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The Best Pokémon Plush Toys for Little Pokéfans

Best Pokemon Plush Toys
Amparo Lopez
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From Barbies to Polly Pockets, Amparo spent her childhood playing with the cutest of dolls. Her absolute favorite was her Lil Miss Singing Mermaid doll, with long curly hair and a beautiful color-changing tail. Here at TheToyZone, she channels her inner kid to find the best toys on the market for children of all ages. You won't be surprised to learn that she's specialized in dolls and plushies.
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I wasn’t a kid when Pokémon first reached the West. Back then, anime was considered content for children. Or at least it was in Argentina, where I grew up. 

However, I wasn’t new to anime. So, despite my age, I decided to go for it anyway. And I surely delved into the realms of those intriguing creatures, gyms and trainers with delight. I especially grew fond of how it portrayed friendship (human and Pokémon-human, naturally).

Pokémon was originally a Game Boy video game. Yet, it gained so much popularity with the anime that it quickly transcended the tiny Game Boy and TV screen to become movies, cards, collectibles of many sorts and games such as the world-renowned Pokemon Go.

As any Pokémon fan will know, there are tons of ways to catch’em all. Still, plushies have this charm about them. They can certainly be soft and cute, but they can also resemble real-life Pokémon to cuddle — that is, without worrying about Pikachu’s electric discharge

The thing is, there are countless alternatives out there. Much like Ash struggled to choose his Pokémon companion to start his journey as a trainer, deciding which plush can make great gifts is not an easy task. More so, given not all plush toys are crafted equal. 

That’s why I spent HOURS curating a list of the best Pokémon plushies available today. 

The Top 3 Pokémon Plushies

💰 FOR TIGHT BUDGETS🧒🏻 FOR YOUNGER KIDS🧒🏼 FOR OLDER KIDS
Silver Pikachu 25th Anniversary PlushScorbunny Plush ToyPokemon Center Original Plush Koraidon
3 8 inch Silver Pikachu 25th Anniversary Plush18 8 inch Scorbunny Plush Toy15 Pokemon Center Original Plush Koraidon
BEST AGE2 years and above2 years and above2 years and above
❤️ PROSAn excellent option for kids who love collectiblesPerfect size and softness for little onesUnlike other plushies, Koriadon’s arms have joints; he’s posable
💔 CONSIt is more for decor and display than playtimeThe joints are thinner than the rest of his body and a bit flimsyIt’s not the cute and cuddly type (although it may be a plus for some)
💵 PRICE$32.95$40.14$40.14

Given there are over 1000 Pokémon and countless amazing plush toys, narrowing it down to a top three wasn’t easy. So, if you didn’t find what you were looking for in our top choices, I encourage you to keep on reading and discover our full list.

We even include a couple of alternatives for some of the most popular Pokémon to make sure you find the perfect plushie for the Poké-fan in your life. 


Pikachu Plushies

1. Pikachu Giant 24-inch Plush

There is little doubt Pikachu is one popular Pokémon. It was only fitting that his plushie headed our list. Plus, this gigantic Pikachu is seriously cute. Measuring no less than 24 inches, it conveys all of Pikachu’s enthusiasm and charm. It is the perfect snuggling companion and, thanks to the generous amount of good-quality stuffing, it can also sit up straight on its own. Giant Pikachu makes the ideal showstopper both for play and display.  

1 Pikachu Giant 24 inch Plush
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ It’s well shaped
❤️ Made of high-quality, soft fabric and stitching
❤️ The details are embroidered

What We Don’t Love:

💔 On the pricy side
💔 The top of the tail could be more securely stitched

💡TIP: If you or your Poké-fan would rather go for a smaller version of Pikachu, then these 8-inch options are as joyful and cute as the giant plush.

2. Pikachu Cuddle Pillow Buddy

True, this isn’t your typical plush toy. However, the Pikachu-shaped pillow does stand its ground when it comes to softness and cuddliness. The embroidered face ensures a soft and comfortable experience, while the pointy, long ears make it look like the real Pikachu. Besides, it’s adaptable and a great buddy for multiple occasions; whether to cuddle during bedtime, lounge on the couch, or snuggle in the car during a road trip, this fairly sized and cozy pillow certainly won’t disappoint. 

2 Pikachu Cuddle Pillow Buddy
Recommended age: 3 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Unlike other harder pillows, this one has the right amount of stuffing and squishiness 
❤️ Great size for a pillow buddy
❤️ Exceptionally soft to the touch

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It is more for decor/display than playtime
💔 It is hand-wash only

💡 Double up the fun with an Eevee plush pillow to match! 

3. 8-inch Silver Pikachu 25th Anniversary Plush

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary, Pokémon released a line of silver limited edition plushies worthy of many-a-one stuffed collections. Crafted with a shimmering woven fabric, this stuffed Pikachu is not the usual soft Poké-plush but rather an item worthy of display. Its metallic appearance makes it an original collectible that will stand out from the crowd. Plus, despite being entirely silver, it is surprisingly detailed, with all of Pikachu’s features neatly stitched. 

3 8 inch Silver Pikachu 25th Anniversary Plush
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ An excellent option for kids who love collectibles
❤️ It has the perfect amount of stuffing
❤️ It doesn’t collect dust

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Good-quality build, although the material isn’t exactly cuddly
💔 It is more for decor and display than playtime

💡If your kid is into collecting unique Pokémon plushes, then take a look at this Pikachu with adorable Spring vibes.

Charizard Plushies

4. 12-inch Charizard Plush Toy

Fierce and ferocious like a true Charizard, yet soft and well stuffed as a plush toy, this one makes a fantastic alternative to your everyday teddy. His fanned wings are flappy and velvety, so he’s ready to fly with all of Charizard’s momentum during imaginative play. He remains huggable in every way, though. Thanks to the long arms, he’s even more perfect for holding on to. Don’t mistake his gaze for an angry look; he’s just cool and vigorous, like in the anime.

4 12 inch Charizard Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Colors are bright and match those of the TV show
❤️ It’s well crafted and can withstand rougher play and the passing of time 
❤️ One of the best-looking Charizard plush toys out there

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The long tail and neck can become flimsier over time 
💔 To some, it was smaller than expected


Bulbasaur Plushies

5. 8-inch Corduroy Bulbasaur Plush Toy

A corduroy plush toy is a rare gem, a collector’s dream. Yet despite the originality, corduroy Bulbasaur remains as soft and gentle to the touch as top-notch traditional plush toys. It’s crafted with detail as well. The corduroy wales flow in the same direction in Bulbasaur’s whole body, giving him a symmetrical and pleasant look. Plus, if you want to catch’em all, the corduroy limited edition features all three starter Pokémon from the core (Kanto) series, including Squirtle and Charmander, and all-time favorite Pikachu

5 8 inch Corduroy Bulbasaur Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The eyes, mouth and body scales are all embroidered
❤️ It’s firm and well-stuffed to hold its form
❤️ Perfectly proportioned 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 As a special edition, it will only be available for a limited time

💡 Prefer the original Bulbasaur plush? Check out this alternative, with the same fine attention to details. 

Charmander Plushies

6. 8-inch Charmander Plush Toy

With his adorable fiery tail and cheeky personality, Charmander is one beloved Pokémon among the Fire-type. That’s why this Generation one starter Pokémon couldn’t miss our list. We opted for this cute-looking Charmander with a heart-melting expression and a super soft plush. Plus, he’s the perfect size to display, cuddle with and carry around. 

6 8 inch Charmander Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ He can stand on his own really well
❤️ The colors are nice and vibrant
❤️ There’s a lot of attention to detail; he even has yellow pads with embroidered stitchings on his feet 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Would be cool to see a larger option for Charmander
💔 He’s a bit stubbier than his anime counterpart


Squirtle Plushies

7. 8-inch Squirtle and 12-inch Blastoise Plush Toys

Squirtle is one special Pokémon, as it was Ash’s first choice to start his trainer journey. However, Professor Oak had already given Squirtle to someone else. Nevertheless, Squirtle remains a popular Pokémon — who could forget the Squirtle Squad. With this plush bundle, lovers of Water-type Pokémon get to double the fun with Squirtle and its evolved form, Blastoise. This plush set is perfect for playing out Pokémon evolution and seeing the smaller 8-inch Squirtle become the fully evolved 12-inch Blastoise. Both plushies are super soft and crafted with attention to detail, just as you’d expect of any worthy plush.

7 8 inch Squirtle and 12 inch Blastoise Plush Toys
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ They are well-scaled 
❤️ Squirtle looks adorable next to Blastoise
❤️ Two plushies at a great price

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Would have been nice to see Wartortle included for a complete evolution pack
💔 Squirtle colors could be a tad more vibrant 

💡TIP: If you’re into bundles or can’t decide which iconic 1st Generation Pokemon to opt for, why not get all three

Squishmallows Plushies

Before I jump into our recommended Pokémon Squishmallows plushies, let me tell you a bit more about the manufacturers behind this line of plushies.

There are two types of Pokémon Squishmallows out there: Jazware (which has the  Squishmallows license) and Pokémon Center (a trusted store by many Pokémon collectors).

Both ranges have things in common:

  • They are both made with high-quality materials. They are soft, have excellent embroidered features and come with resistant stitching.
  • They are both Pokémon officially licensed products. Jazware has the  Squishmallows license, and Pokémon Center launched their own line of Squishmallows-looking plushies.

The biggest differences between the two are that:

☝️The Pokémon Center plushies are a bit bigger than the Jazware plushies

✌️The Pokémon Center plushies are the only ones that feature the Pokéball logo

And that’s it. I have shortlisted Pokémon Squishmallows plushies from both manufacturers as they both have awesome designs.

8. Squishmallows 10-Inch Snorlax

The Pokémon-Squishmallows collab has recently taken the plush world by storm. And there’s no doubt why. Squishmallows are extremely huggable and soft and have an unrivaled squishiness. That’s why they are a great fit with chubby, peaceful Snorlax — the perfect Pokémon to cuddle at bedtime. Plus, measuring 10 inches in height, it will also make for a super-soft accent pillow to add style and personality to any room.

8 Squishmallows 10 Inch Snorlax
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ His expression of contentment is incredibly adorable 
❤️ It’s a versatile plush 
❤️ Worth of collection

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Pokemon Squishmallows run out of stock very quickly
💔 It comes vacuum sealed so it can be a bit wrinkly right after removing it from the package

9. Squishmallows 20-inch Togepi

Misty and Togepi are another favorite Pokémon duo. And although this 20-inch Togepi is sized far from its anime counterpart when it comes to Squishmallows, the bigger, the better! Displaying all of Squishmallow quality, Togepi is perfect for snuggling up to, day or night. Plus, it will stand out in any Squishmallows collection. 

9 Squishmallows 20 inch Togepi
Recommended age: 3 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ All the details in his body are embroidered, adding different textures for a pleasant sensory experience
❤️ Has a more than fair amount of squishy stuffing
❤️ The colors are accurate

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s an expensive one
💔 It can be a heavier than expected

💡TIP: Check out Pikachu and Gengar Squishmallows too if you want to complete the set! 

Dragonite Plushies

10. 12-inch Dragonite Plush Toy

Dragonite’s kindhearted personality is well captured by this 12-inch plush toy that looks like he’s waving at you. However, this legendary flying dragon is actually one of the most powerful Pokémon, capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. This makes Dragonite an excellent option for those who love to role-play with their plushies. Plus, his wings are not stuffed like the rest of his body, so they can flap freely in the midst of a battle, adding to a more realistic feel. 

10 12 inch Dragonite Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Bigger than regular 8-inch Pokémon plush toys
❤️ It’s machine washable
❤️ Even his antennae are made of soft, plushy material

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Would be cool to see an even bigger version to match Dragonite’s strength
💔 When standing, the wings can droop a bit

💡TIP: Looking for a smaller option to add to your collection? This seated Dragonite is super cute at 6.5 inches tall.

Lucario Plushies

11. 12-inch Lucario Plush Toy

One of the most popular 4th generation Pokémon, Lucario was first seen on the screen in the Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew movie. He was one of the first to get his own movie despite not being a Legendary Pokémon, which made him a hit ever since. That’s why Lucario had to be on our list with this plush that accurately captures his tough-sensitive personality and black-and-blue canine-like features. Thanks to the attention to detail, it is a fine plush to collect and display, although his huggability is beyond doubt.

11 12 inch Lucario Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Lucario looks like he just came out of the anime
❤️ Love the way the black appendages hang naturally from his head
❤️ The colors are accurate and vibrant

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It would be nice to see him in a more posable version 
💔 His tail could be improved with some more stuffing


Mimikyu Plushies

12. 8-inch Mimikyu Plush Toy

This is not an old, ragged Pikachu plush but one lonely Pokémon who wants to be liked above all things. Mimikyu (a phonetic identic match for “mimic you”) disguises himself as Pikachu to hide his true form, which is said to be horrifying and a curse for those who see it. Despite his quirky looks, Mimikyu awakens empathy; a plushie is a means to hug, pamper and give love to this little guy. The heavy Pikachu-like head is rather heavy, making the Mimikyu plushie unable to stand right, which, in turn, adds to the awkward-looking cuteness. 

12 8 inch Mimikyu Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ There’s a nice firmness to it 
❤️ The muted color palette is true to his anime’s counterpart
❤️ Expertly stitched and crafted

What We Don’t Love:

💔 He can be a bit too much on the spooky side for younger kids  
💔 For those who want Mimikyu for display, the fact that he cannot stand up straight may be a drawback

💡TIP: Fans of the Alola region or Pokémon Sun and Moon games will also appreciate an adorable Rowlett plushie, another nice addition to their collection.

Raichu Plushies

13. 12-inch Raichu Plush Toy

To delve a little further into Pikachu-related plush toys, it feels only fit to continue our list with this stuffy Raichu. Fans of Raichu will appreciate the slightly tilted, well-shaped ears that grant him an adorable look. His arms and tail are carefully stitched to the body, which is a nice touch as they stand naturally in place, making it perfect for display. Plus, the colors are a great match to the animated version. 

13 12 inch Raichu Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ His stand is perfectly cute
❤️ He’s not at all heavy for the size
❤️ Big enough to snuggle with

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s worth noting that the 12-inch height is from his foot to the top end of the ear, not to his head
💔 For the debatable 12 inches, to some, it is on the pricy side


Paldea Plushies

14. Paldea First Partner Plush

Suppose you are shopping for a player about to embark on their Pokémon Scarlet and Violet journey but are yet unsure which Pokémon to choose as their starter. What could be better than a set of the three starter Pokémon plushies for the Paldea region? Measuring eight inches each, Fire-type Fuecoco, Water-type Quaxly and Grass-type Sprigatito have the most pleasant softness and all their features are carefully embroidered. Well-stuffed and super cute, this trio is a smart addition to any Paldea fan’s collection. 

14 Paldea First Partner Plush
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Sprigatito’s whiskers are not stuffed, but that makes them look more like the anime
❤️ It’s nice to see Quaxly standing
❤️ Fuecoco and Sprigatito can stand on their own

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Great value for three plushies, but we wish they were a tad bigger
💔 It would be nice to see Fuecococ with this mouth open 

💡 For trainers who have already chosen their Paldea starter, Fuecoco, Quaxly and Sprigatito also come separately.

15. Pokemon Center Original Plush Koraidon

Paldea is inspired in the Iberian Peninsula, so it comes as no surprise that one of the legendary Pokémon of the region ostents bold-red bullfighter-like features. Koriadon (korai means ancient in Japanese) is a dragon-type known for its impressive strength and ferocious fighting style. This plush toy makes justice to all of his might and fierceness, standing tall in his full power at 17 inches and displaying great attention to detail in his intricate morphology. For a complex Pokémon like Koriaidon, this plush boasts a meticulous and solid build.

15 Pokemon Center Original Plush Koraidon
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Unlike other plushies, Koriadon’s arms have joints; he’s posable
❤️ Colors excel on this one 
❤️ It has playability and yet it is an excellent display item

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s not the cute and cuddly type (although it may be a plus for some)
💔 The feathers look oddly stiff

16. 8-inch Dratini Plush Toy

Ok, Dratini is not a Pokemon original to Paldea (you got me!). In fact, this Gen I Pokémon made its first appearance in the Red and Blue games. But Pokémon games continue to be released and in the IX generation Scarlet and Violet, Dratini remains one valuable catch. In Japanese culture, dragons are mythical creatures who bring good luck. Dratini’s cute plushie is ready to be your lucky charm.

16 8 inch Dratini Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️  It’s nice to see the tail doesn’t curl up too much to the body
❤️  It’s the right size to carry around everywhere
❤️  Draniti’s stuffed white fins are perfectly shaped 

What We Don’t Love:

💔  Wish the eyes had Dratini’s purple shade 


Greninja Plushies

17. 12-inch Greninja Plush Toy

From humble beginnings as Froakie, Greninja has evolved into the ultimate stealthy warrior, full of wisdom and grace –no wonder he was chosen the 2020 Pokémon of the Year. His plush toy form matches his flair, complete with webbed hands, a pink tongue scarf wrapped around his neck and a velvet-soft fabric. He’s not rigid but has bendable arms and legs, which is a refreshing approach to Pokémon plushies.

17 12 inch Greninja Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Despite being bendable, he is one rugged plush toy
❤️ Has a nice size, standing 12 inches tall
❤️ He is particularly soft 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 His nose is a tad too pointy
💔 Structurally, he’s a tad floppy


Scorbunny Plushies

18. 8-inch Scorbunny Plush Toy

Starter Pokémon usually have this cuteness about them. This lively bunny easily fits the bill with his adorable touch of mischievousness. The stand and smile on this plush convey his eagerness to be cuddled and readiness to join little ones on their adventures. His big ears are shaped to match Scorbunny’s to the spot with the vibrant colors that characterize this fire-type Pokémon, while the pads on his foot are embroidered and ready to make some legendary fire kicks.

18 8 inch Scorbunny Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ It can be machine washed, which is quite convenient in a white plush
❤️ Perfect size and softness for little ones
❤️ He is one photogenic plush

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The joints are thinner than the rest of his body and a bit flimsy
💔 His head is the heaviest part

💡TIP: Looking for more iconic Pokemon from the Galar region? Check out this Grookey, Sobble, & Scorbunny Plushie 3-Pack.

Plushie Multi-packs

19. Pokéball 5-Pack Plush Toys

These may not be the typical stuffed toy, but they can certainly add so much fun to any Poké-plushies collection. Kids can cast the super soft Pokéballs at their Pokémons and pretend to be real trainers. With a weight made of beans at the bottom, these plushies will land side up, just like a real Pokéball would in the midst of battle. Plus, featuring a regular Poké Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, Quick Ball and a Luxury Ball, there is a variety to suit many preferences. 

19 Pokéball Plush 5 Pack
Recommended age: 3 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great pack to recreate Pokémon battles
❤️ Nice, realistic size also apt to throw around the house
❤️ An original approach to the Pokémon plush universe

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The beans at the bottom can hurt a bit if the Pokéball is thrown with force
💔 It would be nice to see a six-pack, the amount of Pokéballs trainers usually carry

20. 8-inch Sylveon, Espeon & Umbreon Plush Toys

Fans of Eevee are in for a real treat with this set containing three of his possible evolved forms. Eevee has some remarkable genetics that allows him to evolve into eight different forms depending on his environment and surroundings. Sylveon, Espeon and Umbreon are perhaps three of the most iconic, spanning the 2nd and 6th generations of Pokémon. Each plush has a structured design and impeccable embroidered details. They are ideal for playtime, cuddle time or display.

20 8 inch Sylveon, Espeon Umbreon Plush Toys
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great value for three plushies and a smart choice to expand any Eeveelution collection
❤️ They can sit up on their own despite being heavier at the top 
❤️  Extremely soft

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Would be nice to see them standing on their four legs
💔 More of a niche set for those who are familiar with Eevee evolutions (or Eeveelutions)

21. Pokémon Sleeping 3-Pack Plush Toys (Pikachu, Riolu & Igglybuff)

These three little guys are a gem. Sleepy Pikachu, Riolu and Igglybuff are as small as 5 inches each, fitting in the palm of your hand and as soft as it get. Their cute looks depict how much they are enjoying their slumber, delving into the world of dreams. Perfect bedtime companions, they are also worthy of display as their peaceful expressions will make you feel at ease no matter what. 

21 Pokémon Sleeping Plush, 3 Pack 5 inch Pikachu, Riolu Igglybuff
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ As small as these are, these are also perfect to put in your pocket and carry with you
❤️ The fluffy texture fits them better than a regular plush fabric
❤️ It’s nice the colors are a tad muted for these ones 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s an unusual assortment of Pokémon
💔 Would be nice to see a bigger version of these


Assorted Plushies 

22. 12-inch Eevee Plush Toy

Eevee is up there with the cutest of Pokémon, loved by many and featured across numerous generations. His heartwarming personality is beautifully captured in the expression and softness of this plush. The floppy ears and squishy stuffing make it an ideal cuddling companion, although this Eevee can also stand on its own if you’re more into a display approach. 

22 12 inch Eevee Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The different textures are a nice touch  
❤️ The colors are perfectly accurate
❤️ Has an adorable stand, as if waiting for you to approach him

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Unlike the images posted by the seller, Eevee’s ears don’t stand straight on their own. 
💔 The 12 inches are from tail to head, not the plushie’s height

23. 8-inch Slakoth Plush Toy

There’s no Slakoth enjoys his sleep –in fact, he can sleep up to twenty hours a day. But what better than a sluggish Pokémon to turn into a soft plush to cuddle with at night? His lying position, droopy eyes and loose smile are ideal for getting into the bedtime mood. His arms, lying naturally beside the body, can be slightly bent to hug this little buddy to sleep. 

23 8 inch Slakoth Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ He looks cool resting in random places, great for taking photos  
❤️ Has his fair amount of details, even has a pink tummy
❤️ He’s less expensive than your average 8-inch plush

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Fairly niche characters may not be as recognizable to newer fans of the franchise
💔 To some, it was smaller than expected

24. 12-inch Gengar Plush Toy

Like many Ghost-type Pokémon, Gengar is devilish and mischievous, capable of going the extra mile for a little prank. His naughty personality and terrifying looks are so perfectly captured by this plush that it would be a fantastic choice only for the bold ones. Still, despite his glowing red eyes and iconic sinister grin, he remains soft and squishy as a top-notch quality plush should. 

24 12 inch Gengar Plush Toy
Recommended age: 2 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ He’s very well proportioned
❤️ There is so much detail to his spikes
❤️ He can stand really well on its own, despite his round, chubby body

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Can be genuinely terrifying 
💔 The purple color looks a better match for Haunter than Gengar

💡TIP: Fans of the original Kanto region may also love this Mew’s plush form, adorably sized at mere 5 inches.

25. 12-inch Ditto Plush Toy

To complete this list, a Pokémon that can be all Pokémon. Ditto’s wobbly nature allows for a versatile, squishy plush. He has a nice size to cuddle, to replace regular-looking pillows and serve as a chair cushion. Crafted with the quality San-Ei has Pokémon plush collectors accustomed to, Ditto’s 12-inch plush no doubt delivers a pleasant sensory experience. 

25 Sanei All Star Collection Ditto Plush Toy
Recommended age: 13 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ He’s extremely comfy 
❤️ His embroidered face is adorable
❤️ Keeps his shape well, even though he is particularly mushy

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It is not the easiest to find in stock 

💡TIP: For more super cute, accurate-looking Pokemon plushes, check out San-Ei’s All Star Collection, including the highly collectible Piplup, Magikarp, Diglett and Cosmog.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pokémon Toys

🙋 What are Pokémon?

The name Pokémon comes from the abbreviation of pocket-monster. The idea of Pokémon derived from franchise creator Satoshi Tajiri’s two passions: insects and Ultraman. As a kid, Tajiri was into the hobby of insect collecting. He would spend hours in his hometown, Machida, looking for bugs and coming up with new ways to catch those fascinating creatures. Dubbed Dr. Bug in his childhood, Tajiri learned a lot from them and inspired many of the Pokémon we know today. 

From Ultraman, a renowned show of the 60s and a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan, Tajiri took the idea of capsule monsters. In the show, Ultraman can capture monsters in little capsules called Kaiju Capsules and then get their help in battles (sounds familiar?). 

Even geniuses have their unconventional sources of inspiration. Tajiri created a fascinating world appealing to many ages and filled with endearing creatures. The franchise is quite alive and ready to thrive for years to come.

🙋 Why are plush toys important?

Plush toys make wonderful companions for children. Considered transitional objects, they can provide a sense of comfort in challenging situations. Holding a soft, squishy plushie can help reduce anxiety and fear. They have a pleasing sensoriality, no doubt, but kids also tend to develop emotional bonds with their stuffies that work as a reassurance against distress. 

Plush toys are also a great tool to create healthy sleep routines. If they feel scared or anxious at night, their favorite plushie will prove to be a one-of-a-kind companion. But that’s not all; stuffed animals (or Pokémon) can encourage pretend play, fostering kids’ imagination and helping them express their emotions. 

🙋 Which company makes the best Pokémon plush toys? 

If you come across a San-Ei Pokémon plush, don’t hesitate —you cannot go wrong. The Japanese company makes some of the best plush toys for the franchise. The problem is these are rare finds and are not always available. 

In the U.S., the two most popular high-quality brands are Pokémon Center and Jazwares. Jaswares also owns Wicked Cool Toys and Squishmallows, so they have the infrastructure to make a wide variety of great-looking, soft Poké-plush at an affordable price. 

Pokémon Center is also known for creating soft plushes that resemble the real characters to the spot. These are quite popular among the finest collectors. Besides, they make great collabs with different artists; plushes like this Pikachu x Van Gogh have an undoubted collectability. The downside is these are also hard to find. 

So… What Pokémon Plush Toy Should You Get?

There are over a thousand Pokémon out there and Poké-plusies are not usually cheap. However, fans of Pokémon are usually very vocal about their favorite characters. So that’s a good starting point! 

A starter Pokémon from the traditional Kanto region can be a fair start for new collectors. On the other hand, those who have them all can expand their collection with unique pieces like the silver Pikachu or corduroy Bulbasaur

Fans who prefer their plushies for display will surely appreciate the complexity of the Koriadon plush, while those seeking a cuddling partner will find what they’re looking for in a Squishmallow Snorlax.

The options are plenty. However, when looking for a giftable, lovable Poké-plush, make sure they are officially licensed (all of our choices are). Although a bit more expensive, you can rest assured that the quality will be good, the colors will be right and the softness unmatched. 

I tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible, with different types of plushies to meet many young trainers’ tastes. But the Pokémon universe is vast, and there are many incredible Poké-plushes out there. So, if there’s any stuffy we totally need to add to this list, just send me an email!

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