New York's American International Toy Fair February 22, 2011
Gotta Catch 'Em All Again! Based largely on the Nintendo DS Black and White editions of the game, Pokemon seems to have a great year in store for it-- not only do the toys look good, but they're actually quite a lot of fun to play with. I got to futz around with the various capture devices, and the whole "battle" and "capture" angles to the toy line are quite impressive. There's a Pokeball which descends like a yo-yo and a trap door can snap up a small mini-figure, for example, and another gizmo that basically wraps around the figure and depending on how it lands, that's the strength of your attack.
I'm particularly happy how Jakks Pacific managed to add some fun elements to the toys, but that may not matter to long-time collectors or older fans. But for the kids? This should be fantastic, and the detail on those tiny figures has come a long way since Hasbro's imports of the Tomy product back in 1998.
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