PKMN of the Week: Roggenrola

Lads and ladies, it may shock you to know - but I remember the seventies.  I know, I know, most of you weren't even alive during that particular decade - by default you'd have to be over thirty already - but I also am quite aware that I am not the only Pokébro of a certain age out there.  I grew up but my love for Pokémon never died.

What was it like in those dark ages?  Well, it was pretty chill.  Why, in the very month I was born Led Zeppelin released Houses of the Holy - if that wasn't a portent of my future rockin' nature, I don't know what is.  No doubt I was also tuned into the disco grooves - the first album I ever bought was the Bee Gees' soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever when I was six years old.  I've even enjoyed the nascent electronica of the day (I still keep Warm Leatherette by The Normal on my iPhone) although I didn't discover that until I was 13.  Truly, though, the seventies were the decade when rock transformed from the rebellion into art.  In 1975 Springsteen's Born to Run spoke urban poetry to the chords of the electric guitar.

Another thing about the seventies - the toys were different.  Yes, we had *real* *metal* *lunchboxes* with Scooby Doo on them.  Plastic thermoses inside.  You didn't have to go to the collector's store to get them either, they were just at the regular store.  Seriously, though, one of the biggest differences - our toys didn't require so many batteries.  Definitely not rechargeable batteries even.  Let me posit a challenge to you younger bros and gals.  Go to your local drug store and check out some D cell batteries (if you can find them).  Then realize that I had a portable radio that required eight of those.

What you really won't believe, though, is that . . . I can barely admit it . . . well . . . people used to sell . . . rocks.  Smooth rocks.  Pretty rocks.  Pet rocks.  I used to have one.  I loved it.  I carried it with me everywhere.  In a way it was, almost, like a Pokémon.

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PKMN of the Week: Landorus

Another Sunday, another holiday!  Christians and consumerists are celebrating the season by reflecting on various fertility images - eggs that represent new life and rabbits that represent, well, what rabbits represent.  Spring is in the air, it's still chilly but there are signs that Winter is over and we see the regeneration of trees and plants around us.

Landorus is the Pokémon that represents a balanced environment that will assure a bountiful harvest.  The land is rich, there will not be too much wind or too much rain, and your plants will grow strong.  Landorus balances Tornadus and Thundurus, he stops the unfettered storms ravaging the Unova region.

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AOTW: Sand Force

How’s it going, training fanatics? Welcome back to Ability of the Week! Well, if you’ve listened to the M.G.C. or O.L.D.S.C.H.O.O.L. episodes of It’s Super Effective or dropped by the PokéTalk forums, you know that our esteemed Editor-In-Chief SBJ has been cooking up a PKMNcast “Gray League”, with as-close-to-real-life-as-possible Gym Leaders for you to challenge. And like many of you, I’ve been planning and training a type-exclusive team; in my case, Ground-types. And this week I’m waxing intellectual about a handy Ability that’s putting in an appearance on one of my roster. This is Ability of the Week: Sand Force!

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