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Pokémon Products Don't Get Much Better Than This

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Over the years, there have been oodles of Pokémon branded products. For example, I bought Pikachu toothpaste earlier today in Japan for my youngest son. But if you really think about it, that doesn’t have much to do with Pocket Monsters. This product, though, definitely does.

These are insect baskets, known as mushi kago (虫かご) in Japanese. In the summertime, children in Japan carry them around and hunt for insects—which is exactly what inspired Satoshi Tajiri, who spent his childhood catching bugs, to create Pokémon in the first place.

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They look wonderful, too!

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The Poké Ball version was released previously in 2019, but according to Famitsu, the Master Ball one will be out this month. They’re priced around $15 in Japan.

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I’m hard-pressed to think of a product that means more than these.

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If someone released Pikachu ketchup, though, that would definitely be a close second.