Back in the day, I clearly remember the hype built up in my Nintendo Power magazines before the show or games had even hit the U.S. By the time it arrived, I was ready to be a raving Pokemaniac. Lucky for me, I lived near a sweet import store and was able to score some pretty cool Japanese toys here and there along with the regularly available American stuff.
After a couple of years of knock offs by other companies, my monster collecting urges had been completely burned out. All my old Pokemon stuff went to live in a drawer that I rarely opened. It wasn't until Chris Pranger's last Show and Tell post that I though that maybe I should go back and see all the stuff that I put away.
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