Ofo Debuts Pokemon-Themed Bikes in China

By Bridget O'Donnell, November 16, 2017

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To commemorate Pokemon's 20th anniversary as well as the international theatrical release of the film Pokemon: I Choose You!, Ofo debuted special Pikachu-themed bikes in China this week.

The bikes have already been spotted around the streets of Shanghai. 

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes

"Pokebike, I choose you!"

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes

The bikes feature Pokemon's star character on the front wheel and a Pokeball on the back.

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes
Ofo's mobile app has also been updated to include Pokemon imagery:

Pokemon bike

To announce the launch of the new bike, a giant costumed Pikachu made an appearance at Ofo's headquarters in Beijing earlier this week.

Ofo Debuts Pikachu Bikes

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen China's shared bike companies launch gimmicky bikes. Earlier this year, rival Mobike unveiled its promotional Disney and Batmobile-themed bikes.

Batmobile mobike

Disney Mobike

And over the summer, Ofo added Minion and All-Terrain models to its growing yellow fleet.

Ofo Bike

Ofo Minion bike

Ofo ATB

National Day saw the release of special CCP-style bikes:

CCP bikes

Then there were those controversial "Princess Bikes" marketed towards women.

Ofo Princess Bikes

We just hope these new Pikachu models aren't brand spankin' new, as some cities (including Shanghai and Beijing) have recently prohibited companies from adding new bikes in an attempt to unclog the streets. 

Earlier this month, Ofo was accused of going around the ban by disguising new bikes as old ones. But Ofo denied the allegations. Per Technode:

"According to a public statement by ofo, the company has always followed local regulations after the local ban on new bikes. The bikes in question were replacement bikes for older models they wanted to bring out of service in Shanghai. The statement also said that since Shanghai is a logistics hub, many of the bikes reported on were to be sent to surrounding areas outside Shanghai."

The new Pokemon animated film debuted in Chinese theaters on November 11 (Singles Day).

[Images via Weibo, Sina, Jiemian]

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