Earlier this month Bandai and Bluefin announced the North American release of Bandai Spirits Hobby’s Pokémon models kits, starting with Pikachu, Eevee, and Mew this spring. Last night I assembled all three. It only took me about an hour, and I was only slightly traumatized by Pikachu’s hollow plastic face.
The PokePla kits are perfect for folks just getting into assembling models. They require no paint and no glue. While I generally recommend a snipper tool to remove the parts from their plastic frame, the pieces for these kits pop off easily and I was able to scrape off any excess plastic with a fingernail. The only tool I would recommend is a pair of tweezers for applying stickers, as they are so tiny. While imported kits can be purchased on Amazon at a premium, the North American releases will only run $10 for Mewtwo and Eevee and $8 for Pikachu.
Each box contains a set of instructions and a plastic bag packed with Pokémon parts. It’s like peeking into a serial killer’s trunk.