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Plarail Pokémon Trains
(09-27-2020, 05:46 PM)WF72 Wrote:
(09-26-2020, 04:22 PM)sunhuntin Wrote: thanks, WF. Smile always nice to know the site has been useful to people. Smile

tyler, this is the link to the two i have. am yet to obtain more. other things took priority.

Oh wow! I didn't know you used this form. Hi!

hi there Smile as super said, i have been around for a while, but dont often post these days as the knowledge possessed by other members far surpasses my own. often what i can contribute amounts of photos of items. lol.
my website address has changed:
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I always knew about this strange Pokemon Plarail set but never really took a closer look until this Thread. What I found strange about the set is that there is an open Flat Bed car in the middle of a Bullet Train Shinkansen that Characters rode on. LOL. Was this part of the Pikachu Movie that is refereed to on the box?

What I didn't know is that the special tracks in the set that have the Lego like nubs on them. Further more the curves look like they can be flipped (nubs on both sides) so that they could be used in a different configured Layout.

I don't see a Lego Logo on the box so I assume that it isn't a collaboration set. Does anyone have this set and if so are the nubs compatible with Lego Blocks? Can anyone translate what this says on the front of the box?

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Good findings! Im glad this thread has made people take a good look at this license!
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Yes...we do like talking about trains around here. Big Grin
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The title is litearly "Pokemon Block Linear GO!!" but a better translation would be Pokemon Block Magnet Train GO!!, as it appears to be loosely based off the magnet train in the second generation of Pokemon games, Gold and Silver. They would have been the most recent games as of 2000, which is mentioned on the sticker on the box. The Japanese games call it リニアモーターカー, which translates literally to linear motor car, and refers to the linear induction motors that drive maglev (magnetic levitation) trains (hence, magnet train.)
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The first star says you can connect the rails with Plarail rails (It appears because they do not specifically market this set as Plarail with the yellow stripe down the left side they wanted to make this clear)
The second star says it has two speeds, low and high
The curvy text under the train at the station also says it has two speeds
The curvy text on the left side of the image says something to the effect of pass through the ticket gate, ride the magnet train
The black text under the station basically says the normal "product color, quantity, specifications, etc may vary from the illustration" and that the figures may fall off the train
The black text at the bottom below the train windows says what is repeated in English under it. The blue oval says it is for ages 3 and up. Under the dummy car window it says the train is exclusive to "Pokemon Block Linear GO!!"

The red logo in the upper right corner is for Diablock, a popular Japanese building toy similar to Lego but with slightly different dimensions. Here is a Lego 2x4 plate vs a similar Diablock piece
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Of interest to some here will be the Diablock Thomas range, particularly the large scale models they produced in the 1990s. They continued producing smaller scale models into the 2010s as well as a "Lego Duplo" equivelent for younger children, but the 90s models are the most impressive to me
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Thanks for the translations and info Duck. I didn't notice that Duck, there isn't any Plarail logos, just Tomy in the older rounded red block letters which was what...the 90's?

On the back of the box it looks like there is an add on accessory set or maybe its just normal Pokemon Diablock pieces, not sure.

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If you collect the Pokemon Block series, the world will expand like this!
Products other then Linear GO!! are sold separately. Please note some products may change specifications or production may be discontinued.

Yes it appears there was a series of Diablock Pokemon sets in the late 90s and early 2000s

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The stars in the bricks on these boxes say you can combine sets together and mention the Pokemon figures included.
I had no idea Tomy and Diablock had any connection, but I think in this case Tomy was involved for the train and the Pokemon figures, which you could also buy alone. As far as I know Diablock is made by a different company
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These also made their way (outside of any Diablock or Plarail sets) to the US and other countries as the Pokemon craze swept through in the late 90s. In the US they were sold by Hasbro.
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I have one of the normal and fairly common brown Pokemon trains, which I think is missing the Mew figure.
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Thanks Duck.

I am a bit disappointed that these aren't Lego compatible though.
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