Hm, been necro'd twice, but whatever. Let's keep it a'rolling.
I didn't attend the release party. I didn't even reserve it. Wish I did, I would have loved to get my hands on those lil figurines. eBay folks are trying to charge an arm, two legs and a kidney for them though.
The pokewalker is win! And yeah, that's what it reminded me of too. Haha, I remember shaking Pikachu Pokewalker in the mall with friends and gambling and winning 500watts. I screamed YEEEAAAHHH and frightened quite a few people around us.