With a "Capture escaped bad guys with special new technology" premise, we already knew Toei's upcoming Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime would have at least a passing similarity to Pokémon. What we didn't know is that Bandai's collectible game associated with the series, known as "Bachicombat," would play out a lot like pogs. Yes, pogs!
One of my earliest attempts at utilizing anecdotal correlations to fathom a baffling (at the time) situation involved my 3rd grade self blaming the failure of comic shops on pogs. I didn't know about the speculation bust and I actually loved foil variant covers, so it was easy for me to make a wrongheaded connection between the fall of many of my area's comic book stores and the milk cap filled tubes the gambling-prone kids at my elementary schools were lugging around at recess. Needless to say, I started to resent PogMan.
So, the Army has been using POGS on their bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -- not as toys, but as currency:
Think of the AAFES pogs like chips in a casino; the pog, like a casino chip, is assigned a monetary value and can be traded in for cash when a soldier has completed his or her tour of duty...