Banpresto – Upcoming March Releases

Hello everyone!

This post will cover all the Banpresto Pokemon game center prizes for the month of March.

The I Love Gangar (*internally raging*) line will officially start March 7th with the re-release of the high quality and super soft Gengar plush. Limited (?) amounts of this plush were originally available at game centers back in December 2016, although I use the term limited loosely as these plush were around for a while and didn’t seem to be super in demand.

Along with the large plush, there will also be smaller Gengar plush, similar in size to the Korotto Manmaru series. With three different designs to choose from, these plush will start appearing in game centers from March 9th.

More Alola region plush will be coming out in March as well!

Large versions of Bewear and Mimikyu will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 14th, with each plush measuring roughly 26 cm or a little over 10 inches.

Semi large size plush of Bounsweet and Steenee will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 23rd, with each plush measuring roughly 17 cm or 6.5 inches.

Note that none of these plush will be made of the softer minky fabric.

A new type of prize will also come out in March: acrylic charms! Most Pokemon Banpresto prizes are plush, but not all; we just don’t see them very often, making them extra special. Each charm measures roughly 7 cm or a little under 3 inches and will start appearing in game centers from March 22nd.

A very large Wobbuffet plush will also be available at game centers starting from March 23rd. This plush will be about 40 cm high, or a little under 16 inches.

Finally, the popular PokeMikke line of up until now mostly stationary, pouches, and charms, will be expanding out into plush.

For March releases, there will be two types of PokeMikke plush. One set of mascot plush, measuring at 10 cm or roughly 4 inches each, and featuring Mew, Meowth, Pikachu, and Gengar, and two larger size plush, measuring at 29 cm each, or a little under 1 foot, featuring Pikachu and Ditto.

All the PokeMikke items will start appearing in game centers around Japan from March 16th.

Until next time!

Pokemon Center Report – New Plush Galore + Pokedolls Revived Part 2

Hello everyone!

Since tonight was severely lacking in Pokemon merchandise news (all the news fit to tell was TCG related and I posted about it yesterday), today we will play catch up with a little Pokemon Center Report covering some recent releases.

Once again, I have to apologize for being confused! I thought the Monthly series started from March, but really it was April. Up until just now I thought this set of plush was the last one, but really, it’s the April plush that should be last, so technically speaking, we still have one more set of plush to look forward to (huzzah!) At any rate, the March Monthly Pair Pikachu were released February 4th and feature the two Pikas dressed as Hina Matsuri dolls.

The most surprising part of this release was that they sold out. They didn’t seem popular, or even a little popular, when the announcement for them came out, which leads me to think the scalping situation is getting worse…as in scalpers are now just buying everything thinking everything sells.

Pokedolls came back to Pokemon Centers February 11th! This second batch featured Pikachu

Ditto

and Bewear.

Out of the batch, Bewear turned out incredibly adorable, and I wasn’t the only person to think this as he sold out quickly. Eagle eye observers will also notice that both Pikachu and Ditto’s designs are basically the same as the previously released Secret Base plush, which sort of seems like cheating, but you do you, Pokemon Center.

Hopefully the next batch of Pokedolls will include the missing Rockruff, Alola Raichu, and Alola Vulpix plush.

Finally, February 11th also gave us brand new Pokemon Center exclusive plush from the Alola region, including… Torracat

Brionne

Edgewort… I mean Dartrix

Jangmo-o

Passimian

Lycanroc Midday Form

And Lycanroc Midnight Form.

From what I remember, the two Lycanrocs sold out first on-line, but in general this batch of plush did not go quickly (sorry guys!)

At this point, there is no more Pokemon Center releases for the rest of the month of February, so hopefully that means I’ll actually get completely caught up with my back log of Center reports (and I might have time to throw in some UFO Catcher Adventures as well!)

Until next time. Have fun playing Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Merchandise Announcements – Pokemon TCG “Awaiting Islands” / “Alola Moonlight”

The next set of Pokemon Sun & Moon TCG booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) have been officially announced!

This post will cover everything TCG related coming out on the booster pack release date of March 17th (Friday).

First up, the booster packs themselves. Each pack will contain 5 random cards and cost 162 yen each.

For card sleeve enthusiasts, there will be five new sleeve designs, all sold in full deck packs of 64 sleeves per pack at 777 yen each after tax.

The five designs include: Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc Pair, and Pokemon Ride.
Based on experience and recent trends, there is a good chance the Vulpix and Mimikyu sleeves will sell out very quickly, so if you want them, keep that in mind.

Along with card sleeves, there will also be two types of deck boxes coming out on March 17th.

The Lycanroc design will be available as both a regular and double sized deck box, while the Mao’s Cooking design will only be available as a double sized deck box.

The regular sized box will cost 390 yen after tax and the double deck boxes will cost 1,500 yen after tax.

Three new Pokemon Card Game Special Sets will go on sale starting March 17th, featuring Pikachu, Komala, and Jangmo-o promo cards.

The Komala set will include 1 holo promo card, 1 booster pack of “Awaiting Islands” and 1 booster pack of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax is 378 yen.
The Pikachu and Jangmo-o sets will include 1 holo promo card, 2 booster packs of “Awaiting Islands” and 2 booster packs of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax per set is 702 yen.

A new starter set will also go on sale, featuring a Tapu Bulu EX promo card!

Each set will contain 2 Tapu Bulu EX cards, 60 random cards, 44 damage counters + 2 markers, 1 GX marker, 1 Pokemon coin, 1 Playmat, and 1 Pokemon TCG player’s guide. The set will cost 1,680 yen after tax.

Finally, we have two different card campaigns starting March 17th!

Buy 5 booster packs from a store that deals with Pokemon cards in Japan (some stores excluded), and you will receive 1 special promo card pack.
The promo pack includes 11 random cards plus 1 secret card. The secret card can be 1 of 11 cards: a shiny Tapu Koko, Salandit, or 1 of 9 possible energy cards.

Also starting March 17th, for every full box of booster cards bought at an officially recognized Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center), customers will receive either a holo Golisopod card (“Awaiting Islands” booster box) or a holo Dhelmise card (“Alola Moonlight booster box). These two cards are not included in either booster pack sets, so this is the only way to get them.

Both campaigns will be available while supplies last and cannot be combined with each other.

Until next time!

Pokemon Merchandise Review – Valentine’s Day Edition ♥

Hello everyone!

I got a couple super cute Pokemon items for Valentine’s Day (along with chocolate) and I wanted to share ♥

First of all, a special thank you to Jen from JapanStuffs – without her, I wouldn’t have the Monthly Pair Pikachu! And a second special thank you to Kerstin for the lovely Valentine’s Day gifts ♥♥♥

First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu plush from February. Technically I’ve had this plush since mid January, but it was an early Valentine’s Day gift so it still counts!

The Pikachus are really soft and feature one boy and one girl (the same as all the other Monthly Pair plush). The roses aren’t made of plush fabric, but they decorate the front of a heart cushion which is plush. It’s also hard to see from around the cushion but the Pikachu are holding hands.

When I originally saw the advertisement for the February Pika Plush, I jokingly said, “if someone really loved me, I don’t care about flowers and jewelry, I just want this” but I wasn’t really joking 😉 This plush is so cute!

I don’t order too much stuff from the American Pokemon Center store, but I would have gotten these items for myself if Kerstin hadn’t beat me to it! I’m a sucker for pins, but these are really cute. I like how they placed the five pins on separate little Valentine’s Day cards so if you wanted to, you could give them away as gifts. There’s even a space on the back to write a little message.

Even with how cute these pins are, I probably still wouldn’t have gotten them if it wasn’t for Umbreon. Being an Umbreon collector, I couldn’t pass up this cute little grumpy face.

And speaking of Umbreon, I couldn’t pass the cup up either (although I have way too many Pokemon cups!) For those who’ve never ordered mugs from the Pokemon Center store before, their mugs are very big and heavy, surprisingly so for the price (about $15 USD). Maybe my entire perception of what a normal size is has been skewed by living in Japan, but regardless, I recommend the US Pokemon Center mugs!

The Umbreon mug is sold as a set with a matching Espeon one for about $30 so you’re saving money compared to buying two mugs separately. Keep them both and use one at night and one in the morning or give one to someone you love!

And that concludes today’s special Valentine’s Day Merchandise Review!

Whether you’re single, dating, married, divorced (cough), alone, surrounded by family, or even if you hate the holiday, Happy Valentine’s Day! And until next time.

Edit: And I’m back sooner than expected! Just after I posted this, I checked the mail and my package from the US Pokemon Center arrived! What was inside?!

Substitute Hoodie! The Substitute promotion that was released in Japan last year in May finally came out (sort of) in the US Pokemon Center store. There were some neat US counterparts to the Japanese items (like the blanket), but the one thing that caught my eye (and my heart) was the hoodie.

The lining in the hood features the Substitute Pikachu pattern, there is a Substitute illustration over the left breast and a big Pikachu Substitute on the back (pictured here). It’s very, very soft and super comfortable. I was a little worried before trying it on, but no, it’s perfect.

The hoodie is dark green (not black! I know it’s hard to see in photos).

Here is a comparison between the pattern on the Substitute t-shirt released in Japan and the pattern on the inside of the hood.

Like with all clothing from the Pokemon Center, the hoodie runs large. Having never bought a hoodie from the Center before, I had to make an “educated” guess based on the numbers listed and comparing it with the shirts I already own. I ended up ordering a Large, which thankfully was perfect for what I like (I usually order XL but I would have been swimming in it). With that said, and as I mentioned, it is incredibly comfortable and soft and I 100% recommend it. It comes with two pockets which means you have space to carry two mini Substitute plushies!

And on that note, I’m going to bed. Goodnight!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Japan Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s update was fairly uneventful. However, with that said, the official Japanese On-line Pokemon Center store will be celebrating it’s 1st year anniversary with a bunch of sales and campaigns!

The campaign will start from February 16th (Thursday), 2017 at 10:00 am.

At this point, 5 special deals and campaigns have been announced.

First up, there will be a 4 day sale exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line store, from February 16th (Thursday) until February 19th (Sunday). During this time a bunch of special sets will be sold at 50% off each, with each day featuring different items.

Thursday the 16th will have four sets on sale: a Pokeball set, 2 TCG sets, and a play mat.

Friday and Saturday will have one set each day (Villains set and Pokemon Time set) while Sunday will have 2 special sets (Varsity Pikachu and Spring Time sets).

All items and sets will go on sale from 10:00 am JP time and will only be available as long as supplies last.

Number 2: On-line Exclusive Items!

The Lapras plush is an enlarged version of the previously released Pokemon Center exclusive plush, measuring in at around 3 feet and weighing 5 pounds.
The Red Nendoroid set is a re-release, so if you missed out the first time, now is your chance!

Number 3: Raffle Items!

Japan Pokemon Center On-line members will be able to enter to win previously released exclusive items from the account page on the On-Line store site starting February 16th, 2017. Since the official page hasn’t opened yet, I’m not sure if these are the only four items being raffled off or if there will be other items.

Note that even if you win, you do not receive these items for free, and the only payment method is Cash On Delivery.

Number 4: More Exclusive Items!

Both the Sapporo Exclusive Pikachu Snow Plush and a double pack of Pokemon Sun & Moon will be sold in limited quantities exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line web store.

Number 5: Presents!

It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without some sort of special campaign present. These three poster designs will be given out to all on-line center store customers for every 4,000 yen spent between February 16th (Thursday) until April 7th (Friday) or while supplies last. Each design will be distributed during the times specified in the photo.

And that concludes tonight’s announcements! Until next time~

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Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary

Pokemon Center Report – Vulpix Pikachu Poncho Promotion (Sapporo Center Opening Part 2)

Hello everyone!

We didn’t get any merchandise related news tonight from the official Pokemon site, so instead of the usual merchandise announcement review post, I come bearing a surprise Pokemon Center Report.

The second part of the Sapporo Center re-opening festivities happened Wednesday February 1st in Japan. Along with the Vulpix Pikachu Poncho promotion, there was also a cute little campaign. Starting February 1st, visitors to Pokemon Centers across Japan would get 1 clear art card featuring 1 of 3 random designs. Also, for every 2,000 yen spent, customers would receive 1 of 4 blind packaged coasters. Usually these randomly given out bonuses are not actually blind packaged but rather in a pile and randomly given out, so it was a surprise and honestly sort of a wasteful surprise since all that packaging is just going to go in the trash anyway, but you do you, Pokemon Center. Also, it seemed like the various Centers did not do a good job of shuffling the designs because a lot of people were getting doubles, triples, and quadruples of certain designs (sometimes even more) while getting very little to none of the others.

With big thanks to Japan Stuffs, I was able to get one of each of the non-exclusive designs.

The main Snowpix x Pikachu illustration

Lavender bed (Hokkaido is famous for lavender)

Ice skating

and ice cream (Hokkaido is also famous for dairy).

The Sapporo Center had an exclusive secret design for both the art cards and the coasters because they needed to do something special that was only for Sapporo.

Moving on to the merch!

Alola Vulpix Pikachu was the big seller of the day.

Both normal and mascot sizes sold out quickly on both Amazon and the online Pokemon Center store.

Regular Vulpix is not quite as popular (which I will never understand because he is my original true love)

and both him and his mascot size companion are still available on-line. To be fair, I think the red/brown color they chose, especially for the smaller mascot, is maybe a little too dark, but that doesn’t change the cuteness level.

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Merchandise Overview – February

February

[Gacha] Sleepy Friends: Sun & Moon (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Pikachu)

2.1

[Pokemon Center] Vulpix Poncho Promotion
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sapporo Re-opening Part 2: Coaster + Art Card distribution starts

2.4

[Pokemon Center] March Monthly Pair Pikachu

2.6

[Candy Toy] Pokemon Collection Candy Sun & Moon (Solgaleo, Lunala, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Komala, Rockruff, Dex Rotom, Pikachu)

2.7

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Togedemaru Plush

2.9

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Plush (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Alola Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

2.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls Part 2 (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush Part 3 (Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Jangmo-o, Passimion, Lycanroc Midday/Midnight)

2.14

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

2.16

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Alola Meowth)

2.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Pikachu Face Cushion
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Pikachu Plush

2.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Meowth Plush
[Merchandise] Mocchi-Mocchi Cushions (Snorlax, Gengar, Jigglypuff)

2.25

[MonColle Get] Part 5 (Lycanroc, Alola Rattata, Absol, Drowzee, Yungoos, plus 3 secrets)

Pokemon Center Report – Sun & Moon TCG Release + Card Sleeve Re-Release

Tomorrow is already February and so here I am with my monthly Patreon reminder!

All support on Patreon goes toward new art creations as well as me being able to report on Pokemon merchandise directly from the Pokemon Centers in Japan, which means more pictures and more ufo catching madness. You also get neat rewards like art, phone wallpaper, and postcards!

Check out my page if you haven’t already 🙂

This past weekend was fairly quiet release wise, but a new booster pack dropped on Friday, January 27th, and as with most booster pack releases, a bunch of other TCG related merch also came out on the same day.

First up, the booster packs themselves! This set contains only holo cards, and the price per pack reflects this, with each pack costing roughly 250 yen.

A couple special card sets were also released, including a set featuring Turtonator

and one featuring Rockruff. Along with the featured cards, each set comes with two packs of Sun & Moon booster cards.

There were also three other special card sets featuring Primarina, Incineroar, and Decidueye promotion cards. Those sets were slightly more expensive and also included more booster packs.

Friday also gave us re-releases of the 5 most popular card sleeve designs from Pokemon TCG’s past catalog of card sleeves. These designs were chosen by a vote. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t mildly salty that Steven ended up with two designs out of the 5, especially considering how many illustrations have been released with some really amazing art. But to each their own.

The Chandelure sleeves are one of my favorites

As are the Powerpuff Girl-esque Eeveelutions.

On a parting note, it’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is approaching!

Along with my usual commissions, I am offering two types of Valentine’s Day related commissions.

If interested, contact me via the form on this site, send an email to mikitzune (at) gmail (dot) com, or get in touch with me on Twitter @zombiemiki.

Until next time!

U.S. Pokemon Center – Valentine’s Day Promotion

Hello everyone!

I don’t usually report on the US Pokemon Center releases, but the Valentine’s Day promotion was too cute for me to pass it by without mentioning it.

When the US store first opened up, the majority of items sold were re-releases of previously Japan only items but with different tags. Lately it seems like the US store is offering more and more items that are unique and not available anywhere else, and the Valentine’s Day promotion for 2017 is a good example of this. There are only a few items as part of this promo, but everything is cute and makes great gifts for that special someone in life, even if that special someone is you!

The element that really made this promotion for me was the Slowpoke and his wish for a Happy New Year. Without him, this promotion would be just cute, but he elevates this promotion to something even better.

Everyone loves pins, and these pins are especially cute. The pins are all included in one set, however, each pin is attached to a little cardboard tab that you can rip off and give away.

Like most Valentine’s Day themed goods, the backs of the pin boards offer a place to write your name and the name of the gift recipient. Also, if you’ll notice the pin backings are all die-cut Pikachu heads.

What would Valentine’s Day gifts be without cards? The Valentine’s Day card set comes with 12 cards (3 Pikachu, 3 Eevee, 2 Slowpoke, 2 Umbreon, and 2 Espeon) plus 12 envelopes and stickers.

Tying in to the Sun/Moon theme, there is a set of cups featuring Umbreon and Espeon. Keep them both for yourself and use one for your morning coffee and one for your pre-bedtime coffee, or split them up and give one cup to your true love.

Last but not least, we have this adorable Slowpoke shirt, wishing everyone a Happy New Years in February! Give this to that person in your life who is always late to everything. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the sentiment.

All of the items listed here are, as of the time of this posting (January 28th, 2017) still in stock on the US webstore, so if you’re interested, go and buy! (Link) Note that the US Pokemon Center only ships within the United States at this time.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Center Plush + Pokedolls

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s Pokemon Center update brings us two big plush announcements.

More Pokedolls! These Pokedolls were part of the batch prematurely announced previously, but now we have official release dates for Bewear, Pikachu, and Ditto.

All three Pokedolls will come out February 11th and will cost 1,296 yen each after tax.

No news yet for Alola Raichu, Vulpix, or Rockruff but hopefully soon.

A bunch of Sun & Moon Pokemon Center exclusive plush will also go on sale February 11th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.

This third batch of plush will include: Torracat, Dartrix, Brionne, Passimion, Jangmo-o, and Lycanroc Midday and Midnight forms.

All plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax except for Jangmo-o which will cost 1,620 yen.

Interested in buying any of the Pokemon listed in this post? Check out Japan Stuffs store! (Pokedolls | PokeCen Plush)

Until next time~

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Pokedolls Part 2
PokeCen Plush Part 3