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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Gets Commemorative TCG Cards, Plush

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Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.

While Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is expanding its theatrical screenings, fans of the Pikachu can pick up commemorative goods to celebrate Ash's return to the Kanto region.

Starting on November 8, collectors can get their hands on a pack of three random Ash's Pikachu promo cards for each US$25 spent on Pokémon TCG products. There are a total of six promotional cards in all. Participating retailers include Pokemon Center online website, and the U.S. and Canada retail websites for Target, TOYS R US, and Walmart. GameStop, EB Australia, and EB Canada will have the promotional cards in stores.

A 16-inch Pikachu wearing Ash's original cap will also be on sale at the Pokémon Center and Target websites and in the Nintendo New York, TOYS R US, GameStop, and EB Australia stores.

The film will have additional screenings in the United States on Saturday, November 11 at 12:55 p.m. local time and Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The added screenings are due to high ticket sales and sold-out screenings.

Those who purchased tickets for the November 5 and 6 screenings (not the November 11 and 14 screenings) received a new Pokémon card featuring Pikachu wearing Ash's hat, as well as a QR code to unlock an in-game event in the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games. The QR code will also unlock Pikachu wearing Ash's hat in the game.

The Pokémon Company describes the film's story:

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is an origin story highlighting Ash and Pikachu's first meeting and their adventures as they search for the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. The iconic pair encounter familiar faces along the way, new characters including Trainers Verity and Sorrel, and even a mysterious new Mythical Pokémon, Marshadow. Challenges and epic Pokémon battles abound in this unique new story about the beginning of one of the most beloved friendships in popular culture.

The film had its world premiere at the Japan Expo 2017 event in Paris on July 6. The movie then opened in Japan on July 15 and earned 516 million yen (about US$4.61 million) in its first two days to rank at #1 at the box office.

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