The Pokémon151 Collection finally came to the North American Pokémon Center within the last few months. The t-shirt series was first launched in 2008, but only for Japan. The line’s designer, Polygraph, was interviewed about its process and how certain Pokémon were picked.

Contacted in 2007, Polygraph was given the task of designing Pokémon apparel for adults. Limited to the first 151 creatures, but also designing pieces for Lugia and Ho-oh in preparation of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver’s release, Polygraph delved into Dex entries.

Those on the designing team did pick some of their favorite Pokémon, Mewtwo and Cubone, but the rest that were used from the first generation were all chosen at “random.” Each design is broken down to its origin, inspiration, and any design challenges that occurred.

The branding and packaging for the limited United States release was also touched upon. Each shirt is packed into its own sized box and the imagery used is in reference to Japan’s launch.

It’s definitely interesting to get a look at a designer’s process. And we can only imagine you’re wishing that more of Polygraph’s work could make it out to North America! Hopefully the Pokémon 151 Collection can get a sequel in the future that celebrates Pokémon Sun and Moon or the next Pokémon game.

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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