We had a bunch of exciting announcements earlier today and here I am with a recap.
First up: new Pokemon Center exclusive plush are coming out May 20th (Saturday). This set includes the previously announced Cosmog, as well as Pyukumuku and Bounsweet.
All plush will cost 1,620 yen after tax.
If that’s not enough plush for you, we got brand new mascot plush announced as well!
This set will include Alolan Vulpix, Togedemaru, Rockruff, and the previously announced Cosmog. These tiny plush will also go on sale starting May 20th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,080 yen after tax.
The Pokemon Graphix series will return May 27th (Saturday) with a third installment, featuring Lucario, Charizard, Suicune, Gengar, Jirachi, and Latios and Latias. The promotion, as usual, focuses on fashion, with a variety of goods such as t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, and t-shirts, among other items.
Two items of note: the t-shirt and the towel set. Every t-shirt comes with a can badge that features the artwork on the t-shirt. Also, each of the towel sets comes with a little sweatband for your wrist.
And we’re back, this time with new UFO Catcher Adventures!
Three new Pokemon plush were released today into game centers around Japan.
Plush number one: a new Pikachu plush, called “Ash’s Pikachu” because he is wearing Ash’s Alolan region hat. Because we can never have too many Pikachu plush!
These plush are the usual “big” size of 25 cm or a little under 10 inches. They’re pretty cute, but they’re also weirdly flat? But I’m also semi picky about plush, so it bothers me when plush aren’t proportionately round.
The pose is pretty cute, though, and slightly reminiscent of Gangnam Style (although they were probably going more for looking cool but once seen cannot unsee).
Edit: I have been informed this is Pikachu’s Z-Move pose. In my defense, I got sidetracked by Festival Plaza and that’s all I do now.
The other two plush released today are part of the I Love Eevee series: Leafeon and Glaceon!
Like the other releases in the same series, both Leafeon and Glaceon are incredibly soft. They both have the weird wiring in the ears to help make the ears stand up. They seem a little smaller than the previously released Eeveelutions, but this might be due to the fact their tails aren’t quite as big. And as usual, Leafeon’s various leafy extra bits are felt pieces that are either sewn in to the plush body or attached with glue (the leaf on his forehead).
Overall, these two buddies fit in well with their Eeveelution brethren, so lovers of the series (and Eevee and Leafeon and Glaceon) should rejoice!
Bonus picture: my haul for today! This includes plush I won for other people as well as some figures for me, Nyanko Sensei for my girlfriend, and I couldn’t resist a chance to win some Umaibo. I picked up some great flavors – tonkatsu sauce, salami, and teriyaki burger, along with the Umaibo staples (salad and corn pottage).
Today’s UFO catcher adventures went pretty well, which is nice since I haven’t had a day go pretty well in a while! The majority of machines I played at where medium to easy difficulty, this in turn made it more fun to go around and win stuff. I managed to attract a small crowd in Akihabara which is always amusing.
Eeveelutions come out on Saturday and Pokemon news comes out tomorrow. Stay tuned for more excitement!
Until next time~
I recently created double-sided acrylic charms featuring five different but equally adorable Pokemon from the Alolan (and Kanto) regions.
Every charm comes with a shiny version on the back!
Charms are $7 USD each, with $4 flat rate shipping (regardless of how many charms you buy, shipping will be the same)
Interested in ordering? Use my Contact Form, send an email to mikitzune at gmail dot com, or get in touch with me via my Twitter handle @zombiemiki.
This is a fairly small batch, with 10 charms per design, but hopefully with my next batch, there will be more charms and an actual store set up (finally!)
Next update will be all about I Love Eevee plush~
I (mistakenly) decided to stop by Tokyo Sky Tree on Friday to check out the Parappa the Rapper 20th Anniversary cafe. Although still in the middle of Golden Week, I went hoping that, being a weekday, it might be slightly less crazy than maybe over the weekend. I was wrong. It was maybe even more horrible than when I braved Sky Tree on a Sunday a few days earlier. Thankfully, the cafe itself was relatively not busy and I was able to get a seat after only waiting for a few minutes, so all hope was not lost.
There is a general anime and character goods store located on the fourth floor of the Tokyo Sky Tree shopping mall (you don’t have to pay to get in) and the cafe is located just outside of this store. It’s pretty difficult to miss.
The menu for the cafe seems fairly big at first glance. There are three savory foods: the Parappa sandwich set, Sunnie burger, and Chop Chop curry onigiri and onion soup set. There are also three different parfaits and a donut plate. Everything else is drinks!
For every food or drink item you buy, you get a chance to reach into the box and pull out a little colored ball. There are four different colors you can get, and each color represents a different sticker. I ended up with two “Good” stickers and a “Bad”, but there is also “Awful” and “Great”.
I ordered the sandwich set for food. The sandwich comes decorated with Parappa’s face and covered with his little hat.
My friend ordered one of the ice cream tea drinks. The iced teas come with a random iced cookie, with possibilities being Chop Chop, Instructor Mooselini, Prince Fleaswallow, MC King Kong Mushi, and Cheap Cheap.
I got the Katy Blue Cream Soda.
The food itself was pretty standard for a themed cafe in Japan, but enjoyable! I have plans to go back and try the Sunnie burger and more drinks.
Along with the cafe, there is a small gift shop as well, selling Parappa and 20th Anniversary merchandise.
There is a variety of stuff, ranging from plush to clearfiles to snacks.
There is even a cute gacha off to the side.
I am offering limited pick-ups for items from the Parappa store! You can find a list of items and prices in this post. Contact me through my contact form with a list of items you want and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
Thanks for looking and until next time ~
I’m back with a brand new type of post: Adventures in Japan! These posts will cover interesting things I’ve done in Japan, sometimes Pokemon related but not necessarily.
Today’s adventure: Magikarp Taiyaki!
I talked about the Magikarp Taiyaki originally in this post, but to recap: Kuriko-An, a chain of taiyaki centered food stalls, started selling Magikarp shaped taiyaki at five of their locations in the Tokyo and Yokohama area. The five locations are Yokohama (West Gate Shop), Minato-Mirai, Akihabara, Asakusa-Nakamise-Doori, and Kichijouji. I originally said Magikarp was only available with red bean filling, but actually, he also comes in chocolate and custard.
One Magikarp taiyaki costs 210 yen, including tax.
I was under the impression these Magikarp taiyakis were limited, so I was really happy to hear they’re still on sale, and the first thing I did when I had a chance to visit Akihabara during the day was to get one! The store was very easy to find and is about a minute away from the JR Akihabara station Electric Town exit.
The wrapper for the taiyaki has a Pokeball on one side and lyrics from the Magikarp song on the back.
My favorite taiyaki flavor is custard, so since the option was available, I chose custard for my Magikarp. Honestly, it tasted very taiyaki-y, which isn’t bad! But don’t go in expecting something amazing. The batter for the taiyaki pastry is not very sweet, but it is fluffy and soft, so that’s a plus, and the custard was yummy if a little messy (but that’s why they give you the paper wrapping).
All in all, I’d give it a 10/10 because it’s Magikarp shaped and was cute! If you’re in the Akihabara area (or one of the locations I mentioned above) and can buy a Magikarp treats, I highly recommend at least getting one for the experience.
Until next time!
It’s Golden Week in Japan, and that means, Tokyo is full of people (aaaa). This is also the reason why next week won’t have any big releases at the Pokemon Center, and no Pokemon merchandise announcements on Friday, but to make up for it, we got a very cute and original promotion release this past Saturday (April 29th): Pokemon Pop! There were also new Pokemon cushions and three new NanoBlock sets.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes, a quick reminder about my Patreon. Every little bit helps to keep this site running with the latest news and exciting Pokemon Center and game center photos and information. I do my best to give out cute rewards, including photos, artwork, and stories, and I’m always willing to hear (and potentially implement) new rewards upon request.
Check out my Patreon page here. A big special thank you to everyone who supports me already!
The highlight of the main Pokemon Pop event were the mascot plush. For reasons I don’t understand, the Pokemon Center decided to not show us photos of these plush until very close to release. Because they’re meant to clean your phone screen, they’re not the softest, but they are very cute. As with everything Mimikyu and plush related, these mascot plush probably won’t stick around too long, especially considering we’re now in a vacation week so everyone is out shopping. If you want one, I highly suggest ordering it if you have not already.
There was a lot of incredibly cute merchandise in this promotion, including sticker sets, plenty of socks, a notebook, towels in two sizes, and blind packaged charms (because there is always blind packaged charms).
The backpack is one of my favorite items from the promotion (and I’m still considering getting one…) Not only is it a decent size, but it features the stylized Pokemon print which I adore.
Also…the return of the blind packaged cookies! These $5 cookies contain a random badge, with 10 designs in total (Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Mimikyu, Jirachi, Goomy, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio). I bought four bags of cookies so far trying to get Mimikyu and I have Litten, Eevee, Goomy, and Jirachi…but no Mimikyu.
More cute stuff: phone cases! Pokemon Pop gave us two different styles: a flip case designed to hold a variety of medium sized phones and a hard shell case specifically for iPhone 7. Both designs are cute although as previously note, I really love the print design the best.
Along with the Pokemon Pop promotion, four new Pokemon cushions were released on Saturday. The four Pokemon were Rowlet, Togedemaru, Oddish, and Drifloon. These plush are very similar to the previously released Rowlet’s Garden cushion, except maybe a little fatter. They’re very squishy and soft and perfect for cuddling. Also adorable!
Three new NanoBlock sets went on sale on Saturday as well: Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet! I just wanted to point out how grumpy Litten looks, even in block form.
A brand new Talky Rotom plush came out on Saturday, too! Probably the most over-looked plush, he comes programmed with a variety of phrases and two modes: chat mode and Pokedex mode.
That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report!
On a parting note, I am currently hosting a giveaway on Twitter. The prize is an Alolan Vulpix plush and to enter all you have to do is follow me and retweet this tweet. Give it a shot!
Until next time ~
[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix
Not sure if this is amazing or horrifying news but let’s dive in shall we.
Starting with Eevee-pocalypse!
First of all, new Pokedolls! The Pokemon Center is giving us re-releases (sort of?) of all 9 Eeveelutions.
These plush come out May 13th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.
And if that wasn’t enough plush for you, never fear, because we have *tada* mascot versions of all 9 Eeveelution Pokedolls plus mascot size versions of Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.
These plush also come out May 13th (Saturday) and each mascot plush will cost 864 yen after tax.
Along with the plush, there will also be a variety of merchandise that will all come in 9 different varieties, and as far as I can tell, nothing is blind packaged. Amazingly??? Is this the real world or is hell coming later?
There are two parts to the merchandise section (also May 13th release!): Colorful Friends and Pokedolls. Each “section” has different items and different illustration styles.
Colorful Friends Merchandise List
Colorful T-Shirts (9 Types) (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Colorful Hoodies (9 Types) (Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen
Colorful Hats (9 Types) – 3,240 yen
Long Towels (9 Types) – 1,080 yen
Tote Bags (9 Types) – 3,780 yen
Can Badges (9 Types) – 324 yen
Pins (9 Types) – 648 yen
Pokemon Card Game Deck Cases (9 Types) – 2,160
Pokedoll Merchandise List
Eeveelution Shaped Cookies – 1,055
A4 Clearfile (9 Types) – 260 yen
Memo Can (9 Types) – 702 yen
Frixion Light Pens (9 Types) – 216 yen
Frixion Light Pens Set – 1,782 yen
Pouch – 1,512 yen
Assorted Stickers (9 Types) – 540 yen
Pokedoll Pins (9 Types) – 432 yen
Small Drawstring Pouch (9 Types) – 972 yen
Hand Towel (9 Types) – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel (9 Types) – 2,074 yen
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more…
A bunch of cute Pokemon plush came out in game centers on the 25th (Tuesday) and the past two days, I’ve been running around Tokyo catching everything I could! I finally had a little bit of free time to share some photos.
First up, Kutsurogi (Relax) Time plush! This release featured four sleeping Pokemon: Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. These plush are what I consider a medium sized claw machine prize; they’re bigger than mascot size, but smaller than large plush size. Generally, these plush can be some of the biggest pains in the butts to catch, depending on the machine and setting, especially Bulbasaur because of his bulb, but I lucked out big time as the Round 1 I went to had their setting down to super easy beginner level.
Next up, Eevee! From the most recent I Love Eevee releases, this Eevee is bigger than the other Eeveelutions (by a little), standing at 30 cm or almost a foot.
Finally, the stars of the day, Vulpix and Alola Vulpix!
All the game centers I visited over the course of two days either had the Vulpix on a D-ring (pictured right) or over some sort of gap (pictured left) where you have to push the plush down into the gap to win. Usually I’m really bad at the gap settings, but maybe because of the shape of the plush or the way that game center set up their claw strength, it ended up being the easiest for me.
I only caught 2 out of the 4 plush (due to I only got orders for Bulbasaur and Charmander) so unfortunately, I only have close-ups of these two, but they’re still very cute!
Some downsides for picky plush collectors: the fabric is the usual Banpresto velboa, so they’re not as soft as they could be, and the stitching is very blunt, which is something I hate. But the tag art is cute!
Eevee, on the other hand, is amazing. The newest I Love Eevee plush are super duper soft, so if you love soft plush, these plush are for you. The butt tag is cute and stylized with the I Love Eevee logo, and the hang tag is colorful and features all of the Eeveelutions. Note: they use this same illustration on all the I Love Eevee plush in this release.
The downside is the weird wiring in the ears. It’s to help the ears stand up, but on a lot of the plush I won, I had a hard time rebending the ears, and a lot of Eeveelutions ended up with ears going in different directions.
I can’t get over the Vulpix! They’re both perfect and adorable with their little foxie facies!
Even though they’re both made of velboa, so definitely nowhere near as soft as the Eevee plush, I still love both more than the official Pokemon Center plush. The overall shape is nicer, the seams are blended in a little better, and they have little footpads!
That concludes today’s exciting UFO Catcher Adventures! Until next time~
The weather is staying fairly nice in the Tokyo area, and for this I am forever grateful. If there’s anything I hate more than rain, humidity, and heat…well, actually there is a bunch of things I dislike but rain, humidity, and heat are up there.
This past Friday and Saturday (April 21st and 22nd) had two releases: two new booster packs and some TCG related merch on Friday and new Pokemon Center plush on Saturday.
Starting off with TCG. There were two booster packs that came out on Friday.
“Beyond New Challenges” is a holo only booster set, with each pack containing 5 random holo cards, including 1 energy card.
“The Best of XY” was basically a re-release of cards from the XY generation, with each pack containing 15 random cards, with 2 holo cards and 1 EX, Mega, or Break guaranteed per pack.
No card sleeves this time, but we got a battle set and a special card set featuring an Alolan Vulpix holo card that you can only get from buying the set.
Saturday’s release was fairly quiet, with the highlight being brand new Pokemon Center plush of the final evolution Sun & Moon starters.
Here we have Incineroar, the resident grumpy kitty.
An adorable water prince.
And everyone’s favorite sniper owl!
Of the three plush, both Primarina and Decidueye have wires in their arms so they can be posed, which is a neat touch.
All plush are made of minky so are the usual Pokemon Center softness.
There was also a quiet Takara Tomy release of a new shoulder Pikachu, wearing Ash’s hat from the Alolan region. This plush has clips on his front paws so he can be attached to your shoulder or a bag, or basically anything. It’s cute!
I’ll hopefully have a UFO Catcher Adventures report shortly so stay tuned.
Until next time!