Update: In what is a very welcome surprise, the incredible life-size Lucario plush is also going to be available from Pokémon's official stores in the US and Canada.
Pre-orders are available now at $419.99, with shipping expected in April 2022.
Original Article (Fri 19th Nov, 2021 11:30 GMT): When it comes to Pokémon merch, nowhere has it as good as Japan. In the past we've seen a huge Snorlax plush that doubles up as a bed, a fantastic human-sized Metapod cocoon that's perfect for jumping inside and being sad, and now we have a life-size Lucario that can apparently help you do the washing up. It's just not fair.
The Lucario, which measures exactly 1.2m tall (its exact measurement in the official Pokédex), is currently up for pre-order on Pokémon's official Japanese store. They're being made to order for a limited time, but you can only have them shipped to a Japanese address – if you're lucky enough to live in Japan, you can order one now for 46,200 yen (roughly $405 / £302). That's... pricey, but not as expensive as it could have been?
To sell the product, or just melt our hearts, The Pokémon Company has shared the following images of how you might want to spend your time with Lucario. We don't have one, and can't get one, but we're already in love.
Do you know anyone living in Japan? Think you can persuade them to hold onto one of these for you? We might just go ahead and move there, to be honest...