up (so many better things I could do with my time… play computer games, for instance. lol) but this one, I really wanted to go to after seeing a friend’s Instagram post.

That’s because MANCAVE Cafe and Collectibles in Bandar Puteri Puchong is home to dozens of lifelike toys and figurines from superhero/fantasy/sci-fi comic books, novels and films. A place where you can eat/drink AND admire these figurines at the same time? It’s literally a nerd/geek’s wet dream come true.

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Mancave is tucked on the first floor of a three-storey building within BP’s commercial district, just down the road from McDonald’s/Starbucks. I think because it’s still new it was quite empty during our visit.

Like the village idiot, I literally went ‘Wahhh’ when I entered the place. Toys and figurines lined the center island, which was surrounded by bar stools. The space had a dash of steam punk married with purposefully unfinished design elements: a metal grille separating the dining area, coiled steel lamps, a cool black and grey colour scheme, balanced out by warm yellow lighting, wooden floors and exposed brick walls.

Chose to sit right in front of The Hulk. It was so lifelike it looked like it would have readily smashed its fist into my face at any moment. Everything from the seemingly real tuft of hair, the crease of the Hulk’s indestructible pants (have you never wondered why he never rips them but goes through his shirts like nothing?) down to the figurine’s toenails and individual teeth were done to minute detail. It’s no wonder die hard collectors are willing to shell out RM15,000 for this.

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Next to Hulk was the Black Panther, complete with a background piece. This was comparatively cheaper at RM3,000++ lol.

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Other Marvel superheroes, the likes of Thor, Captain America and Ironman.

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Tore myself away from the figurines for a bit and went to check out what they had on the menu. There’s an interesting-looking ‘moss cake’, muffins, bagels, croissants and juices. Patrons can also choose to order pizza, pasta and waffles, although the menu is quite limited atm.

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Cosy lounge area.

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S ordered waffles, which came with a side of vanilla ice cream. The ice cream was nice and creamy, not too sweet, and topped with some marshmallows and a mini pretzel. Waffles were also nice and fluffy, drizzled over with some chocolate sauce.

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Just had dinner earlier so went for a hot chocolate. Again, not too sweet or cloying, which was just the way I liked it! The chocolate was thick and milky, and they serve it in a nice big mug.

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Another section of the cafe, dedicated to the Dark Knight.

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Different version of the Bat.

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This area looked like a long vanity mirror. Good for selfies, not so good for Eris I would not eat while looking at myself as if I don’t know I’m fat enough omg. Some decorative busts sat overhead.

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The other side of the fence had some DCU characters.

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Harley Quinn from Arkham Asylum. Love the ruffles and the boots!

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Transformers fans can feast their eyes on this majestic figure of Megatron. Only RM10k. lol.

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Then there is this wooden cabinet housing more Batman items, as well as some Lord Of The Rings figurines.

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If I had the money, I would legit get one of these, put it on an altar at home and fk with my kids’ friends when they came over to visit and see a Gandalf shrine.

“Your mom worships this?”

This is why I shouldn’t have kids

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I am a fan, but not big enough of a fan to correctly identify what troll this is and which part in the series it appeared in

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Smexy Deadpool. I found the latest movie kinda meh tbh.

Spent some more time sipping the hot choco and admiring the sights, then we ended up at McDonalds anyway because I wanted fried chicken.

All in all, a really cool place to hangout! I suggest visiting while they still are still relatively quiet now and not yet swarmed with crowds.

MANCAVE CAFE AND COLLECTIBLES 

17-1, First Floor, Jalan Puteri 7/13A, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor.
Business hours : 2pm-12am (Mon-Fri), ;12pm-12am (sat-sun)
Tel: 012-260-9512

facebook.com/mancavecafecollectibles/

 

 

 

30 Day Challenge Day 7

Today’s topic for the 30-day challenge! I’ve been doing this for a week and so far so good, haven’t missed any yet.

Do you read? What are your favourite books? 

I am an avid reader. My dream is to one day have my own library. With the way things are now – my OCD book buying syndrome:  buying books left and right without actually having time to finish reading them, my shelves are already filled with books. I might have to move them to storage boxes under the bed soon coz there is not enough space. Mum’s been nagging me to give some away, but like a hoarder I cant seem to part with a single one.

I have lots of favourite books, but I’m just gonna share a few that I never tire reading of.

HARRY POTTER

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My first Harry Potter book was actually the second in the series: The Chamber of Secrets. My cousin lent it to me when I was back visiting my hometown. Most of my classmates didn’t like reading (Malaysian kids. Go figure) so I had never heard of the spectacular adventures of this boy wizard. No doubt by the first few pages, I was hooked. I spent the rest of my visit with my nose buried in the book, nearly reading it to tatters as I brought it to the dining table, to the mall, everywhere. Once I got back, I bought the first book so that I could read from the start. The collection slowly expanded right up til high school and college.

It felt like something in me died when the book ended.

I grew up reading the HP series. I know every child secretly wished for a letter from Hogwarts.. including yours truly. 😛 Most people my age felt a strong connection to the characters because they grew up as we grew up: it was like they were close friends, a part of our lives. I loved the movie series too, as all the actors are my age.

There have been ups and downs in the HP books. Personally, I didn’t really like Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince. But I liked how Rowling’s writing became increasingly darker as the story progressed – it wasn’t all magical rainbows and unicorns all the way through. I also liked how she tackled issues like friendship, love and the battle of good against evil, encouraging values such as bravery, honesty, courage in the face of diversity, things we all need in real life.

LORD OF THE RINGS

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I admit it. I’ve never heard of Tolkien’s works until a brilliant filmmaker by the name of Peter Jackson decided to adapt it to the bigscreen. I. LOVE. THE. MOVIE. Me and my bro have watched it so many times we can recite parts of the dialogue from heart. But this meant that I only started reading the books when I was in late high school. Tolkien is by far my favourite author, and no one has been able to compare to him in my books. Engaging storytelling, the world of Middle Earth is told through such vibrant detail one can almost envision the sweeping panoramas of the land, the characters, and their quest to defeat evil. Tolkien was a master of linguistics, creating entire languages and writings for the races inhabiting his world.

I have been told that not everyone enjoys Tolkien’s books because of the way it is written. It is not simple and straightforward language, but prosy, complicated and absolutely beautiful. It makes it a joy to read each sentence. The Hobbit is much simpler than the LOTR series, but has the same witty charm.

If I were to put a ‘human’ face to the books, I would describe Lord of The Rings as being a wise old grandfather; ripe with knowledge and power, and yet with joy that bubbles forth like a sudden spring in the woods. Just like Gandalf, the wizard character in the books.

LIFE OF PI

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Last, but surely not least, is the Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

I also found out about this gem of a book from the movie adaptation. 😛 I absolutely loved the concepts depicted in the film, especially when it comes to spirituality, religion and soul-searching. The idea is original and fresh, and the way Martel describes it brings to life a kaleidoscope of colours and visuals to the mind. Each sentence is rich and full, like the swollen belly of a mother giving birth. You have to read it to understand. But yeah, it was a fascinating story – about an Indian boy who loses everything and shares a boat with a Bengal tiger, trying to survive the ocean. The relationship between Pi and the tiger, Richard Parker, is one that the reader can feel a true connection with various persons/things in our own lives. It really makes you reflect, and think.

 

There you go – my all time favourite books. If you haven’t read them before, do try to pick one up sometime soon! Meanwhile, feel free to suggest more good books – I’m always game for a great read.