I've been looking around for a while and finally joined. I think I stumbled on the community a few times a long time ago but rediscovered it through the serasell community.
I was an avid pokemon merchandise collector when it first became popular in the U.S.. (Oh, goodness. Burger King Pokemon trading nights; I can't remember how intense it was there, but it was so much fun! Yay for my mother who went with me Every time. O.o Ooh...and pokemon trading during recess of elementary school. :D)
But, as I kept missing the TV episodes later on, I had a lapse in watching the TV show, but kept up with the movies. And the video games. Hm . . . "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" probably got me back to searching for Pokemon merchandise.
Anyhow, I'm definitely looking forward to being a part of this community; your collections are all so amazing. They astound me. And, they're so much fun to look at! :D (I have quite a bit pertaining to the original batch of 151 pokemon, but I'm So behind in the Diamond and Pearl generation. x.x) I hope to dig out my box of pokemon merchandise some time to take pictures and share. :)
However, until then, I seem to have the larger-than-I-thought collection of pikachu items. (um . . . minus the Burger King items, cards, and gashapon-esque straps and figures.)
(I hope I get this lj-cut right . . . )