2016 has definitely been the year of the Pokémon in this house. Before this year H was interested in Pokémon and regularly watched Pokémon episodes via the Pokémon TV app on his tablet, plus he’d read some of the books. Over the last year though that interest has stepped up several gears. First there were Pokémon cards, which he was enjoying collecting and swapping with his cousin and a friend at school. Next was the launch of Pokémon Go, which really shaped our summer. I spent quite a lot of the school summer holidays sitting reading a book in the park while H wandered round nearby collecting Pokémon. With the colder weather playing Pokémon Go has continued, although it’s not quite so easy now as it’s a bit cold to sit outside for long. H is quite the Pokémon trainer and has attained a level of 26 so far, which takes a bit of doing. Now that winter is here, Pokémon cards are once again a way of being able to enjoy Pokémon.
H was thrilled to get a bundle of Pokémon cards to review the other day and has spent a lot of time since studying them, sorting them, filing them, etc. He’s also swapped a few with his cousins to augment his collections of specialist cards. He’s learnt a lot of about negotiation from doing this and is now happy to see certain cards because he knows his cousin collects them and he can do a deal with her to get the cards he wants. One of the stars for he was the Pokémon Salamence EX Premium Collection Box, which has been a big hit. Each pack includes a foil card featuring a Mega Evolution Pokémon-EX, plus 8 Pokémon TCG booster packs, a special playmat, etc.
Another big favourite has been the Pokémon TCG Trading Card Collector Chest, the tin of which is a great way to carry around your cards and there are all sorts of Pokémon goodies inside too: 5 Pokemon TCG booster packs 3 foil cards of Volanion, Magearna and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX, a cool Pokémon coin, 2 colourful sticker sheets, a mini album to store your favorite cards in, a Pokémon notepad with 4 pencils and a code card for the Pokémon TCG Online.