Since their release in October of last year, the Pokémon X and Y video games have received nigh universal praise and have sold more than 12 million copies combined. Pokémania seems to be back in full force, and Nintendo, brand manager The Pokémon Company and toy manufacturer Tomy are forever poised to give a Pokémon-loving public exactly what it wants.
X and Y starters Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie have proven particularly popular, and, alongside other newcomers like Sylveon and Helioptile (not to mention that old standard Pikachu), they’re easily available in perfectly huggable plush form. Fans looking for more action in their playtime, however, would likely prefer Tomy’s new figure packs. These plastic minis come packaged with type-specific attack tags and are perfect for use within the Pokémon Battle Arena playset. Better yet, the mega figures – like the Charizard included in this four-figure gift set – also feature multiple points of articulation.
Most recently, Pokémon roleplay has been leveled up with the new Pokémon Trainer Gloves. With four motion-activated sound effects, they’ll keep your smallest Pokémon Masters capturing and battling monsters until bedtime.
Back in the video game world, Pokémon X and Y‘s Global Trade Station has already marked an astounding 90 million trades worldwide. To celebrate the rapidly approaching 100 millionth Pokémon trade, a special new variant will be made available for players.
Though normally characterized by the patterns and colors on its wings, which coincides with the real-world location in which it’s caught, the butterfly Pokémon Vivillon will soon get a handsome new paint-job. This Fancy Pattern Vivillon will become available to all players via a special distribution event after the 100 millionth trade is reached.
If nothing else, all this assures that we’ll be properly entertained while we wait on the arrival of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby this fall.