Poké Balls have always been one of the most iconic parts of the Pokémon franchise. They have represented Pokémon from its inception to the present day. One has to simply glimpse that red, white, and black ball, and they know the reference. Even if they’ve never played the games or watched the show. The Poké Ball is just that important in our pop-cultural world. So it’s no surprise real-life trainers want to own their own real-life Poké Balls. Thus, in 2020, The Pokémon Company teamed up with British prop makers The Wand Company to produce the first-ever die-cast Poké Ball replicas.
And though these office Poké Ball replicas began with just the standard red and white ball, over the last few years, The Wand Company has made seven different types of Poké Ball models available for purchase. These include real-life versions of the Master Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Dusk Ball, Premier Ball, and Heal Ball. With even more replicas you can buy on the way.
And these replicas, which glow when near a person’s hand, do indeed look like a properly shiny curio. One that could catch everyone’s attention on your shelf. The case itself also glows. Lifting the lid of the case raises the ball up for display, which is a fun, active touch. Especially considering the fact that owners, sadly, should not actually throw this Poké Ball. It probably will also not work like on Pokémon if tossed at your cat. Your cat will not shrink, like Pokémon Legends: Arceus taught us all Pokémon are able to do to fit into their Poké Ball. Instead, it will just be very unhappy.
If you’re running low on Poké Balls, The Wand Company has you covered!— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 1, 2022
Expect to see Heal Ball, Friend Ball, Quick Ball, and Cherish Ball replicas throughout this year.
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Maybe that’s for future iterations of the Poké Ball replicas. For now, fans can expect the Friend Ball, Quick Ball, and Cherish Ball to release in 2022.
The Wand Company
All of the other accouterment common for collectibles also comes with these Poké Balls. The balls each have a unique authentication hologram, for example. As well as a stainless steel display ring. The UK-based Wand Company is most famous for the electronic Harry Potter-like wand it produced in 2009. The Wand Company’s Pokémon products, while not as capable as its wand, still boast the ability to glow when in the presence of a hand. The glow—which emanates from the ball’s button—also strengthens when it’s actually held. Which makes it sort of like Sting from Lord of the Rings. Only instead of glowing around orcs, it does so when near humans. Useful, if you ask us.
These Poké Ball replicas can be purchased at select retailers. And typically they cost about $99.99. A hefty price, but if you love Pokémon, Koffing up the bucks feel worth it. Take a Chansey on it, we like to say.
Originally published on November 30, 2020. Additional reporting by Matthew Hart.