Pokemon has been a worldwide phenomenon for decades, which means there’s millions of toys available and the quality varies VERY widely. The sheer volume of available toys can make choosing the right one difficult, and to compound the issue, there’s many types of Pokemon toy available. We took a closer look at the most important features to examine when making your purchase as well as 12 essential Pokemon toys for kids to help you decide.

Our Top Picks

Takaratomy Pokemon Action Lucario

Upgrade Choice

Takaratomy Pokemon Action Lucario

Takaratomy Pikachu Action Figure

Best Budget Buy

Takaratomy Pikachu Action Figure

How to Pick the Best Pokemon Toys

1. Recommended Age

Pokemon is popular with kids of all ages. There are toys available that are suitable for nearly any age, but some have a more narrow range than others, and it’s always wise to choose a product that’s intended for someone your child’s age. It will ensure that they can use the toy safely and without frustration and that they’ll actually enjoy it, making it a successful buy.

2. Size

Since there’s a lot of variation here, there’s also a lot of size variation. Your child’s age and your play space limitations can influence your size needs when making toy purchases, so be aware of dimensions if this is a factor for you.

3. Safety Hazards

It’s crucial to always be aware of the presence of safety hazards in toys and gear for kids. Be aware of what they are and where they are so kids are kept safe.

4.Type of Toy

There’s a wide variety of types of Pokemon toys available both on this list and in general. Your child’s age, play style and preferences are all part and parcel of choosing a type of toy that will appeal to them, whether it’s an action figure, plush toy, building set or something else.

5. Which Pokemon are Included?

Many fans are hardcore devotees of one specific Pokemon, and a lot of toys feature the OG classics like Pikachu and Eevee. The majority of the range of Pokemon is represented in product form, though, and you’ll see some surprise guests on our list that you might not expect in toy form which will delight kids.

6. What Else Is Included?

Some of the toys on our list are single units, but others are playsets or kits. Knowing what’s included can make a difference in your final purchasing decision, because it speaks to the item’s features.

The Winners

#1

Pokemon Clip 'N' Go

Best Overall

This cute, fun and small Pokemon Clip ‘N’ Go belt set is perfect for aspiring trainers. It features an adjustable Poke belt which  works really well with the Pikachu figure. It also comes with Poké Ball and One Nest Pokemon Ball which can be put inside or taken out for action play. It’s great for small hands, making it a good starter Pokemon toy.

  • You'll love: It's great for travel and a perfect toy for younger kids
  • Watch for: There's choking hazards present, so it's not safe for kids under 4

Age: 4+
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Clip on Pokeball
What Pokemon Are Included: Pikachu
What Else Is Included: Pokeball

#2

Takaratomy Pokemon Action Lucario

Upgrade Choice

This detailed Takaratomy Pokemon Action Lucario figurine features movable arms, waist and head with bright colors and deep articulation. He looks on sternly, ready for his opponent to arrive for battle. This is an ideal action figure for creative free play or cooperative games. It’s small, so it travels easily and makes a good first Pokemon toy.

  • You'll love: It's compact, sturdy and detailed, so it's good for younger users

Age: 5+
Size: 2.5 x 2 x 2 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Lucrido
What Else Is Included: Nothing

#3

Takaratomy Pikachu Action Figure

Best Budget Buy

Maybe the most iconic Pokemon, Pikachu is represented here in a small, cute detailed figurine that can easily fit into your child’s pocket or toy Pokeballs. The Takaratomy Pikachu Action Figure is great for carrying along, and an awesome starter Pokemon for a young trainer’s collection. It’s fun for imaginative play and good for small hands, plus it’s inexpensive.

  • You'll love: Pikachu is a classic, and this durable little figure is a great starter pick that won't break the bank

Age: 5+
Size: 1.5 x 1 x 1 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Pikachu
What Else Is Included: Nothing

#4

Pokémon Ash And Pikachu

Best Pokemon Action Figure

This detailed Pokémon Ash And Pikachu set features an Ash figure that’s ready to explore with bendable elbows, knees and shoulders. Pikachu stands by his side ready to battle with a fierce expression. Ash has his trusty Kalos Pokedex in hand, ready to report his findings to Professor Oak. His Pokeball sits readily in his other hand, ready to catch his next Pokemon. This is a good figure for younger users, as it’s simple and encourages creative free play.

  • You'll love: The detailing on this set is nice and it encourages imaginative play

Age: 4 – 8 years
Size: 6.5 x 2 x 9 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Pikachu
What Else Is Included: Ash figure

#5

Jakks Deluxe Talking Pokedex

Best Pokedex Toy

Unique and exciting, Jakks Deluxe Talking Pokedex is the ideal companion for creative physical cooperative play. The 150 original Pokemon, LCD screen, sound effects and controls make kids feel like a real trainer. The toy is pocket sized and immersive, providing lots of extra fun on training adventures.

  • You'll love: It's a unique toy that's great for stimulating the imagination and makes kids feel like real trainers
  • Watch for: It3 AA batteries required, not included

Age: 3+
Size: 1.4 x 6.8 x 9.4 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Pokedex
What Pokemon Are Included: None
What Else Is Included: Pokedex

#6

Pokemon Plush Pikachu

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This super sweet and soft Pokemon Plush Pikachu with a cheerful expression is a great pal for little ones. His soft plush fur offers sensory comfort, and he’s squeezable and huggable. He’s a soothing travel toy that’s an ideal first Pokemon or Pikachu. He’s also a great pick for kids who love collecting plushies.

  • You'll love: Pikachu is super soft and snuggly, making him a great self soothing toy for travel

Age: 3+
Size: 10.5 x 4 x 7 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Plush
What Pokemon Are Included: Pikachu
What Else Is Included: Nothing

#7

Pokemon Action Figure Battle Pack

Best Pokemon Figure Set

The Pokemon Action Figure Mega Battle Pack has a little something for everyone with 8 fan favorite Pokemon in 2 -3 inch detailed action figures. Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Eevee, Pikachu, Cosmog, Metang and Wobbuffet all appear in this set that’s great for small hands and encourages important creative free play. Your child will love acting out their own Pokemon adventures with this mega-set.

  • You'll love: There's eight figures, so there's no shortage of choices

Age: 4+
Size: 2 – 3 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure set
What Pokemon Are Included: Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Eevee, Pikachu, Cosmog, Metang, Wobbuffet
What Else Is Included: Nothing

#8

Pokémon Complete Trainer

Comprehensive and exciting, the Pokémon Complete Trainer contains everything your child needs to start their Pokemon trainer journey. It includes a Pokebelt which is perfect for the clip and go Pokeball and Great Ball that are included, and the detailed Flareon action figure is lots of fun as well. Also included is an eye catching red messenger bag with black stripes, perfect for toting the essentials.

  • You'll love: It has everything your child needs for their creative Pokemon play journey
  • Watch for: Flareon doesn't fit inside the balls that come with this set

Age: 4+
Size: 10 x 4 x 10 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Trainer kit
What Pokemon Are Included: Flareon
What Else Is Included: Pokebelt, bag, clip on Pokeball and Great Ball

#9

Mega Construx Pokemon Gyarados

Perfect for kids who love building, the Mega Construx Pokemon Gyarados is a 352 piece block set that’s great for developing important hand eye coordination and small motor skills. The cool, brightly colored Gyarados model features a buildable water environment with Ultra Ball that acts as a display stand. The model can be disassembled and built again for more entertainment if desired.

  • You'll love: It encourages problem solving, motor development and hand eye coordination, all of which are crucial
  • Watch for: The instructions may be difficult for younger users to follow, so be prepared to provide help

Age: 8 – 12 years
Size: 1.9 x 12.8 x 10.3 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Buildable figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Gyarados
What Else Is Included: Buildable Ultra Ball and environment

#10

Construx Pokémon Blastoise

Here we have another great buildable set, this time featuring Squirtle’s final evolution. Detailed and expressive Construx Pokémon Blastoise looks ready for action when built, and the serene buildable water environment with mini Dive Ball is perfect for displaying the built figure. It can be disassembled and rebuilt if desired, and it features two working water cannons, which is distinctive and cool.

  • You'll love: It features two working water cannons, and the display environment is really detailed and beautiful

Age: 8 – 12 years
Size: 1.9 x 12.8 x 9 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Building set
What Pokemon Are Included: Blastoise
What Else Is Included: Buildable environment with mini Dive Ball

#11

TOMY Pokémon Action Snorlax

Not so gentle giant,  the TOMY Pokémon Action Snorlax is a big sleepy boy. This detailed and large action figure features rotating feet and movable arms, elbows and neck in order to achieve his signature sleeping pose. Moving his parts is good for building small motor skills, and playing with Snorlax encourages creativity and storytelling. He’s a unique pick in a market that’s often saturated with Pikachu and Charmander.

  • You'll love: He's a unique Pokemon with movable limbs that encourage small motor development

Age: 4+
Size: 6.5 x 3 x 8 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Snorlax
What Else Is Included: Z crystal

#12

Takaratomy Talonflame Action Figure

This highly detailed Takaratomy Talonflame Action Figure action figure is the perfect size for younger users. His wings extend as he descends upon his prey, and bright, articulated red spots on his grey belly and yellow stripes on his black tail make him even more eye catching. This is a durable figure that’s small, portable and great for creative play.

  • You'll love: The colors and detailing on this action figure really stand out

Age: 5+
Size: 2 x 2 x 2 inches
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Type of Toy: Action figure
What Pokemon Are Included: Talonflame
What Else Is Included: Nothing

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for pokemon lovers

DIY Pokéball Clay Magnets

Want a creative Pokemon craft with some utility? Try DIY clay Pokeball magnets from Shruti at Artsy Craftsy Mom.

Pokeball Bookmark Corner

Paper crafts are inexpensive and fun, and these super cute Pokemon bookmarks from Maggy at Red Ted Art are so simple, requiring few materials for success. .

Squirtle Pokemon Craft

Upcycling is a great lesson to teach, and this Squirtle toilet paper tube printable craft from John at The Art Dream is one way to teach it.

Pokemon Kids Craft

Rock painting is en vogue right now, and Erin at My Very Educated Mother guides us through Pokemon themed rock painting sure to inspire a rock-finding quest outside.

DIY CLAY PIKACHU PENCIL TOPPER

Clay crafts are great for small motor control development, and this clay Pikachu pencil topper from Shruti at Artsy Craftsy Mom is easy for kids to make all by themselves.

Quick Decision

Pokemon Clip ‘N’ Go – Best Overall
It’s compact and travels easily, plus it’s simple for younger kids to use

Takaratomy Pokemon Action Lucario – Upgrade Choice
 It’s a compact, sturdy, detailed toy that’s ideal for younger users

Takaratomy Pikachu Action Figure – Best Budget Buy
Pikachu is beloved worldwide and this cute little figure travels well and is durable

MINI MOUSE TOYS

 For your kiddos who loves iconic toys and action figures, we’ve rounded up the best mini mouse toys which they will love.

Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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