London, UK -January 17, 2019-The Pokemon Company International today unveiled an extensive line of products inspired by the highly anticipated movie "POKEMON Detective Pikachu" from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, and The Pokemon Company, arriving in theaters beginning May 8, 2019, in Europe. Before the movie, fans can look forward to new Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) collections, action figures and interactive plush from Wicked Cool Toys, and more.
All items in the line are inspired by the movie, which begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing amid mysterious circumstances, prompting his son Tim to investigate what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu: a wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth. Chasing clues together through Ryme City, where humans and Pokemon live side by side, they encounter a diverse cast of Pokemon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful coexistence. The movie is already generating significant buzz, with a widely viewed trailer and an all-star cast including Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the title character.
"Pokemon is a global entertainment franchise that has delighted its fans with video games, trading cards, animation, and soon, live-action movies with the upcoming 'POKEMON Detective Pikachu,'" said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing for The Pokemon Company International. "The merchandise line we've developed for the Pokemon Trading Card Game, as well as the amazing selection of licensed toys and more celebrates this remarkable milestone for the brand and is sure to delight Pokemon fans of all ages."
The Pokemon TCG line and select other merchandise inspired by "POKEMON Detective Pikachu" will be on display at global toy fairs beginning this month. Below are retail availability dates and more detailed product highlights from the line.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game
The iconic Pokemon TCG, which has shipped 23.6 billion cards to date, is debuting new booster packs for the launch of "POKEMON Detective Pikachu." These four-card boosters feature newly designed packaging based on the look and feel of Ryme City, and collectors and competitive Pokemon TCG players alike will enjoy looking through them and building their decks with Pokemon seen in the movie. In all, 26 new cards feature Pokemon such as Detective Pikachu, Charizard and Greninja depicted in their CGI movie likenesses. The first wave of Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu products will be available beginning March 29, 2019, across Europe. Highlights from the line include:
- Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Case File-Contains one promo card featuring Detective Pikachu, one metallic coin inspired by Detective Pikachu, two Detective Pikachu booster packs, and one additional Pokemon TCG booster pack.
- Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Case File-Contains one foil promo card and one foil oversize card featuring Charizard-GX, four Detective Pikachu booster packs, and two additional Pokemon TCG booster packs.
- Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Case File-Contains one foil promo card and one foil oversize card featuring Greninja-GX, one pin featuring Greninja, five Detective Pikachu booster packs, and two additional Pokemon TCG booster packs.
- Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Collector Chest-Contains seven Detective Pikachu booster packs, two additional Pokemon TCG booster packs, one collector's pin inspired by Detective Pikachu, and one Pokemon notepad and sticker sheet, all in a sturdy metal case.