The demand for Pokemon merchandise is definitely not something The Pokemon Company underestimates. In fact, the franchise seems to embrace the fanbase’s continuous obsession for Pokemon products by constantly releasing new items such as the new Pokemon Build-a-Bear stuffed toy. Now, The Pokemon Company is partnering with another toy maker to produce true-to-life statues of two of the series’ first Pokemon.
Pokemon statues and figures are not new to the franchise’s large and ever-growing lineup of toys. Since the first Pokemon video game came out in 1996 in Japan, the company has produced a ton of merchandise that tickles the fancy of every fan out there. However, now with the fans from 1996 grown up, and with more purchasing power, bigger and more expensive products such as giant Pokemon toys have been put out into the market.
On the official site of the Big Bad Boy Store, two new Pokemon statues were posted up for sale just recently. The featured Pokemon included Ash’s iconic partner Pikachu, and the fiery Kanto Region starter Charmander. These statues were crafted to replicate the Pokemon’s sizes as if the Pokemon existed in real life, and stand at a one-by-one scale. To be specific, the Charmander statue is sized at 14.5 x 10.63 x 9.45 inches (37cm x 27cm x 24cm), while the Pikachu statue stands at 20.07 x 12.20 x 12.20 inches (51cm x 31cm x 31cm).
Both of the statues are very detailed, and are posed on top of a stand made with LED lights. They also come with sound effects, giving fans who purchase the statue a unique audio and visual experience when they display the item in their collection. However, Pokemon fans should note that the Pikachu statue will set fans back a whopping $869.99 USD, while the Charmander statue’s price is a bit lower at $599.99 USD. Given the amount of detail and craftsmanship involved in producing these statues, the price tag is something fans should have already expected.
The statues are currently for pre-order on the Big Bad Boy Store site, and will ship out to buyers during the 4th quarter of 2021. Given that the pre-order is only open for Pikachu and Charmander, fans are likely wondering if the rest of the Kanto starter Pokemon such as Bulbasaur and Squirtle will be added to lineup. With a promotional image shared on the Charmander statue page featuring two other Poke Balls, it is highly likely that Big Bad Boy Store will stock the other two starters soon. Fans will have to stay tuned to the site for when the next Pokemon statue pre-order will drop.
While the Pokemon franchise is best known for its titular fantastical creatures, its music has also struck a chord with many fans. Numerous composers have lent their talents to Pokemon games, from old-guard developers like Junichi Masuda, who was a founding member of Game Freak; to individuals like Toby Fox, who composed a song for Pokemon Sword and Shield after the breakout success of Undertale. The music of Pokemon has also played a big role in DeNA's gacha-based mobile game Pokemon Masters EX, which is a celebration of mainline entries in the series.
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