Pokémon is one of the biggest and best-selling franchises Nintendo has under its belt. Since its debut back on the GameBoy with Pokémon Red and Blue, the franchise has grown with multiple sequels, new generations, and plenty of spin-off titles as well.
Pokémon fans have no shortage of great things to collect. There are all sorts of books, figures, and plushes just waiting to be added to a massive collection. If you're a Pokémon fan looking for something new for your collection or you're trying to find a gift for a fan you know, then look no further than this guide with 10 great Pokémon items.
10 SUPER ESSENTIAL DELUXE HANDBOOK
There have been plenty of handbooks for the Pokémon series, but they have to be updated as new generations are brought to the mix. The Pokémon Super Essential Deluxe Handbook is the latest of the bunch and includes every Pokémon up through Gen VII.
You get key information about their types, how they evolve, and various information about their existence within the games. There are nearly 500 pages in this massive guide complete with illustrations for every one of Game Freak's beloved creatures. This is the book to get if you're a hardcore Pokémon fan, so you definitely don't want to miss it.
9 HOW TO DRAW POKÉMON
The simplicity of Pokémon designs makes them famous for fan art. They're easy to draw and fun to imagine in new scenarios. If you're a fan looking to draft up some fan art, then the How to Draw Pokémon book is just the thing you need. The book provides a good starting ground for people that want to draw their favorite characters.
Going through techniques, the book builds a fundamental understanding of how to draw well. Keep in mind that this guide is unofficial, so it doesn't come from Nintendo or Game Freak. Still, it's a great guide that is downright fun to use.
8 MEGA CONSTRUX GYARADOS
While LEGO never managed to acquire the license for Pokémon, there are some third-party brick makers that managed to nab it instead. Mega Construx has taken the Pokémon license and used building bricks to create full builds of many popular Pokémon characters.
While some of them look a bit odd being created with bricks, there's no denying how impressive this Gyarados model is. The design of this model makes it fully poseable, so you can alter its orientation with ease. The set also comes with a water base and an Ultra Ball to make it great for display. It's also less expensive than most LEGO sets.
7 POKÉMON CLASSIC CHAPTER BOOK COLLECTION
When the Pokémon anime was extremely popular, there were short chapter books released that would retell particular episodes with pictures ripped straight from the show; now they've been packaged in a nice set. While these books were mostly targeted toward younger readers, having a collection of them would be a great addition to any collection.
For many Pokémon fans, these books might bring back a lot of memories, making it worth a purchase for that alone. Furthermore, it's nice to have a direct catalyst to dive into some of the older episodes, which is how many people were introduced to the franchise in the first place.
6 200 POKÉMON CARD LOT
This is the kind of gift that is geared toward Pokémon fans who have yet to get into the card games. If they're looking to start a card collection or want a vast array of cards to build a nice deck, this 200 Pokémon card lot is the way to go. The lot includes a random selection of 200 Pokémon cards.
Half of them are actual characters and trainers while the other half is specifically energy cards. This way, people who buy the set should be ready to make a deck with just about any type they want. It's a great and inexpensive start to any collection.
5 POKÉMON JOHTO MONOPOLY
The Pokémon Monopoly board game was a hit with fans of the franchise. Based entirely on the Kanto Region, there was room for future Monopoly board games to include more regions. The wish came true later with the Monopoly: Johto Edition. This board game is based on the second region introduced to the franchise.
Players can buy Pokémon that belong to the eight gym leaders in the region, ending with the dragon-type gym in Blackthorn City. The figures included in the game are Pikachu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Pichu, and Togepi, giving players the mascot of the franchise and the most popular Johto characters.
4 CHARIZARD GX BOX
Many Pokémon fans have already made their way into the card game, collecting all sorts of rare cards and building powerful decks. If you're a fan like that or know someone who is, the next step is to add to a collection. Luckily, there are plenty of box sets that include exclusive promo cards and a healthy amount of boosters to scavenge through.
The Charizard GX Box comes with six packs from the Sun and Moon series. It also includes an exclusive Charizard GX card with a Charmander and Charmeleon card so that it can instantly be used in any deck.
3 POKÉMON TRAINER GUESS: KANTO EDITION
There are some creative ways to use the Pokémon franchise when it comes to games. For example, the Pokémon Trainer Guess: Kanto Edition is a fun little exercise for fans of the series. The big Poke Ball is programmed with knowledge of the original 151 Pokémon.
All you have to do is think of one of those Pokémon and the Poke Ball will ask questions that you must then answer. It will then try to guess which one you're thinking of. The box also conveniently comes with a field guide that describes all the original Pokémon so you don't have to commit them to memory.
2 POKÉMON MOVIE STEELBOOK COLLECTION
Pokémon movies leave a lot to be desired. However, those who remember watching them have a fondness for the first three: Pokémon: The Movie, Pokémon 2000, and Pokémon: Spell of the Unown. Those who want to relive the memories can get all three remastered in HD in one complete steelbook set.
All three films are put together in an attractive case featuring the legendary Pokémon from each. Keep in mind that the collection doesn't include the beloved short films that would play before each main story. If that's a deal breaker, then you may want to consider something else to fulfill your nostalgia.
1 SANEI SNORLAX PLUSH
Pokémon plushes are everywhere. However, the quality of those plushes varies with each maker. Sanei is one of the makers that consistently throws out quality plushes that capture the spirit of each Pokémon. Snorlax is a popular choice among collectors, and it makes for a fantastic plush.
This one sits at around eight inches tall, giving it a good size, especially when compared to Sanei's other plushes. There is a good amount of detail as well, and the proportions are all correct. The plush is also fairly inexpensive, all things considered, and would look great with any collection. Check out some of Sanei's other plushes too.
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