I was tasked with a very important assignment, one that very few people my age would wish to accept without looking like a fool — to play with some new Pokémon figures and novelties. I’ve written plenty about Pokémon, it’s mainly what I do here, but I’ve also written a bit about toys and on what children tend to enjoy from today’s video games. I’ve also spent plenty of time within the last three years playing with a variety of toys such as ponies, Polly Pocket, LEGO and more. So, why not give me this particular assignment?
The most notable item I received in this bundle of toys was a pair of Pokémon Trainer Gloves. Meant to resemble Ash Ketchum’s from the anime, they come with built-in sound effects to make it sound like there’s an actual battle taking place. It’s a great gift for those with active imaginations. I fondly remember wearing Power Ranger action gloves as a child — the red ones, of course. They immediately sent me back some years, helping me reconnect with my childhood.
And of course, what Pokémon haul would be complete without Pikachu? The “unofficially official” mascot to the franchise came to me in form of a plush toy. It’s small, but awfully adorable. To be fair, you can’t really go wrong with Pikachu. Sure, he may not be everybody’s favorite, but he certainly became the face of the game, show and everything in between. Visit the TOMY website or any Toys R Us store to view the rest of the X and Y products. You could also try Target, Walmart and Nintendo World to expand your search. This is just a slice of the current wave of toys, with plenty more to come.