I offer a picture of me during happier times, before my new best friend Popplio and I took a trip to the Toys’R’Us price scanner.
It’s Halloween, the festive holiday when Pokémon toys dress up in costumes and sit on my desk until at least Christmas. The Pokémon Center’s line of masquerading circus pocket monsters is adorable this year.
C’mon! How are you going to be the very best with outdated operating system?
I've somehow managed to avoid purchasing one of Japan's Good Smile Company's big-headed Nendoroid figures, despite my penchant for all things ridiculously cute. Then the North American Pokémon Center shop started selling the once Japan exclusive Red figure. Now I am doomed.
It’s an understatement to say that Pokémon is popular in Japan. “How popular” you might ask? So popular that it has its own Pokémon Centers that look as if torn straight out of the games. You can even buy pokémon there (well, stuffed ones anyway).
In the Pokémon game, Rare Candy can be used to increase the level of a Pocket Monster. In Japan, you can buy Rare Candy ("fushigi na ame" or ふしぎなアメ) at Pokémon Centers across the country. But, bad news...
There's the Nike Swoosh. The Target Bullseye. And now, the Pokémon Center.