Digital retailer Zavvi has opened preorders for a Great Ball replica manufactured by the Wand Company to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. This is a pretty luxe-looking electronic die-cast item with a price tag to match, clocking in at $99.99 or £99.99, but it will also automatically come with a free “Pokémon Charmander Evolution Unisex T-Shirt in White,” which makes it a better value. Even though the Zavvi website currently lists the release date as June 30, 2021, PR solicitations indicate that the Great Ball replica will actually release worldwide on May 1, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the UK, meaning 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT.
The Wand Company’s Great Ball replica is an “improved variant” of its previous Poké Ball replica. “Made with an engineered metal shell, the limited-edition Great Ball features a deeply coloured surface that is sensitive to touch and proximity, a beautiful addition to any Pokémon collection,” explains the Wand Company. Likewise, the product contains a motion sensor-activated “multicolor button that changes light color or starts a Pokémon-catching illumination sequence.”
Ultimately, what you get in the box, aside from the Great Ball replica itself, is as follows:
- Metallic silver celebration year presentation display case
- Highly polished stainless steel display ring
- Illustrated manual
- Batteries included
This is of course an officially licensed product. Let us know if you’ll be preordering this item at Zavvi.