Pokémon has been capturing the hearts of children and adults alike since its conception in 1996. The games allowed for the player to capture and train up to 151 different pokémon, fulfilling creator Satoshi Tajiri’s dream. Pokémon exploded and now there are 807 different monsters and five new skateboards.
You read that right. Pokémon is officially partnered with Bear Walker, an iconic skateboard craftsman to launch an extremely limited line of hand-crafted skateboards.
The new skateboards were announced in a press release earlier in the week and are now on display for all you Pokémaniacs to check out. While the five different designs don’t include all of the first generation starters, they do feature some of the most iconic monsters to ignite the franchise.
Charizard, Gyrados, Pikachu, Gengar and Mewtwo are all featured. The boards go on sale Feb. 11 and you’re probably going to want to have those notifications on if you plan on snagging one of these. There are only 150 of each board so that’s 750 in total. That’s about the average student enrollment in most high schools.
Bear Walker spoke about the boards and about his love for Pokémon.
“Pokémon is highly recognizable with a massive fanbase in the skateboard community, including myself, so for this collection I wanted to make more than a traditional branded deck,” Bear Walker said. “I’m setting out to make functional works of art featuring Pokémon and iconography that fans love in the custom style my decks are known for.”
Bear Walker skateboards are already unique enough. Due to the way they are carved, the boards don’t require any grip tape to provide traction. All of Walker’s awesome boards can be checked out here.
But, it’s not just Walker benefiting from this deal. Cindy Ruppenthal, director of e-commerce at The Pokémon Company International spoke about the collection and what it means to them.
“PokemonCenter.com is on a mission to deliver new and unique ways for Pokémon fans to express their passion for the brand with premium merchandise and this collaboration with Bear Walker is the perfect way to continue delivering on this promise,” Ruppenthal says. “We couldn’t be more excited to show fans what Bear has planned for these Pokémon skateboards featuring his famous eye for meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation.”
Check out these awesome boards below.
Hit the streets in style with a @wearebearwalker Pokémon board. Each board features a handcrafted deck sporting a unique Pokémon design that will look as good on display as it will at your feet.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) January 27, 2020
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Pokémon Center x Bear Walker ⚡️ This has been in the works for months, so I’m very proud to announce our official collaboration with Pokemon Center. We are releasing 5 @pokemon designs, 150 of each, complete with a certificate of authenticity. – A lot of passion and attention to detail went into what I feel are the best boards to come out of my shop. Each board was approached with the intention to innovate. Series 1 of this collaboration will be available February 11th, 2020 #pokemoncenterxbearwalker video @skylerbmcclain
Of course, fans are noticeably stoked about this great-looking boards. Check out some reactions below.
I never knew how to skateboard too well but those boards look freaking awesome!!! And of course the pikachu is the one I want!!! pic.twitter.com/DcWyjQ2DB8
— Pikachu0Z (@pikachu0z) January 28, 2020
The Pokémon Center just unveiled new skateboard made by Bear Walker and who knew I was into skateboarding now? They’re gorgeous FYI
— Alex Damian (@AlexBanter) January 27, 2020
these are sweet. I want one and I don’t even know how to skateboard
— Mason C.B. (@masoncbrown) January 27, 2020
I don’t skateboard but if I did I’d pick up that mewtwo one in a HEARTBEAT
— Adam // Riptide (@twilightRiptide) January 27, 2020
The boards are allegedly just Series I so hopefully that means other boards will soon be in production. We’d love to see a Lugia or Slowking one.
A price has not yet been listed for these awesome boards. They will exclusively be available on The Pokémon Center website here on Feb. 11. So you better hurry if you want to catch ’em all.
What do you think of these functional pieces of Pokémon merchandise? Sound off below!