New Toys for Pokemon Black and White

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The Pokemon craze has never left our house. It started early, when my twins were four. Now they’re thirteen and I still have Pokemon playing cards, video games, and DVDs strewn in various places around my house. At one point, my youngest daughter even decided to become a biologist so she could create Pokemon of her own by gene-splicing. (Who knew how educational Pokemon could be about biology?)

Initially, it was the television and movies shows that hooked them but it’s mainly video games now. Toys are rarer so when I received review samples of new toys for 2013, I promptly passed them over to the twins for judgment.

The first toy opened was a Pokémon 2 Pack Figure set with 2″ Snivy and Panpour figures. The idea is to face them off in battle. They came with Pokédex ID tags detailing height, weight, and type. The retail price for the two-packs are $6.99 each. These are cute and fun to collect, especially if your child (or you) are geeky about all those stats.

Those 2″ figures can all be use with the Catch ‘n’ Return Poke Ball. The package says all you have to do is put a Pokémon figure on the stand, pull back the Poké Ball, aim, and release. Presto! Pokemon captured, just like in the show or the video games. Except the capture took a great deal of effort and was the subject of much frustration. In short: it takes a considerable amount of practice to develop Pokemon-catching skills. This is not for very young or easily frustrated children. Or maybe those without good motor skills, as several videos on YouTube made it look easy.

Each Poke Ball package comes with a 2″ figures–numerous ones are available–with the Pokédex ID Tags, and a stand. It retails for $12.99.

The last of the toys I received was a 7″ articulated figure of Kyurem, one of the rare and legendary Pokémon featured in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 video games. Not much to say about this toy except it was nicely put together and was fun to either play with or put on the shelf to display with the various other Pokemon figures. These retail for $14.99, though the prices at various toy outlets were all over the place.

I bet Big Barda, if she still existed in the DC Universe, would like to play with them.

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Big Barda of Jack Kirby’s New Gods plays Pokemon with Sin, Black Canary’s adopted daughter. From Birds of Prey, written by Tony Bedard, art by Nicola Scott.

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