Friday Pokemon Announcements – Rowlet’s Garden + Pokemon Villains + Welcome to Alola Part 2 + Card Sleeves

Technically our Friday Pokemon announcements came out on Thursday but let’s not worry about small details; on to the merchandise!

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First up – Rowlet’s Garden! Posters for this promotion were already up at Pokemon Centers on Thursday morning when the Hokkaido promotion started, creating a nice little teaser until we got more information from the official website announcement.

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Rowlet’s Garden features a variety of items that can be used inside and outside of the house (along with a couple wearable items as well) with a very cute and flowery bird pattern, so if you love birds and Pokemon (and bird Pokemon) this promotion was basically made for you! The release date is December 17th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.

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Next up: Pokemon Villains Part 2! The first part gave us Pikachu dressed as the boss from every Pokemon evil organization, and now with Sun and Moon released, here we have the missing boss: Team Skull Pikachu! Along with both a regular sized and mascot size plush, there will be some new items featuring all of the villainous Chus in their cosplaying glory, including clearfiles, notebooks, and a special card box set.

The release date for this promotion is also December 17th and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.

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If you were sad about the lack of new t-shirts and pins with a more Alola feel to them, then I have good news and bad news. The good news is: tada! The bad news is: they’re blind packaged so good luck getting the design you want (Surfing Pikachu amirite).

There will be 2 different sets of blind packaged t-shirt designs, with each t-shirt costing 1,944 yen after tax. Pikachu and Luvdisc are part of set A, Marowak and Exeggutor are part of set B. There will be other designs as well not yet revealed.

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If t-shirts aren’t so much your style, there will be pins as part of the mini promotion as well. Along with the designs pictured here, there will also be pins made of the “gym leader” badges from Sun and Moon, with each pin costing 432 yen each.

The web page ends the merchandise list with “etc” meaning more to come, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Finally, we have: card sleeves! These four designs will go on sale December 9th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan. These designs will be available as half-decks only, with each pack costing 778 yen after tax.

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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Varsity Pikachu + 5108 Necklaces

Here I am, right on time!

Today’s announcements were sparse for merch, but hope is not lost as Pokemon threw us a small bone.

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Varsity Pikachu goods! The theme is based on a sort of Japanese “vintage” view of American universities, and the merchandise has a semi scholary feel to it, with a bunch of notebooks, folders, pens, and of course, the Pikachu varsity jacket. Not only can you buy a little Pikachu plush wearing one, but you can buy a human sized version of the jacket and match!

The Varsity Pikachu promotion comes out December 10th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.

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For fun, here is a small announcement from last week. These necklaces are a collaboration between Pokemon and 5108. The 5108 name is pronounced “kotoba“, meaning “word” or “phrase” in Japanese. This is not a coincidence as the company specializes in necklaces with charms that are words or phrases, in English, Japanese, and French (among other languages). These necklaces of course will have a Pokemon flair to them. (Check out the 5108 official website for more examples of their work!)

The Pokemon collaboration necklaces will go on sale starting December 3rd at all Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan. Each necklace costs 4,104 yen.

There are 22 necklaces as part of this set, so instead of listing all of them, here are a couple of my personal favorites.

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Ditto!

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Share this necklace with a person you like a lot.

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Eevee~

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And my number one; give this as a gift to someone you know who sleeps all the time (like me).

(Continue reading for more information on the Varsity Pikachu promotions)
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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Hokkaido Grand Re-Opening + Pokemon With You + New Sun & Moon Merch

This week has been non-stop for me since the Pokemon Sun & Moon release on Friday, and here it’s almost a week later. But better late than never, so here is last week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements!

Starting with the most important…

*drum roll*

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We finally have photos of merchandise from the up-coming Hokkaido Pokemon Center Grand Re-opening promotion! And it’s basically as marvelous as you could hope for. The stars of the show are definitely the three main plush, which are NOT EXCLUSIVE to the Sapporo Center. They will be available everywhere in Japan! Unsurprisingly, there is a strong “Sapporo” theme to the line-up. Aside from the items that feature the main winter time artwork, there are a couple unique things such as the wood carved statues (wood carved bear statues, sometimes with salmon, are especially common as souvenirs in Sapporo) and the noodle bowl set (with miso flavored instant ramen as miso ramen is famous in Sapporo). As an additional side note, not only is miso ramen my favorite ramen, but I love it with extra butter added, which is another Sapporo tradition.

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If we’re discussing items unique to Sapporo, we can’t ignore the Sapporo exclusive plush, featuring William S Clark (in Pikachu form). Notorious for his famous saying, “Boys, be ambitious!” William Clark managed to leave quite a lasting legacy considering he was only in Japan for eight months.

The Sapporo Center will re-open December 1st, which not quite incidentally is also the date of the Hokkaido promotion.

Full Merchandise Line-Up

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Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
2,376 yen each

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Mascot Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
1,296 yen each

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Squeezey Pikachu Mascot
1,080 yen

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Snowball Plush: Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon
648 yen each

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Pokemon Center Report – All-Star Plush + Fluffy & Soft Cushions

I am back two nights in a row, slowly getting caught up with my Pokemon Center Reports!

The latest release from San-ei’s All-Star series was originally scheduled for the 12th (same day as December’s Monthly Pair Pikachu and New Years 2017) but because San-ei doesn’t really like to follow release rules, they came out a week early. Why not?

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The release consisted mostly of a bunch of regular sized plush, a couple medium and large sized plush (some bigger versions of previously released Pokemon) and three cushions from the fluffy and soft (mochifuwa) cushion collection.

So what all was included? Let’s take a look!

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Pokemon Center Report – Monthly Pair Pikachu + Pokemon New Years 2017

We had a fairly low key release this past Saturday with the Pokemon New Years 2017 promotion. Which was fine by me considering how stressful next week’s release is probably going to be!

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First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu plush for December came out on the 12th! These two Pikas are going snowboarding and nothing is getting in their way of having a good time.

The first thing that surprised me about the plush was the snowboard – based on the previous plush and their accessories, I thought the snowboard would be made out of a felty cardboard sort of material that could bend easily, but actually it’s made of plastic. Second, the fabric they used for the jackets feels very much like the type of fabric commonly used for jackets worn for winter sports or I guess sports in general, which I thought was a cute touch.

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The tag is just as adorable as the real plush! There have been some cute pair plush in the past, but this pair might be one of my top favorites from the set.

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The second main event for Saturday was the New Years merchandise. I’ve noticed that most New Years merchandise gets overlooked, and I have a feeling this year will face the same fate, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of cute items included in the line-up.

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With the cutest item being the plush! It’s actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It seems like recent plush are either smaller than expected or bigger, but no middle ground…which is fine when it’s bigger!

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Tag art~
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Friday Pokemon Announcements – January Monthly Pair Pikachu

Hello everyone!

It’s almost the weekend (and pretty much a week until Sun and Moon is released) and although I don’t have information on the December 1st Hokkaido promotion I do have…

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The next installment in the Monthly Pair Pikachu series *yaaay trumpets fanfare parade*

The theme for January is the New Year, and what better way to bring it in with the hopes of luck, prosperity, and fingers crossed for just an all around better year than the catastrophe that was 2016 than with Maneki Neko-esque Meowth Pikachus!

Two Pikas mean twice the luck and good fortune, right?

The January Pair Pikachu plush will go on sale in Japan December 3rd and will retail for 2,808 yen.

Keep in mind this is not the official “New Years” pair plush – considering last year we got a special pair plush as part of the Monthly series specifically for New Years, I anticipate something similar happening this year (for 2017) as well. But I guess we’ll see.

Stay safe, hug your loved ones, and have a great weekend.

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January Monthly Pair Pikachu

Pokemon Merch Announcement – Pokemon Time Vol. 10

Surprise – here’s some Pokemon merch news!

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Because it’s not a big release day without a couple of simultaneous releases, the Pokemon Center announced via the Daisuki Club site, the 10th volume of their very popular Pokemon Time series, scheduled to go on sale November 18th. This installment will focus entirely on Pikachu and the original starters: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.

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As with previous releases, there will be plush! Because of course. And similar to previous releases, these plush will not be made of the usual Pokemon Center plush minky fabric, which is exciting if you like a change every now and then.

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Along with the starters, there will be a male and female Pikachu plush

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And yes, the tails will be different corresponding with the gender.

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There will also be smaller mascot sized versions of all the plush, including one for each Pikachu gender.

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A new addition to the merch line-up will be cute notebooks in two different sizes (normal and mini).

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There will also be some miscellaneous items, such as a shoulder bag, several leather items, a cushion, clearfiles, and hand and lip cream.

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Last and certainly not least, the staple of the Pokemon Time series: blind packaged candy tins! There will be 10 designs in all (maybe 11 if there is a secret design), and each tin comes with ramune flavored candies.

Merchandise Line-Up

Plush (Pikachu Male/Female, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle) – 2,160 yen
Mascot Plush (Pikachu Male/Female, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle) – 1,296 yen

Clearfile Set of 2 (A,B,C,D,E) – 432 yen each
Notebook / Normal Size (Pikachu, starter group, full group) – 410 yen each
Notebook / Mini Size (Pikachu, starter group, full group) – 216 yen each

Hand Cream – 810 yen
Lip Cream – 540 yen

Pouch (Pikachu, starter group, full group) – 1,620 yen each
Cushion (Pikachu, starter group) – 2,700 yen each
Shoulder Bag – 2,160 yen

Coin Purse – 3,024 yen
Pen Pouch – 4,104 yen
Pouch – 5,184 yen
Card Holder – 3,974 yen

Blind Packaged Candy Tin Collection – 540 yen

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Pokemon Time Volume 10

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Sun & Moon Plush + Release Day Merchandise

We finally got news this past Friday on some if not all of the merchandise coming out on game release day: November 18th.

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First up, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush! These plush will all be the same bigger size as the previously released starter plush, with shelf price being 1,620 yen each.
The line-up includes Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pikipek, Komala, and Togedemaru.

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Japan will finally get their own 1:1 versions of the starter plush as well, with each plush selling for 5,184 yen.

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Along with the large size plush, there will also be mascot sized starters you can easily attach to your bag (if you want).
Each of the smaller mascot plushies will sell for 1,080 yen.

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[ Pick-Ups ] Pokemon Christmas and Snowseason

I am back with another unusual post!

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The Christmas and Snowseason promotions come out tomorrow. I will be at the Center taking pictures (hopefully) and having fun (hopefully!) but also I am offering pick-ups for the Pikachu and Eevee Christmas plush.

Delibird Pikachu is $30 USD + shipping.
Christmas Eevee is $26 USD + shipping.

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I am also offering pickups for the Snowseason Pikachu plush.

Snowseason Pikachu is $25 USD + shipping.

If interested, please either send an email over to mikitzune (at) gmail (dot) com with your request and country of residence, or send me a tweet :3 (my twitter handle is zombiemiki).

I’ll do my best to get a post up sometime tomorrow with a Center Report. Wish me luck!

Merchandise Overview – November

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[Pokemon Center] Christmas 2016
[Pokemon Center] Snowseason

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[Ichiban-Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection

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[Banpresto] I Love Mew Big Plush

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu December
[Pokemon Center] New Years 2017
[San-ei] All Star Collection (Audino, Axew, Croagunk, Chikorita, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Darumaka, Diglett, Dragonite, Eevee, Emonga, Greninja, Lucario, Meowth, Misdreavus, Pikachu, Togepi, Totodile)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions (Chansey, Spheal, Slowpoke)

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[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu

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[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Big Cyndaquil Plush

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[Pokemon Game] Sun / Moon Release
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Vol. 10
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
[Pokemon Center] Welcome to Alola! merchandise + Rotom Dex merchandise
[Takara Tomy Plush] Eevee, Litten, Rowlet, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff
[MonColle] Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Solgaleo, Togedemaru, Turtonator
[MonColle Set] Journey’s Start Set (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Rotom, Tapu Koko)

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[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Big Pichu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)

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[Banpresto] Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Mascot Plush

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[Banpresto] I Love Gengar Big Plush

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[Candy Toys] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mascot Charms