The Pokemon Eevee evolutions are probably the most popular characters around. The eight little characters have captured the hearts of adoring fans all over the world. Eevee, Umbreon, Espeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Glaceon, and Leafeon have become every childs obsession. But with so many people wanting them, how can I find them? And what items are out there?
Due to their popularity, the Eevee evolution characters have become quite difficult to obtain. Since everyone wants these specific eight Pokemon characters, they have become expensive and hard to find. Take Umbreon for example. The beautiful black cat is probably the most popular of the bunch. Prices for anything with Umbreon on can be rather high. Whether its little mini Chupa pop figures, Keshipoke figures, canvas plush toys, Pokedolls, stuffed toys, tshirts, or Pokemon cards, you will probably have to pay quite a bit to get your hands on them.
So, what kind of merchandise is out there and how can I get it?
There is quite a few Pokemon items with the Eevee evolution characters. Most of these items come from Japan. The Japanese items are much better quality and since Pokemon is a Japanese anime, its natural that most of the items come from Japan.
In 2008, the Pokemon Centers in Japan made the Pokedoll stuffed toy. The set consisted of the eight evolutions, Umbreon, Espeon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Glaceon, Jolteon, Eevee, and Leafeon. They quickly sold out. They were then released in the USA for a brief time and of course, sold out very fast. Then in December, 2009, Pokemon Centers in Japan re-released the evolution Pokedolls. Again in very small quantities. Once again they sold out in a matter of days. You can find these items on Ebay, but be careful, as there are many bootleg or counterfeit items. You are almost always safe buying from a Japanese seller, as they are honest and of course they are made in Japan, so your chances are much better of getting a real one.
In 2009, the Pokemon Centers in Japan made the canvas beanbag stuffed toy. The set consisted of the eight evolutions, Umbreon, Espeon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Glaceon, Jolteon, Eevee, and Leafeon. They sold out in a matter of days. They are smaller than a Pokedoll and have a small amount of beans inside. These are very cute, as they have legs and are more accurately shaped like the characters. These were not released in the USA or anywhere outside of Japan. The prices are skyrocketing on them. They used to be about $20 when they came out. Now expect to pay near $60 a piece for them.
CHARMS, KEYCHAINS AND STRAPS
There have been some keychains of some of the evolution characters like Umbreon over the years, but these have become nearly impossible to find and can range up to $200 each. In 2009, the Pokemon Centers in Japan released the Pokemon Time mobile phone straps. Of the evolutions, only Umbreon, Eevee, and Espeon were made. Umbreon sold out in days, while the other two sold out in weeks. Also in 2009, there was a set of 6 charms that included Umbreon, Espeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Eevee. Glaceon and Leafeon were left out of this set.
CARDS AND STICKERS
There have been many Japanese Pokemon Eevee evolution cards and stickers released over the years. Most of the cards range about $5-10 and stickers $1-5. The exception is some of the old Bandai cards. Back in 1997 when Pokemon first came out, they released some sticker cards. They are like cards, but actually have stickers on the front that you can peel off. Some of these can get expensive. Usually they cost about $30-150, depending on the character and condition of the card.
Now the tricky part, how can one obtain these treasures?
There is always Ebay, but personally I prefer to avoid it due to the number of bootleg items that are currently being sold. Your best chance is some of the smaller, personal sites where the seller is located in Japan. There are only a handful of sites that are in English, so it makes it diffiucult if you cant read Japanese. Also most Japanese sites will not send internationally.
Getting the Eevee evolution items is tricky and usually very expensive. Buying as soon as they come out is the best bet. Almost always the price increases as time goes by. Good luck in your quest. Gotta have them all.