Pokémon figures collecting

A comprehensive guide to start and improve your Pokémon figures collection

 

The term Pokémon is a contraction to the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters. It refers to both the Pokémon franchise itself and to the 493 fictional species that made appearances in its media.
 
The Pokémon prompt and slogan “catch ‘em all” contributed to the craze of the Pokémon figures collectors and fans.

Limited edition Pokémon action figures

Collecting Pokémon action figures
 
Pokémon burst into the American cultural scene with so much ferocity that it quickly evolved into a major franchise. It included comics, television series, trading cards, online game, action figures, and many others.  
 
The frenzy of collecting Pokémon action figures was most intense in the later part of 1900s and continues up to this day. It reached cultural phenomenon status as it hit the collectible market with an impressive response from fans, action figure collectors and anime enthusiasts.
 
To help you improve and boost the value of your Pokémon figures collection, we provide you a list of the rare and most sought after Pokémon figurines you should not miss.

Arceus mini Pokémon figure from Takara TOMY (Pokemon Montser Collection Series)

Top Pokémon figures

•    Arceus

 

Also known as “The Original One”. It takes the form of a horse that is somewhat similar to a Qilin or a Centaur. Arceus is multifarious (can change forms thru the use of special plates) and feeds off the energy of elemental plates.

Charizard action figure, Pokemon Ultra Electronic Battle

•    Charizard

 

Final form of Charmander. It has wings and can fly, unlike its previous forms. Charizard is a dragon-like Pokémon that uses a variety of fire-type moves.

Pikachu Diamon and Pearl action figure

•    Pikachu

 

Known as the mascot of the Pokémon franchise. Pikachu is a short, chubby, ground-dwelling rodent with Electric abilities. They have acute sense of hearing, and can understand human speech.

Mew pokemon figure, Pokémon Monster collection Moncelle Plus

•    Mew

 

Famous for its ability to learn every Technical machine and Hidden machine moves (Pokémon techniques). Mew is unique amongst all known Pokémon. It is very curious and intelligent, loves playing and swimming, very childish and is attracted to lullabies.

Mewtwo pokemon anime action figure

•    Mewtwo

 

One of the first Pokémon created by science with the intent of making it the strongest specie. It is genderless and is a famous legendary Pokémon.

Venusaur Pokémon figurine, Takara Tomy Pokomon monster collection version 2

Rare Pokémon action figures
 
Dual type Grass / Poison Pokémon
 
•       Venusaur

 

Is Bulbasaur’s final form. It has the ability to manipulate nature, lives in plains, forest, and jungles where there is access to large amounts of sunshine and fresh water.

Gloom pokemon action figure, 2” Pokemon monster collection

•       Victreebel

 

Bellsprout’s final form. Victreebel lures prey by using sweet smelling scents in its mouth, clamps them down and traps it. They are highly territorial and lives in forests and tropical jungles.

•       Oddish

 

Grows by absorbing fertile and nutrients in the soil. Oddish lives in grassy plains and tropical areas like the jungle and swamps where there is much nutrients in the ground.

•       Gloom

 

Evolves from Oddish. Its well known ability is launching horrid smelling pollen that can knock out other people and Pokémon.

 

Vileplume action pokemon figure

•       Vileplume

 

One of Oddish’s final forms. It scatters toxic spores and toxic pollens that can cause allergy attacks. Vileplume’s natural habitat is on grassy plains, tropical areas, jungles and swamps where there the ground is rich in nutrients.
    
Dual-type Bug/Ghost Pokémon
 
•       Shedinja

 

Is a special evolution from Nincanda. Shedinja resembles an insect’s exoskeleton and is genderless Pokémon specie. It is wise and intelligent, quiet and stealthy like a ninja.
 
•       Parasect

 

An insectoid creature that evolves from Paras. Sunlight and dry air can hurt its skin so Parasect mostly live in caves.

 

Typhlosion pvc Pokemon action figurine

Fire-type Pokémon

•       Typhlosion

 

The final form of Cyndiquil. It has several sharp canine teeth which suggest a carnivorous diet. Typhlosion’s natural habitat is along mountainside and heated grasslands.

Charmander pokemon figure, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Japanese PVC Figure collection

•       Charmander

 

Is an orange reptilian Pokémon that resembles a bipedal salamander with dinosaur qualities.

 

Charmander has the special ability to breathe fire type attacks. It can be found in extremely hot areas, volcanoes, craggy mountains, and rocky heated caves.

Charmeleon Pokemon figure from Takara Tomy

•       Charmeleon

 

Evolves from Charmander. Breathes a much hotter fire than Charmender, more stubborn, bad-tempered and hot headed.

Torkoal pokemon action figure with single stand

•       Torkoal

 

Is not known to evolve into or from any other specie. It is small and tortoise-like and is usually calm if left undisturbed. Torkoal mostly feeds on coal.

Arcanine pokemon action figure

•       Arcanine

 

Evolves from Growlithe. It resembles the mythical Ryukyuan (cross between a lion & a dog) sporting a canine-like Pokémon.

 

Arcanine’s special ability includes running extreme speed and can split large trails of flame.

Porygon Pokemon figurine

Normal-type Pokémon
 
•       Exploud

 

Is the final form of Whimsur. It is extremely loud specie capable of triggering earthquakes with the tremors made by raising or bellowing its voice.
 
•       Porygon

 

The first artificial Pokémon (created either through experiments or indirect means). It is genderless and does not need to eat.

 

Snorlax pokemon action figure

•       Kecleon

 

Its ability and color change allows Kecleon to become any type, depending on the moves against it. This greenish reptilian Pokémon is not known to evolve from any other specie.
     
•       Snorlax

 

Spends majority of its time sleeping, survives on stored fat, and awakens only once a month to find more food. Snorlax can achieve supreme strength and ability when properly trained and exercised.

 

Squirtle Pokemon action figurine

•       Kangaskhan

 

Is kangaroo like with vague therapod features (type of dinosaur). It is female only specie. Kangaskhan can mostly be found in jungle-like areas.
 
Water-type Pokémon
 
•       Feraligatr

 

Totodile’s final form. They are bipedal crocodilian Pokémon with a big and bulky physique. It is extremely wild and lives near water which explains why Feraligatr is more used to swimming than to walk in land.
 
•       Squirtle

 

One of the 3 starter Pokémon along with Bulbasaur and Charmander. It is a bipedal turtle that can spray water from its mouth. Squirtle can be found on secluded islands, ocean, rivers and deep canyons, small freshwater ponds and lakes.

 

Metagross Pokémon action figure

Haunter – (Ghost / poison Pokémon) evolves from Gastly. It is ghost-like Pokémon with a purple and roundish body. It lives in very dark places, in graveyards and abandoned caves where they plot to take the life of the next victim that comes near.
 
Dugtrio – (Ground-type Pokémon) evolves from Diglett. They are three Digletts huddled together but what they look underground is uncertain. They live in tunnels and caves under the earth.
 
Meganium – (Grass-type Pokémon) appears to be very benevolent and gentle specie of Pokémon. It is Chikorita’s final form.
 
Metagross – (Dual-type steel/psychic pseudo-legendary Pokémon) Beldum’s final form. It is genderless with an extraordinarily high intelligence. Metagross is a brutal predator that lives in mountainous areas.

 

Regice Pokémon figurine

Absol – (Dark-type Pokémon) is not known to evolve into or from any other specie. Absol can predict occurrences of natural disasters and warns people when one is approaching. It lives in mountainous regions far away from people.
 
Legendary golems of Hoenn
 
•       Regirock – (Rock-type legendary Pokémon) is one of the 3 legendary golems of Hoenn along with Regice and Registeel. Regirock is genderless and is a large golem made of rocks. This Pokémon has no sign of a brain or heart.
 
•       Regice – (Ice-type legendary Pokémon) its body is composed of Antartic ice, resembling a crystal. Regice cloaks itself in -328 degrees Fahrenheit air.

MC-50 Registeel pokemon

•       Registeel – (steel-type legendary Pokémon) is a genderless and has a body made up of steel. It is incredibly sturdy that nothing can even scratch it. The metal appears durable and stiff but is surprisingly flexible.
    
Buying Pokémon figures

Tips in buying Pokémon figures

1.    Pick out your favorite Pokémon action figures. Start your collection by acquiring your favorite Pocket monsters first and expand to acquiring all the others.

2.    Check the Pokémon figurine’s condition by looking for any visible defects. Take note of unnecessary marks, chipped paints, cracks, malformed parts and missing accessories.

3.    Buy only from reputable Pokémon figures sellers. Do not hesitate to inquire if there is any need to clarify matters concerning your purchase.

4.    Refer to price guides and other related references for a more or less approximate value of the Pokémon figure you plan on buying.

5.    Be aware of warrantees, guarantees, seller policies, terms and conditions. These documents support the authenticity of your purchase.

 

Pokemon SoulSilver exclusive figurine

Where to buy Pokémon figures

1.    Pokémon figures for sale online – Pokémon action figures on online auctions, online classifieds, and online Pokémon figures stores are of wide variety. They come in clear images and descriptions. Online Pokémon shops also offer you numerous selections of Pocket monsters figures to choose from.

2.    Pokémon figures from collectors – a number of Pokémon collectors post their Pokémon collections online. If you choose to buy from them, make sure to first check the seller’s reputation and feedback from previous buyers.

3.    Buy Pokémon figures from collectible shops, general stores, malls – aside from the comfort of buying Pokémon figures for sale online, you can also acquire Pocket Monsters action figures from these venues.

 

Pokemon Suicune action figurine

Pokémon figures care and maintenance
 
Proper care and maintenance of your Pokémon anime figures assures a longer lasting life span.
 
Primarily, collectors acquire them for later profit and the best way preserve its valuable state is to present your Pokémon action figures in its best possible condition.
 
•       Avoid too much handling of the Pokémon action figure
 
o      Use as little as direct contact to your action figure as possible.

o      Our hands and fingers have lots of natural grease and oil that could harm the action figures. It causes the figure to yellow and spot if handled too often.
 
•       Store your Pokémon figures safely
 
Store your Pokemon figures in cool, dry places away from these following factors:
 
o      Direct sunlight – store your Pokémon figures where it cannot be reached by direct sunlight as it causes the material to fade and blotch.
 
o      Humidity – too much moisture in the air can cause an action figures paint to peel off and chip.
 
o      Dirt and Dust – leads to grime build up and discoloration, creating an unpleasant display.
 
Place your Pokémon figures in tightly sealed containers and boxes, or in averaged-temperature storage rooms if not in use or not displayed.

 

Pokémon figures history

Brief Pokémon figures history
 
Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri along with his company Game Freak Inc. and was released in Japan in February 1996 after six years of development.
 
Originally developed as a Game Boy game, Pokémon’s concept was inspired by Tajiri’s childhood hobby of collecting bugs and his imagination of them fighting among each other.
 
Its genre is categorized as an RPG (Role Playing Game) with 3 main goals:
 
1.    Collect all Pokémon species.
2.    Train the Pokémon for battle and defeat the elite trainers.
3.    Solve small puzzles and defeat minor trainers to complete circuit of the game’s geography.
 
Video Game Company Nintendo owned and published Pokémon’s media franchise of both the game and the characters. Pokémon’s franchise consisted of video-game, anime (animated television show), manga (comic series), trading cards, toys, books, and Pokémon action figures.

Pokémon is the second most successful and popular video game-based media franchise in the word, after Nintendo’s Mario series.

 

 

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