The goal of Pokemon is simple: You try to capture as many of the creatures as possible, using a Poke ball. The more you capture, the higher your level. You can either play the obsessively addictive Pokemon Go game or collect the cards and figures, or both. Kids love Pokemon. And like lice, Pokemon mania spreads from kid to kid to kid.
Now, the concept hits the big screen in Pokemon Detective Pikachu, with Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds voicing the lead character. We, as parents, anticipate that kids will go insane for the movie, and the tie-in merch. To help you figure out what’s what, here are some of the best Pokemon toys and gear you can buy.
This is the perfect starter pack for any Pokemon fan or collector. You get seven figures, including Pikachu, Rowlet, and Litten.
Every Pokemon lover has to start somewhere, and this is a solid starter kit. It includes seven highly-detailed key figures to keep kids occupied and satisfied.
Kids think of a Pokémon and answer the questions. And the trainer figures out while creature they're talking about.
Kids six up get a field trainer guide, and work with a “trainer,” using voice recognition, to think up Pokémon. The trainer then names them. If you have issues with voice recognition, speak into the bottom of the ball.
This set includes buildable Pokemos Teddiursa, Mankey, Sneasel, Oddish, and a very unique Pikachu.
Ideal for kids ages six and up, this five-piece Pokemon set lets them build and train five iconic characters. The set comes with a buildable Poke ball with a pronged top and interior, so kids can show off their creations.
For the full experience, you need the Z-Ring, which holds these Z-Crystals. Their attack icon is revealed when inserted into the Pokemon Z-Ring, which is sold separately.
First, you buy the Z-Ring. Then, you insert these Z-Crystals into the ring. And presto! You experience powerful, devastating new Z-Moves. Got that yet? Each crystal unlocks different colors, sounds, and vibrations.
One of our favorite Pokemon toys, this set features a buildable, articulated, poseable detective Pikachu figure, plus his office.
Ideal for ages six and up, this set lets kids build Detective Pikachu’s office, as well as the investigator himself. You can combine it with Pikachu movie sets to keep building and building.
The Pokemon universe is full of weird creatures, and even among those, Psyduck stands out. This is a yellow duck-like thing plagued by headaches and unable to think clearly, but when its headaches get too powerful, it exhibits psychic qualities. Really.
Perfect for kids two and older, the talking Psyduck makes his signature odd sounds when you thump him. So thump him. And enjoy.
True Pokemon fans need these 12-inch articulated large Pokemon figures, which take any collection to the next level. They're great for kids four and up.
You’ll want to add other figures to go along with Solgaleo, a Legendary Pokemon who’s from another world. It’s 12 inches in size, so a good choice for older kids.
Yes, your kids will most likely love 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu.' And this set contains six figures that all appear in the film.
Load your kid up with this six-piece set, which includes two Detective Pikachus, plus Psyduck, Bulbasaur, Mewtwo, and Ludicolo.
This stuffed animal is perfect for kids too young for the articulated Pokemon toys.
No one is too young for Pokemon. Case in point: this Charizard stuffed animal. It’s soft, fun, and portable, and great for little kids who love their stuffies.
The Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX pack includes one foil promo card featuring Charizard-GX, one foil oversize card featuring Charizard-GX, four Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu booster packs plus two additional Pokémon TCG booster packs .
This is an essential addition to any Pokémon TCG collection. You will uncover a few more Pokémon from Ryme City and beyond, so enjoy.
Gamers will love becoming a top Pokemon trainer on an adventure with Pikachu in this kid-friendly game.
Like a real Pokemon trainer, you catch the wild Pokemon as they roam around. You partner up with Pikachu or Eevee to become a top Pokemon trainer as you battle other trainers. It’s a multi-player game that’s rated E for Everyone.
Any self-respecting Pokemon fan has cards galore. But you need this trading card game, which features a selection of 26 new cards inspired by the movie.
Pokemon aficionados need this trading card game, inspired by the movie and featuring a selection of 26 new cards. We’re talking ones with Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, and Detective Pikachu, all depicted as CGI creations.
This set includes 36 Lost Thunder booster packs containing 10 cards each, to help you become the greatest Pokemon trainer ever, period.
This set contains 36 booster packs, and even includes some rare and powerful holographic cards.
You need Poke balls to capture Pokemon. So get properly tricked out using this trainer belt, and two Poke balls.
You get a trainer belt, plus a Poke ball and a nest ball, as well as a two-inch Pikachu figure. The belt is sizable, so this is better-suited for older kids. The set works with other Pokemon Clip and Go two-inch figures, sold separately of course.
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