Toys! Skylanders has them, Disney Infinity has them, even the new Angry Birds Star Wars 2 has them. Of course, Pokémon has always had toys, but now they interact with a game and we're happy to report that the dinky and desirable collectibles are available in the UK.
The toys work with the Wii U exclusive Pokémon Rumble U, and allow the gamepad to scan each toy, adding them to your collection in game. It's a sequel to 3DS title Super Pokémon Rumble, and finds armies of Pokémon toys waging war on each other in battle arenas and mini games.
The toys include Bulbasaur, Celebi, Croagunk, Darkrai, Torchic, Deoxys, Eevee, Genesect, Mewtwo, Victini, Jirachi, Litwick, Lucario, Mew, Zoroark, Piplup, Shaymin and, of course, Pikachu. Each one comes packaged inside its own ball.
The game is downloadable from the Nintendo eShop, but there's also a Special Edition that comes with a code to download the game, a limited edition Black Kyurem or White Kyurem toy, a bonus mystery toy and a double-sided Pokémon poster. If this is all enough to tempt you to splash out on a Wii U, bundles are available including the game or the special edition, too.
Pokémon Rumble U is out now.