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)
Check out the Eevee Collection gallery for more pictures of Pokedolls, Mascot Plush, and Eevee Collection items!
So, what do you think? Did you get anything from Eevee-maggedon? What were you happiest with? What do you wish they had?
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.
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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 ~
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!
The Pokemon Center released one medium sized promotion and one smaller over this past weekend. Of the two, the Kuttari Plush series had a bit more “exciting” merch, as most of the Movie merch was school related stuff (notebooks, pencils, rulers, clearfiles, etc.)
This was the first time the Kuttari series dealt with items aside from plush, although there were two extra large versions of Piplup and Pikachu.
There were three sets of double-sided clear acrylic charms, with one side having awake versions and the other sleeping versions.
The same three sets of Pokemon were also featured on smaller hand towels.
Patterns featuring those Pokemon and several others were included on cute stackable cups
On mini tote-bags
And on this stacking cookie tin as well! I love and dislike this type of tin. On one hand, I love the ability to re-order the individual compartments. On the other hand, I usually don’t like 2 out of 3 of the candy they give you (I prefer cookies vs candy).
There was also a cute chopstick holder featuring Pikachu and Piplup. One set has one of each Pokemon, but if you have a friend you could always both buy a set and then swap one Pokemon out to create a full Piplup set or a full Pikachu set.
As mentioned, this weekend wasn’t just dominated by the Kuttari series; we had some preview summer Pokemon movie merch as well! The stars from this release were the Ash’s Pikachu related plush. The main plush was bigger than the usual plush released for promotions, and to add to the excitement, his little hat (which isn’t so little) can be removed and worn!
There was a much smaller mascot size plush version as well, although his hat is sewn on to his head.
There was also a soft drawstring pouch and a plush pass case, perfect for storing your Pikachu figures or carrying around your Pikachu train pass.
And that concludes this weekend’s release round-up.
Until next time!
A new addition to the popular Pokemon Little Tales promotion came out Saturday, April 8th, and everything was as adorable as expected!
I’m a personal fan of this series as I love the art, created by Shinzi Katoh, who has a very unique style. If you’re a fan like me, you can check out his website here.
Every year there is a new set of plush and mascot plush. The plush this year are a boy and girl Pikachu pair going berry picking.
While the mascot plush are a boy and girl Pikachu pair holding little balloons, going to a little party.
This year’s release also included a third plush: a bigger sleeping Pikachu cushion!
There was a lot of stationary related items in this release. Along with a cute stationary set, there were also two greeting cards (with envelopes), four different designs of decoration (washi) tape, a sticker roll featuring 100 stickers divided into 5 different designs, and two sizes of notebooks.
What good are notebooks without pencils to write with? There were two different types of pencils available (KuroToga and Delguard), each with a different illustration theme.
The Little Tales series tend to feature home goods that aren’t generally seen in other Pokemon Center promotions, and this release was no exception. Along with a cute wooden fork and spoon set, three was also a pasta bowl and a set of glass tupperware, as well as a more traditional Center item: a mug with one of the main promotion illustrations (shown in the background of this photo).
The home goods continued with this adorable photo frame and three types of towels. There were two smaller sized towels (hand and face) that were both this purple pattern with the sleeping Pikachus, plus a small bath towel with the berry picking Pikachu artwork.
Another staple of the Little Tales series: fashion merchandise! There was a shoulder bag, pouch, wallet, pass case, and card case all with this same pink background illustration. They’re cute and simple designs that can easily be used in every day life while not being necessarily over the top but also still being cute and Pokemon. The charm point for me is the little Whismur in the window.
More fashion goods! There was an earring set, with one pair of dangling charms and one pair of studs, as well as two different sets of metal charms because everyone loves metal charms.
That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report! What did you think of this year’s Little Tales promotion?
If there was anything that piqued your interested, you can still place an order via Japan Stuffs to get the items you desire 🙂
Until next time!
The two main releases at the Pokemon Center for today were new Pokedolls and the large size can badges for Johto region Pokemon. The Pokedolls were especially exciting since we’ve known about them since they were mistakenly announced back in December and now finally all the prematurely announced Pokedolls are out. The Tapu Lele metal charm also came out today, with the release being delayed for some unspecified reason.
(Now that all the known Pokedolls have been released, I wonder if they’ll continue giving us new dolls and what the next Pokemon will be?)
The brick and mortar Pokemon Centers seemed to be fairly quiet, at least in the morning. On-line was a different story with all three plush selling out fairly quickly, with Vulpix of course selling out first.
The new limit for now until who knows when for Amazon seems to be 5 per person. Pokemon Center is still for the most part at 10 per person, although again, for reasons I’ll never understand since the Pokemon Center works in mysterious ways, Tapu Lele was limited 5 per person.
The On-Line Center Store had some fairly big glitches going on with their new releases for today, however…
Usually new items are added to the store at 10 am on Saturday (or Friday, depending on the release date), coinciding with the official opening time for the brick and mortar Pokemon Centers. You can view these items by clicking the “New Item” tab or you can go to a specific Pokemon’s page, and the new items automatically show up at the very top of the page. However, 10 am rolled around and no matter how many times I refreshed, neither the Pokedolls nor can badges were appearing; I just kept seeing the Ditto items from last week. Finally, feeling very confused and worried Vulpix had sold out already, I started searching through the other pages for the “sold out” section and stumbled upon all the brand new items listed on page 5 after the Vulpix Hokkaido promotion items from the beginning of the year.
And to make things even more confusing, all the Pokedolls were listed on the very last page as the very last item on their respectively tagged pages, after all the sold out items. Further complicating things on top of this, you can see there is no “sold out” badge on the item, but it is, in fact, sold out. You can only see the sold out status by going to the individual item page.
So basically it was kind of a mess, and I wonder how many people missed out on their plush because they couldn’t find it before it sold out. I don’t really want to play hide and seek to get my stuff, especially when it’s a battle to see who is the fastest.
The Pokemon Center: adding unnecessary excitement to my life since this morning.
Until next time!