Posted on January 11, 2017
Today’s update is a new kind of blog post: unboxing! I originally had wanted to make a video, but my hair was super not good when my box arrived and I wanted to open it right away, so here is a bunch of photos instead. Note: when I say a bunch of photos, I mean a lot, so be warned before you read more!
This box is actually mostly filled of stuff for my girlfriend, Kerstin, who also placed the order, so a special shout out to her! And of course, shout out to Japan Stuffs for picking up all of these items from the Pokemon Center and being generally awesome.
Both my girlfriend and I generally stick to EMS shipping when sending things from Japan, because of the security (EMS automatically comes with tracking) and the speed (it generally takes between 3-5 days depending on how quickly the box is shipped out from Japan). The package was shipped out on a Wednesday and had already arrived by Saturday. For the most part, the box arrived intact, although there was a small hole on one side, which was the fault of the postal service, but it happens and it’s happened on multiple boxes of mine in the past. However, I will point out that Japan Stuffs individually wraps all items in the box in little bags, so even if the shipping box is damaged in flight, you don’t have to worry about items going missing.
Moving on to what everyone wants to see…what’s inside the box!
Posted on January 8, 2017
I was hoping the Pokemon Center site might have updated on Saturday since they didn’t update on Friday, but no such luck. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week.
But in the meantime, more Pokemon Center releases!
There were two big releases this past Saturday. Number one was the February installation of the Monthly Pair Pikachu series. This set of plush makes the perfect Valetine’s Day gift for a loved one (or yourself) (or both!)
AOn that note, next month’s release will be the conclusion to the year long series! Can you believe it’s already been a year since the Pair version of Monthly Pikachu started? Time flies.
What do you think the next theme will be? Do you think the series will continue for another year?
The second big release for the day was the pokeball themed promotion. Featuring a wide variety of items, from plush to clothing and bags, although the promo doesn’t have any Pokemon, the items still seemed pretty cute, stylish, and practical.
Posted on January 6, 2017
No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!
This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.
Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.
Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.
If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!
Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.
Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.
It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.
Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)
Alola Meowth, looking super sassy
And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
Posted on January 3, 2017
Welcome to the New Year everyone!
First of all, a semi big announcement. I have a new photographer for while I am in America: the amazing and super nice Jen from Japanstuffs! Not only does she take photos of plush, but she sells them, too (and other stuff). So if you’re interested in buying stuff from Japan, including anything and everything from this post and any of my future posts, check out her site.
Moving on: Pokemon!
The New Year is bringing the return of the Pokedoll series, which has been dormant for about two years or so. The first three Pokedolls of the new series were released early through the Tokyo Skytree Pokemon Center location only a day or two before January 1st, but if you missed out on this pre-release, do not worry as they will be available everywhere in Japan starting January 14th.
The three Pokedolls were I guess unsurprisingly the three starters: Litten
The dolls seem to be a little bigger than the previous Pokedoll incarnation, and because of this, the price has once again increased (they are now 1,296 yen after tax).
Pokemon decided to change the tags once again, and “Pokedoll” is now “Pokemon Dolls”.
What do you think of the new Pokedolls? Are you happy with the changes or ambivalent? What Pokemon are you excited to see maybe in Pokedoll form?
The big promotion for New Years was…Spring! Spring! Spring! This series looked super adorable from the preview photos and the real items are somehow even more adorable.
Posted on December 26, 2016
I’m back with a new type of merchandise announcement post: Banpresto! In the past, I’ve quietly added these releases directly to the Monthly Overview posts, but I’m going to start creating posts like this once a month when Banpresto releases information for the next month’s prizes.
January promises us a bunch of really cute plush, including some adorable Rockruffs!
A new series, Pokemon Tea Party, will start in January with a big size Pikachu plush and three smaller plush all coming out January 17th (Tuesday).
If you love the Nebukuro Collection plush, and Eeveelutions, you have the January line-up to look forward to.
Big size plush of Vaporeon and Flareon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 11th (Wednesday).
Big size plush of Leafeon and Glaceon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 24th (Tuesday).
The three smaller plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, and Espeon sleeping bags) will come out January 11th (Wednesday).
The Kororin Friends series continues in January with an electric type theme!
The smaller size plush (Pikachu, Pichu, and Pachirisu) comes out January 19th (Thursday).
Large size Kororin Raichu plush comes out January 24th (Tuesday).
Rockruff (and Lycanroc) will be the first Alolan Banpresto prizes aside from the starter plush released in November and December!
The big size Rockruff plush and the smaller Rockruff and Lycanroc plush will all come out January 26th (Thursday).
Finally, we have a Namco game center exclusive: Magikarp! At a length of 15 cm, he’s not considered a big size plush, but if you’re a Magikarp collector, he’s pretty cute.
*All the plush mentioned in this post are prizes, meaning they can only be won from game centers and won’t be available for direct sale at Pokemon Centers.
They can also be bought second hand.
Posted on December 25, 2016
What better time to share photos from the 2016 Pokemon Christmas and Snowseason promotions than on Christmas!
As with last year, the Pokemon Center decided that just having one winter/Christmas promotion was not enough, so they made two mini promotions: one with a Christmas theme and one with a snowy winter theme. Between the two, there’s lots of cuteness to share, so let’s dive into the wonderful world of snow and festivities on display at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center.
Posted on December 22, 2016
Pokemon Merchandise Announcements – Vulpix Poncho Pikachu + New Sun & Moon Plush + Spring! Spring! Spring! + Pokeballs Galore + New Years Lucky Bags
Lots of announcements from today, so hold on to your butts and get ready for Pokemon merchandise!
The Alolan hype train continues with more Sun & Moon Pokemon Center exclusive plush! This next batch goes on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on January 14th and will include Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Ninetails, and Fomantis. Both Fomantis and Sandshrew will cost 1,620 yen after tax, while Ninetails will cost 2,160 yen.
Speaking of hype, get ready for a flood of Vulpix merchandise, starting with these adorable poncho Pikachus! This mini sized promotion is actually a part 2 to the Sapporo Center re-opening extravaganza but will focus exclusively on Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix.
Basically, this promotion is so adorable I can’t handle it, and also not something I was expecting! The promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan starting February 1st, 2017.
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Plush – 2,160 yen
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Metal Charm Set – 648 yen
Pin Set – 680 yen
Vulpix & Alolan Vulpix Ponchos – 5,184 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 540 yen
Gold Lacquer Sticker – 972 yen
Sticker Set – 540 yen
Pokemon Card Game Special Box Set – 1,944 yen
Posted on December 21, 2016
More merchandise announcements for the 23rd of December, which is quickly turning into Nightmare Before Christmas: Pokemon Edition.
The Alola Friends promotion quietly slipped under the radar by getting announced via the Pokemon Daisuki Club. The line-up features a variety of items for home use with a very cute and simple Pikachu centric illustration.
As mentioned, the promotion will go on sale along with everything else December 23rd at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
Free Box (Surfboard, Hula Dance) – 1,080 yen each
Free Tray – 1,458 yen
Cork Board – 1,296 yen
Cork Coaster (Set of 2) – 486 yen
Soup Mug – 1,404 yen
Set of 2 Glasses – 1,296 yen
Oval Bowl – 1,728 yen
Mini Bowl – 864 yen
Tissue Cover – 1,620 yen
Storage Basket – 2,700 yen
Towel Mat – 1,944 yen
Face Towel – 983 yen
Bath Towel – 3,240 yen
Wallstory (Pikachu, Pikachu + Exeggutor, Pikachu + Raichu, Pikachu + Oriocorio) – 756 yen each