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What makes a Poké Ball worth $100?

The Pokémon Company teams up with premium replica maker for accurate Poké Balls

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A photo of a white desktop with a Poké Ball replica, its case, a mug, and other items Photo: The Wand Company/The Pokémon Company
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Pokémon Company is teaming up with The Wand Company — which makes high-end Fallout Pip-Boy kits, Star Trek phasers, Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and, yes, wands — to make an accurate replica of the Poké Ball. They’re also making a collectible replica Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and Premier Ball, all of which will roll out in 2021.

The Wand Company’s Poké Ball will cost $99.99. It’s available for pre-order now and will ship on Feb. 27, 2021 — Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. So what does a hundred bucks’ worth of Poké Ball entail?

According to The Pokémon Company, the die-cast metal replica Poké Ball features proximity-sensing technology. When it detects motion, the ball will glow. Pressing the button on the Poké Ball “changes the light color or starts a Pokémon-catching illumination sequence.” It also comes with a presentation case and a stainless-steel ring on which collectors can display the Poké Ball replica. The case itself also comes with a touch-sensitive metal plaque that lights up the ball. (Oh, and batteries are included.)

A hand holds a replica Poké Ball Photo: The Wand Company/The Pokémon Company

The ball does not open up and cannot actually catch Pokémon — in part because Pokémon do not exist, and also because “this Poké Ball must never be thrown,” the manufacturer says.

“This Poké Ball is not a toy – it is a collector’s display piece, designed for display only,” The Wand Company warns in its FAQ. “It has a premium finish, is made of heavy die cast metal and should be handled with care. Throwing the Poké Ball will damage it and may injure someone.”

More details about the replica Poké Ball are available at The Wand Company’s website. Pre-orders are open now at Amazon, Big Bad Toy Store, Sideshow, and Zavvi in the U.S. The Pokémon Company says “another special Poké Ball replica” will be coming exclusively to The Pokémon Center, but did not reveal details.

Check out the Poké Ball replica in action in the video below.

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