Set: Pokémon Kids (ポケモンキッズ)
Year: October 1996+
Size: +/- 4~5.5 cm
Main distribution: Japan, Europe, Australia, United States, UK
Pokémon Kids are a line of figures that are hollow. In Japan, these can be bought boxed in singles, and come with a card and candy. Outside Japan, these are marketed as “finger puppets” and come in 6 or 4 packs. The line is still running today and each Pokémon has gotten a Kid figure, some even more in several poses. There are also shiny (Japan only) and clear variants (up to 2008), as well as an Attack line (Pokémon posed doing Attacks). Some special sets have also been released.
I’m not going to list all the figures as there are way too many, but I’ll list the few I have.
New Pokémon Kids 4
Release: August 1998
Figures come in a red / green / yellow Gameboy style box with Hitmonchan on the front. The top showed all the figures in the series.
This Pikachu kid figure has Pikachu playful laying on his back. Its branding is on its back along the bottom of the figure, and reads © 任天堂 · C · G · T · S · J BANDAI 1998 CHINA.
This Pikachu was also re-released in December 2001 in Gold / Silver packaging under “The Pokémon Kids ザ・ポケモンキッズ”, a best-of selection from previous released figures.
New Pokémon Kids 5
Release: November 1998
Figures come in a yellow / black Gameboy style box with Gyarados on the front. The top showed all the figures in the series.
This Omastar kid figure is standing neutral, with his tentacles in the air. Its branding is on its back on the shell, and reads © 任天堂 · C · G · T · S · J BANDAI 1998 CHINA.
Pokémon Anime Kids
Figures come in a blue / green / yellow / red / purple box with a Pokéball, Pikachu and Togepi on the front. The top showed all the figures in the series.
This Pikachu kid figure has a smaller Pikachu on its head. It’s based on the anime episode 039 Pikachu’s Goodbye (ピカチュウのもり Forest of Pikachu), which aired 16 April 1998 (20 November 1998 in the West).
Its branding is on its back on his bum, and reads © 任天堂 · C · G · T · S · J BANDAI 1998 CHINA.
This Jigglypuff kid figure is holding a microphone / sharpy and is singing. It’s based on the anime episodes where Jigglypuff sings and the cast falls asleep, which upsets it and so it’ll scribble over them in vengeance. This occurs from anime episode 045 The Song of Jigglypuff (うたって！プリン！Sing! Purin!), which aired 21 May 1998 (20 February 1999 in the West) all the way to the end of the original series as it keeps following the main party.
Its branding is on its back on the lower area, and reads © 任天堂 · C · G · T · S · J BANDAI 1998 CHINA.
Pokémon Anime Kids Part 2
Figures come in a blue / green / yellow / red / purple box with a Pokéball and the 3 Legendary Birds, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres on the front. The top showed all the figures in the series.
Pikachu (Sparky / Leon / レオン)
This Pikachu kid figure is based on Richie’s Sparky / Hiroshi’s Leon, recognisable by the little tuft of hair on its head. It’s Ash’s / Satoshi’s rival’s Pikachu. It debuted in the anime episode 078 A Friend in Deed (ライバルとうじょう！A Rival Enters!), which aired 7 January 1999 (20 November 1999 in the West), and had several appearances since. The pose seems based on Episode 079 Friend and Foe alike (セキエイスタジアム！ＶＳヒロシ！ Sekiei Stadium! VS Hiroshi!) where Ash’s Charizard refuses to fight Sparky.
Its branding is on its back on his bum, and reads © 任天堂 · C · G · T · S · J BANDAI 1999 CHINA.
Pokémon Kids Advance
Release: December 2002
Figures come in a yellow box with a Pokédex and Pikachu on the front. The top and back showed all the figures in the series.
This Mudkip kid figure stands stoically. Gen 3 is often referred to as the Advance generation and this line was probably used to promote the next gen which came out the following March in 2003.
Its branding is on the back of its head, and reads © Nintendo · CR · GF · TK · SP · JK © Pokémon BANDAI 2002 CHINA.
Attack Pose Pokémon Kids 6
Release: March 2007
Figures come in a white box with the respective Pokémon inside on the front. It also listed the Attack the figure was doing.
Ditto – Transform
This Ditto kid figure is doing the attack Transform, and looks like a Pikachu – a Dittochu! It’s loosely based on the Ditto from the anime episode 37 Ditto’s Mysterious Mansion (メタモンとものまねむすめ Metamon and the Copycat Girl), in which Ditto can’t fully transform yet and keeps its facial features.
Its branding is on its back on his bum, and reads © Nintendo / Pokémon BANDAI 2006 CHINA.
Pokémon Kids Best Wishes: Dewott Edition
Release: June 2011
Figures come in a white box with the respective Pokémon inside on the front.
This Victini kid figure is striking a victory pose.
Its branding is on the back of its ears, and reads © Nintendo / Pokémon B. 2011 CHINA.
Pokémon Kids XY: Now Appearing! Hoopa Edition
ポケモンキッズXY おでまし! フーパ編
Release: July 2015
Figures come in a blue box with a Hoopa on the front.
This Pikachu kid figure is holding a blue musical note and appears to be singing. It’s a promotional figure for Pokémon: Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad (ピカチュウとポケモンおんがくたい Pikachu and the Pokémon Band), which is the 27th Pikachu short and debuted alongside the 18th Pokémon movie Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (Japanese: ポケモン・ザ・ムービー ＸＹ 光輪の超魔神 フーパ Pokémon the Movie XY – The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa).
Its branding is on its back on his bum, and reads © Nintendo / Pokémon B. 14 CHINA.
I was never a big fan of the Kids figures. They were odd looking, with flat bottoms and therefor often cut awkwardly.
The first few I got came in a lot, a pink Butterfree and Mudkip. Although not a fan of “shinies”, the pink Butterfree was in the anime and therefor I kind of liked it. It’s part of the DX Pokemon Kids Series 2 set, which came with Ash, Togepi, Mew and Poliwhirl. But it was cut flat at the bottom, and therefor had its wings clipped. I hated that. Because it was a shiny, it was well sought after, and so I sold it for about the same as I bought the entire lot for. So I was happy in the end. My only regret is not being able to document it now here!
The Mudkip I still have. I’m not a fan of anything beyond Gen II, but this Mudkip looks so funny to me. I love his blank (‘___’) expression, and again, due to the flat bottom, he looks quite chunky with stomach between the legs. He’s just cute, so I’ve kept him. He’s also one of the first merchandise items made for him, so that’s cool.
The Dittochu I bought in a (different) lot as well. I hoped it was a Tomy, but it was the Kid figure. It’s still awesome though, as there wasn’t much Dittochu merchandise at the time. I think the other Pikachu may have come with this lot as well.
Pikachu is always cute. I love the anime one with the smaller Pikachu (before Pichu was a thing) and it’s a well loved episode. The laying Pikachu is such a unique pose for a Pikachu figure. The singing one stands next to my cd player. Again, they all have those odd, unnatural flat bottoms, but it does make them stand well.
Sparky was one of the few figures I did want, as there’s barely any merchandise of the tufted Pikachu. So when I bought a few Tomy figures of someone I added this kid figure as well to the lot to save on shipping.
Jigglypuff is one of the few I actively hunted for and bought! I have a collection of sleeping Pikachu, and having a singing Jigglypuff next to it I found funny and makes a great scene. As the kid figure was the only singing Jigglypuff I could find at the time, I bought it.
Omastar I got as a freebie gift after I bought a lot of Pokémon Canvas plush of someone on eBay. It was a nice surprise. I think he may have some sun damage on his shell, but overal he’s nice. He’s Gen I, so I don’t mind having him (especially for free!).
Victini I got randomly in a lot as well. I have nothing with him, so I sold him to a local collector.
Looking more into these, there are a few more I’d like. There’s a cute chilling Squirtle, a Squirtle with sunglasses, a waving Charmander, nurse Chansey, black Jynx, Meowth with a guitar and several more Pikachu I’d like. The older retro ones are quite nice too.
Yes I have come around to liking them a bit more! Especially the anime ones. However, there’s still other collections I like to focus on first. But if I end up with some in a lot (which seems to be how I get these mostly haha) I’m not going to say no.
Luckily Kid figures seem to be quite cheap. Most standard ones sell for £1~2, so it’d be easy to collect. There are some shiny and clear variants that can go for lots though. And because every single Pokémon has a Kid figure, it’d be a cool way to get one of each Pokémon for those completionists out there.
If you like Pokémon figures but looking for something cheaper than the Tomy figures, these are a nice alternative.
If you want something of higher quality (and dislike weird bottoms like me!) you might give these a miss.
Got any more details / information you think I should add? Or did I get something wrong? Do you own any of these figures? Which one is your fav? Do you agree or disagree with my findings? Let me know in the comments below!