Not long after the recently announced Pokémon Trainer Red: Champion Ver. Nendoroid that was announced last month, a new set of Pokémon-related Nendoroid figures were revealed late last week. The Pokémon Trainers Red & Blue Nendoroid set is a two figure ensemble celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise with the classic rivalry that started it all: the player character Red and his arch rival, Blue (known as “Green” in the original Japanese games and media).
Unlike the original Pokémon Trainer Red Nendoroid which was based on the redesigned player character in Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen, this new Red Nendoroid (alongside his rival) is based on the original design for the character first seen in official artwork way back in 1996. Like most Nendoroid figures, there’s an abundance of customization including different hands, face plates, and more.
Keeping with the trend of previous Nendoroid figures based on characters from the Pokémon series, the Red & Blue Nendoroid set comes with the fabled Mew as a Pokémon partner.
Finally, an official piece of artwork
commemorating the new figurines teasing a brand new figure of “Red with Pikachu” was drawn by none other than Hitoshi Ariga, character designer and manga artist responsible for the Mega Man MEGAMIX and GIGAMIX manga series, the Klonoa comic from Bandai Namco’s now-defunct ShiftyLook, and the creation of several Pokémon including Inkay, Tyrantrum, and Mega Beedrill.
You can see it for yourself just down below:
The Red & Blue Nendoroid set releases in Japan on July 9, 2016. Pre-orders begin for the set in Japan starting February 27 until March 31, 2016 at participating Pokémon Center stores in Japan.
No word yet on a western release, but given how we’ve gotten every Pokémon Nendoroid figure thus far, it’s a safe bet that we’ll get this set soon enough.
Side note: Given that the character Blue is known as Green in the original Japanese games and associated media, I debated whether or not to continuously refer to Blue as “Green” throughout the article. However, I decided to go with the name “Blue“ that most fans are familiar with outside of Japan, which is consistent with his appearances in the English video games, Pokémon Adventures, and Pokémon Origins – a decision I made with respect to the majority of viewers of this website in mind.