As promised in my last post, I’m back with the Saturday release: new plush and Pikachu’s Easter!
First up, the new Pokemon Center plush. Although nothing quite as exciting as Alola Vulpix or Mimikyu, this set featured the ever illustrious Alola Dugtrio (maybe he’s born with it)
and Shiny Tapu Koko because why not.
The cute thing about Stufful is that he comes with a fake tush tag and a real one, because you can never have too many tush tags when you’re a bear who looks like a stuffed animal.
The big seller, surprisingly (to me) was Pikachu’s Easter. There tends to be an Easter promotion every year, and they tend to be fairly quiet. Not this year. The scalpers were out for blood this year. The cup and the hair scrunchie (???) sold out within 3 minutes on the on-line store. By the end of Saturday, most stores had sold out of their Pikachu plush. The Era of Scalpers is still going strong in Japan, regardless of buying limits.
As regular readers can tell, the site is different. I’m currently in the process of fixing up the site with a new theme, so I appreciate everyone’s patience as I stumble my way through here.
But in the meantime, we have exciting new releases ahead of us, so let’s dive right in~
Along with the release of the newest set of booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) a bunch of brand new TCG related items also came out, including the ever popular card sleeves. There were five designs with this release:
Alola Vulpix & Ninetails
Wild Ride, featuring Tauros and Tapu Koko
And the Lycanroc duo!
This same illustration was also featured on a single deck box.
There were two double deck sized boxes available as well, featuring a slightly different Lycanroc illustration
And a super cute Mallow’s Cooking illustration, with Rockruff, Pikipek, and Bounsweet.
There was also three new Special Sets, each featuring a unique promo card that can only be obtained through these sets. One set featured Jangmo-o
One with Komala
and one with Pikachu!
On a side note, the three special sets plus Mallow’s Cooking deck box were the only items to sell out (as of this posting) from the TCG release, which is interesting considering the Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu card sleeves. I guess to be fair, none of the items that sold out were limited, so I can see card people buying as many as possible, but it was still surprising to me. Of the three special sets, Pikachu sold out first (but also to be fair, that illustration is really cute!)
Pikachu’s Easter promotion came out today (along with a couple other items) so stay tuned for the next Pokemon Center Report hopefully coming soon!
Only two announcements from tonight, but they’re exciting, so it’s better than five mediocre announcements!
The last of the mistakenly announced Pokedolls are finally in sight!
Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on April 1st, with each plush costing 1,296 yen after tax.
They look adorable! I can’t handle them!
Next up, the big can badge series continues (also April 1st!) with the Johto region.
Every Pokemon, from Chikorita to Cerebi, will have a badge, and just like the Kanto region badges, they will not be blind packaged.
You want an Umbreon ita-bag? You got it! Make it rain Umbreon badges!
Each badge is roughly 3 inches across and will cost 216 yen each.
(I promise this is no joke!)
Until next time~
Johto Can Badges
The official Banpresto site updated with a list of prizes and dates for April! This post will cover everything coming out, along with the prizes for the Ichiban-Kuji [Pikachu & Friends Happy Beach Time] going on sale April 1st.
There will be three large size plush coming out in April from the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up.
These plush will be roughly 24 cm each, or a little over 9 inches.
Komala will be released in Game Centers starting from April 6th (Thursday).
Both Vulpix and Alola Vulpix will be released in Game Centers starting from April 25th (Tuesday).
The I Love Eevee series makes a come-back in April, with a new line-up of large size plush and 1 extra large size Eevee.
Eevee measures in at about 30 cm or roughly a foot, while the other Eeveelutions will be about 25 cm each, or close to 10 inches.
Sylveon and Vaporeon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 6th (Thursday).
Vaporeon and Flareon will start appearing in Game Centers from April 20th (Thursday).
Extra Large Eevee will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).
The rest of the Eeveelutions should be available in Game Centers in May, but for now, information coming soon.
The Kutsurogi Time (Relax Time) series also makes a comeback in April with some cute sleepy time plush versions of everyone’s favorite Gen 1 starters (and Pikachu).
The normal size plush will all be roughly 13 cm or 5 inches, while the big sized Pikachu will be 26 cm or 10 inches.
All the Kutsurogi Time plush will start appearing in Game Centers from April 25th (Tuesday).
April will feature one release from the Kororin Friends series.
Both Mew and Mewtwo are part of the Larger Size line-up of Kororin Friends, with each measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches.
These plush are usually super cute because of the roundness and a nice size to hug!
They will start appearing in Game Centers from April 13th (Thursday).
These cute mascot plush sized pokeballs will be available in Namco Game Centers only starting April 25th (Tuesday)!
That wraps up the Banpresto prize releases for April.
Moving on…there will be a new Pokemon Ichiban-Kuji coming out April 1st (no joke!) The entire kuji has a beach theme to it, and the prizes reflect this.
This is the first big kuji to have new generation 7 Pokemon, including Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu.
Each kuji pull will cost the usual 620 yen, and it will be available at game centers, hobby shops, Animate, Tsutaya, book stores, and the Pokemon Center (among some other places). I have a feeling this kuji will be popular, so if you’re planning to play yourself in person, get there early!
Along with Charm-mageddon and the Pokemon With You merchandise released Saturday March 11th, a small line-up of Pikachu dominated Japanese style items also were quietly released under the radar.
These microfiber clothes, available as a larger handkerchief and a smaller coaster, feature four different patterns based on the four primary seasons. Along with Pikachu, we also have Jirachi for summer, Cherubi for spring, and Vanillite for winter.
There was two different coin pouches (perfect for carrying around coins for use at game centers!) The bigger size had three designs: pink
The smaller sized ones were pretty much identical, but smaller
They included the same patterns as the larger size
Including this super cute sakura themed design
and Pikachu in spaaaace!
The Sakura and Space Pikachu designs were also available as foldable tote bags
(When you want to go grocery shopping in style but want to save the environment, too)
As well as cute pouches
Which are both made of a sort of soft crepe-y fabric, when you love pouches and soft materials.
I love these random releases. They are often overshadowed by the more prominently advertised and proper promotions but that doesn’t make them any less adorable (and often times useful in day to day life).
Until next time!
This past Saturday was Metal Charm Lollapalooza at the Pokemon Center.
But before we dive into metal charms…
The very popular Lillie and Nebby card sleeves were re-released with a higher quality matte finish the first weekend of March. Unlike the original release, these sleeves did not sell out in milliseconds. The artwork is still adorable.
The Pokedex metal charm release covered all Gen 7 Pokemon + mythical beasts and all Alolan Forms.
Pokemon were grouped together based on evolutions or formes, so depending on the Pokemon and the evolution chain, some were sold in singles, or doubles, or triples (or more!)
Here are three examples of a three part evolution set.
The Rockruff set included both Midday and Midnight forms.
Mimikyu was all by himself (but I promise he was surrounded by his friends!)
The Alolan Forms were not sold as a single (or double) set. All Alolan Form Pokemon were included in a set with their original forms. In this case, you can see both types of Vulpix and Ninetails here. For Pokemon who have three evolutions plus three Alolan evolutions, all of those Pokemon were included in one set for a total of six. Which is kind of annoying if you already had the previously released charms and only wanted the new ones, but such is life.
One thing of note: maybe it’s just my imagination but I feel like quality has gone down for the metal charms. Agree or disagree?
One of my favorite series, Pokemon With You, had a new release of merchandise on Saturday the 11th as well. Incidentally, the anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake back in 2011. (For more information on the history of Pokemon With You, check out this past blog entry.)
The theme for this year’s Pokemon With You line-up was a flowering garden, with one of the items on sale being a seed set so you can grow your own flowers, and the main Pikachu being a topiary hedge…which is cute in real life but maybe didn’t translate so well into merchandise. Hashtag they tried.
Some of the items from the release included (the aforementioned) topiary Pikachu mascot plush
Cute stickers and postcards (note: I always recommend the stickers from the Pokemon With You series because they almost always if not always use non stock-art poses)
And a memopad, including four different paper designs.
We also got some new Pokemon With You metal charms! The three Johto starters (Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita)
Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Bewear
Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite!
And that concludes today’s Pokemon Center Adventures.
A special shout out to Jen from Japan Stuffs for being a hand model in the majority of these photos. So professional, she makes it look easy.
Until next time!