GUIDE TO POKEMON COLLECTING
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||Pokemon Center exclusive badges for each and every Pokemon
from the original 151! These badges display unique, full-color artwork
not seen anywhere else. Each badge comes individually packaged with the
badge facing outward so it can easily be displayed MIP (Mint in
plastic) and was available for a limited time in 2000.
||7/11 stores in Japan are vastly different from the usual
American chain. They are also the main convinience store at which you
can buy various Pokemon goods like clipping figures, TCG, stickers,
keshipoke, stamps, magnets, kids, and more. During movie promotion each
summer, they have a lottery where you pay 500 yen a ticket and can win
a variety of prizes. They also often do a soft-drink prmotion, where
various figures like racers and Kaiyodo sculpted figures on bottlecaps
(bottlecap figures) are attached to various drinks. They also hold
stamp rallies, where you get a paper stamped at different 7/11s and can
earn prizes. Beyond that there is a multitude of varying events 7/11
hosts for Pokemon promotion throughout the year.
|Bandai is a friend to Pokemon collectors! They produce the
extremely popular Pokemon Kids, as well as clipping figures, candy
dispensers, friends plush, many kinds of stampers, chou get (and all
its predecessors), along with many of the popular gachapon goods and
tons of the little trinkets collectors delight in locating for their
collections. Bandai goods are usually not blind-packaged (meaning you
do not know what is inside), unlike Ensky, who blind packages
absolutely everything, and we do not like Ensky very much at all
because they are mean jerks.
|Banpresto is the company that produces UFO Catchers, the
arcade-prize plush with strings on their heads (usually). Their plush
and other goods are NOT sold in stores in Japan, but many re-sale
stores are able to order these items and sell them for a set price.
They have been making Pokemon plush since Pokemon began, and their
popular lines are "korotto manmaru" plush, which are "rolly polly"
chibi plush, and DX versions of those, which often are made with a
shimmery fabric. They also make other goods like figures, cups, and
various toys, all of which are arcade prizes. They hold lotteries every
now and again also.
||The followers of Fullcolor Stadium figures, these figures feature most of the 2nd gen Pokemon (sadly, not all of them). Instead of hexagonal bases, these guys got black quadrangular bases which interlock horizontally. These were released around the same time as the original Gold and Silver games came out.|
|Bell Keychains （鈴 キーチェイ ン）||Small keychains that feature a Pokémon sitting on a
metal or plastic bell. There are many versions from Gen I, II and III.
Some Pokemon are on top of many different kinds of bells multiple
times, which are painted to look like Masterballs, Ultra Balls, Regular
Pokeballs and more.
Plush (すずなり ポケモン ぬいぐるみ)
Plush (Suzunari Pokemon Plush) was a series of plush made by Banpresto,
from 1996 to 1997. The series had 3 sets, together totaling 49 Pokemon,
and were released in UFO catcher machines. Due to it's early release
date and distribution, they are highly sought after and rare, with some
being sold as high as $150. They average 3 inches in height, and come
attached with a bell and cord, which is where they get their name.
Set I -- Set II -- Set III
||"BIN" is an acronym for "Buy It Now". Instead of trying to win something in an auction, you can choose to pay the price the seller is willing to take to buy the item(s) out-right, i.e. the BIN. However, unlike eBay the BIN option does not disappear from an auction on Yahoo! Japan or our community (pkmncollectors) once the starting bid it placed. This means someone could buy the item for the BIN price even after you have placed the starting bid.|
||Canvas plush are a plush series released and sold in the Pokemon Center. The series started in 2006, and since has grown to have a sizeable amount of Pokemon in the collection. They made to look like a drawing/painting, so they often have pastel/light colors. They are made with minky fabric. Older Canvas plush may be harder to find than others.|
Also called: Chibi Stamps
|Pocket Monsters Character Stamps, also known by collectors as Chibi Stamps, are a series of gashapon figure stamps. Not to be confused with Stamp 151, these stamps are self-inking on bases that screw on. Rarer as a whole than Stamp 151, sets can be quite hard to come by, especially the largely-unknown Johto sets.|
Poke Models (ちびポケモデル)
||Chibi PokeModels are very small figures made by Takara TOMY
that were given away by the Nagatanien Company in their instant food
products in 2000. These are very tiny, well detailed colored figures
made for certain Pokemon from generations one and two (Kanto &
Johto). They average about 0.80in/2cm tall/long, depending on the
Pokemon and pose. Some of the figures are
numbered because there are multiple poses of that specific Pokemon, but
not all of them are numbered.
|Chou getto （超ゲット）||These are the "modern" Fullcolor Stadium/Battle Museum/Fullcolor Advance figures, and can be bought from gashapon machines. These have been sold since Diamond and Pearl games came out. Bases interlock again, and come in many different colors.|
|Chupa Surprise （チュパサプライズ）||Pokemon Chupa Chups are lollipops that have the head of the lollipop encased inside of an openable pokeball, with the bottom half containing the head of the lollipop, and the top half containing a pokemon figure. The figures are random pulls, and there are different balls as well, such as the regular pokeball, great ball, net ball and more.|
||Clipping figures is a figure series made by Bandai. The series started in spring 2007, and figures are packaged randomly/in blind boxes. Clipping figures are made to look like they are 'clipped' from a scene (shown on the package insert), so their poses are often dynamic.|
||The Pokemon Daisuki Club is an online club in Japan for
Pokemon fans to play games, earn points and win prizes. It also allows
access to some events. Most important to collectors is their "monthly
prize", prizes that change every few months and which are usually
limited to around 200 in the entire world. To win you must have an
account which requires a Japanese address and the ability to comprehend
Japanese. You earn points around the site and can use them to enter the
raffle for the Monthly Prize. DX Pokedolls have been a common prize
lately around movie time.
Pokedolls (１２インチポケドール、大きいポケドール 等)
Also called: 12-inch Pokedolls, Big-size Pokedolls
|DX Pokedolls is a blanket term refering to any Pokedoll not the regular size (which is 16 CM on average). There are 12 inch Pokedolls which are the most common kind of DX Pokedoll. There are also many that are "medium" in size, bigger than regular dolls but not exactly a foot in height. These dolls have been sold in various ways, but always remain Pokemon Center goods. Some, like Celebi, Plusle and Minun 12 inch dolls were sold in the Nagoya Poke-Park in 2005. Many were given away exclusively in New Year's Packs (a set of goods in a bag given out only around New Year's in Japan). The hardest to find 12-inch dolls were Daisuki Club prizes limited to only 200 made (like Shaymin sky forme and Arceus). They come in all types of fabric, including shimmery, nappy, minky and velboa. You can click here to see examples of many different sizes of DX Pokedolls. Note that the Pikachu in the left-hand corner is regular size for comparison purposes.|
|Eevee Collection||Starting in January 2008 there has been a promotion for the Pokemon eevee and its evolutions (or as we call them eeveelutions) called "Eevee Collection". The promotion lasts for the duration of the month and includes such items as cookies, limited charms and plush. In 2008 all 8 Eeveelutions got re-release minky Pokedolls. In 2009 they all got brand new Canvas Plush. The first year the collection ran all the Pokemon got the same treatment, but for the December 2009 promotion the merchandise focused on Espeon and Umbreon, with several store exclusive items. The items in the Eevee Collection tend to run out very quickly, as it is a very popular promotion, so most of the items have become quite rare and highly sought after.|
|Ensky is a Japanese toy company who is most well known for producing rare and hard to get items, producing series such as Keshipoke, Restuden Stamps and Retsuden Magnets, amongst other things. These series are infamous for being hard to get, with some set sizes being large, and items being packaged randomly, meaning you never know what you are going to get. Items from these series also rarely ever get imported, or put on sale online.|
||Also known as Pokedex figures, these are the followers of Fullcolor Stadium and Battle Museum figures. Many 3rd gen Pokemon got one, but not everyone. Naturally, these figures were sold around the same time as Ruby and Sapphire games came out. These figures' bases don't interlock, but they include a small info plate of the specific Pokemon.|
Color Stadium/Full Color Collection
||A series of gashapon (toy machine) toys made by Bandai, released in the late 1990's. These small figures come with different coloured hexagonal, interlocking bases. These feature all 1st gen Pokemon and a few 2nd gen.|
|Gacha Shop||Gacha Shop is a UK-based online store selling various types of gacha prizes. Pokémon-related items they sell include zukans, keychains, screenwipes and various other figurines. In addition to selling Pokémon toys, they sell toys from other games and series such as Mario and Hello Kitty.|
||A grail or "holy grail" is your...well, holy grail of
collecting! This usually refers to an item that is so incredibly rare
you might not find one even if you look for years, and even if one did
appear, it might become so expensive it would be very difficult to
afford. A grail should not be simply an item you want but can be
readily found, or every single item on your wish list, or items not yet
released that you hope to get when they come out. Use this term wisely
and make sure what you pick as your grail/s is worthy!
|Jakks Pacific releases their line of Pokemon products to the
USA and in Europe. Their Pokemon line is a variety of figures,
plushies, playsets, electronics, and games. Jakks began their line of
Pokemon products during the Advanced Generation series. They are
infamous for strange distribution habits, some toys being fully stocked
or overstocked for months, others being nearly impossible to find even
by people workin at toy stores.
|Johto Metal Charms||Johto Metal Charms were released in 2009 as a part of promotion for HeartGold and SoulSilver. Every Pokemon in HG/SS Pokedex were released, being packaged by evolutionary lines. On the backs of the charms, they are engraved by number (for example, 001/256). Being a limited time Pokemon Center promotion, these charms can now be hard to find.|
|A Japanese company that crafts extremely highly-detailed figurines from many series, including Pokemon. Most recently they sculpted the Ho-oh and Lugia figurines released as pre-order bonuses for the HeartGold SoulSilver games.|
||KeshiPoké are tiny, blind-boxed figures that come in a PokéBall-shaped eraser (hence the name; keshi [消し] is part of the word for eraser in Japanese). They are made by the company EnSky. Due to the size of each set (12 figures plus one secret rare, give or take depending on set) and their blind-box packaging, they are very rare and sought figures, especially from the mostly-unknown AG sets.|
|Keshimon (けしモン)||Even rarer than Keshipoke are their predacessors from 1997, tiny gold and silver metal figures that came in signature eraser PokéBalls, known as KeshiMon. Only Generation I and II Pokemon were released as Keshimon, which had no color. During Generation III they came to be KeshiPoké as they are known today, but were known then as KeshiPoké Real Color Collection, but the series name was changed to simply KeshiPoké when the sets hit Diamond and Pearl.|
Includes: DX Kids, Clear Kids, Shiny Kids
Kids are a figure series made by Bandai and have been in production
since 1996. They are sold mostly in Japan, though they are often
imported into the USA, and sold in figure packs by Bandai in the UK and
Australia. They average 1-2 inches in height.
Kids have many variations. The most common, but sometimes very rare, one is clears. Not all sets contain clears. Clears are randomly placed in random boxes, and the chances of getting a clear in your box is very slim, but back in the earlier days, clear Kids were sold in box sets, which is why some first generation clears seem to be very common. Another variation are Shiny colored Kids. Unlikes the rest of the series, Shiny Kids were lottery items (meaning you win them!), and were not sold on shelves. A last variation is DX Kids, which are bigger sized Kids. Not all Pokemon have DX Kids, and they average about 2.5 inches in height depending on the Pokemon.
Click here for listings for all the Pokemon Kid series and pictures! Scroll until you find ポケットモンスター.
Prizes （一番くじ 賞品）
Also called: Ichiban Kuji
|Metal Swing Keychains （メタルスイングキーチェイン）|
|Metal Collection (ポケモンメタルコレクション)||Pokémon Metal Collection are a series of metal figures that stretches from 1997 all the way to present, making them one of the longest-running Pokémon product lines. They come in a variety of colors; the original 151 for instance came in not only more "natural" metal colors such as gunmetal, copper, and shiny gold, but fun colors such as purple, green, and blue. From the Gold and Silver series on, the colors are limited to the "natural" colors, however.|
||Mini Cots are a series of figures released by Banpresto in UFO Catchers 2004-2005. They are very small, with a max size of half an inch. They are also very cute, many coming in "chibi" shapes. They come on a green base, and underneath them they are numbered individually. Across the three sets, there was 60 Pokemon made as Mini Cots.|
||These single-colored small figures are made by Bandai, and most of them use the same molds as Fullcolor Stadium/Fullcolor Collection figures. Only first gen Pokemon got these, and they come in a lot of different colors.|
|Movie Theatre Goods （映画館グッヅ）|
|MIP/MIB/NWT||All three of these are acronyms which, as collectors, we love to see! "MIP" stands for "Mint in Plastic" this means the item you are seeing is without fault and is just as if it had been freshly pulled off the store shelf. The same also goes for "MIB" with the exception that it means "Mint in Box". The last one, "NWT" is used almost exclusively when dealing with plush as it stands for "New with Tag". If "NWT" is used, then it means the plush has its paper hang tag attached in addition to the sewn-in tush tag.|
|A store in New York City that specializes in Nintendo games and merchandise. Their Pokemon selection includes Pokedolls, Jakks plush, Tomy figures, TFGs, trading cards, and video games. Previously known as Pokemon Center New York.|
||Pan stickers are the free gift that comes with
Pokémon Pan- flavoured bread. Each pack of bread contains a
sticker of a Pokémon, though it is not necessarily of the same
Pokémon displayed on the packet. The stickers are slightly rough
in texture. PS: "Pan" is bread in Japanese! Pan Stickers is a
completely fanon name - their real name is Deco Chara Seals.
|Play by Play||A Canadian company that produced quite a few 1st generation
are renowned for having derptastical plushes. These plush were commonly
distributed as carnival game prizes. They were often sold in Zellers
stores (a Canadian chain similar to WalMart).
|Pocket Monsters Stamp 151 (ポケットモンスタースタンプ１５１)||Pocket Monsters Stamp 151 are a series of gashapon stamps made by Banpresto starting around 1998 or 1999. Not to be confused with the rarer Character Stamps, they are non-self-inking stamps, and came with clear plastic covers for the bases. While stamps of the first 151 Pokémon aren't too difficult to find, the later Johto Pokémon series (known simply as Pocket Monsters Stamp) is exceedingly rare, only becoming known to collectors outside Japan late 2009.|
||PokéDolls are plush which are characterized by their round, 'chibi' style and began production in 2002, with new PokéDolls still being brought out frequently. Earlier PokéDolls were made of a velour/velboa material, and the more recent releases are made of a soft minky fabric instead. Some older PokéDolls have been re-released in the newer material. Another trademark of the line are their hangtags which feature a drawing of the doll, though this is exclusive only to Japan. Outside of Japan, the PokéDolls have a red hangtag with a Pikachu, regardless of what Pokémon the doll is.|
Also called: Pokecen
|The Pokemon Center is a retail store chain selling only
Pokemon merchandise. Currently, there are only six stores in Japan,
while the USA had one in New York City that closed in 2005 to be
remodeled as Nintendo World. Pokemon Centers in Japan sell the
exclusive Pokemon Center only merchandise brand, but it also sells
merchandise available in other places, like Tomy and Bandai items.
Banpresto items are not available in Pokemon Centers. There used to be
online stores for both Japan and America, but they have since both
Center Big Size Plush (ポケットモンスタービッグサイズぬいぐるみ)
Also called: Pokemon Center Giants
|Pocket Monsters Big Size Plush are high-quality, giant plush made by Tomy (now Takara Tomy) that were sold in the Japanese and New York Pokémon Centers starting 2001. Each were exceptionally large, ranging from two to three feet in width and height. Since discontinued around 2003, they are now among the most sought and hardest to find, non-limited Pokémon plush out there. While there have been other plush that are "big size," this particular series was never continued, and never in nearly as large of size. They are also possibly movie promotion merchandise, due to the "Pikachu the Movie" logo on the Japanese version tag.|
||Preorder Figures: 6-Inch figures produced by Kaiyodo as promotional items for the release of Pokémon games. When you preordered and purchased main-series games starting from Diamond & Pearl in Japan, you would receive a figure of the corresponding game's title Pokémon, or a special figure if you pre-ordered both. Starting from Platinum, these offers have also been available overseas|
Includes: Production Art
|Settei are sheets of drawings of a character from the anime or movies. They are photocopies of an original drawing to be used by production staff as a reference for whatever character is featured, and usually consist of different views, expressions, poses and intricate details of a character's design. The settei aren't just limited to characters- any kind of concept art can be found, including but not limited to characters, backgrounds, locations and items. They are not raw pencil drawings or anime cels, which are actual artwork used in the anime.|
|Shitajiki (下敷き); Pencil Board
||Shitajiki, literally meaning under-sheet, are types of pencil boards somewhat akin to clipboards. They're usually made of plastic and feature artwork on the board itself, making them colourful collectables.|
|TFG (Trading Figure Game)||An American released set of Kaiyodo figures that can be used to play the 'Trading Figure Game' - players must traverse their Pokémon across the battle map and battle with opponents via spinning the dial on the figure to launch an attack. Despite the high quality of the Kaiyodo figures, the game was scrapped by Nintendo of America after the first set, Next Quest. However, there is a complete checklist of the un-releases second set, Groundbreakers, and unofficial 'bootlegs' of an unannounced third set have appeared on websites such as eBay. The TFG is also known for producing figures of Trainers and Gym Leaders from the games, which is a rare occurance in Pokémon merchandising.|
Monster Collection (モンスターコレクション)
Includes: Tomy MC+ (モンコレプラス)
|2" Pokemon figures released in a series called Moster
Collection. This series of figures featured the full first and second
generation. Tomy did release the third and fourth generation of these
figures but never completed them. Another term for these figures are
moncolle (モンコレ), which is short "Monster Collection".
Monster Collection Plus are an updated version of MC Figures, with digital abilities to level up and battle if a special stadium or reader is bought. They are on stands and in dynamic poses. In Japanese they are called MonColle Plus.
|Toy Factory is an American toy company that makes plush toys for boardwalk and theme park games. They released some Pokemon plushies that range in sizes between 6" to 3 ft.|
|Say goodbye to all your future paychecks. This is where you
get the rare Pokemon merchandise if you sign up for a deputy service
which will allow you to bid. May god help you. PS: Beware of deputy
fees racking up and sellers who don't like non-Japanese buyers (yes,
it's legal in Japan!)
Also called: Evolution Figures
|Pokémon zukan are figures based upon the exact height specifics given to the Pokémon in-game, and are well-known for their attention to detail. They are obtained from a gacha machine in Japan and sold from a cardboard display outside Japan. Almost all the figures are made on a 1/40 scale, though some larger Pokémon are made on a 1/50 scale so that they may fit inside the gacha balls in which they are given out.|