Books & Artbooks: The official Chobits artbook - Your Eyes Only - has received an English language release by Tokyopop and is therefore pretty easy to get hold of through specialist retailers and online shops. Good places to try include Amazon and your local comic shop or Forbidden Planet, expect to pay around £10-£13 for the book. It is likely that you could order it from your local bookshop as well, to do so we would recommend giving them the book's ISBN number, which is as follows:
Chobits: Your Eyes Only: 978-1-5981-6595-1
The ISBN number is an international book cataloguing code, and providing it to book shop staff makes finding a book on their ordering system really easy. The CLAMP no Kiseki books can be awkward to get hold of despite the fact that Tokyopop gave them an English language release too. They crop up from time to time in comic and book shops, and can be ordered in, but it's far easier to get hold of them online. Again Amazon is a good place to look, as is Otaku UK. Expect to pay around £10- £17, volume seven comes with chess pieces based on Chi (Chobits), Akira (CLAMP School Detectives) and Mokona (Tsubasa). The ISBN code is:
CLAMP no Kiseki vol 7: 978-1-5953-2611-9
Two other CLAMP artbooks released by Tokyopop - North Side and South Side - focus on CLAMP's lesser known works and as such don't feature Chobits.
Soundtracks & Drama CDs: Three Chobits soundtrack CDs have been released in America by Geneon and are still quite easy to get hold of despite Geneon going feet up. Expect to pay around £15 each for these CDs from the likes of Amazon and Anime On Line. The Drama CDs have never been released outside of Japan, and probably never will be. As you would expect the CDs are completely in Japanese with the occasional song to break up the spoken-word tracks. If you do want to import them expect to pay in the region of £20-£25 from retailers such as CD Japan, Amazon or YesAsia. Beware though, that parcels over £18 in value are liable to duty and VAT when they come to the UK, and you could be charged extra if it is held by Customs.
Computer Games: Import game sites are pretty common now and you should be able to get hold of the game for the PlayStation 2 relatively easily. The GameBoy Advance one may prove more tricky, so your best bet would be auction sites*. Prices for retro games vary depending on supply and demand, but these games were probably released in large numbers so the price shouldn't be too high. The Chobits Gameboy Advance console is far more difficult to get hold of and would probably go for over £100, but the chances of finding one are pretty slim. Keep an eye on auction sites like eBay if you are still interested.
Figures & Statues: There are loads of Chobits statues and figures available in Japan, and Chobits characters turn up in general CLAMP figure ranges too. Some figures actually received a US release and are quite easy to get hold of from specialist retailers like Forbidden Planet. Because of the popularity of Chobits in the West, and the increase of specialist online retailers, Chobits figures are pretty easy to get hold of in the UK. Check out the likes of TokyoToys and Neon Martian, prices vary depending on the rarity/desirability of the figure, and also on the range in question, but generally most small 'capsule toy' figures will set you back around £4 each whereas statues can cost anything up to £80.
Plushes: The Chi and Atashi plushes are very easy to get hold of from pretty much any specialist anime or sci-fi retailer. Forbidden Planet often stock them and online retailers like TokyoToys usually have them for sale too. Expect to pay around £10 for standard plushes, and £5 for keyring plushes.
*Auction sites can be rife with unscrupulous individuals who will
knowingly sell you pirated goods. Although the risk is mainly with
DVD and CD purchasing, there is a notable amount of pirated toys and
apparel cropping up too. To
minimise the risk of being ripped off make sure you check Digital Anime's