I’m back with a separate Friday Merch Announcements post to cover the most recent Pokemon TCG news~
Two new booster packs have been announced via the Pokemon TCG website for release September 15th (Friday).
“Awakened Heroes” (SM4S) and “Ultra-Dimensional Beasts” (SM4A) are both normal booster sets. Each individual pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contain 5 random cards.
As a bonus along with the release, special “First Edition” boxes (30 packs of cards) will be sold of each booster set, with each box containing a guaranteed at least 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
Also starting September 15th, for every two boxes (60 packs) of booster packs bought, you will get 1 full deck’s worth of original Acerola card sleeves (64 sleeves). These bonus sleeves will be given out as a bonus while supplies last and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, along with the on-line Pokemon Center Store.
These sleeves can only be obtained through this promotion, and the design is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss out!
As with most big TCG releases, five new card sleeve designs will also go on sale in Japan starting September 15th (Friday).
The five designs are:
Team Skull (Zubat + Salandit)
All packs are for full decks with 64 sleeves each and will cost 777 yen after tax.
There will also be a Silvally deck case costing 390 yen after tax.
This past Saturday (July 15th) saw a multitude of releases, from plush to figures, plus a Pokemon Center promotion, a Pokemon Store grand opening (Okinawa), and of course not forgetting the release of the 2017 summer Pokemon movie: I Choose You!
In short, this weekend was very busy for Pokemon fans in Japan.
This post won’t cover everything, but here is a taste of what came out at Pokemon Centers!
First up: the adorable vacation Pikachu plush and mascot plush from the Alola Festival promotion.
Everything the Pikachu plush is wearing (hat, t-shirt, button-up shirt) was available in human sizes as well, so you could match! Although I don’t collect Pyukumuku, I thought the shirts were especially cute, and I love how the human size hats come with Pikachu ears attached.
As an aside, the button-up shirt release was delayed until August.
Speaking of Pyukumuku, we got a couple plush items of him in the Alola Festival promotion. Along with a super adorable mini sized Pyukumuku mascot plush, there was also a plush drawstring pouch and a plush tissue box cover. I especially love the tissue box covers because they transform any tissue box into a cuddle buddy, perfect for when you’re sick and feeling bad. (You’ll feel less bad pulling tissues out of Pyukumuku!)
There were also two other mascot plush besides Pyukumuku: Alola Marowak and Alola Exeggutor. The Exeggutor unfortunately is a little tiny (even with the neck he is still roughly the same size as Marowak) but I think that just makes him cuter. The Alola Marowak plush is perfect!
There were other items from the Alola Festival promotion aside from plush, believe it or not. The majority of items featured one of two main promotional art, both of which are just adorable beyond belief.
Pictured here is a sheet of stickers, various hand towels and handkerchiefs (the blue towel is a long towel with a bunch of Pyukumukus on it), and a cute Alolan style pouch!
These six Pikachu card sleeves were announced semi at the last minute. Each Pikachu is wearing a different hat from a different region, and each card sleeve pack contained 64 sleeves.
Card sleeves are special but pretty standard for TCG releases, however, the Pokemon Center also gave us mini card folders for storing your cards (how sweet!) There were two designs in total for this release, one featuring Rotom and one featuring Lana.
What were you especially excited for from the multitude of July 15th releases?
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!
This past week has been a roller coaster of releases and information!
I’m currently back in the States so things will be getting back to normal (for now) and I’ll have time to get caught up on a backlog of Pokemon Center Reports. We actually didn’t get any big news announcements this past Friday, but card information came out on Tuesday if I remember correctly, so let’s go with that!
The next set of booster packs will be released June 16th (Friday). The two sets are named “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” (SM3H) featuring a Ho-oh GX card, and “Light-Consuming Darkness” (SM3N) featuring a Necrozma GX card.
Each pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contains 5 random cards.
Of note, these new booster packs will contain the first official card of Marshadow, who features prominently in the up-coming summer Pokemon movie.
Along with booster packs, a couple other card related goodies will also be released June 16th (Friday), including a new special promo card set. Similar to previously released sets, it includes a promo Charmander card that can only be obtained via this set, as well as 1 pack each of Fighting Rainbow and Light-Consuming Darkness. Each card set will cost 378 yen after tax.
Card sleeves return on the 16th with five new designs, some of which we’ve seen before (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Sleepy Snorlax), and two brand new designs (Lana and Marshadow)!
All designs will be offered in full set sizes (64 sleeves) and will cost 777 yen after tax.
A new deck case, featuring Marshadow and Ho-oh, and a card folder featuring Necrozma, will also go on sale Friday, June 16th.
The deck case will cost 390 yen after tax and the folder will cost 1566 yen after tax.
Moving on to the card campaigns!
As always, card players will be rewarded for buying a lot of cards. Starting June 16th and while supplies last, customers will get 1 holo promo card for every box of cards bought (30 packs) at a certified Pokemon Gym, which includes Pokemon Centers and Stores. Buy 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Fighting Rainbow” to get Lucario, or 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Light-Consuming Darkness” to get Porygon Z.
Along with this campaign, customers who buy a legit first edition box of cards will be guaranteed 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
You’ll know if the box is first edition because it will have this mark on the front of the box.
Last and certainly not least, the convenience store chain Lawson will have a Pokemon card campaign starting June 16th while supplies last. For every 5 booster packs bought, customers will get a random blind-packaged card of three possible designs (Alola Sandshrew, Mareanie, or energy). In case you were curious, the theme for these three cards is “blue” as that is the Lawson brand color. This card campaign should be available at all Lawsons across Japan, but excluding Natural Lawsons and 100 Yen Store Lawsons.
And that wraps up the news report for the past week!
I will do my best to start getting Pokemon Center reports up starting tomorrow or the day after.
Tonight’s update includes a lot of info and photos, so let’s get started beginning with the most recent TCG news.
The next booster pack set was announced, with a release date of April 21st (Friday). Called “Beyond New Challenges”, is the second holo exclusive Sun & Moon set (SM2+) and the cards in this set are designed to be used alongside “Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight” to create stronger decks.
Each booster pack will cost 248 yen after tax and includes 5 random holo cards.
A special card set will go on sale April 21st as well. This set features a promo Alolan Vulpix card that you can only get via this set along with 2 “Beyond New Challenges” booster packs. This set will cost 550 yen after tax.
A two player 30 card deck battle set will also go on sale April 21st. As this set is designed for two people to be able to battle each other right out of the box, there is 2 sets of 30 card decks as opposed to the usual 1 set, and features 1 Pikachu GX card and 1 Mimikyu GX card. The set also includes:
This special two player set will cost 1,782 yen after tax.
As with most (if not all?) booster pack releases, there will be a special card campaign starting April 21st. Customers who buy 20 packs of “Beyond New Challenges” or 1 box will receive 1 Olivia promo card, which you can only get from this campaign.
The ever popular Kuttari Plush series is returning with a brand new array of non-plush (and some plush) items, including a cookie tin, towels, bags, and charms. This mini promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).
The fourth installment of Pokemon Tales was also announced, with a release date of April 8th (Saturday). The theme for this iteration is forest living, focusing on Pikachu and their friends everyday forest lives, including little forest parties and picnics. Along with Pikachu, some of the Pokemon included in the item illustrations are: Pichu, Tympole, Bonsly, Hoppip, Skiploom, Clefairy, and a very tiny, hidden Minccino!
The Ditto Transform promotion came out today (March 25th) in Japan, and I already have photos so be on the lookout for the next Pokemon Center Report coming soon! (more…)
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!