Shy Guy's Toy Box

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Mario and Watt inside Shy Guy's Toy Box.

Shy Guy's Toy Box is the home of the Shy Guys in Paper Mario, and found in an empty house in Toad Town. As its name implies, the area is housed inside of a literal toy box. To enter it, the player must use Lady Bow to become invisible, and then a Shy Guy will uncover a secret wall, revealing the entrance to Mario. The fourth Star Spirit, Muskular, is held here by the leader of the Shy Guys, General Guy and his Shy Guy Army. Watt lives here and after Mario, Goombario, Kooper, Bombette, Parakarry and Lady Bow defeat the Big Lantern Ghost, she joins their team. The Toy Box is essentially a circular railroad with a number of routes leading off of the railroads' stations. The size of objects in the toy box changes depending on their size outside of it. For example, Mario is smaller than everything else and the Toy Train becomes one of the largest objects found in the box.

Enemies Found[edit]

Enemies assigned to guard Treasure Chests[edit]

If one these is selected by Princess Peach as answers to Bowser's questions.

Items found[edit]

Name of Item Icon Found In
Star Piece Star Piece.GIF In front of the blue station
Behind a regular hexagonal prism one scene east to the blue station
On the roof of the first "building" one scene east to the blue station
In front of the pink station
In front of the green station
Below the platform at the very east of the green area
In front of the red station
Power Plus Power plus badge.PNG In a treasure chest guarded by an Anti Guy in the blue area (fight or bribe with a Lemon Candy to get it)
Calculator Calculator PM.png Held by a Shy Guy in the playground in the west of the blue area
Storeroom Key OddKey PM.png In a treasure chest in the very east of the blue station area
Mailbag Mailbag PM.png In the treasure chest to the east of the pink station
Cookbook PM Cookbook.gif Dropped by Gourmet Guy after giving him a Cake in the pink area
Defend Plus Defend plus badge.PNG In a treasure chest on the high platform in the northwestern corner of the east scene in the pink area
Ice Power Ice power badge.PNG In a treasure chest at the east of the pink area
Frying Pan Fryingpan.gif In a treasure chest in the east corner of the pink area
Mystery Note MysteryNote.png Held by a Shy Guy in the green area
Dictionary Dictionary.gif In a treasure chest on the platform at the very east of the green area
Deep Focus Deep focus badge.PNG In a hidden block between the two question blocks in the west of the red area
Stone Cap PaperMario Items StoneCap.png In a hidden block in the northeastern corner of the blue station scene
Maple Syrup PaperMario Items MapleSyrup.png In a hidden block in the northeastern area of the scene to the playground in the west of the blue area
Fire Flower PaperMario Items FireFlower.png Held by a Shy Guy in the playground
In a hidden block at the northeastern area of the green station scene
Mushroom PaperMario Items Mushroom.png Held by a Shy Guy in the playground in the west of the blue area
Cake Mix PaperMario Items CakeMix.png Held by a Shy Guy in the playground in the west of the blue area
Held by another Shy Guy in the playground in the west of the blue area
Fright Jar PaperMario Items FrightJar.png In a hidden block in the north area of the playground in the west of the blue area
Mystery? PaperMario Items Mystery.png In a hidden block in the north area of the playground in the west of the blue area
Thunder Bolt PaperMario Items Thunderbolt.png In a question block in the very east of the blue station area
Super Soda PaperMario Items SuperSoda.png In a hidden block in the northwestern corner of the Gourmet Guy scene in the west of the pink area
Dizzy Dial PaperMario Items DizzyDial.png In the hidden block between the two question blocks in the Gourmet Guy scene in the west of the pink area
Thunder Rage PaperMario Items ThunderRage.png In a hidden block near the pink station lever
Super Shroom PaperMario Items SuperShroom.png In a hidden block at the northwestern area of the red station scene
Volt Shroom PaperMario Items VoltShroom.png In a hidden block at the northeastern corner of the west scene in the red area
Snowman Doll PaperMario Items SnowmanDoll.png In a hidden block at the northwestern corner of the west scene in the red area
Shooting Star PaperMario Items ShootingStar.png On a high brick one scene east to the red station area (get it by hitting a hidden coin block then toss Kooper on it, or do a Tornado Jump)
Sleepy Sheep PaperMario Items SleepySheep.png In a hidden block in the northwestern area of the scene to the east of the red station scene


In addition, Mushrooms can be obtained from the slot machine in the green area, and the following items are available as Peach's choices:

Name of Item Icon Found In
Mushroom PaperMario Items Mushroom.png Will appear in front of the Storeroom Key chest in the blue area
Thunder Rage PaperMario Items ThunderRage.png Will appear in front of the Frying Pan chest in the pink area
Super Soda PaperMario Items SuperSoda.png Will appear in front of the Dictionary chest in the green area

Area Tattles[edit]

  • Say...are we actually inside the Toy Box right now? How could all this be inside that little box? Best not to think about it too much... Looks like this is Blue Station. It's a train station. I think if we use that jump pad we can get back to Toad Town whenever we want.
  • I wonder who made this Toy Box. I assume Shy Guys made it. They have such cool toys... I wish I could befriend 'em, but I guess they're too mischievous.
  • This seems to be a playroom for Shy Guys. They don't have to answer to anybody down here. I envy these guys...
  • Look at all the doodles on the walls! Did Shy Guys draw all these? They're kind of cute. I didn't know that Shy Guys had a cute side.
  • Pink Station! Pink Station! There's the switch to change the tracks. I have to admit, this Toy Box is a pretty cool place. If I told Goombaria about this, I'm sure she would be so jealous.
  • Over, around, up and back... It's like a maze in here. Still, since we're inside a Toy Box, I'm enjoying myself.
  • The walls here are so fancy and fun to look at. What a cool place!
  • Look! There are moving panels on the walls and even a railroad crossing. What a fun room! I wish I could play here!
  • Hey, it's Green Station! This train takes us to all the stations. Boy, if we could go anywhere by just pushing a button, traveling would be a dream, don't you think?
  • Somebody told me... Bow can easily avoid all kinds of enemy attacks. What a cool skill! I wish I had that kind of useful talent.
  • It's Red Station. First Blue, then Pink, then Green and finally Red. It's a pretty cute touch, naming stations after colors. By the looks of this place, I'd say that Shy Guys like cuteness. They even look like cute kids!
  • The walls here are made of gigantic colored blocks. Luckily, there also seem to be several elevators. What do you think we'll see if we ride them? I say we find out.
  • Uh... I do believe it's dark. Isn't there a light switch in this place? I can't see anything at all.
  • Wow! Just like a real toy box. Look! There are building blocks lying around everywhere.
  • It's really dark in here. I can't see a thing. I feel like somebody could be right next to me and I wouldn't even know it. Yikes!
  • This is quite an open space. It kind of resembles a toy arena, don't you think? Remember those Shy Guys we fought here? They were tough. Of course, they weren't as tough as us.

Names in other languages[edit]

Bowser's CastlePrincess Peach's CastleStar HavenStar WayShiver CityShiver SnowfieldStarborn ValleyShiver MountainCrystal PalaceGoomba VillageGoomba King's FortressMario's HouseShy Guy's Toy BoxClub 64Toad Town DojoShooting Star SummitKoopa VillageKoopa Bros. FortressWindy MillTubba Blubba's CastlePleasant PathDry Dry RailroadToad TownGoomba RoadFlower FieldsBoo's MansionForever ForestDry Dry OutpostDry Dry DesertMt. RuggedGusty GulchYoshi's VillageMt. LavalavaJade JungleLavalava Island
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Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘイホーのおもちゃばこ
Heihō no Omochabako
Shy Guy's Toy Box (Heihō is the Shy Guy's Japanese name).
Spanish Caja de Juguetes de Shy Guy -
French Coffre à Jouets des Maskass Toy Box of Shy Guys
German Shy Guys Spielzeugkiste -

Trivia[edit]

  • Shy Guy's Toy Box is unique as the players' answers (as Peach) affect which enemies (or items) are assigned by Bowser to guard the chests.
  • If enemies are chosen, there is a brief dialog between Mario and the chosen enemy before the battle starts.
  • Kammy Koopa briefly appears to place the items/enemies chosen by Peach, and her reaction to one of the first set (assigned to the Storeroom Key chest) depends on the item or enemy chosen.
  • The enemy Anti Guy is one of the game's optional bosses, as the fight with him can be avoided by either not bothering with the chest he guards (which contains a badge), or by giving him Lemon Candy (which can be made by Tayce T. after giving her the Cookbook obtained from Gourmet Guy).
  • There are drawings on the wall that resemble a child's drawing of a Star, Fire Flower, Flower Point and a Scarfy from the Kirby series.