By day, I'm on the beach, but at night, one fun thing to do is cruise the boardwalk, 27 blocks of food, shops, games and prizes (but mostly t-shirts). I mainly go there to walk, look at women, and be disappointed by the lack of classic games in the arcades. I have never played a skill game in my life--the prizes never appealed to me, and, well, I lack skills. So I didn't pay them any mind, until a kid passed by with a Pikachu tucked under his arm...
My eyes widened and I nearly grabbed the kid to demand where he got that Pikachu, but I realized just soon enough that that wouldn't look too good in public. Backtracking, I made my way to the carnival games area. Fuzzy red bear... novelty basketball... a plaid Scooby-Doo... and I don't know what the hell that one thing was.
Pokémon! They're back, baby!
These are the Toy Factory line that origamigryphon posted about a while back. They were stocked at a few game stations, and they moved pretty quickly. I managed to get myself an Aipom:
There was a smaller one that I missed, and I missed a Squirtle as well. But even if they're a little less-than-amazing construction wise, they're still a nice collectible to have. It's not like there are a billion Aipom plush out there... hurray for obscure plush!
I also happened to find a nifty machine that made a coin shaped more like the koban my koban-less Meowth is accustomed to...
It's starting to get its own little collection of headgear!
I was even more shocked and delighted by an even more unexpected find. It's not Pokémon-related, but if you grew up on games, finding this on American shores should be quite a thrill. I worked like mad to get one... and persevered!
Well, that wraps up the Pokémon scene on the shore. Getting away from it all is fantastic, but I guess having some things follow you can be for the better!
Oh yeah, when I came home, I had a little bit of mail waiting for me...
This should be fun.