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I might own a Totoro car. And have a Totoro tattoo. Yes, I am Studio Ghibli trash, and I’m proud to admit it.
Despite the fact that my home is covered in Ghibli art, I’m always on the lookout for more. It’s a hobby (or maybe more of an addiction). And in my travels, I’ve also discovered that there are lots of bootleg Studio Ghibli items, and some of them are laughably bad.
If you’re a collector like me, you might be interested to learn what items are really worth the money to add to your collection. Officially licensed items are usually my favorite, but some of the fan art out there is so good I think it’s well worth the exception. Check out some of the items I’m proudest to own!
If you’ve never hugged a Totoro, you haven’t lived. Seriously. A plush Totoro is like the fundamental building block of a good Ghibli collection. Gund makes this officially licensed one, which comes in four different sizes. I recommend the 13 inch size as the more Totoro you have to love, the better.
$11.34+ on Amazon
This precious statue of Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service is perfect for both Ghibli and cat lovers! Made by Japanese company Benelic, it’s made of stone resin and will live happily on your shelf for a long time to come.
$22.50+ at Amazon
If you’re a hardcore Ghibli-o-phile, you already know that owning any item from the Noritake/Studio Ghibli collaboration is a real thrill for a collector. These pieces are typically only sold in Japan, but a few have popped up on Amazon from Japanese sellers. They aren’t cheap, but they are meticulously hand painted and incredibly beautiful.
$62.90 on Amazon
Perpetual calendars are very popular in Japan. This one of No Face looking dubiously at the changing date is super adorable and allows you to swap the day and date simply by changing the dice. And it’s made of resin, so you can count on good craftsmanship as well.
$40.27 on Amazon
If you’d like to add a touch of Ghibli magic to your garden or windowsill, this four-piece set of the mysterious Kodama spirits from Princess Mononoke would be pretty much perfect. You can either display them separately or together like shown above. And for the price, you really can’t go wrong.
$6.50 on Amazon
Can’t choose a favorite Ghibli character to grace your keys? Don’t worry, neither can we – and this box set fixes that problem. Choose whichever character you love best (and we love seeing more obscure ones included like Porco Rosso and Yaku from Princess Mononoke.
$20.94 on Amazon
If you’d like to add some Studio Ghibli-inspired art to your walls, there’s no better place to look than Etsy. There’s a remarkable selection of art, including prints like this beautiful watercolor from The Cat Returns.
$9.95+ on Etsy
Decorate your planner, calendar, and anything else you’d like with this precious Totoro stamp set, which comes with nine tiny stampers featuring the soot sprites, the catbus and more. It does not come with an ink pad, so make sure to pick one of those up too!
$11.62 on Amazon
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Colette Bennett is a writer/editor who specializes in web culture, skincare, and all things geek. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She also writes horror and sci-fi fiction for Corona Books and is at work on her second novel.