By Brian Grabow
The ultimate prize has come to the Pokemon Centers in Japan. Shiny versions (alternate colors) of Suicune, Entei and Raikou plush Pokedolls. These three legendary beast Pokemon plushies are absolutely gorgeous. They are different color versions from the original Pokedolls. Suicune has a light blue main instead of purple, Entei is brownish color instead of red and Raikou is orange in color with a yellow mane instead of yellow with a purple mane. They have a different color shiny tag and are absolutely gorgeous.
Now the bad news. These three beautiful plush toys are not for sale. They are the top prize in the 2010 Pokemon Center lottery. There are 400 colored marbles that are in a bingo-stlye machine. When you spend 2500 yen (about $30) at the Pokemon Center from now until mid-July, you will receive one chance to win them. The top prize is one set of all 3 legendary beast Pokemon pokedolls. The lottery consists of 4 different color marbles. White, yellow, red and blue Red is the top prize for the set of 3 pokedolls and there is only 1 red marble out of 400. So your odds of winning are 1 in 400. The blue marble is the second place and allows you to choose 1 of the 3 Pokedolls. Not sure how many, but I think less than 5 out of 400. The 3rd prize is the yellow marble and it gets you a set of shiny (alternate color) legendary beast charms.
I’m not sure how many of these are in the bunch, but I think less than 10. The last place prize is the white marble and it awards you a shiny legendary beast sticker. The color marbles vary from Pokemon Center to Pokemon Center, but the prizes are the same. I have heard reports that there are only 250 of the Suicune, Entei, and Raikou Plushies made. This would seem inline with the amounts that have been coming out.
I personally have spent $2000 and had over 80 tries in the lottery and I got 80 stickers. No plushies, no charms, nothing but stickers. Its very frustrating to try to win these beautiful prizes. I have seen only a couple of the plushies go for sale. Expect to pay nearly $500 for the set of 3, and the price will probably continue to rise as they get harder and harder to find. Considering the demand for these, you are going to have to be very lucky to get your hands on a set of them.
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