With the recent Pokémon craze and a trip to the movies with my son to watch Detective Pikachu, I’ve officially been reexposed to the long-forgotten world of Pokémon I used to watch when I was young.
Now we all know that kids love to roleplay after they watch a movie so I was promptly issued with a long “I’d like these please Dad” list. So I jumped at the chance to review a few of the new toys in the Pokémon range.
The excitement was unreal when the package from Prima Toys arrived and I had to fight off both my kids just so I could take a couple of photos. This is important to note because the toys are rated for boys but my daughter was just as excited to get her hands on them.
I was sent three sets to review, one set from three of the eight Pokémon toy ranges that are available. These were Gengar an 11cm Battle Feature figure which features authentic details and a dynamic mechanism (his tongue moves), Solgaleo a 28cm Legendary Figures figure with 6 points of articulation for dynamic motion and Snubbull + Eevee which are 5cm Battle Figures and come as a pack.
Once unboxed and the playing… erm reviewing began it was clear just how well made these toys are. For days after the kids got their hands on them, it was all they would play with and they each have a favourite. My son says Solgaleo is his favourite “because he is big and awesome” and my daughter is smitten with Eevee because she “looks cute and cuddly”. Needless to say, we have had a few birthday/Christmas present requests for other toys in the range.
The Pokémon figures and plushes aren’t just aimed at kids, they can also be collected and the select collection has a display case available for the serious collector. Prices range from R150 up to around R500 and are available at various retailers in-store and online.