What is the ultimate piece of merch? A limited-edition game console? A rare print of a game? A giant plush? Well, Tiktok user Mewisme700 might just have the answer to this burning question that not even a burn heal will cure.
This Pokémon Fan and merchandise collector has shared a video on her Tiktok showing off her latest purchase. It's not something she can fit into her already-stuffed merchandise room, nor is it a ridiculously rare and absurdly expensive Pokémon card. Instead, it's something much cooler than that.
If you cast your mind back to the late '90s (and try not to feel too old), you might remember that Nintendo created the Pikabug, a Volkswagen Beetle that was used to promote the franchise. There are only ten of these in the world, and Mewisme is the proud owner of the seventh one, Pika7. Mewisme confirmed on Reddit back in 2019 that she paid around $8000 for the vehicle, but it needed a lot of restoration, which she has since worked hard on.
Now she has a friend to accompany the yellow mouse car, one that Nintendo drafted to help promote the second generation of games, Pokémon Gold and Silver — a Lugia Chrysler PT Cruiser.
In the video, Mewisme says she paid $900 just to get the thing shipped, but it looks like it's in pretty good condition! All of Lugia's trademark black spikes and its big, long tail adorn the vehicle — though it's a little busted, according to Mewisme. The wings are part of the decal, though, which is probably for the best. Nintendo only had five of these cars made, which means they're even rarer than the Pikachu ones!
The car drove around the US between 1st September and 6th October 2000, and came fitted with a TV and a Nintendo 64 to allow fans to play games inside the car. How amazing is that!? Bulbapedia has tracked the entire tour route these cruisers took, which you can check out on its page for the promotional tour.
We found a listing for the car, which Mewisme shared on Reddit back in 2020, which contains a slew of up-close photos of the vehicle's interior and exterior. This is probably the closest look we'll ever get of it, so soak them in over on the listing.
As the proud owner of both a Pikachu and a Lugia car, the eager fan was excited to share a photo of both of them side by side. How majestic!
Well, we're incredibly jealous but even more happy that someone who loves Pokémon so much has managed to get hold of the car. Pikachu and Lugia make for a rather lovely pair.
If anyone has any memories of the Pokémon cars back in the day, or if you just want to gush over these vehicles, drop us a comment!
We live in a world where some Pokémon cards have sold for more than Pokémon cars.
I remember thinking when I first saw that Lugia PT Cruiser as a kid that I would totally buy after I was old enough to drive. Such a distinct and cool design for the time.
I'm glad to see it's safe in a Pokemon fan's hands and they have worked so hard to restore it!
Gotta drive ‘em all!
Despite the fact a tiktoker bought them, that’s still an incredibly cool thing to have in your collection, I’m jealous and I don’t even play Pokémon that much anymore, lol.
I didn't see the car. I couldn't get through whatever that intro was supposed to be; the second hand embarrassment is too much.
$8,000 is an absolute STEAL for Picarchu - I'm legit jealous. But then again, I'd probably be afraid to drive that thing around on a regular basis!
I remember taking a picture of Picarchu on my Game Boy Camera. But I never did get to see PT Lugia
How about the minum and plusle cars though?
>tfw no rich eccentric pokemon obsessed gf to drive you to work in the Lugia car
Why go on, bros?
This article makes no mention of her using her platform on Instagram to have her followers go after people she disagrees with. On multiple occasions she has shared innocuous private messages from people to her 8 thousand followers so that they will harrass them. She leaves usernames and profile pictures on full display and tries to gaslight people by calling them crazy, amongst other things.
I don't have a Pokémon car but I did get an Eevee sun shade for my car so close enough.
@ConcernedUser I know nothing of that and tbh if it took place off site that is not Nintendo Life's problem.
I saw a PikaCar in NoA's parking lot when I visited a friend in Seattle in the aughts. Somehow resisted the urge to jack it.
I've long maintained that the PT Cruiser is an ugly deathtrap that is a blight on the automotive landscape (you'd think so too if you got out of one before it caught fire), but I can make an exception in this case.
Both are abominations
Think I seen the Pikachu one in a mall once! Alas I was just 6 or 7 years old to care about the event much... But I did attend the first 2 movies and got a ancient mew in the 2nd one. So happy ending I guess.
Need a Metapod or Kakuna car, comes with hardened.
I follow a simpsons collector's page and I can only think of where the hell do they get the money and why .. its a little sad but i guess people need a reason to live even if its incredibly superficial, I'm happy when people get to live out their dreams since so many just trudge thru life waiting to die
@ParadoxFawkes Holy s**t dude, could you be more depressing and negative?
Maybe you need to get a hobby or some kind of passion instead of "trudging through life, waiting to die" or judging someone elses happiness. It's comical how much of a downer this post is lmao. People find happiness in many ways and you don't have the right to call it "sad" or "superficial".
You say "I'm happy when people get to live out their dreams" but it really doesn't sound like it.
Still better than NFTs
@ConcernedUser The latest message she has posted was in 2020, and was with the brand Popsicle. What are you on about?
Okay that’s INSANELY cool. I want a car like that.
@Dingelhopper calm down bud, happiness is found in many ways some fleeting some lasting, but life is not the pursuit of it, nor will collecting every pikachu varient in existence fill the hole in her heart. If you can't handle differing opinions, on what some would call kinda sad rather than joyful, maybe you should stay off the internet
@ParadoxFawkes "nor will collecting every pikachu variant will fill the hole in her heart"
I'm sorry, but you don't know me, you have no place to claim what I do doesn't bring me joy. I am a very happy individual, take your sad stuff somewhere else.
@ParadoxFawkes Life should only be about the pursuit of happiness and if its collecting something, dancing, traveling, etc, then that's all that matters. We all die someday so do whatever makes you happy. I feel more sad for you that you find others happiness "superficial" and "sad".
The fact you even think she's just "filling a hole in her heart" sounds like complete and total projection on your part. Sorry you can't find happiness for yourself and look down on others who can enjoy life and it's simple pleasures.
Oh such narrow views, hope that holds up for you down the line, there is true joy to be found that stuff will never be able to give, best of luck to yous
I love pokemon but i would feel a little embarassed to drive this to be honest
How can I get that kind of disposable income???
@dimi You just gotta own it.
@ParadoxFawkes It's okay to admit you're poor. We've all been there or are there right now. Seems therapy is in your future.
I collect video games. I have over 2,000 of them and have my entire collection insured. So, am I just filling a void in my heart oh fortune teller?
Hopefully that Lugia tail on the car doesn't get caught on something.
And since the tail looks like it is somewhat blocking the view of the rear window... not sure if that is a great idea.
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