So, has Pokemon's renewed popularity from Go somehow altered your collecting experience?
For me, it's been awesome to see SO much new Pokemon goods! When I first joined the community, back in 2011 I think it was, Jakks was the only one that held the Pokemon license, and cards were making a small comeback with new figures in tins and such. But, you still had to import pretty much everything else. Pokemon Go and the new popularity has exploded in merch, but for me, I personally feel that a lot of stuff I buy has been selling out SO much faster! Pokemon Center online has definitely picked up, and has been doing VERY well since it opened. Things out out of stock very fast, when it wasn't nearly this quick early on. I've also noticed more people in Target and even places like Gamestop etc. check out this cards, too. As a person that collects cards, promos, the figures from them, etc, this has made it tough. It's awesome to see them get popular again, and not just little kids buying the cards, but stuff has been running out quicker! The anniversary pin boxes have been a bit of a challenge to get, and even before Go came out, the bagged anniversary Tomys were already a little tough to find! I've been following some TCG sets from just last year slowly sell out and increase in price on my watch list, which also sucks :/ Anniversary products brought out the nostalgia in people even before Go hit!
It's definitely been... an interesting year for collecting! That's for sure!