The Pokémon Company is releasing a series of shiny, die-cast Poké Ball replicas that light up just like the “real” Poké balls. In anticipation of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary next year, there will be four types of Poké Balls released, including a Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Premiere Ball, and of course, the classic red and white Poké Ball.
The replicas were actually first seen during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade where the replica appeared in the hands of a dancer dressed as a Pokémon trainer. That said, these aren’t just your plain, old, die-cast models. These official Poké Ball replicas will have proximity-sensing technology built in which causes it to glow when it senses movement. The glow looks just like how a Poké Ball would look if you had just caught a Pokémon, which makes it even more impressive and appealing.
Pressing the center button may not bring out a Pokémon but it does change the color of the Poké Ball and it initiates a lighting sequence that mimics the Pokémon catching sequence.
More of a collector’s item than a toy, the official replica will be encased in a special box complete with numbered hologram for authentication. Opening up the display case prompts the base and ball to light up. It looks to have a glossy painted finish and will be made of metal.
Pre-orders on Amazon are now live for $99.99. The first batch of orders is expected to be delivered on Pokémon Day, February 27th, 2021.