I thought this past Saturday would be fairly quiet, but actually, there was a bunch of releases (I forgot about oops) and to make things even more exciting, the extra large Pokemon Center On-Line Lapras plush started shipping! If you placed an order for one of these giant monsters a while back, your plush is probably on the way to you.
Before we get into the release news, I have a small aside. As everyone who follows me knows, I am very active on Twitter and I’ve been using it to share Pokemon photos for years now. Recently, Twitter started implementing changes to how their system filters not safe for work or “sensitive content” media and will auto-tag photos as NSFW or “sensitive” based on algorithms that I don’t understand. Completely innocent videos and images have started being incorrectly marked as “sensitive” which in and of itself seems more like an amusing annoyance, but apparently Twitter can now mark your entire account as containing sensitive material based on the system auto tagging photos or posts.
Over the past two weeks, a couple of my Pokemon Center photos on Twitter were tagged as containing sensitive content when it was literally just Pokemon plush, and then it was brought to my attention that my entire account (@zombiemiki) has been marked as an account containing sensitive material. My account does not contain sensitive material at all, but if you don’t know me and go to my profile to follow me, you’ll be faced with a pop-up stating my account may contain sensitive material, and might be scared off. I’ve tried contacting Twitter support (although it seems like it’s a bot so whats the point of even having it), and I tried submitting a ticket, and I’ve tried checking and unchecking the “my account contains sensitive material” option multiple times, and my account is still tagged as NSFW.
If you’re seeing this and don’t follow me yet, don’t be scared! I’m doing my best to get this fixed; my account does not contain NSFW anything. As stated in my profile, I post about Pokemon and food, and that is not a lie. If you’re already a follower, thank you for your continued support! And to anyone who maybe has friends who work for Twitter, or if you yourself work for Twitter, or know of a way I can potentially get this issue fixed, please let me know.
If you’re a Twitter user, I strongly urge you to: go to settings -> privacy & safety -> under Safety, check the option that says “display media that may contain sensitive material”. A lot of people are being affected by this new change that of course no one has bothered to proof before rolling out, and this helps slightly.
Moving on to Pokemon!
Saturday, June 24th saw two new Mimikyu and Bewear plush, and a bunch of Pikachu stuff in preparation for the summer Pokemon movie. First up, we have three new fuzzy Takara Tomy plush! They all come in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon era boxes and are super soft. If the rumors I heard are correct, Mimikyu is slightly posable, in that you can make him stand up straight or slump over and be creepy.
We also got a super surprise release: more Pokemon Center mascot plush! These are basically tiny versions of previously released Pokemon Center plush, in this case, Mimikyu and Bewear.
Not a surprise: new Pokemon Center plush! This latest batch included Meowth, Corsola, Mareanie, and Charjabug (because why not). For those wondering, the new Marshadow plush will be coming out July 1st.
June 24th gave us two surprise Pikachu plush and two announced plush! The surprise plush are the Pilot and Train Driver Pikachus, and the announced was the gigantic Pikachu plush phone case and (not photo-ed but similar) a plush Pikachu tissue box cover.
Last and certainly not least, the big promotion for June 24th was the Pikachu Album Collection, featuring a cute sort of old-fashioned sepia theme with Ash’s Pikachu. There was a bunch of items designed to look like paper lunch bags, which I think is really cute, including a literal lunch bag that can be used to keep your food cold.
Along with the items photographed here, there was also a cute Pikachu gacha with little Pikachus wearing little hats.
Was there anything from this weekend’s promotion and releases that you were looking forward to? What are you hoping for release wise over the summer?
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report! As always, everything listed here (and more) can be found for purchase through Japan Stuffs. Check them out if you haven’t already!
We got two new promotion announcements on Friday, both of which involve a lot of Pikachu (and Pyukumuku!)
First up – Alola Festival! This Alolan centric promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday). Of note are the several Pyukumuku items that aren’t pictured (yet), such as the plush dice bag and the tissue box cover. If you love Alola, and if you especially love Pyukumuku, then this promotion was made for you.
The Alola Festival promotion has 1 main Pikachu plush and four mascot plush (Pikachu, Pyukumuku, Alola Exeggutor, and Alola Marowak).
The Pikachu plush will cost 1,944 yen after tax. Mascot Pikachu plush will cost 1,296 yen and the other three mascot plush will cost 1,080 yen each after tax.
Incidentally, check out this adorable Pikachu plush! Love his outfit? You can wear it, too, as all of the clothing items, including both shirts and the hat, will be available in actual human size person form as well!
Alola Festival also features a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, which, for the first time in a seemingly long time, includes a secret design, for a total of 10 charms!
Each charm will cost 540 yen, and an entire box of charms will be 5,400 yen.
Pikachu Ear Hat (54 cm / 58 cm) – 3,672 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Child Size) – 2,700 yen
Long Towel w/ Pocket – 1,080 yen
Handkerchief (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 368 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Pyukumuku Plush Dice Bag – 864 yen
Mini Towel (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 410 yen each
Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 4,320 yen
Mini Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 3,456 yen
Pouch by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 1,944 yen
Pyukumuku Tissue Box Cover – 2,160 yen
In honor of the annual Pikachu Invasion event held in Yokohama, Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan will sell a variety of Pikachu-themed merchandise starting July 22nd (Saturday).
There are a bunch of neat items included in this promotion, including but not limited to a bunch of clothing items with Pikachu ears or tails attached and a little combo fan and water bottle to keep you cool in the summer heat!
The Pikachu promotion will feature a blind packaged figure collection (not gacha for once!) Each blind box will cost 500 yen including tax, with 1 box of 10 figures costing 5,000 yen. There will be 10 figures in total which means there are 2 others not pictured here that will be included as part of the set.
Another pretty unique part to this promotion: shoulder plush! These plush are mascot plush that come with an extra part so you can attach each plush to your shoulder and carry it around with you.
This batch of plush includes Pikachu (of course), Ditto, Mew, and Rowlet, with each plush costing 1,800 yen including tax. Admittedly, the inclusion of Ditto is a little odd. His shape is a little awkward for shoulders, but I’m sure there are Ditto fans out there who are happy.
Pikachu backpack (Small) – 4,540 yen
Pikachu Backpack (Medium) – 4,860 yen
Pikachu Ear Headband (Kids Size / Adult Size) – 1,200 yen
Long Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Kids Size) – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Adult Size) – 2,700 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Pikachu / Ribbon Mascot Plush – 760 yen each
Hair Scrunchie w/ Mascot Plush – 760 yen
Pikachu Tail Mascot Plush (Male / Female)
Available with a carabiner clasp (1,080 yen) or with a chain clasp (660 yen)
Pikachu Stickers – 540 yen
Waterproof Pouch – 1,620 yen
Mist Fan – 1950 yen
Shopping Bag – 1,080 yen
Photo Postcards (10 Designs) – 200 yen each
Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Child) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Photo Frame – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 500 yen
Pikachu Ear Hat (Small / Regular) – 3,240 yen
There will also be two items exclusive to the Yokohama Pokemon Center.
Yokohama Photo Postcard – 200 yen
Set of 2 Square Can Badges – 650 yen
Finishing up with some TCG!
A brand new booster pack – SM3+ / “Shining Legends” (featuring a shiny Mew card) will go on sale starting July 15tth (Saturday). Each pack will cost 248 yen including tax and includes 6 random cards, with 1 guaranteed holo card.
Customers who buy 20 packs of cards at a designated Pokemon Gym store (including Pokemon Centers and Stores) will get a special Shiny Ho-oh promo card.
Two mini card binders will also be coming out July 15th (Saturday): Dex Rotom and Lana’s Vacation. Each card binder will cost 515 yen after tax and can hold about 104 Pokemon cards.
That wraps up Friday’s Pokemon merch announcements!
One of a couple catch up posts from when I was in Japan!
Some new plush from the popular “Kororin Friends” Banpresto prize plush series were released near the end of May.
One of these releases was a larger size Pikachu plush.
As with everything related to the Pokemon franchise, there can never be too many Pikachu plush.
Three smaller plush (Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu) from the same Kororin Friends series also came out at the same time.
I tend to have difficulty catching the smaller sized Kororin Friends plush because of their round shape. How easy or difficult they are to catch is completely dependent on how nice the staff at the game centers are. For the mountain set-up, they can be super easy to catch if placed in the right spot of the mountain or incredibly difficult if at the wrong spot. For the other set-up photoed here, from Round 1, this can either be an easy 1-3 play win if the claw is strong or a waste of money if the claw is too weak to do anything.
I won the majority of my Kororin plush from this type of set-up, with the grabby claw. This is yet another instance of “this will either go well or horribly wrong” depending on how strong the claw is. If it doesn’t lift at all, you’re probably better off saving your money. If it’s strong enough to lift the plush a little, you can move it forward (or to the side depending on where the plush is in the machine) and win it in a few tries or if you’re really lucky, the claw will lift the plush up entirely and you’ll win instantly.
As an aside, the Raichu is super cute! I won one for myself because I couldn’t resist. You can see him here with my other Raichus (and Alolan Raichus) in the top right corner of the shelf.
This weekend started off the busy first half of the summer at the Pokemon Center with a super cute travel themed Pokemon Center promotion called “Colorful Trip”, along with a Lillie and Gladion themed promotion.
Starting with Lillie! Out of the two promos this weekend, only the Lillie promo had a plush: a Clefairy based on her much loved in-game doll. As anyone knows who follows my blog, I love Clefairy, so it’s no surprise I was especially excited for this doll for my collection. I assumed it would be about pokedoll sized, even with the price. It ended up being double (triple?) that size, but I’m not complaining. The more Clefairy the better!
The Lillie promotion offered a bunch of unique items that aren’t usually seen in Pokemon Center promotions, such as these paper craft sets.
Can badge sets! Not only are the sets themselves fairly original, but the shape of the badges as well are not the typical round can badge shape.
A lot of items featured the main Lillie and Cosmog illustration. Half of those items also featured a Gladion and Silvally version. There were a couple items that only came in one variation (Lillie, Gladion, or Lusamine) and this flat pouch is one of the few Lusamine items, along with a handkerchief.
For people who loved the illustrations themselves, they were available in “mini” sized poster form. There were five designs in total – Lillie & Cosmog, Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala, Gladion & Silvally, and Lusamine & Nihilego. The Lillie with legendary designs are somehow even more adorable since they both feature child Lillie.
Moving on to the travel promotion! All of the merchandise in the line-up is travel inspired and there was so many pouches, bags, and other travel related accessories. Perfect for the Pokemon lover who travels a lot! These six stickers feature the six main illustrations.
The merchandise line-up was not super big, but this promotion also featured a bunch of original items mixed in with some traditional promo stuff (like this pouch).
This pouch, appropriately named a “travel pouch”, was pretty neat! First, it was bigger than I was expecting, but also it folds out and can be used to store a bunch of items in different compartments.
There was a bunch of old-fashioned trunk inspired merch, both cute and functional. This “suitcase” is actually a shoulder bag. Also of note is the promotion hang tag, which looks like a ticket. (Too cute?!)
This adorable lunch-box themed cookie tin is filled with chocolate Pokeball-shaped cookies.
Last but not least, you can’t travel without actual luggage. There were two suitcases available for purchase, both with a Pokemon theme. The downside is Pokemon Center suitcases are too small for international travel, especially for the price, which is a shame. If it was cheaper or bigger, I would snap one up in a heart beat.
That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center report!
Did you get anything from either promotion? What were you looking forward to the most?
I had a feeling we might get more plush news tonight, and that otherwise things would be fairly quiet. Well, I was right with plush, and it was fairly quiet, but we did get two surprise announcements, one of which I’m really excited about.
First up, the next batch of brand hew Pokemon Center exclusive plush were announced!
The Pokemon in this newest group include Mareanie, Charjabug, Corsola, and Meowth, and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 24th (Saturday).
A Marshadow plush will also go on sale starting July 1st (Saturday).
Plush will cost 1,620 yen each after tax, except for Mareanie which will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
Next up (and what I’m especially excited for): the Pokemon With You charity line returns in can badge form and with a face lift! Instead of the usual stock art, Pokemon With You is now using brand new original artwork, and it’s too adorable for words.
The line-up for this (hopefully first) batch includes: Pair Pikachu, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Victini, Jirachi, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pyukumuku, Tapu Koko, Cosmog, and Charizard.
Each badge costs 270 yen after tax and as with all Pokemon with You merchandise, all proceeds go toward helping children affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.
In TCG and movie news, a special Ho-oh GX Jumbo Card Set will go on sale at movie theaters, 7-11, several department stores, and Pokemon Centers and Stores starting July 1st (Saturday). The set includes a jumbo sized Ho-oh GX card, a promo Ash’s Pikachu card, and three packs each of “Fighting Rainbow” and “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs.
Each set will cost 1,188 yen after tax.
Last and certainly not least, a new promotion called Pikachu in the Forest, featuring a variety of home and kitchen goods, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 1st (Saturday)!
Full Merchandise Line-Up
Chocolate Pie Cookies – 972 yen
Mochi-Mochi Donut Shaped Cushion – 3,240 yen
Oven Mitt – 1,620 yen
Apron – 2,700 yen
Cups – 1,512 yen
Tea Pot – 2,592 yen
Plates (Yellow / Red) – 1,512 yen each
Ladle – 1,080 yen
Spatula – 1,080 yen
Bowls (Yellow / Red) – 1,512 yen
Fork & Spoon Set – 1,296 yen
Lunch Box – 1,836 yen
Chopstick Set w/ Case – 1,080 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Stole – 3,240 yen
Round Towels (Yellow / Blue) – 5,400 yen each
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Cardigan (Medium / Large) – 6,048 yen
Hand Towels (Yellow / Red) – 648 yen each
Rootote Tall 2way Bag – 5,184 yen
Rootote Tiny Roo Phone Bag – 3,024 yen
Mini Tote – 4,536 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
That concludes today’s merchandise announcement round-up!
We went into this weekend thinking there wouldn’t be any releases aside from the Anker collaboration Pokeball and Pikachu themed portable phone chargers, and the Center decided to surprise us with some unannounced merch: charms and socks!
The socks are typical Pokemon Center socks, with the usual deal of get three pairs for 1,080 yen (including tax).
The non Eeveelution socks are all basically stock art, which means they look a little derpy, although still cute! This release includes: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Alola Raichu, and Alola Vulpix.
There was also three non-stock socks: Pikachu’s face, Mareanie, and Pyukumuku.
And of course not forgetting the line-up of Eeveelution socks, which are all adorable and feature the Pokedoll graphics from the Colorful Eevee collection.
I was really excited for the bell charms when I saw images of them. Pokemon Center bell charms are one of my favorite non-promo product because they’re so cute and tiny and round and adorable! I call them bell charms because each charm is a little bell. The line-up this time includes: Pikachu (as always), Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.
I really hope they give us more bell charms in the near future, especially Alola Vulpix!
We also got a full set of Pikachu alphabet keychains, with one letter of the alphabet per charm.
The Pokemon Center either gives us no news or dumps all the news possible on us all at once. Friday was one of those barfing up news days!
First up, and maybe the most exciting news from Friday: we finally have a list of merchandise coming out as part of the Tohoku Pokemon Center re-opening promotion! As a Victini collector, and a fan of the Tohoku Center in general, I’m super excited. Most of the items in the promo will be available everywhere in Japan, but the Jirachi poncho plush and mascot plush, along with the Tohoku Center logo pin, will be exclusively sold at the Tohoku Center.
The Tohoku promotion will start June 30th (Friday) and will feature a return of the ever popular Pikachu Poncho plush.
Pikachu Poncho Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 2,160 yen each
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Kokeshi Style Plush (Pikachu, Victini, Jirachi) – 1,080 yen each
Jirachi Pokemon Center Plush – 1,620 yen
Kokeshi Style Metal Charm Set – 864 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (10 designs total) – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Sticky Note Set – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Deck Case & Card Sleeve Set – 1,080 yen
Mug – 1,296 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Metal Charm Set (Pikachu/Jirachi) – 594 yen each
Poncho Pikachu Metal Charm Set (Rowlet, Victini, Jirachi) – 972 yen
Post Card – 162 yen
Tohoku Center Exclusive Items
Pikachu Poncho Plush (Jirachi) – 2,160 yen
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Jirachi) – 1,296 yen
Pokemon Center Tohoku Logo Pin – 680 yen
A cute travel themed promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 17th (Saturday). Along with a general travel theme, the majority of items included in the promo are travel related items, such as bags and even two suitcases.
Pikachu Suitcase – 16,200 yen
Trunk Style Suitcase – 19,440 yen
Foldable Boston Bag – 3,240 yen
Suitcase Style Cookie Tin – 1,058 yen
Travel Pouch – 2,160 yen
Coin Case – 1,404 yen
Clear Case Set – 864 yen
Luggage Tags (Pikachu Pair / Ticket) – 1,296 yen each
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Travel Stickers (Suitcase / Ticket / Pikachu Pair / Piplup & Rowlet / Pikachu & Stufful / Rowlet & Stufful & Pikachu) – 324 yen each
Album – 1,080 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
Double Pocket Clearfile – 400 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Suitcase Style Pochette – 2,808 yen
Multi-Use Case – 1,728 yen
Memo Pad – 432 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
A cute promotion featuring Ash’s Pikachu will go on sale June 24th (Saturday). The promotion features a variety of items, including cork coasters, wooden clips, a mug with a matching wooden box, and a bunch of items styled to look like paper bags to fit the nostalgic theme.
Die-cut Sticky Note Set – 735 yen
Photo Frame – 1,944 yen
Coaster Set (A / B) – 729 yen each
Clip Set – 918 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mug with Wooden Box – 1,620 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Lunch Bag – 1,728 yen
Flat Case – 1,728 yen
Coin Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Set of 2 3-Pocket Clearfiles – 756 yen
Sticky Notes – 540 yen
Wood Stickers (A / B) – 486 yen each
Dice Bag (Medium) – 648 yen
Dice Bag (Large) – 1,080 yen
As part of the Pikachu Album promotion, there will also be a new set of gacha figures, selling for the usual price of 300 yen per play. The set will have 6 figures in total with no secrets.
A beautiful Lillie (and Cosmog) figure from Kotobukiya is scheduled for release February 2018.
Pre-orders for this figure will start June 17th (Saturday) and run until August 31st (Thursday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, as well as the Japanese On-Line Pokemon Center. As a note, the final product will be colored.
Two plush Pikachu cases were announced that will both go on sale June 24th (Saturday).
One plush is actually an iPhone 7 phone case. The other plush is designed to fit over tissue boxes to make them softer and cuter.
Last and certainly not least, these adorable bell charms were released as a semi-surprise Saturday June 10th. I call them bell charms because each charm has a little bell inside, meaning if you attach them to your phone or bag, your presence will never be a surprise!
This release features: Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.
I will have more pictures from this weekend’s very small release up tomorrow, so stay tuned.
After two very long weeks of waiting, we finally have information on the previously teased 1:1 size Eeveelution plush!
These life-size Eeveelution plush will be sold exclusively through the Japanese Pokemon Center On-line Store. The pre-order period starts June 10th (Saturday) at 10 am and ends July 31st (Monday) at 11:59 pm. The plush will start shipping out in late October (incidentally, around my birthday!)
Sizes for the individual Eeveelutions are as follows:
Eevee, the smallest, measures in at 30 cm.
Jolteon and Glaceon both measure 80 cm.
Espeon and Flareon are both 90 cm.
Vaporeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, and Sylveon are the tallest at 100 cm each.
Keep in mind that the height also accounts for the ears, so the plush itself will be a little smaller than the measurements given.
Eevee’s price is 3,240 yen. All the other Eeveelutions are 21,600 yen each.
We finally have a photo of the previously hyped Lillie Nendoroid, along with a pre-order period and release date!
Pre-orders for the figure will start June 15th (Thursday) at Good Smile and other stores, and June 17th (Saturday) at Pokemon Centers and Stores. The figure will start shipping out around November.
Pre-order bonuse parts and figures are as follows:
++ Customers who pre-order from Goodsmile’s On-line Store will get a potion bottle and an extra hand to hold it.
++ Customers who pre-order from Pokemon Centers or Stores will get a tiny Clefairy doll figure
Lillie Nendoroid figure comes with 3 different face plates and her bag and hat are removable. Her price is 4,800 yen including tax.
Next up ~ A Lillie (and family) promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 17th (Saturday). This series of items will mainly feature illustrations of Lillie with Cosmog, Solgaleo, and Lunala, along with Gladion & Silvally and Lusamine & Nihilego.
Lillie Knapsack – 4,320 yen
Lillie’s Beloved Clefairy Plush – 2,160 yen
Square Can Badge Sets (2 badges per set) – 648 yen each
Paper Theater Sets: Lillie & Cosmog, Gladion & Silvally, Lusamine & Nihilego – 1,404 yen each | Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala – 2,160 yen each
Acrylic Stands – 864 yen each
Flat Pouch (Lusamine & Nihilego) – 1,620 yen
Big Bath Towel (Lillie & Cosmog) – 3,780 yen
Tote Bag (Lillie & Cosmog, Gladion & Silvally) – 3,780 yen each
Mini Posters – 432 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set w/ Case – 1,620 yen
Croquis Sketchbooks (Lillie & Cosmog, Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala, Gladion & Silvally, Lusamine & Nihilego) – 735 yen each
Hand Towel (Gladion & Silvally) – 540 yen
Handkerchief (Lusamine & Nihilego) – 1,080 yen
Sticker Set (5 stickers per set, 2 sets) – 864 yen each
Postcard Set (5 postcards per set, 2 sets) – 756 yen each
Playing Cards – 1,350 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (3 clearfiles featuring quotes from the Pokemon Sun & Moon game) – 972 yen
Sticker Set (3 stickers featuring quotes from the Pokemon Sun & Moon game) – 1,080 yen
Pokemon TCG Items
Lillie & Cosmog Sun & Moon Special TCG Box – 3,024 yen
Lillie & Solgaleo & Lunala Double Deck Case + Card Sleeve Set – 3,024 yen
Gladion & Silvally / Lusamine & Nihilego Deck Case + Card Sleeve Sets – 1,080 yen each
Pokemon Center On-line Exclusive
Lillie & Cosmog Music Box – 9,180 yen
Last and certainly not least! The Tohoku Pokemon Center in Sendai will be moving to the 8th floor in Parco (shopping mall) oand as always happens when a Pokemon Center moves and re-opens, we get a Japan-wide promotion. The promo will start June 30th (Friday). A this point, we don’t have any information on merchandise, but there will be some special campaigns along with the re-opening.
Starting June 30th, customers to Pokemon Centers and Stores will receive a free little illustrated clear card, with the designs rotating out at specific time periods.
The Tanabata design (with Victini, Jirachi, and Cosmog) will be available from June 30th until July 7th.
The Snack Time design (with Victini) will be available from July 8th until July 16th.
The Ocean Fun Time design (with Lapras) will be available from July 17th until July 23rd.
The final Sleepy Time design will be available from July 24th until supplies run out but only at the Tohoku Center. Note that this is the only Center exclusive design.
As usual, all Pokemon Centers and Stores will have special Tohoku themed shoppers, featuring Victini and Jirachi. These shoppers will be available starting June 30th until supplies run out.
Starting June 30th, all customers at the Tohoku Pokemon Center store will receive a Tanabata Pikachu Pair charm for every 5,000 yen spent.
Also starting June 30th, customers at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan will get a special Rowlet poncho Pikachu card for every 5 packs of booster cards bought, while supplies last.
I have a feeling we’re going to have Victini, Jirachi, and Rowlet Poncho Pikachu plush in our future, but if we end up with no merch for this re-opening, I’ll be very sad.
What do you think about today’s announcements? Will you be buying one of the life-size Eeveelution plush?
We’re back with another catch-up release report post – this time with the early summer Pokemon Love Its’Demo release for 2017!
Before we delve into the Pokemon…
What is Its’Demo?
Its’Demo is a chain of small stores, typically in or close by to train stations, that caters specifically toward working women. The brand, which bills itself as a fashion store, sells clothes as well as cosmetics, snacks (chocolate, candy, health snacks, etc), jewelry and accessories, and other miscellaneous items like stationary, bags, and umbrellas that can be used in day-to-day life. Their prime location usually inside train stations is strategic to make it more convenient for women to visit before or after work, and as I learned during this release, Its’Demo stores tend to stay open late (the one near my apartment is open until 10 pm – in comparison the majority of stores in Tokyo, for example, close at around 8 pm.)
Are Its’Demo items available at Pokemon centers, too?
Since I get this question fairly often, I want to point out that Its’Demo collaboration items are only sold in Its’Demo stores. Pokemon Centers do not carry any items from the Its’Demo line. This can make it sometimes difficult as there is only 58 stores throughout Japan. If you live or stay in the Tokyo area, or in a big city, then it’s generally not a problem, but the further out in the country you are, the harder it is to find a store location.
There is an on-line store, but sell less than a quarter of the available items from any given Pokemon promotion so have fun with that. Recently, a lot of the Its’Demo items have become available for purchase on the Japanese Pokemon Center On-Line store as well.
But wait, there’s more!
Its’Demo releases are always fraught with confusion and trepidation from me because for reasons I don’t understand, Its’Demo doesn’t like to disclose all the items they’re selling from the Pokemon promotion. Ever. When this latest release was announced, first we got a teaser poster in some Its’Demo stores, but not all. Then the Official Pokemon Center site updated with a small list of items. The Daisuki club updated next with another list of items. There was also a foldable pamphlet given out in stores that had other items not listed on either site. Then on release day (May 16th, Tuesday) we got surprise mascot plush, acrylic charms, slippers, tupperware, and a bunch of other items that weren’t listed anywhere and would have been nice to know about. More plush, also not announced, along with some necklaces and a couple other items were released two weeks later.
To make things even worse, it’s a complete shot in the dark if Its’Demo will stock things well or not. As noted from the January 2016 Valentine’s Promotion, the Pikachu plush were adorable and incredibly limited, to the point where every store had either 1-2 sets of the very large plush, and basically sold out everywhere within a day, and we’re not even talking about the necklaces that sold out in mere minutes because there was like one of each design per store. And not all stores carry all the items from the line-up!
Then, moving on to the actual Its’Demo stores themselves, since they’re located in train stations, they’re generally small; some smaller than others. The smaller the store, the less stuff they can fit. Also, depending on the store, sometimes the staff get really angry about you taking photos of merch, to the point where I’ve had some stores put signs up basically because of me that say “don’t take photos”. Thankfully, I didn’t have any problems this time.
Stop blah-blah-blahing and get to the photos!
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Its’Demo Tuesday morning were the mascot plush! There were three sets of plush, with two plush per set: Bulbasaur & Chikorita, Pikachu & Shaymin, and Pikachu & Oddish. Like previously released mascot plush, they’re soft but pretty flat, and kind of pricey for their size.
Next up, more surprises: acrylic charms! Similar to the mini slide mirrors but charms, there were five different charms: Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and a group charm with Oddish, Shaymin, and Whimsicott.
This release had a lot of items, including a bunch of different size bags and pouches.
There was canvas tote bags, foldable eco bags, towel pouches, normal pouches, and vinyl pouch sets (we heard you like pouches so we took a pouch and put a smaller pouch inside).
There was also a variety of towels in different sizes, from smaller hand towels to large beach towels that are designed for you to wear (where else) at the beach!
There was a bunch of miscellaneous and stationary type items as well.
Along with the staple memo pads, there were also mini bottles with paper clips shaped like Pikachu, two sets of wooden clips featuring different Pokemon per set, a variety of decoration (washi) tape, pens, clearfiles, and stamps.
One item of note: a mini blackboard that you can leave cute messages on to yourself (or someone else if you don’t live alone).
Also of note: umbrellas (rainy season is just around the corner)
More notes: slippers! There were two types of slippers and both were adorable.
Final note: tupperware! There were two sizes of tupperware sets, and aside from them being a little small, they were adorable and perfect for keeping your food fresh while also keeping it looking cute.
It’s not an Its’Demo release without a large selection of candy and sweets, and this release was no exception.
Along with the usual jars of mini jelly sandwich cookies, marshmallows, and print cookies, there were also jelly lollipops, small tins of candy, pouches and mini tote bags with marshmallows.
I love the little jars, plus you can use them to store things once the cookies are gone, but I couldn’t justify getting one this time as I don’t collect grass type Pokemon. I did get one of the print cookies, though!
Last and certainly not least, there was plenty of make-up. As someone who doesn’t use make-up, I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between all of these (sorry!) but one is a circular foundation (?) compact, the square items contain different palettes of color (?), and the last item I actually know what it is: eye liner in three different colors!
There was also some other items mixed in with the previous photos, such as nail polish in different shades and sparkles, lip related make-up, and several different skin lotions in some weird scents.
On that note, let me rant briefly about these weird scents. Obviously they were going for a grass theme here, and the scents they picked for the hand creams and other items reflected this, but as someone who is pretty sensitive to smells, the ones they picked were just flat out weird and not good smelly. Maybe it doesn’t help that I don’t like citrusy or grapefruity smells? I’m not sure, all I know is I didn’t like any of it.
To make matters worse, Its’Demo had a special campaign where customers would get a free little body spray for every purchase over 3,000 yen. Between my purchases and helping out with Japan Stuffs, I ended up with a bunch of these little sprays. The bottle itself was cute as it was decorated with Pokemon but wow, the smell was just wow. At first I was like, what… is it???? It smelled like body odor but not the good kind. I kept spraying it so I could try and figure it out and it was just awful. I ended up asking one of the staff and they said it was supposed to be flowers, but I guess the flowers had died and they used that as a scent?? I smell this smell in my nightmares.
And that concludes our Its’Demo adventure! I hope you had fun.
When I decided to visit Japan for a month long stay between April and May, I knew that there would be a bunch of big releases around Golden Week (a week long string of public holidays near the beginning of May), which was one of the reasons why I went in the first place. What I didn’t anticipate was the Pokemon Center would give us a rather big Eeveelution promotion, and on top of that, an entire line of new Pokedolls. But that’s exactly what happened (and a bunch of brand new mascot plush to boot!).
There were two main releases on May 13th, along with a new set of gacha figures and a bunch of side campaigns and extras.
First up – brand new Pokedolls. Literally the day before the Pokemon Center made the Eevee announcement, I had been wondering if the Pokemon Center would even continue the Pokedoll line or have it die out again as it’s done in the past. Then, boom, we heard you liked Pokedolls so here’s nine of them. These Pokedolls feature the brand new Pokedoll tag, the brand new Pokedoll price, and in my opinion are head and shoulders cuter and better constructed than the original Eeveelution Pokedoll releases. No more face planting or weird flattened faces!
Next – Pokedoll Mascot Plush! This new series of plush is basically smaller mascot versions of the Pokedolls. Not only were the 9 Eeveelutions included in this release, but we also got Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
Eevee Collection also came out on May 13th. This promotion featured a wide variety of items, from Frixion highlighters and two types of pins to hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and ita bags. To make things more exciting, the Pokemon Center didn’t make anything blind packaged and instead let customers choose exactly which Eeveelution they wanted featured on whatever item they wanted by making 9 types of each item.
Some items of note:
Towels! There were three types of towels: 1 bath towel that featured Pokedoll versions of all the Eeveelutions, along with hand towels for each Eeveelution and longer neck towels, also one for each Eeveelution.
Memo cases! These cases feature a different Pokedoll Eeveelution illustration on the outside and have note paper inside with a couple different paper designs. I love when the Pokemon Center sells new and super cute memo pads because I love writing notes for my friends (and myself) on cute paper.
Ita Bags (Tote Bags)! Made of a vinyl type fabric, these bags are sturdy and probably bigger than you’re expecting. Each bag is a color matching their respective Eeveelution and features a clear cut out of that Eeveelutions head on the front.
Card Cases! These cases were in hot demand from day one, to the point where all Pokemon Centers and Stores limited them 1 per person. Even with the limit, they sold out everywhere within the first day, although were restocked a week later. It was only recently that the limit was lifted.
The Pokedoll pouch is pretty cute and has a little clear window so you can see inside! Big enough to fit a couple Pokedolls if you wanted to, or the usual assortment of drawing and art supplies.
Cookies! The tins feature the adorable Pokedoll Eeveelution artwork and the cookies are all shaped like different Eeveelution faces.
Stickers! Each Eeveelution got it’s own little sticker pack featuring different sizes of the Pokedoll art, along with a couple stickers with all the Eeveelutions together.
Each Eeveelution also got a hat, a hoodie, and a t-shirt. All three items featured the non-Pokedoll artwork and had a different color combination for each Eeveelution. Pictured here is Eevee, but the other Eeveelution designs were pretty similar.
The gacha release for the day: Ditto Transform! Part 3, featuring Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, and Espeon.
I was not expecting this gacha to sell out at all, considering how the first two Gacha sets were still in stores months later. On top of that, no one seemed excited to play at Tokyo Bay. It was literally just me sitting there and spinning the little machine. So when I showed up at Sky Tree Monday after release and couldn’t find it, and then was told at Mega Tokyo on Tuesday that it was sold out, it was a shock. By that point, when I returned to Tokyo Bay, it was sold out there as well…for a day. By the next day, it was restocked at all locations and was back to no danger of ever running out by the time I left.
The figures are super cute though, not gonna lie! I of course got an Umbreon, Eevee, and Flareon for myself.
Some bonus images!
As part of the extra campaigns, which included digital Eeveelutions for everyone’s Pokemon games, all Pokemon Centers and Stores were also giving out these cute paper headbands for all guests. Some places, like Tokyo Bay, only gave them out to customers who bought and paid for something. Other places, like Sky Tree, gave them out to anyone who walked in.
A couple Pokemon Centers also had dioramas featuring 1:1 size cut-outs of each Eeveelution. Customers were free to take pictures in and among the Eevees.
One of the campaigns I was looking forward to most were these special clear cards with five different illustrations featuring the Eeveelutions (I’m a sucker for clear cards). There was also a secret design that was different between the on-line center and brick and mortar centers. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, these cards were delayed until the 27th. So how did the Pokemon Center ensure people would get the cards they would have gotten based on their Eeveelution purchases? They gave out little redemption cards, and hand wrote in the number of cards that were owed to you. Needless to say, between me and Japan Stuffs, we have a lot of cards.
More bonus photos!
The pamphlet on the left started getting distributed from Pokemon Centers and Stores from May 13th and advertises a huge spoiler for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush. This pamphlet is all we know about the plush at this point, with more information coming out on the official website June 2nd (so stay tuned!) In short, the plush will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Pokemon Center On-line Store from mid-June until the end of July. No release date is known yet. No other pictures are available.
The Pokemon Center On-line Store offered box sets for each Eeveelution. Each set included one of each Eevee Collection item for a specific Eeveelution, including 1 mascot plush and 1 Pokedoll, and was shipped in a Pokemon Center box featuring that Eeveelution. I helped three people get boxes (the three pictured here). Based on the items and the size, I figured the boxes would be medium sized at best, but I wasn’t expecting the tote bags to be so large, and because the Center didn’t want to bend the bags, they needed to find boxes that were wide enough. This unfortunately meant the boxes were huge and also half empty since the tote bags were wide but flat. Also keep in mind this stack of boxes is almost my height (I’m 4’11” – 150 cm)