This lovingly hand-crafted Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Doll is a fitting tribute to Pikachu: the world's most popular Pokémon character and every child's fave mythical creature.       

Hand-Crafted Wood Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Figurine

Kimekomi Dolls were first created in the late 1730s by Tadashige Takahashi, a craftsman who served at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. His original materials were surplus willow wood and cloth left over from the manufacture of  Shinto priests' robes.

About a century ago, the Mataro Doll company secured authorization from the Kamigamo Shrine to employ these traditional doll-making techniques. The Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Doll is the latest iteration of this ancient craft, respectfully reintegrated into modern culture courtesy of an official partnership with Nintendo.

Hand-Crafted Wood Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Figurine

Each Pikachu figurine is individually hand-crafted from wood: employing 3D printers would be cheaper and faster but that would detract from the inherent warmth and charming “flaws” that make hand-made items so distinctive and desirable.

Once the figurines are carved, the bodies are carefully covered with subtly beautiful and timelessly elegant traditional Japanese fabric. The official copyright from Nintendo/Pokémon is stamped on the underside and hidden from view.

Hand-Crafted Wood Pikachu Edo Kimekomi Figurine

These incredible Pikachu figurines are made by hand, one by one, each per special order. Sales currently are handled as a PRE-ORDER item scheduled to be released in May of 2020, as time is being allowed for the acquisition of a license permitting international sales.

The company is currently accepting orders, however, and the pre-order policy could change at any time (purchasers will be notified). For more information and ordering instructions, please visit the product page at OMG Japan.