There was huge excitement yesterday for UK Pokemon fans as the Pokemon Center finally launched across the British isles. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best things you can buy right now on the site as well as discuss what to expect in the future now that the Pokemon Center UK has finally been revealed.
When you first take a glimpse at the brand new UK Pokemon Center Online store it’s easy to feel a little underwhelmed. There’s a selection of plushies, some pins, a pretty basic TCG section, hoodies and t-shirts, and an empty home section. That’s because this derelict inventory is a soft launch with The Pokemon Company highlighting bigger things to come in 2022.
Last month we discussed YouTube theories by EndoCollects and MattCulli about a UK Pokemon Center opening in 2022 and surprisingly for everyone we didn’t even need to wait for the new year. With their initial theories being correct (read more about this here), it begs the question: Is Special Delivery Charizard coming?
In the meantime, as we wait for what we believe to be a very likely Promo release, here are some of our favourite pickups that you can buy right now!
Pokemon Center Elite Trainer Boxes
We’ve been watching from across the pond as Pokemon Center exclusive Elite Trainer Boxes sell out in an instant because of their awesome box art and collectability. Now, there’s no need to pay over the odds with import taxes and customs because these Elite Trainer Boxes are now available in the UK! The best part is, unlike in America these boxes haven’t sold out in an instant and appear to be readily available on Pokemon Center UK. At the time of writing, you can pick up Pokemon Center exclusive Celebrations and Evolving Skies Elite Trainer Boxes for retail (£64.99 and £49.99 respectively).
Sleeved booster packs
If you don’t have a B&M nearby then it’s likely you’ve never seen sleeved check lane booster packs in the wild. These products contain a booster pack inside a cardboard sleeve which makes for an awesome display. The Pokemon Center now stocks all the latest sets in sleeved boosters making for a great small gift or even stocking filler for Christmas. The sleeved booster packs retail for £3.99 and comes in the artwork as the set booster packs themselves.
Plushies, plushies, and more plushies!
Whilst we’re a TCG focused outlet it’s hard not to love a good Pokemon plushy. With the Pokemon Center launching in the UK this now gives us an easy way to pick up our favourite Pokemon as soft cute toys rather than forking out to buy from third-party vendors. Gone are the days of cheap supermarket Pokemon plushies, give us cute sleeping Pokemon and round squishy Slowpoke balls now!
I’d be clutching at straws if I added anything else to this list. For people that love Pokemon clothing then you’re in for a treat as there is quite a lot available currently in the store. For everyone else, the excitement should be at the opportunities the launch of the Pokemon Center in the UK opens for us all. I’ll go out on a whim: Special Delivery Charizard will come to Pokemon Center UK Online in 2022 alongside loads of other great products that we’ve never been able to get in the UK. I for one, can’t wait.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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