Tricks For Finding Hacked Pokemon

By Emily

Being a diehard shiny Pokemon fan and collector, I always like getting new shiny Pokemon from trades. However, I get very frustrated when, after checking a full box of shiny Pokemon, I find out that half of those Pokemon are hacked. Sometimes trading for the hacked Pokemon could have been avoided had I been more vigilant and looked at the most obvious signs of a hacked Pokemon. Many telltale signs exist that should be red flags, even for a novice collector.

The date and place met. Shiny Suicunes should never come from Hoenn, shiny Lugias should never be met on Route 202, and a Charizard should never, ever be captured in a Master Ball. This is very basic, but sometimes it’s useful for finding poorly hacked Pokemon. Dates that Pokemon were captured should also be looked at, especially if you get multiple Pokemon from the same person. Usually someone trading a lot of shiny Pokemon that were caught within a day or two of each other is a pretty suspicious sign.
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Pokemon In The Unova Region Part 3

By Amanda

Sewaddle, also known as Kurumiru in Japan, is a bug and grass type, and is known as the sewing Pokemon.  It has strong attacks like bug bite, razor leaf, and bug buzz, but it can only learn six moves through level up.  It can evolve into Kurumayu at level 20, and then evolve into Hahakomori when its trust is at its max.  It’s also one of Ash’s Pokemon in the Unova region that he caught.  Zuruggu is a dark and fighting type, and is also known as the shed skin Pokemon.  It has strong moves such as brick break, little by little, hi jump kick, and head smash.  It can evolve into Zuruzukin at level 39.  Zuruggu is also one of Ash’s Pokemon he got while in the Unova region, which was given to him as an egg, to say thanks.
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How To Avoid Buying Bootleg Pokemon Plushies

By Masa Nakamura (translated)

Its happened to alot of us! You buy a Pokemon plushie and there is something just not right about it.  You bought it on Ebay, so you think you are safe from counterfeit or bootleg plush toys. BUT, you were wrong! In fact, I see more bootleg Pokemon plush and figures than real ones on Ebay. It kills me to even look at Ebay. Right now I can see over 20 bootleg Umbreon plush toys on ebay as I write this. It has become so common to see bootleg plushies on Ebay, that most people don’t even notice or they can’t tell which ones are real and which ones aren’t.  I will give you some helpful tips so that you don’t buy a fake plush and regret it later.

It is not easy to tell which Pokemon plush toys are real and which ones are bootlegs. The manufacturers have gotten very good at reproducing them to look almost perfect.  For parents, this can be especially hard because most parents don’t know what an Umbreon or an Eevee is. This link is from the Pokemon community regarding bootleg Pokemon plush. Its very helpful

Here is a perfect example of a FAKE UMBREON Plush currently on Ebay.
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Pokemon Canvas Plush Collecting

By Jessie Paddington

Pokemon collectors collect many different things. Figures, cards, promo cards, plush toys, pokedolls, charms, keychains, and much more. I collect Pokemon canvas plush toys. Canvas plush are different from normal Pokemon plushies, tomy plush toys, pokedolls, and other stuffed toys. The Pokemon canvas plushies are smaller than most of the other Pokemon stuffed toys that you will find. Since they are smaller, they seem to have more detail. Take the Eevee evolution canvas plushies for example. They are some of the nicest ones I have ever seen. They cost a fortune at the moment because of their popularity and the fact that they sold out back in 2009. But these are worth every penny.  They are so small and cute. The eyes are the best part. Each character has very nicely stitched eyes. In addition, they are put together really nicely. Not like some of the cheaper made plush toys that you will see. The seams are nicely put together. There is no loose thread or bad sewing. True, they are quite small when compared to other plushies, but then again, the best things don’t always come in large packages.
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Pokemon In The Unova Region Part 2

By Amanda

Pansage is a grass type and is one of the three monkeys  found in Pokemon Black and White.  It’s also known as Yanappu in Japan and is the main Pokémon Dento has in the anima.  It has strong attacks like seed bomb and acrobat and can evolve into Yanakkie through the use of the leaf stone.  Pansear is a fire type and is one of the three monkey Pokémon.  It’s known as Baoppu in Japan, and knows powerful attacks like bursting flame and fire blast.  It can evolve into Baokkie if you use a fire stone.  Panpour is a water type and is one of the three monkey Pokémon.  It’s also known as Hiyappu in Japan, and has strong moves like boiling water and brine.  It can evolve into Hiyakkie by using a water stone.
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Pokemon In The Unova Region Part 1

By Amanda

Snivy, also known as Tsutarja in Japan, is one of the best grass starter Pokemon yet.  Not only does it know strong grass moves like leaf blade, leaf storm, but also some new attacks like grass mixer, and grass oath.  In its final evolution, it looks like a snake, loosing its limbs in each stage.  In the anima, Ash owns a female snivy, shown to be very powerful. Oshawott, also known as Mijumaru in Japan is a Water type Pokemon available in Black and White.  It’s known as a sea otter  that has a shell it can detach from its belly to use to attack or defend itself.  It has powerful attacks such as shell blade and aqua tail, and can learn the move water oath.  It also appears in the anima, being one of the Pokemon Ash caught in the Unova region.  Tepig, also known as Pokabu in Japan is a fire type.  Known as the pig Pokemon, it has strong fire types attacks like nitro charge and heat stamp.  It can also learn fire oath, an attack if combined with another oath attack can change the field.  It’s also one of Ash’s Pokemon he caught in the Unova region as well.
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Pokemon Center Starter Evolution Plushies

By Sam Clements (Almiraswolf)

Its very rare that the Pokemon center or even Banpresto releases
plushies of all three of a starter Pokemon’s evolutions. Now we are at
generation 5 fans got a nice surprise when it was announced that
Tsutarja (Snivy), Pokabu (Tepig) and Mijumaru (Oshawott) would be
getting plushies of their evolutionary lines. These plush were
released in 2010, before Christmas about a month after each other.

Pokemon center’s own plush are not Tomy, Banpresto or Pokedoll. They
are a new series of plush dolls that are unique and like most
merchandise – will eventually sell out (generally items are simply
retired or a limited number of items are produced to being with –
which is why it is best to buy an item you want as soon as it is
released. When an item is no longer available its value increases and
it becomes harder to find). They are soft and made of “minky fabric”
the same material used on the Pokemon Pokedolls and recent Tomy plush
releases. Each plush is also in proportion to its middle and final
evolution plush; smallest to biggest (you can see this in the photo).
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The Hunt For Pokemon Merchandise

By Sam Clements (Almiraswolf)

I started collecting Pokemon items in 1999 when it first started to
hit the UK and become a craze. Despite the popularity, merchandise
levels started to fall within less than 3 years and it became harder
and harder to find items. The Pokemon games released every few years
would kick start the craze again but the UK never got as wide a
variety of merchandise as Japan.

When I started doing more shopping online, I began to find a variety
of sources for collecting more hard to find and exclusive items. The
biggest and perhaps most well known place to look is Ebay – with users
all over the world buying and selling collectibles (some so rare that
they can go for thousands of pounds sterling/dollars). Despite being
the biggest resource it can also be difficult to distinguish items
that are the real deal from fakes. I generally try and stick to buying
items from sellers that are located in Japan rather than say China to
try and avoid possible bootlegs.
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Why Collect Pokemon?

By Phil Broadbent

Aim

So, whether you are reading this before or after the ‘Pokemon Card Collecting’ article, this article is meant to provide some encouragement and reasons of becoming a collector.

It’s a Hobby!

“A hobby is an activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, often in one’s spare time.”

Collecting is a hobby! It gives you plenty to do, which are described across the next few sections. It’s fun, and certainly is rewarding. Yes it can be repetitive, but I, and many others, firmly believe it is worth it.

The Community!

I have yet to meet an unpleasant collector! Of all the people I have talked to through my years of collecting I haven’t met anyone who I haven’t liked. Of course, you don’t generally talk to eBay sellers, but members of communities such as http://community.livejournal.com/pkmncollectors/ are very nice.
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Pokemon Center Reshiram And Zekrom Pokedolls

By Brian Grabow

The Pokemon Centers in Japan have released two new pokedolls, Reshiram and Zekrom. These two new pokedolls are bigger than the normal pokedolls. Similar in size to the DX pokedolls of Dialga, Palkia and Darkrai that were sold back in 2007, but slightly smaller. They are about 2-3 times as big as a normal pokedoll.

Reshiram Pokedoll
2011 Reshiram Large Pokedoll

Zekrom Pokedoll
2011 Zekrom Large Pokedoll

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