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Catch 'Em All With New Line of Real-Life Poké Balls

posted on 2017-09-12 22:00 EDT by Amanda Whalen
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Channel your inner Pokémon master with Bandai's second line of real-life Poké Balls, the "Pocket Monsters Ball Collection Special 02." The new collection includes the Fast Ball, Level Ball, Lure Ball, Heavy Ball, Moon Ball, Love Ball, Friend Ball, and GS Ball. Bandai released its first line of Poké Balls in April for the Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! film, which premiered in Japan on July 15.

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With the exception of the GS Ball, all of the Poké Balls open and shut and can be used as mint holders (mints come included). A belt is also included, so you can carry the Poké Balls strapped on your waist.

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The mysterious GS Ball is locked shut and is meant to be put on display as a collector's item rather than carried on the belt, so it doesn't include a holder like the other balls.

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The Poké Ball set is priced at 5,616 yen (about US$51). The Premium Bandai website began accepting pre-orders on Tuesday, and the items are slated to ship in January 2018.

Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, and Eevee also began appearing inside terrarium Poké Ball mini figures in August.

The Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!) film earned 516 million yen (about US$4.61 million) in its first two days to rank #1 at the Japanese box office. The film will screen in the United States, United Kingdom, and other international markets this November. An English-dubbed trailer for the film debuted last week.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Katsunori Takahashi)


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