Some members just gasped, and others are puzzled. Let's explain!
Snaptoys plush was a line of plush that simply never got made. You can see most of them right here. Like many prototype items we've seen evidence of -- or own evidence of -- back in the ambiguous period between the original Gotta Catch'em All hype of the late 90's and the semi-revival of the craze during Diamond/Pearl, lots of toys were commissioned to be made, and then were canceled. Other toys got made, but only in very small amounts due to poor sales expectations. This is why you might notice Gold/Silver era toys can be some of the rarest and hardest to obtain, and Ruby/Sapphire Pokemon are more often than not, woefully under-merchandised.
I present to you, PKMNcollectors of the world, Snaptoys prototype plushies!!!
Here we have Charizard, Venusaur, and....Vigoroth!!! His only plush ever, too, which was so sadly canceled. But you might notice something is "slightly" off about these prototypes. Any idea what? I can't quite put my finger on it.
Yes, the colors are screwed up, for those of you who somehow solved the puzzle. But these are no insanely lazy bootlegs. Where have we seen funny colored plush before? Oh right!
Yes! MPC prototypes!
For anyone who ever dreamed of owning one of these Snaptoys plush, or even a prototype plush made in funny silly colors (I know I do anyway), I will tell you now, Venusaur and Charizard will be at my house shortly, and they will be here on the community for auction. If you hope to obtain, keep your eyes peeled!!
There is more.
Who remembers the TFG, you know, that thing that was a thing until it too was canceled suddenly without explanation, despite two entire sets of dozens and dozens of figures having been sculpted and produced? Many of us have had the chance to own figures from the un-named "Third Wave", a set that was never even officially announced besides some teasers at toy shows, but we have now seen nearly a full set unofficially released from the factories that produced them.
But Groundbreakers was the set that was due for release multiple times, with the dates pushed back, and back, and back, until finally...they never came out at all. The entire shebang was canceled abruptly, probably due to lack of interest in the game, and Groundbreakers figures (minus a few released early) were never seen from again.
Except very very occasionally. One Sabrina found in a random toy shop. Multiple figures found on Ebay with and without bases, but only once or twice. And yet over half the set never seen in person beyond the poster. Why was that third wave so easy to get, and the set on the brink of release, nearly impossible to find a single figure from?
UNTIL NOW!! Pause for dramatic effect...
Trying to find certain figures, I managed to find collectors and sellers, some with insanely rare Groundbreakers. First, the pictures. NOTE: I don't have all of the ones pictured here. Some were not for sale at all, just for display. REPEAT! I DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE FIGURES IN THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS! Check below to see what you WILL be able to buy :)
And Mewtwo, who was alone in his own photo and making rocks float before it was cool.
Most of these don't have their spinning bases, but there they are. They exist!! All of them!!!! Someplace out there, all of these are sitting around, probably in boxes, or on shelves in random shops around the world. We collectors will adopt you, lovely Kaiyodo figures. Come to us!
That being said, yes, I do have a big handful that, along with the Snaptoys, will be for auction here on the community. Note that the figures I have are not on bases, they are just the sculpts! The following 15 Groundbreakers will all be up for auction starting at 35$ each starting this weekend. Be there!!!
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Hope you enjoyed the pics! Thanks as always guys.