In celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, Insert Coin have teamed up with the famous brand to bring stylish new t-shirts and other pieces of clothing. Insert Coin is a UK based team of gamers dedicated to high quality official videogame apparel, and this partnership marks the first time they have taken on a Nintendo franchise. Insert Coin have set up shop in London at the Old Truman Brewery (91 Brick Lane, London, EI 6QL). If you want some of what they have on offer or just want a look around at various memorabilia you have until this coming Tuesday to pop in. The store is open every day until then from 10 am to 8 pm, with the exception of Sunday and Monday, when it closes at 5 pm and 4 pm respectively. If you miss your chance or live outside Britain, don’t fret as the gear will be up on Insert Coin’s site later on in 2016.
I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive event yesterday evening (courtesy of DS London), where I was able to see what was on display before the rest of the country. And I have to say, it was very well set up. With various Pocket Monster merch, including the upcoming Pokémon GO Plus, and the clothes neatly on show, it had a quite authentic feel to it. The same can be said for the quality of the shirts, both in terms of design and feel. I got myself the Pikachu t-shirt and it has to be one of the most comfortable t-shirts I have worn, and the same goes for the Kanto hoodie. As for the price it is £20 for the t-shirts, £40 for the hoodie, and 60 quid for the jacket, so if you do plan on coming along make sure you have the right amount.
Pokémon included in the shirts include the three starters, Pikachu, Magikarp, Snorlax and Jigglypuff, as well as the the infamous Team Rocket (with its signature R on the front with the trio on the back) and everybody’s favourite Professor Oak. Certainly a great selection to represent the first generation that started it all 20 years back, but sadly you won’t be finding any other regions like Sinnoh or the recent Alola. Nevertheless, there are some great shirts on display, so I highly recommend you get some yourself. You can check out some photos I took of the event yesterday below, but please excuse my poop photography skills. (Source for last pic)