Long ridiculed as a useless and weak Pokemon, Magikarp has finally been given some respect. A new line of merchandise based on Magikarp will be released by Banpresto on January 28th. The line will include a shoulder bag, regular and mini sized plates, and a set of glasses.
This may be end up being the biggest moment for water-type Pokemon since the release of the Shining Magikarp card in the early 2000s.
The merchandise line, called Ichiban KUJI Pokémon Research Magikarp, will be available in Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
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Soft drink maker ITO EN, in collaboration with the Pokemon Center, has introduced a new series of 10 Pikachu figures. The figures are available in vending machines across Japan and are priced at ¥800 each, or about $7. The figures will be blind boxed in special bottle style packaging.
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With the 3rd Generation of Pokemon being rolled out in the augmented reality world of Pokemon Go, there has been speculation as to if the additional 50 creatures to catch and collect will help revitalize the popularity of the game.
The short answer is no: “It’s hard to see how it (Pokemon Go) will be at that kind of intense level,” said Professor Mark Griffiths, director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University in the UK when commenting for a Forbes article, “It was a kind of rise and fall, I just don’t think you’re going to recreate that kind of hysteria.”
After losing about 80% of its player base, and with hundreds of Pokemon already from Gen 1 and 2, its hard to see how 50 or so additional species will attract new players or draw old ones back in. The Gen 3 starters of Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip do not exactly have the nostalgic appeal of Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander. That being said, the game still has about 5 million active players, so some additional Pokemon are sure to keep them satisfied for now.
The 3rd generation of Pokemon made their debut in Hoenn, the name of the world in which the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire took place. Both titles were originally released for Game Boy Advance, then remade for the 3DS as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Bandai will be releasing a new series of flocked Pokemon dolls in April. The assortment of six features 4 differently themed Pikachus, a Mimikyu, and a Mimikyu disguised as Pikachu.
A box of 10 blind packaged dolls will run ¥4104, or about $36.50, with each package including a piece of gum.
Funko has announced that it will be releasing a new line of Pop! figures in February based on the British Monarchy. The line will feature the Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II (with corgi), Price Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. A chase variant of Diana in a red gown will also be available.
Funko states that the Pop! Royals! figures are unofficial, and have not been endorsed or approved by the British Monarchy.
As it has for the past few years, LEGO will be releasing a set to mark the Chinese New Year in February. As 2018 is the year of the dog, the set for this Chinese New year features a smiling canine on a bed of grass.
As 2017 was the year of the rooster, LEGO released a set of just that earlier this year.
The year of the dog will begin on February 16, 2018.
A model of the White Base, a Mobile Suite Carrier from the UC timeline, will be joining the FW Gundam Converge series in March.
Three Mobile Suites, along with a Core Fighter are included with the more than 14 inch long White Base. A total of six FW Gundam Converge Mobile Suites, three on each side, can be carried by the White Base.
The White Base will be priced at almost ¥25,000, or about $220, and is currently available for pre-order.
British toy retailer Hamleys will be offering its customers a exclusive LEGO polybag set of a Royal Guard Minifigure. The figure is expected to be priced at a whopping £6, or almost $8.
Hamleys also has a Playmobil Royal Guard available for a quid less.
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14 new Minecraft Funko Pop! Figures will be available starting this February. One of the newest video game franchises to be added to the Funko lineup, the series will feature figures of notable characters from the game, such as Steve, Alex, Skeleton, Creeper and Ocelot.
Many of the figures will be exclusive to stores that have recently struggled with sales and attracting foot traffic, such as GameStop and Toys R Us.
Released in 2011, and owned by Microsoft since 2014, the game has sold more than 27 million copies since its launch.
As they do every year, LEGO has presented its employees with a exclusive set as a Christmas gift. This year, employees have received a Technic based, 732 piece, Nutcracker set.
The set also features the mechanism you see in a traditional nutcracker, the lever to open and close the jaws that crack the nut. How effective ABS plastic is at cracking nuts still remains to be seen.
Last year, employees received the 50 Years on Track Set, which featured an assortment of non-scale trains that LEGO had released over the years.
As of writing, the 4002017 Nutcracker is going for about $200 USD on eBay.