Plush toys of the original 151 Pokémon will be hitting stores in Japan soon as part of the new collection called Pokémon Fit. Pokémon is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. It began as two video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, titled Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. It has since spread to a trading card game, an anime series, a film series, books, manga, music and a video game series.
In recent years, the brand gained a resurgence in popularity with the Pokémon GO augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. Now, this new collection of toys features a lineup that will be familiar to players of the classic Pokémon Red and Blue games, as well as the new mobile game Pokémon GO. Any Pokémon fan would probably love to add these to their collections.
As revealed on the official Japanese Pokémon website (h/t Nintendo Life), the Pokémon Fit collection will be released in waves over the coming year, with the first wave being made available at Japanese Pokémon Centers starting Friday, July 13. The first wave will include 30 Pokémon, many of them fan favorites like Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Ekans, Eevee, Meowth, Mew, Rattata and Staryu. The next 121 will be released in November. In addition to being sold at Pokémon Centers, they will be available for purchase online. Each plush toy is sized to fit in your hand, thus the name Pokémon Fit.
Each toy will cost 1,100 yen or about $9.90. If these toys retail in the United States, the full collection would cost approximately $1,495. While plush toys of individual Pokémon, especially the popular Pikachu, have been sold before, this new venture gives you the chance to catch all of the Pokémon. However, as of right now, there isn't any indication that these will be sold outside of Japan. Still, this is the first time all 151 Pokémon will be made available for purchase in a plushie form. The theme song for the Pokémon anime was Gotta Catch 'Em All and it's also the catchphrase for the English side of the franchise. But, catching all of these plush toys will make a deep dent in your bank account.
Pokémon has been a popular franchise for over two decades. In that time period, these creatures have become part of pop culture. Not only hardcore Pokémon fans will want to get a hold of these hand-sized plush toys. With Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! games set to be released later in the year for Nintendo Switch, it makes financial sense for these toys to be made available to purchase worldwide. These new games will feature the original 151 Pokémon and fans everywhere would appreciate the opportunity to pick up plush toys of some of their favorite characters. However, it's unclear if fans outside Japan will have a chance to catch all the pocket monsters in the Pokémon Fit collection.