Huh, is that confirmed anywhere? Never read that before.
Anyhow either way it still makes sense that resurrection would change a Pokemon, whether design or power wise, or both.
Well, we know before its resurrection it had the Eternal Flower because it was shown wielding it during the war in AZ's flashback.
It was in a GameInformer interview with Masuda
where he revealed that Floette was a gift from his late mother.
Though, reading what it says, I stand corrected on one aspect. According to the interview, AZ's Floette was specifically taken because it was unique powerful. So, in addition to already having the Eternal Flower, it sounded like AZ's Floette also had it's increased stats (and maybe the Light of Ruin move as well, I mean in the flashback we see it launching a powerful ray during the war). So, in the end, it's possible the only additional thing being resurrected by the Ultimate Weapon did was give AZ's Floette eternal life like AZ (you know, on top of also being brought back to life, that's kind of also important).
Cherrim Shirt: Here ya go
maybe not in the games, but THERE'S NO OFFICIAL MERCH FOR MOST MONS i mean yeah it'd be annoying to design a shirt/jacket/etc for all 1010 mons but i don't care. do it. I WANT MY FREAKING CHERRIM SHIRT
. Sadly no jacket option, but thy do have face mask and bandana!
And for general merch
, well the plans for Sitting Cuties
looks to be having a plush for each Pokemon, eventually. Right now in the US we're only up to Sinnoh with Japan having just released Unova. They have Cherrim, in both its Overcast
This is always the defense, and it's missing the point. You're Watsonian, the problem is Doylist. Yes, these aren't the actual creations. No one cares. They gave us better designs in the book. Whatever the in-universe explanation is, doesn't matter. The idea of combining a legendary trio is fundamentally cool to a lot of people, and we were teased with that and had it taken away, to be replaced with the blandest future paradox possible and a Suicune who shares nothing but a color scheme with the original. The problem isn't that the Suicune design doesn't make sense(although it's a stretch to say the least), the problem is people dislike it and GF had access to a better option they ignored.
BTW, for anyone curious what they're referring to by Watsonian & Doylist
And I agree. I would have personally have much preferred the fusion designs. Do you really think I wanted ANOTHER boring Robot version of a Pokemon? The most interesting Future Paradox Pokemon was Iron Valiant because it was a combination of (Mega) Gardevoir & (Mega) Gallade. YES! More of that please! I can imagine what a robot version of the Pokemon would look like, GF, give me something to actually look in awe at.
But, that's obviously not what GF wanted. There's your Doylist response. They teased us with the idea only so they could then subvert it, and all we can do is speculate why aside from a "surprise" factor. The idea I presented to you was my best in-world explanation, maybe what GF was thinking and hinting at: they have made rules for themselves and Walking Wake and Iron Leaves is the result of following those rules while also giving us the "Imagined Fused Trios".