Pokémon Trading Figure Game (also referred to as the Pokémon TFG) is a collectible miniatures game similar to HeroClix. It is designed by Pokemon USA and based on Satoshi Tajiri's Pokémon media franchise. It was released in Australia in August 2006, followed by releases in Europe and Southeast Asia later that year. The trading figures have been released in the United States and will be released in Japan sometime in 2007. There is speculation that it will have an Organized Play system similar to the Pokémon TCG, but this has yet to be confirmed by any of the companies distributing the game. The first set released is called "Next Quest". The game seems to be played in a luck/strategy format that resembles the boardgame Risk with most actions being controlled by a spin mechanism on the figures. The figures are larger than most other figure games, highly detailed, and meant to introduce this type of game to younger players while holding the interest of older fans of the Pokemon series. Though released on the announced September 19th date, initial distribution has been slow, and is taking some time to reach full stock levels at many retail outlets. The upcoming 10th anniversary United Kingdom mall tour will feature an introduction of this new Pokemon line. Rules The objective of the game is to move one of your figures to the opponent's goal and to prevent them getting to yours by using your Pokémon to defend and attack. In a player's turn, he may play a trainer card, move a figure, and/or attack one of the opponent's figures (in that order). Next Quest set The "Next Quest" set is made up of 42 figures and 8 cards. These pieces are divided into four levels of rarity: white star (extremely rare), black star (rare), black diamond (uncommon) and black circle (common). There are also 2 subsets, the pearl sub-set which contains all the rare figures and are a pearly colour and the crystal subset are see through and contains all the EXrare figures. A ref figure is also found in the 9 figure set it would appear it is not part of the nextquest set however as it has the promo symbol underneath Two starter sets are available for this collection, entitled "Flamethrower" and "Riptide". Each starter set contains four figures, as well as the following: * Double-sided play mat (for 3 vs 3 or 6 vs 6 figurine play). * 3 trainer cards (Max Revive, X Attack, X Accuracy, or Switch). * A full-color poster of the 42 figurines in the Next Quest set, with checklist boxes for collectors. * A rule book. There are also four different booster packs available; these do not have individual names but are identified by the four different images on each packaging: Pikachu, Charizard, Groudon, and Feraligatr. One of the coolest things about these trading figures is that the sculpts were all made by Kaiyodo, known for the Revoltech and other mecha figure line. They have really really good sculpts, and make fantastic PVCs when you don't feel like playing.