I’m back with a separate Friday Merch Announcements post to cover the most recent Pokemon TCG news~
Two new booster packs have been announced via the Pokemon TCG website for release September 15th (Friday).
“Awakened Heroes” (SM4S) and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” (SM4A) are both normal booster sets. Each individual pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contain 5 random cards.
As a bonus along with the release, special “First Edition” boxes (30 packs of cards) will be sold of each booster set, with each box containing a guaranteed at least 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
Also starting September 15th, for every two boxes (60 packs) of booster packs bought, you will get 1 full deck’s worth of original Acerola card sleeves (64 sleeves). These bonus sleeves will be given out as a bonus while supplies last and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, along with the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
These sleeves can only be obtained through this promotion, and the design is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss out!
As with most big TCG releases, five new card sleeve designs will also go on sale in Japan starting September 15th (Friday).
The five designs are:
Team Skull (Zubat + Salandit)
All packs are for full decks with 64 sleeves each and will cost 777 yen after tax.
There will also be a Silvally deck case costing 390 yen after tax.
The usual Friday Pokemon Announcements actually came out on Thursday as Friday (August 11th) was a public holiday in Japan (Mountain Day, for the curious cats out there).
I so naively thought August would be slow and boring merchandise wise. So of course the Pokemon Center pulled a “hold my beer” on me by giving us the return of the Eeveelutions with Eevee Collection: The Return of The End (I’m joking – this release shouldn’t be so bloodthirsty), set to go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 26th (Saturday).
The main items from this release is once again the plush; this time we get larger cushion type plushies, all in adorable sleeping poses.
Each plush will cost 4,104 yen after tax, and look incredibly soft so perfect cuddle buddies.
The following Eeveelution themed items will also go on sale alongside the plush:
(Not Pictured) A4 Clearfiles (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 260 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 5 Books (A / B) – 800 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 3 Mini Books ( A / B / C) – 486 yen each
Bic Ballpoint Pens (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 324 yen each
Hand Towel – 1,404 yen
Mini Plates (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 756 yen each
And yes, you read all of that correctly: there are no blind packaged items in this release. And the peasants rejoiced!
It only took forever but the Pokemon Center is finally cashing in on plush they can dress-up, specifically Pikachu, because of course.
For this August 26th (Saturday) release, we’ll get the base naked Pikachu plush and two clothing sets. Clothing and Pikachu plush are of course sold separately.
The Pikachu plush will cost 3,780 yen after tax.
The Pajama Set of clothes will cost 3,456 after tax, and the Artist/Autumn Set of clothes will cost 4,104 yen after tax.
Expect more clothes in the future!
Last and certainly not least, a collaboration between Pokemon and the high-class Isetan department store was announced.
There is going to be a special Pokemon Store set-up in the main Shinjuku Isetan location from August 16th (Wednesday) until August 21st (Monday). (See this website for more information – note: Japanese only) There will be a special cafe with Pokemon themed foods and a variety of items on sale that will only be available through Isetan, including bags and pouches, jewelry and accessories, and stationary, among other items.
To celebrate, two items will also go on sale through Pokemon Centers and the On-Line Pokemon Center store (in this case, Pokemon Stores will not receive these items).
A Pikachu plush carrying a paper Isetan shopping bag and wearing a dot sprite scarf featuring original Pokemon artwork that includes an Isetan department store, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers, the On-Line Center, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store from August 16th (Wednesday). Each plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
An adult sized version of the Isetan x Pokemon dot sprite scarf will be available for pre-order starting August 16th (Wednesday) from the On-Line Pokemon Center Store, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store, with a release date set for end of August. The scarves will cost 21,600 yen each after tax.
That wraps up the main Pokemon Center merchandise news from Thursday!
Are you excited for more Eevees? Which plush are you going to get? (All of them?!)
I really like the Pokemon groups they picked to represent each star sign, and as a Scorpio, I’m especially pleased with Gengar and Gligar (Gligar is a cutie!)
Along with the charms, there was also two types of pouch. One was a smaller “tissue pouch” designed to hold packets of tissues, and was available in two designs.
There was also a more traditional pouch pouch for non tissue items, although I’m sure you could fit tissues in this pouch as well if you wanted. This type of pouch was also available in two designs.
Glasses are kind of hard to take pictures of, due to their very nature, but it’s similar to the pouches shown above with the same designs per color.
There were two types of clearfiles, both available in two designs. The type of clearfile shown here are the usual A4 sized clearfiles. The other type was a 3 pocket A5 size clearfile.
My favorite type of memo pad was included in the line-up as well! Each memopad contains 72 pages, and includes all 12 zodiac star signs.
The last item with Pikachu on the front is actually not a memopad set but a compact mirror.
Unsurprisingly for a company that specializes in stationary type merchandise, there was a bunch of stationary related stuff in the line-up as well!
Along with sticky notes and stickers pictured here, there were also two types of decoration tape, two types of A5 size notebooks, as well as four types of hand towels, two types of drawstring pouches, and two types of tote-bags.
You can see more photos of the merchandise here on the official Showa Note webpage.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! Until next time~
It’s so weird to have only one release per day after this pretty busy summer, but once again we have one major release for this past Saturday: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
The theme for this promotion was, unsurprisingly, sweets and Pokemon, and everything was beyond adorable.
Unlike a lot of Pokemon Center promotions, this one had a bunch of highlights so let’s go through them one by one.
First up: mascot plush!
These plush were actually described in the original Pokemon Center announcement as “Marzipan Mascot Plush”. I’m not sure what about them looks like marzipan but that’s not important. The charm point? How grumpy all these plush look. For supposedly being a cute and sweet promotion, everyone for the most part looks done with life. Charizard is my favorite.
Next: blind packaged figures! I love the tiny Pokemon Center figures in general, but these Pokemon are also sweets so that makes them 100% more cute. Look at them! I ordered 1 through Japan Stuffs, and I’ll be sure to make a tiny opening post for my one figure (I know so exciting) and I know it’s going to be Blastoise because that’s literally the only figure I don’t want, but honestly, even Blastoise is adorable. They’re all adorable.
These stickers! I can’t get over them! A part of me is regretting not getting any even though what would I do with them? But look! At! Them! They’re so cute?!
This pancake cushion! A little hard to see but there is a grumpy Venusaur on it, which just makes it better.
This Tea For Two teapot set! When you want a pot of tea but only for yourself. It’s a small teapot that fits in a small tea cup, and it’s so cute aaa
(Get a grip, Miki)
Moving on! There were other more “normal” items too, although just as cute, such as these two pouches. The blue pouch is a smaller “mini size” while the pink pouch is a more “normal size”.
More cute items of note: a flip-phone case with a strap, memo pad in a cute little box, gift bags so you can send gifts to your friends and have them die from cuteness before they even see what the gift is, and little towels that when folded up (see photo) are supposed to look like little cupcakes.
This promotion was an all around winner, proving the Pokemon Center can still give us super cute promotions full of super cute and original items.
The month of semi boring August starts off with a hiccup.
Can badges return to the Pokemon Center, with a Hoenn spin. These badges are separated into two batches, with a different set of people characters and their companion Pokemon in each batch. They will cost about 300 yen each, which makes me think they will be gacha prizes, but there is a small chance they’ll be blind packaged. Either way, you can’t choose which badge you get because that’s the Pokemon Center for you.
These badges will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 19th (Saturday).
On the heels of last week’s Sapporo Fighter’s collaboration, we have another sports collaboration in the works, this time with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. This promotion will go on sale starting August 11th (Friday) and will be sold exclusively through the Yokohama Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Center On-Line Store, and the official DeNA Baystars stores.
T-Shirt A (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt A (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
T-Shirt B (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt B (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Acrylic Charm – 777 yen
Long Towel – 1,296 yen
A4 Clearfile – 280 yen
Twin Sticks – 864 yen
Sticker Set – 475 yen
A special Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan for 9,234 yen starting August 9th (Wednesday).
This set includes:
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus ring setting
– A set of Pokeball stickers to customize your Go Plus
– 1 Pokeball plastic screwdriver
– 1 Pokeball Anker 10000mAH portable charger
– 1 coin sized battery for the Go Plus
Finishing up this post, two bonus announcements!
The next Pokemon All-Star collection from the San-ei toy company is starting to show up for preorders around the internet. This set is scheduled to be released around November 18th, 2017 and includes 18 plush: Charmeleon, Ivysaur, Wartortle, Piplup, Turtwig, Chimchar, Slowpoke, Machop, Raichu, Flaaffy, Wooper, Lapras, Sewaddle, Budew, Drifloon, Chandelure, Absol, and Banette.
Prices are as follows:
Charmeleon: 1,944 yen
Ivysaur: 1,944 yen
Wartortle: 1,944 yen
Piplup: 1,728 yen
Turtwig: 1,728 yen
Chimchar: 1,728 yen
Slowpoke: 1,728 yen
Machop: 1,728 yen
Raichu: 2,160 yen
Flaaffy: 2,160 yen
Wooper: 1,728 yen
Lapras: 2,160 yen
Sewaddle: 1,944 yen
Budew: 1,728 yen
Drifloon: 1,728 yen
Chandelure: 2,160 yen
Absol: 2,808 yen
Banette: 1,728 yen
There will also be 2 cushions from the Mochi-Fuwa cushion series: Magikarp and Swinub. Both cushions will cost 4,860 yen each.
For the Nanoblock fans out there, new Nanoblock sets featuring Cyndaquil, Chikorita, Totodile, and Pichu, will go on sale near the end of September. Each set will cost 1,026 yen each.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon merchandise announcements.
This past weekend gave us the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion, this time featuring three different designs: a cute candy style, Rowlets, and a traditional Japanese papercut style featuring Mt Silver. Along with the main line-up, we also got four plush and four mascot plush!
First up, the plush! These plush are designed to look like they’re hand-made of crepe-like material.
Both the plush and mascot plush feature Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
The Japanese Style promotion had a bunch of non-traditional Pokemon Center items, along with some traditional items with a twist.
These coin pouches are not necessarily standard but have been sold before, however, I thought the Rowlet design was pretty cute and original.
Here are some examples of the candy design on some items (bag chain, earrings, and a cute memo-pad). These hard candies are standard fare for traditional Japanese sweets. Made primarily of sugar, the circular flat candies, known as Kintaro-Ame, originally hail from the Edo period and are usually found in most Japanese sweet stores.
The blind packaged charms feature these candy charms mixed with konpeito, another traditional Japanese candy. (Note: these aren’t really sweets! They just look like them!)
Included in this promotion were a bunch of Rowlet themed silverware and kitchen stuff. Most of the items are featured in the banner for this post, but also included were cute and simple chopsticks and chopstick holders.
In keeping with the traditional Japanese theme, the promotion sold jinbei (basically a pajama set) and traditional Japanese pajama shorts (not pictured).
More items! Of course no promotion is complete without some pouches, and here you can see an example of a Mt Silver pouch
Surprisingly, the Pokemon Center decided not to go with konpeito or Kintaro-Ame for their candy tin; instead, they went with soy sauce flavored rice crackers in two different tins (Rowlet and Mt Silver).
That concludes this report of the 2017 Pokemon Japanese Style promotion!
We didn’t get a whole lot of announcements this past Friday, but we did get some.
First up, the ever popular (?) Dot Sprite series returns with new merchandise scheduled for release August 16th (Wednesday). Fitting in with the recent trend, a lot of the more exciting items aren’t photographed. Also I question mark popular as the series resurfaces every year but it never seems to be a big seller, so I’m not sure why the Pokemon Center focuses so much attention on it.
5 Pocket Clearfiles (Ash / Yellow / White) – 454 yen each
Die-Cut Notebook (2 Designs) – 702 yen each
Fancy Handkerchiefs (Pikachu / Group / Pokeballs) – 1,944 yen each
Metal Key Holder (Pikachu / Squirtle / Bulbasaur / Charmander / Slowpoke / Pokeball) – 1,404 yen each
Beaded Earrings (Pikachu / Oddish / Gengar / Pokeball) – 3,780 yen each
Set of 3 PVC Pouches (Black / White) – 1,944 yen
Block Style Sticky Notes – 540 yen
MemoPad w/ Box (Pikachu / Group) – 972 yen
Masking Tape – 918 yen
T-Shirt (Pikachu / Gengar / Magnemite / Diglett | Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen each
5108 Necklace (Pikachu Smile / Pikachu Love / Super Effective! / Pokeball / Pikachu Dot Sprite / Pikachu Tail / Kanto Starter Group) – 4,104 yen each
Pokemon Go Merchandise is finally making an official appearance at Pokemon Centers in Japan! These items will be sold in combination with the popular Pikachu Invasion event in Yokohama and consequently, these items will be available through the Yokohama Center only starting August 9th (Saturday). Pre-orders are currently open as well through the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | Kids) – 2,700 yen
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | Small / Medium / Large) – 3,300 yen
T-Shirts (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct | XL / 2XL) – 3,500 yen
Long Towels (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 1,100 yen each
Pins (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 500 yen each
Can Badge (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 400 yen each
iPhone 7 Hard Cases (Team Mystic / Team Valor / Team Instinct) – 2,100 yen each
A comprehensive Pokemon game book will go on sale August 8th (Tuesday) as part of the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebrations. The book focuses on a side comic that’s been in existence alongside the games since Red and Blue and will include a bunch of comic art, protagonist profiles, world guides, Pokedex information, and other goodies.
There will be a special edition sold only at Pokemon Centers that includes extra artwork.
The normal version will cost 2,700 yen after tax, while the special edition version with extra artwork will cost 5,400 yen.
Last but not least, a special and limited edition Momo-Taro inspired Pikachu plush will be available exclusively at the Okayama Pokemon Store from August 5th (Saturday) while supplies last. This Pikachu, named the Pecha Berry Loving Pikachu, will be sold in conjunction with a local Momo-Taro festival that will take place that same weekend. Momo-Taro himself is a hero from a traditional Japanese story set in Okayama.
That wraps up the news for this week. Stay tuned for a Pokemon Report from this past weekend.
The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.
I was not in Okinawa for the Okinawa exclusive promotion that came out July 15th, and unfortunately my friend Jen who runs Japanstuffs was busy moving and couldn’t visit for the weekend. However! The lovely Shelly.Lynn.Xiong lives in Okinawa, was able to attend the opening, and shared some photos with me for use here on the blog, so a big thank you to her!
The Okinawa Promotion celebrated the reopening of the Ryubo Pokemon Store and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom.
The highlights from the promotion were of course the plush. The Pikachu plush was cute but held nothing over the Eevee plush dressed up as Shisa in their Arcanine ponchos.
There were two versions of the Eevee plush: one with a closed mouth and one open. While this might appear random at first glance, this was done deliberately.
Shisa are traditional “guardian dogs” usually depicted in pairs and often seen on rooftops or flanking gates. One Shisa has a closed mouth to keep good spirits in, while the open mouth Shisa wards off evil spirits. So basically, to ensure good luck, you need both Eevees!
As with most of the Pokemon poncho plush, the Arcanine hoodies can be lowered and raised. Eevee looks adorable either way!
Along with the plush and mascot plush (only Pikachu had a mascot plush available), they also sold a traditional Okinawan sweet called “Chinsuko“. These biscuits are similar to shortbread but maybe a little less sweet.