The Pokemon franchise is no stranger to seemingly odd merchandise that conceptually seems cumbersome or just kind of ridiculous but totally works when you actually see it. Hell, I still kind of want that Metapod sleeping bag that sold out shortly after being made available online. But the official Pokemon Center website is now selling 1/2 scale Arcanine plushes for your bed that will protect you while you dream of a world where it was completely to scale. Er, well, it was, but it has already sold out of its first wave. Even with the hefty $449.99 price tag.
For those that don’t know, Arcanine is a fire-type dog Pokemon that debuted in the original Pokemon Red & Green, and it’s been a fan favorite over the past 25 years. He was even my first Pokemon card, and while Pikachu was my ride or die (and my six-year-old self was distraught he didn’t have that card), it still made Arcanine a favorite of mine from that generation, and a staple of my party in games that were set in the Kanto region as recently as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu. So while I’m not buying this big boy for my own bed, I know me of 20+ years ago would have loved to have had this majestic mutt to sleep with back in the day.
The absolute unit measures about 27-and-a-half inches high and 59 inches wide. The in-game Pokedex says that a standard Arcanine is about 6-foot-3-inches tall, so it’s not a 1:1 recreation, but he’s still massive. Those lucky enough to have made it through the first wave of pre-orders can expect Arcanine to show up on their doorstep in May of next year.
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If you didn’t manage to secure your giant furry friend, the Pokemon series still has plenty of other things coming out to look forward to. Such as Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, which are coming to Switch on November 19.