Friday Pokemon Announcements – April TCG News + Kuttari Plush Series + Little Tales

Hello everyone!

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:

44 damage counters / 2 markers / 1 sheet
2 GX markers
1 Pokemon coin
1 playmat
1 instruction manual
1 players guide

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.

Moving on!

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!
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Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon TCG Sleeves + Boxes + Goodies

Hello everyone!

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

Mimikyu

Ditto-chu

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!

Pokemon Center Report – Pokedex Metal Charms + Pokemon With You + Lillie Card Sleeves

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.

Metal charms!

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?

Moving on!

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)

A handkerchief

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!

Merchandise Overview – March

3.7

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)

3.8

[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

3.9

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)

3.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.

3.14

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)

3.16

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)

3.17

[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought

3.18

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee

3.22

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)

3.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)

3.25

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat

3.28

[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush

3.31

[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)

Pokemon Merchandise Announcements – Pokemon TCG “Awaiting Islands” / “Alola Moonlight”

The next set of Pokemon Sun & Moon TCG booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) have been officially announced!

This post will cover everything TCG related coming out on the booster pack release date of March 17th (Friday).

First up, the booster packs themselves. Each pack will contain 5 random cards and cost 162 yen each.

For card sleeve enthusiasts, there will be five new sleeve designs, all sold in full deck packs of 64 sleeves per pack at 777 yen each after tax.

The five designs include: Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc Pair, and Pokemon Ride.
Based on experience and recent trends, there is a good chance the Vulpix and Mimikyu sleeves will sell out very quickly, so if you want them, keep that in mind.

Along with card sleeves, there will also be two types of deck boxes coming out on March 17th.

The Lycanroc design will be available as both a regular and double sized deck box, while the Mao’s Cooking design will only be available as a double sized deck box.

The regular sized box will cost 390 yen after tax and the double deck boxes will cost 1,500 yen after tax.

Three new Pokemon Card Game Special Sets will go on sale starting March 17th, featuring Pikachu, Komala, and Jangmo-o promo cards.

The Komala set will include 1 holo promo card, 1 booster pack of “Awaiting Islands” and 1 booster pack of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax is 378 yen.
The Pikachu and Jangmo-o sets will include 1 holo promo card, 2 booster packs of “Awaiting Islands” and 2 booster packs of “Alola Moonlight”. Price after tax per set is 702 yen.

A new starter set will also go on sale, featuring a Tapu Bulu EX promo card!

Each set will contain 2 Tapu Bulu EX cards, 60 random cards, 44 damage counters + 2 markers, 1 GX marker, 1 Pokemon coin, 1 Playmat, and 1 Pokemon TCG player’s guide. The set will cost 1,680 yen after tax.

Finally, we have two different card campaigns starting March 17th!

Buy 5 booster packs from a store that deals with Pokemon cards in Japan (some stores excluded), and you will receive 1 special promo card pack.
The promo pack includes 11 random cards plus 1 secret card. The secret card can be 1 of 11 cards: a shiny Tapu Koko, Salandit, or 1 of 9 possible energy cards.

Also starting March 17th, for every full box of booster cards bought at an officially recognized Pokemon Card Gym (including the Pokemon Center), customers will receive either a holo Golisopod card (“Awaiting Islands” booster box) or a holo Dhelmise card (“Alola Moonlight booster box). These two cards are not included in either booster pack sets, so this is the only way to get them.

Both campaigns will be available while supplies last and cannot be combined with each other.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Japan Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s update was fairly uneventful. However, with that said, the official Japanese On-line Pokemon Center store will be celebrating it’s 1st year anniversary with a bunch of sales and campaigns!

The campaign will start from February 16th (Thursday), 2017 at 10:00 am.

At this point, 5 special deals and campaigns have been announced.

First up, there will be a 4 day sale exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line store, from February 16th (Thursday) until February 19th (Sunday). During this time a bunch of special sets will be sold at 50% off each, with each day featuring different items.

Thursday the 16th will have four sets on sale: a Pokeball set, 2 TCG sets, and a play mat.

Friday and Saturday will have one set each day (Villains set and Pokemon Time set) while Sunday will have 2 special sets (Varsity Pikachu and Spring Time sets).

All items and sets will go on sale from 10:00 am JP time and will only be available as long as supplies last.

Number 2: On-line Exclusive Items!

The Lapras plush is an enlarged version of the previously released Pokemon Center exclusive plush, measuring in at around 3 feet and weighing 5 pounds.
The Red Nendoroid set is a re-release, so if you missed out the first time, now is your chance!

Number 3: Raffle Items!

Japan Pokemon Center On-line members will be able to enter to win previously released exclusive items from the account page on the On-Line store site starting February 16th, 2017. Since the official page hasn’t opened yet, I’m not sure if these are the only four items being raffled off or if there will be other items.

Note that even if you win, you do not receive these items for free, and the only payment method is Cash On Delivery.

Number 4: More Exclusive Items!

Both the Sapporo Exclusive Pikachu Snow Plush and a double pack of Pokemon Sun & Moon will be sold in limited quantities exclusively on the Japan Pokemon Center On-line web store.

Number 5: Presents!

It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without some sort of special campaign present. These three poster designs will be given out to all on-line center store customers for every 4,000 yen spent between February 16th (Thursday) until April 7th (Friday) or while supplies last. Each design will be distributed during the times specified in the photo.

And that concludes tonight’s announcements! Until next time~

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Pokemon Center On-line 1st Year Anniversary