It's time for story time (because it just popped into my head and I'm curious :p)
What was your first piece of Pokemon merch, do you still have it, and do you still collect that line/Pokemon?
Before I even got Pokemon Blue, I remembered seeing the first set of Hasbro figures in stores... Actually, I remember I was only in that store since my mom was trying to win a raffle to be able to get a Furby for me for Christmas. I guess they only had so many in, so had to do a drawing (and yes, I did get one in the colour I wanted too!)
Anyways, I had just started watching Pokemon on tv, and thought the Hasbro Tomy figures looked neat! At the time I thought Wartortle looked so cool with his ears, so I got the Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise line with the coins and little ball blaster thingie :p My friend that was with me got the 3-piece Pikachu set.
I still own them and love them, but since their merch is a little hard to find now, it's all I have of them besides TCG... Although I am considering the Squirtle canvas!
Now time for all your stories of your first :) Storytime is always fun here! :D
(Also, here's a quick plug to my sales... I still need to make a permanent sales post but I just haven't had the time lately :/)http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/10474942.html