McDonald’s Happy Meal toys have been a hit with collectors, but the frenzy has never been greater, thanks to a new 25th anniversary Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game) promotion going on right now. It has gotten so bad that internet scalpers have been hoarding boxes of the sealed packs, without meals, direct from store employees, and then reselling them for an extreme markup online. There are a total of 50 cards in the limited edition set, with half of them being shiny foil versions. Read more for two videos showing the cards and additional information.
In the US, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) was originally published by Wizards of the Coast, but what many don’t know is that in the beginning, they actually test printed two cards to show Nintendo. That’s right, only two Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram cards were ever printed by Cartamundi for Wizards of the Coast, with this one being certified and graded by CGC to ensure its authenticity. Read more to for a video of the ultra rare $360,000 USD card in detail.
At $250, Bandai’s Gengar “Sleeping Companion” may not be the most budget-friendly plush toy, but it’s not just something to hold or sit on a shelf. Simply unroll the creature’s tongue and you have yourself a sleeping pad of sorts, or use it as a blanket. Need some privacy? Just unfurl the tongue and slide into Gengar’s mouth. However, if you’re taller than 5.5-feet, it may not work out perfectly since the tongue will not offer padding for the entire length of your body. Read more for a bonus video and additional pictures.
The Pokémon Company International collaborated with The Wand Company to release the first ever die-cast Poké Ball Replica Series. Not just a decoration, it boasts proximity-sensing technology, which means the button glows when it senses motion. After pressing the button, the light color changes or starts a Pokémon-catching illumination sequence. Each one comes in a presentation case, complete with a certificate of authenticity and serially-numbered hologram. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Just seven copies of the Pokémon Super Secret Battle “No. 1 Trainer” Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1999) are known to exist in the world, and of those, six of them carry a PSA Gem MT 10 grade. They were gifted to the winners of seven regional Pokémon tournaments, making this an exceedingly rare prize among collectors. Read more for a video of the rarest Pokemon cards and additional information.
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Chen San-yuan first made headlines last year and was featured in a BBC after being spotted around town with an array of 11 smartphones mounted to the handlebars of his bicycle. He was only planning on adding four more phones, but now, that has increased to sixty four. This caught the eye of Taiwan-based technology company ASUS who made Chen ambassador of their ZenFone smartphone series. Read more for a video and additional information.
During the Pokémon Presents showcase, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, unveiled Pokémon UNITE, a new multiplayer online battle arena game for the Nintendo Switch and other mobile devices. This is the first strategic Pokémon team battle game where players face off against each other in five-on-five team battles. Read morefor a trailer and additional information.
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Razer has teamed up with the Pokemon company to release computer peripherals in the past, like a mouse and keyboard combo, but now, the two aim to take on the wireless earbuds game. They’re set to launch a cleverly designed Pikachu true wireless headphones that comes with a Pokeball charging case. Read more for additional pictures and information.
ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, has become quite popular over the years, and the latest to get in on this craze is the official Pokemon YouTube channel. They released two videos today featuring Charmander and Chespin, with the former using their tail to ignite a campire, while the latter is enjoying some tasty treats. Read more to watch both.
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The FCC has just published images of a Jigglypuff-shaped Bluetooth speaker by GameStop’s ThinkGeek brand, and this may hint at a line of Pokemon-themed gadgets to come in the near future. No technical specifications have been officially released, but if you read through the filing, it connects to compatible devices via Bluetooth 5.0 or 3.5mm headphone jack, while offering 4-10 hours of battery life on a full charge depending on volume. Read more for up-close images and additional information.