Catch a Bulbasaur by Growing One Yourself!

Grow your own Bulbasaur! He's such a cute pocket monster!

Note: These adorable Bulbasaurs are no longer available due to a cease and desist from Nintendo. However,  you can still get the original patern free to download here.


Gamers make the best merchandise for video games they love because they aren’t just looking for a profit, they want to show off their love for their favorite games. This is most definitely the case with ShamefulSquid’s Succulent Monster.  For the first time, you can grow your very own Bulbasaur with a little bulb on its’ back.

This is probably one of the best pieces of “Gamer Swag” I’ve ever seen because not only is it a cute little ceramic Bulbasaur but it is also a planter. This planter works like any other planter and it's equipped with a drainage hole and is big enough to fit a fairly sizable bulb based plant for your favorite botanical bizarre toad Pokémon. It comes in a variety of colors including white, black, green, yellow and blue giving you a nice customizable Bulbasaur, it’s just like having your own shiny Pokémon.

This little ceramic guy is $49.99 which is fairly cheap for a piece with this sort of craftsmanship attached to it. If you want to go catch this little guy check out his page on ShamefulSquid’s Shapeways page. Be careful though, you never know when a great catch like this is going to flee from battle!

Published Aug. 18th 2014
  • The Silent Shadow
    Thinking about this more, I would have bought this if I had had the money at the time simply because of the adorableness, too bad it got stopped.
  • surferboyduke
    These things look so cool! I can't believe that company took them down! This is why we can't have cool stuff like this, cooperations just take them all away!
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    I agree, it's sad when a fan makes something as awesome as this and then it get's taken away all because of Copyright.
  • Lord Magmar
    Man, these are awesome! Why do big companies have to shut down fan-made merch like this??? I could understand if they were coming out with their own line of planters but if this is the only source we can get it from then let us enjoy it!
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    It's because they want all the best-selling things related to Pokemon. This was doing well so they wanted it. I bet they won't even make those planters they just wanted the rights to do so in case they ever do.
  • topher339
    Unfortunately, ShamefulSquid didn't have the legal rights to make these. Since the rights belong to Nintendo he is not legally allowed to make a profit off of them. If he were to make them for free they would not be able to do anything about it. Maybe if they were given for donations it might have been allowable but straight up selling them infringes on Nintendo's rights as the owner of Pokemon. Kinda sad but that's how it works.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Exactly, but what I find weird is sites like Etsy or even other stores on Shapeways sell something similar or something that looks even more Pokemon related. Or they use the official art in their designs, just copy and paste them practically. They don't have the rights for it (or at least from what I've inquired), so what makes Nintendo go after ShamefulSquid? Was it because his thing was popular?

    This is sort of a twisted web that's woven by Copyright. It's sad really.
  • topher339
    True, Etsy is full of similar stuff. I would guess that since his was among the more popular he was stopped. Maybe there's just so many they go after the most popular or profitable ones. It could be that the people told to stop just make new accounts and try again. Who knows.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    It was probably the same thing as why Square-Enix (Squaresoft at the time) shut down the awesome Chrono Trigger Remake project going on. Or that one Metal Gear Remake that the Metal Gear guys shut down. I supose it's under the same principle if there is any small chance you will make a large sum of profit, they want in. You'd think these companies would hire creative people like this but instead they just slap them with a "Cease and Desist". Company Politics.

    I've been tempted to write up a whole article on this sort of thing. It's really disappointing just how many projects have been shut down because of this.
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Oops, they didn't have permission from Nintendo? They're really cute though, hope they can get something sorted out with Nintendo
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Well, neither do half of the fan projects on etsy that have pokemon things. I think the only reason they did it was because it was making so much money and it was so popular.
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    These are really adorable.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    The possibilities are endless with stuff like this.
  • Dagallas
    if i had the money....
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    I would have gotten it immediately if I had the money at the time.
  • Kate Reynolds
    Senior Intern
    Wow. I did a DIY project this summer where I painted pokemon on some of my plant pots...but this is way bettter!
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    I've done something similar but this is absolutely top notch! Makes me sad that it was shut down as fast as it was.
  • Valentina Floegel
    Featured Contributor
    Adorable <3
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    They really are, probably one of the best Ceramic fan projects I've seen in a while.

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