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!
This past weekend saw the release of the fourth installment of the Ditto Transform! series. Amazingly enough, the release date was almost exactly a year from the release of the very first Ditto Transform set of plush (March 26th, 2016). Funny how time flies!
Unlike the first, second, and third releases, this time we got more than just plush and mascot plush, which was exciting. But we can’t forget the plush so let’s start off with them!
The Pokemon featured in this set of plush were Koffing, Jigglypuff, Magnemite, Gloom, and Snorlax. I forget how cute the Ditto plush are every time until a new batch is released and then it’s a struggle not to buy them even though I don’t even collect these Pokemon. But look at them!
The mascot plush are somehow even cuter just because of the size. They’re so tiny and their little faces! Looook at theeem! I want to say “this Pokemon is especially cute” but honestly they’re all adorable in their own weird way.
Something I wasn’t prepared for: how cute the tissue box cover is?! Look at it! It looks so soft, and that little Ditto and that little Pikachu, they’re just so cute! There is no way to be miserable, even while blowing your nose once every five seconds, when your tissues are covered in this soft cuteness.
There was a bunch of reversible items, playing off the Ditto transformation theme, and one item that surprised me was the reversible drawstring pouches. I assumed they’d be the same size as the usual bags (what I usually refer to as dice bags) but these are huge?! Pikachu can be turned inside out to reveal Ditto and Espeon turns inside out to reveal Umbreon.
Another cute reversible item: this Snorlax cushion can be turned inside out to reveal Ditto (although this Snorlax is precious so you might need two so you can just have Snorlax and Ditto on display at the same time).
More reversible items! Each pouch can be turned inside out to reveal a different design on each side. The Bulbasaur pouch hides Squirtle and Charmander while the Pikachu pouch hides Raichu and Pichu. All the pouches are super soft as well for an added bonus.
The tea cup and bowl set proves that you can eat your soup and drink your tea, too. Or if you want to spice things up, tea soup!
For a while, having earrings in a Pokemon promotion was a rare treat, but it seems like this might become a staple promo item soon if not already (great news for people with pierced ears who like Pokemon!) For this promo, there was also a non-pierce version for people who like earrings but not holes in their ears.
Pokemon Center socks are my favorite socks in the entire world. As with every single sock sale in all of Japan since forever, the Pokemon Center was only selling these in sets of 3 for 1,080 yen (after tax). Get three different socks or get three of the same one so you can have two to use and one to save forever in mint condition.
A couple miscellaneous but equally cute items. Aside from the clearfile set, the small hand towel and phone case were two other items you could buy that featured the main Ditto Transform artwork (which ps is adorable). And speaking of phone cases, it seems like the flip phone case, designed to hold any medium sized phone, is replacing the very specific iPhone cases the Pokemon Center has been selling for years – I guess because they realize people use more than just iPhones? Potentially good news for some people, although in my case, I don’t like flip phone cases.
Also of note, the pens are erasable.
And that brings us to the conclusion of this week’s Pokemon Center Report!
If you’re interested in buying any of the items mentioned in this post, or pre-ordering items coming out at the Pokemon Center, check out Japan Stuffs for all your Pokemon Center needs!
Until next time~
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.