Best Pokémon Toys iMore 2021
Pokémon have brought tiny pocket monsters to the world for twenty years, showing off hundreds of adorable little monsters that kids and adults alike have fallen in love with. While they may have started as a game, you can now find a wide variety of different toys that bring this franchise to life. Out of every toy available on the market My Friend Pikachu is the absolute best with a cuddly plush body, light up cheeks and a variety of different spoken phrases.
- Best Overall: My Friend Pikachu
- Best Value: Pokemon Nanoblocks
- Best Collectible: Funko Pops
- Best Action Figures: Pokemon Action Figure Mega Pack
- Best Plush: Eevee Plush
Best Overall: My Friend Pikachu
Out of the hundreds and hundreds of different Pokémon that have been released over the last twenty years, one of the most popular is Pikachu. This little electric mouse is now coming to life in your home as a 10-inch plush that moves and speaks phrases that will delight your children.
This soft and cuddly Pikachu is 10 inches tall. Due to the mechanical bits inside it isn't machine washable but the plush yellow fabric can easily be spot cleaned. It features ten different phrases and moving parts that come alive when it speaks. His little red cheeks light up, and his ears move as well. You can squeeze his belly, and you'll be able to see him come to life. It doesn't take much either, which, makes it easy for kids to trigged his phrases, lights, and movement.
My Friend Pikachu is as close as the real world may ever get to having a Pikachu for a friend or a pet. At a decent size, he's perfect for snuggling up with at bedtime or riding in the car on family trips. His ten phrases include familiar words that anyone who has watched the television shows will recognize. If your child loves Pokemon and has always wanted their own pocket monster, this is the toy worth grabbing.
- Soft and cuddly body
- Cheeks light up, and ears move
- Speaks ten different phrases
- Not machine washable
- Requires batteries
Best Value: Pokemon Nanoblocks
Finding toys that are affordable and allow kids to use a bit of creativity isn't always an easy task. If your child is low-key obsessed with legos and Pokémon, then Nanoblocks may be the way to go. These tiny little building sets allow you to create one of 20 different Pokémon with small blocks. Each one looks like the pocket monster you are aiming for, and even better, fits right into the palm of your hand.
One of the significant downsides of Nanoblock Pokeémon is the small size. This means that some of the blocks can be lost, and they do act as a choking hazard for younger children. However, kids 6 and up should be safe provided they don't lose any necessary pieces. With 20 different Pokémon to choose from, and at an unusually affordable price point, these are great small toys for kids to build.
- 20 different Pokémon to choose from
- Fun way to put together Pokémon
- Lots of small easily lost pieces
- Choking hazard for young children
Best Collectible: Funko Pops
Funko Pops are one of the most popular collectible items for folks to buy. From movies to video games, to television shows there are hundreds of different vinyl figures all organized by various fandoms. Pokémon is no different, and now you can start to collect your favorite pocket monsters and display them on shelves in your home.
The Pokémon Funko pop line is relatively limited for the time being, which is a good thing for anyone who wants to get in on the ground floor of collecting. You can snag Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Pikachu figure right now. Squirtle has also been announced, and doubtless, it's only a matter of time until more Pokémon are released.
- Several different pokemon available
- Small and adorable
- Once you buy one, you'll want more
Best Action Figures: Pokemon Action Figure Mega Pack
Battling Pokémon isn't an easy task in the real world. With the Pokémon Action Figure Mega Pack, you can imagine it happening right in your living room. These two and three-inch action figures are highly detailed and ready for everything your child's imagination can throw at them.
The Mega Pack comes with eight different Pokémon to play with: Pikachu, Eevee, Litten, Rowlett, Popplio, Cosmog, Metang, and Wobbuffet. All of them look just like their names sakes, and several come with articulated limbs so they can move around when getting played with. One of the only downsides of these toys is that they are relatively small, which makes them a choking hazard for younger children, and makes them easy to lose.
- 8 Different Pokémon in one pack
- Three Pokémon have articulated limbs
- Highly detailed action figures
- Figures are a choking hazard for younger kids
- Action figures are small and easy to lose
Best Plush: Eevee Plush
There are hundreds of different Pokémon, but one of the most popular is Eevee, known for its many many various evolutions. Now you can cuddle up with Eevee with this adorable eight-inch plush.
Made of soft material, and huggable rather than stuff, this plushie is made to be loved. It looks just like Eevee, and at a smaller size, you can believe it takes the term "pocket monster" to heart. This means it won't take up much room and is easy for your child to bring on long car trips. The only real flaw is that if your Eevee gets dirty, it's not super easy to clean. You'll have to spot clean it because this little guy is not machine washable.
- Cuddly plush
- Easy to keep clean
- Soft fabric
- Fairly small
- Not machine washable
There are hundreds of different Pokémon toys on the market today. From plushies of half the original Pokeémon to action figures, and even blocks, there is a toy that will appeal to every child. However, the best of the best is absolutely My Friend Pikachu.
This ten-inch plush toy delivers an experience that brings Pikachu to life in the real world. He has light-up cheeks, ears that move, ten different spoken phrases, and he looks just like the electric mouse everyone has fallen in love with. If you can only afford one Pokémon toy, this is the one worth your money.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Jen Karner has been playing with Pokémon for twenty years starting with the original card game and owns a variety of different plushes and toys. She spent hours looking at reviews and scrolling through toys to find the best of the best to recommend.
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