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11:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Nintendo says no to Shapeways while Hasbro says go for it

Shapeways can't catch a break, or maybe it can? Shapeways has a tendency to be a bit controversial, what with its place as a 3D printing hub making use of user-created 3D renders, many of which are based on licensed character...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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Terra Battle In-Game Giveaway

Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..




1:00 PM on 08.06.2014

PokemonCenter.com opens its doors

PokemonCenter.com has officially opened up, offering up several different kinds of Pokemon-branded merchandise. Apparel, iPhone cases, Pokemon Trading Card Game products and more are available, but what you're probably most c...

Brian Szabelski



SHF Mega Blaziken gets Mega Awesome preview gallery photo
SHF Mega Blaziken gets Mega Awesome preview gallery
by Scarecroodle

Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has received an absolutely amazing preview gallery which depicts the mega evolution fighting against previous (and upcoming) S.H. Figuarts Pokemon.

Highlights include a demonstration of the Tamashii "Burning Flame" effects (used against Venusaur *and* used as a power-up by Lucario and Mega Blaziken), a blurred "Quick Attack", that awesome moon silhouette, and more!

The gallery also seems to reveal what could be a special base for SHF Mega Blaziken, a black and silver version of the Pokeball-themed base seen with previous releases. See all the images in the gallery.

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3:00 PM on 07.03.2014

The Pokemon Center is coming back to the US online

After losing The Pokemon Center in New York City, I thought the only way I’d be able to go to one again was if I went back to Japan. It was such a magical store! I just grabbed whatever I wanted, and didn’t care ...

Vanessa Cubillo



Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts photo
Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts
by Scarecroodle

A wild photo of a S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has appeared! Mega Blaziken, of the Mega Evolutions introduced in Pokemon X/Y, will be the second Pokemon character in Bandai's merged S.H. Figuarts line (four Pokemon figures previously appeared in the D-Arts line) and is the first Pokemon that we've seen since Lucario went up for pre-order in February.

Mega Blaziken is an interesting choice and was possibly picked because Nintendo had an early promo giving away a Torchic with Blazikenite (the item needed for Blaziken's Mega Evo) although the upcoming Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes could have influenced the decision as well. Blaziken has long been one of my favorite Pokemon (since about 2003) although I've yet to actually use its Mega form in the games... having lost interest in Pokemon Y some time after the first gym. While I would have preferred the normal Blaziken, I'll most likely wind up grabbing this version.

As noted in my speculative "What's Next for the D-Arts Pokemon Line?", Blaziken (and his Mega counterpart) have a good body type for a super-articulated figure besides being a seemingly more agile character. Mega Blaziken's large legs (or feet?) should provide great natural balancing which would allow for kicking poses without needing a stand.

Pricing is currently unknown but the SHF Mega Blaziken is apparently slated for an October release.

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McDonalds' toys are still gender-split, Pokemon is for boys only photo
McDonalds' toys are still gender-split, Pokemon is for boys only
by Andres Cerrato

McDonald's had a gold mine on its hands. The ever-popular Pokemon became the newest set of Happy Meal toys. While these are nowhere near the glory days of the Burger King promotion from the first Pokemon movie, McDonald's has failed in yet a worse way. No, it isn't because of how bad these toys appear to be.

Earlier this year, the company decided to end the practice of making Happy Meal toys gender-specific. You would think that with a property like Pokemon, it would be fun for all involved. Instead, Pokemon is relegated as the BOYS ONLY toy as it was paired with the release of toys celebrating a new American Girl movie.

Let's take this after the jump.

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7:00 AM on 05.21.2014

Paris will be getting a temporary Pokemon Center

Pokemon fans in France will soon be very happy. A Pokemon Center will be opening up in Paris on June 4. However, this will only be for a limited time only. Very limited, because it will be gone by June 21. It seems like a b...

Vanessa Cubillo

8:45 PM on 05.18.2014

53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show: Pokemon Plamo

There is more than just Gunpla at Shizuoka. Pokepla has had a couple of good kits in the past couple of years and the line shows no sign of slowing down. With the popularity of new Mega Evolutions to take advantage of, Pokepl...

Andres Cerrato

12:59 PM on 05.16.2014

Pre-order the elusive Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red at J-List!

This is not a drill, people. Good Smile Company had previously announced that Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red was to be exclusive Japanese Pokemon Centers and the Amazon Japan Pokemon store. But while we were busy cursing our f...

Natalie Kipper

2:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Catch a Pumpkaboo or Pancham with these latest pre-orders

For trainers aching for toys of more obscure Pokémon, NCSX has got the goods. Two new pre-order items from Banpresto recently popped up on their site, one a Pumpkaboo plush and the other a Pancham cushion. Th...

Natalie Kipper



GSC says what we don't want to hear about Nendroid Red from Pokemon photo
GSC says what we don't want to hear about Nendroid Red from Pokemon
by Vanessa Cubillo

While Tamashii was debuting their summer collection to fans, a lot of people, including myself, became enchanted by a toy from an entirely different company. That would be Good Smile Company’s Nendroid Red from Pokemon. It was only a poster, but already I was falling in love with this tiny figure.

Not long after finding out about this figure, I was hearing depressing news I didn’t want to believe until GSC said it. Now, I’m afraid the rumblings were true. Nendroid Red is going to be a Japanese Pokemon Center exclusive!

Of course, with this heartbreaking news comes more information that just makes me want the figure even more. Red will be coming with three facial expressions, interchangeable arms, hands, and legs, and several accessories straight from the Pokemon world. He’ll have his backpack, Pokedex, Poke ball, Master ball, and Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.

So Nendroid Red will be available at Japanese Pokemon Centers, but they will also be found at Amazon Japan's Pokemon Store. For ¥4,500, pre-orders will open at the end of May, and will be officially released at the end of September. 

[via Good Smile Company]

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12:00 AM on 05.10.2014

San Jose State art student charity auction is all about Nintendo

This has fallen just a little under the radar, but there's still time to take part! Students in the San Jose State University Animation/Illustration program are holding Press Start: Nintendo Charity Gallery until May 16 where...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker