The latest pop-up store at the Pokémon Center in London was plagued by queues on its opening day, reflecting the sticky situation fans faced last time.
The advice given to fans this afternoon, even those who previously booked their spot for shopping, is reportedly to now arrive and start queuing an hour before the scheduled entry time, you have been told. told Eurogamer.
The pop-up store is open for four more days at the ExCeL Center in London, where the Pokémon World Championships are taking place. Chris Tapsell from Eurogamer is in attendance and described it to me as “very busy”.
The Pokemon Center Pop-Up Shop is the only place you can get the exclusive London Beefeater Pikachu and Roserade plush toys, along with all sorts of other goodies you can also find online.
Once again, it has proven extremely popular, just as it did in 2018, when a pop-up store in downtown Westfield led to lines around the block and Pokéfans camping out overnight.
In addition to seeing some of the world’s best Pokemon players in action, Pokemon Go fans are reporting that the area is spawning regional species from special tasks. Writing at the top of the PoGo reddit Silph Road, fans say species like the New York-exclusive Bouffalant are available through this method.
But it’s the images of the queues from the event that are exploding on social media, rather than the discussion of Worlds itself.
Social networks are full of photos and footage of the queues. Here’s a sample, including a video of the queue as it was this afternoon:
Pokemon central line system crashed from what someone who works here told me and the whole line is crushed now it barely moves if it moves and the whole dating system is out the door. Everyone has been told to wait in line regardless of appointments. . pic.twitter.com/ha3krzC4ER
—Calvin Connor (@calvinconnor12) August 17, 2022
The Pokémon Center has been one of the worst run things I have ever seen. No one has the correct information and different people have told us different things. #pokemonworlds
— Gio™ 🇺🇦 (@the_one_gio) August 17, 2022
I came back from #pokemoncenter London in the world
Was there time b4 opening time 4 reservation at 12
Crazy queues, staff were doing their best but virtual queue/reservation system is not good enough and queues get out of hand fast.
Any questions about anything reply or DM pic.twitter.com/U3cprKxTFp
— Matthew Shafik/MJShafik TL40x10 GBL Rated 3810🏅 (@MJShafik_) August 17, 2022
Day 5 in the Pokémon Center line, the end is not yet in sight. I lost my mind, I saw a man eat his own arm just to survive. Others died from body heat. When will purgatory end? I want a release. the sweet release
— Know @ Pokémon Worlds 🎮 (@Sabrewoif) August 17, 2022
Well, apparently, even if you’ve booked a time slot for the Pokemon Center, you still have to queue up everyone who didn’t book 🙃 What was the point of booking then?
— Sammy 🔜 Pokemon Worlds (@GhostlyFelis) August 17, 2022
Good thing we had an appointment system for the Pokémon Center 😶 pic.twitter.com/i4x51vFZc6
—Nico Alabas (@carrypotter_1) August 17, 2022
Image credit: calvin connor.