Posted on December 21, 2016
More merchandise announcements for the 23rd of December, which is quickly turning into Nightmare Before Christmas: Pokemon Edition.
The Alola Friends promotion quietly slipped under the radar by getting announced via the Pokemon Daisuki Club. The line-up features a variety of items for home use with a very cute and simple Pikachu centric illustration.
As mentioned, the promotion will go on sale along with everything else December 23rd at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
Free Box (Surfboard, Hula Dance) – 1,080 yen each
Free Tray – 1,458 yen
Cork Board – 1,296 yen
Cork Coaster (Set of 2) – 486 yen
Soup Mug – 1,404 yen
Set of 2 Glasses – 1,296 yen
Oval Bowl – 1,728 yen
Mini Bowl – 864 yen
Tissue Cover – 1,620 yen
Storage Basket – 2,700 yen
Towel Mat – 1,944 yen
Face Towel – 983 yen
Bath Towel – 3,240 yen
Wallstory (Pikachu, Pikachu + Exeggutor, Pikachu + Raichu, Pikachu + Oriocorio) – 756 yen each
Posted on December 20, 2016
This post will focus on the Pokemon Center releases from December 3rd!
The star of the day was the January Monthly Pair Pikachu. Dressed as Meowth while also imitating the traditional Japanese “maneki-neko“, these Pikachu are perfectly posed to both welcome in the New Year and bring good luck to the owner.
As with all Monthly Pair Pikachu, one is a boy and one is a girl (as evident by their tail shapes) and as an added bonus, their little Meowth hoodies can be lowered and raised.
Next up, brand new Pokemon With You charms! I guess the badges are out with only new metal charms being made, which is fine, although I do sort of miss those mini badges. At any rate, this release featured Litten
and Popplio, along with…
Posted on December 16, 2016
Friday Pokemon Announcements (Part 2) – Pokedolls: The Return + Monthly Pair Pikachu + Skytree New Years Promo
And we’re back with part 2 of two weeks’ worth of merchandise announcements.
Let’s start off with something exciting!
That’s right, no adjustment of your computer screen necessary. Pokedolls are back! Or at least they will be in January 2017. As part of a special promotion at the Skytree Pokemon Center location (which will be explained in more detail below), these three Pokedolls will go on sale first at the Skytree Pokemon Center on January 1st! If you don’t feel like braving the New Years crowds for an early glimpse of the brand new Pokedolls, never fear, as they will be available nationwide starting January 14th.
Note that Pokedoll price has once again increased, with each doll retailing for 1,296 yen.
Of further note, it was erroneously reported on the official Pokemon site that along with the Sun and Moon starters, we would also be getting Pokedolls of Pikachu, Ditto, Bewear, Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu, however, this is not the case. Only Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten will be released as Pokedolls on January 1st at the Skytree Center location and then at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan on January 14th. The other Pokedolls currently have no known release date, but as soon as a date has been decided within the Pokemon Company, they will make another announcement. So you can cry a little but they will exist at some point.
Moving on… Monthly Pair Pikachu! The February pair Pikachus are adorable and might even make a better present for your loved one (or for yourself) than chocolate. But why chance it; get both maybe.
The Pair Plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan January 7th and will retail for the usual price of 2,808 yen after tax.
Posted on December 15, 2016
First of all, a big apology for slacking in the news. The past week especially has been a little hectic but I am once again back in the US. Now that things are settled on various fronts, expect to see some changes which have been in the works for months now. But in the meantime…part 1 of some amazing Pokemon merch announcements!
First up and perhaps most exciting of all, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush were announced last week! This newest set of plush will go on sale December 23rd (Friday) and includes Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
All plush included in this set will cost the same price: 1,620 yen including tax.
If you’re more of a Gen 2 person, then I have exciting news for you as well! First up, brand new Gen 2 Pokemon Center exclusive plush will also be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on December 23rd (Friday). The line-up for this set includes: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, and Umbreon. Each plush will cost 1,620 yen except for Slowking who is a little bigger and will sell for 2,160 yen after tax.
Posted on December 15, 2016
[Pokemon Center] Sapporo Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms: Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru
[Pokemon Center] January Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Collaboration] 5103 Pokemon Necklaces
[Blind Packaged] Welcome to Pikachu’s Room! (8 Types)
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Style Figure (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlet, Solgaeo)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Litten, Popplio, Rowlet
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Kids Sun & Moon (Dex Rotom, Komala, Litten, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru)
[Pokemon Store] Pokemon Store sticker campaign starts
[Pokemon Center] Rowlet’s Garden
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Fashion From Alola
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Team Skull Pikachu)
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 random half size playmat for every 5 expansion packs bought at the Pokemon Center or from the on-line store. 7 designs total.
[Banpresto] Big Rotom Plush
[Merchandise] Poketabi Wonderful Collection
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Sun and Moon (Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Gold and Silver (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Original 151 Pokemon Big Badges
[Pokemon Center] Johto Can Badge Collection
[Pokemon Center] Alola Friends
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Johto Badge Complete Collection Pre-order Starts
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Big Size Pikachu Plush (2 Types)
[Collaboration] Magikarp Taiyaki
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Rotom Dex)
[Takara Tomy] Alola Vulpix Plush
[MonColle] Mimikyu, Lycanroc (Midday/Midnight), Pikachu (Z-Pose), Snorlax, Tapu Koko
[MonColle Get] Volume 1, Volume 2
Posted on December 2, 2016
Friday Pokemon Announcements – Rowlet’s Garden + Pokemon Villains + Welcome to Alola Part 2 + Card Sleeves
Technically our Friday Pokemon announcements came out on Thursday but let’s not worry about small details; on to the merchandise!
First up – Rowlet’s Garden! Posters for this promotion were already up at Pokemon Centers on Thursday morning when the Hokkaido promotion started, creating a nice little teaser until we got more information from the official website announcement.
Rowlet’s Garden features a variety of items that can be used inside and outside of the house (along with a couple wearable items as well) with a very cute and flowery bird pattern, so if you love birds and Pokemon (and bird Pokemon) this promotion was basically made for you! The release date is December 17th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Next up: Pokemon Villains Part 2! The first part gave us Pikachu dressed as the boss from every Pokemon evil organization, and now with Sun and Moon released, here we have the missing boss: Team Skull Pikachu! Along with both a regular sized and mascot size plush, there will be some new items featuring all of the villainous Chus in their cosplaying glory, including clearfiles, notebooks, and a special card box set.
The release date for this promotion is also December 17th and will be available at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
If you were sad about the lack of new t-shirts and pins with a more Alola feel to them, then I have good news and bad news. The good news is: tada! The bad news is: they’re blind packaged so good luck getting the design you want (Surfing Pikachu amirite).
There will be 2 different sets of blind packaged t-shirt designs, with each t-shirt costing 1,944 yen after tax. Pikachu and Luvdisc are part of set A, Marowak and Exeggutor are part of set B. There will be other designs as well not yet revealed.
If t-shirts aren’t so much your style, there will be pins as part of the mini promotion as well. Along with the designs pictured here, there will also be pins made of the “gym leader” badges from Sun and Moon, with each pin costing 432 yen each.
The web page ends the merchandise list with “etc” meaning more to come, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Finally, we have: card sleeves! These four designs will go on sale December 9th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan. These designs will be available as half-decks only, with each pack costing 778 yen after tax.
(Read more for full item lists and prices)
Posted on November 25, 2016
Here I am, right on time!
Today’s announcements were sparse for merch, but hope is not lost as Pokemon threw us a small bone.
Varsity Pikachu goods! The theme is based on a sort of Japanese “vintage” view of American universities, and the merchandise has a semi scholary feel to it, with a bunch of notebooks, folders, pens, and of course, the Pikachu varsity jacket. Not only can you buy a little Pikachu plush wearing one, but you can buy a human sized version of the jacket and match!
The Varsity Pikachu promotion comes out December 10th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
For fun, here is a small announcement from last week. These necklaces are a collaboration between Pokemon and 5108. The 5108 name is pronounced “kotoba“, meaning “word” or “phrase” in Japanese. This is not a coincidence as the company specializes in necklaces with charms that are words or phrases, in English, Japanese, and French (among other languages). These necklaces of course will have a Pokemon flair to them. (Check out the 5108 official website for more examples of their work!)
The Pokemon collaboration necklaces will go on sale starting December 3rd at all Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan. Each necklace costs 4,104 yen.
There are 22 necklaces as part of this set, so instead of listing all of them, here are a couple of my personal favorites.
Share this necklace with a person you like a lot.
And my number one; give this as a gift to someone you know who sleeps all the time (like me).
(Continue reading for more information on the Varsity Pikachu promotions)
Posted on November 24, 2016
This week has been non-stop for me since the Pokemon Sun & Moon release on Friday, and here it’s almost a week later. But better late than never, so here is last week’s Friday Pokemon Announcements!
Starting with the most important…
We finally have photos of merchandise from the up-coming Hokkaido Pokemon Center Grand Re-opening promotion! And it’s basically as marvelous as you could hope for. The stars of the show are definitely the three main plush, which are NOT EXCLUSIVE to the Sapporo Center. They will be available everywhere in Japan! Unsurprisingly, there is a strong “Sapporo” theme to the line-up. Aside from the items that feature the main winter time artwork, there are a couple unique things such as the wood carved statues (wood carved bear statues, sometimes with salmon, are especially common as souvenirs in Sapporo) and the noodle bowl set (with miso flavored instant ramen as miso ramen is famous in Sapporo). As an additional side note, not only is miso ramen my favorite ramen, but I love it with extra butter added, which is another Sapporo tradition.
If we’re discussing items unique to Sapporo, we can’t ignore the Sapporo exclusive plush, featuring William S Clark (in Pikachu form). Notorious for his famous saying, “Boys, be ambitious!” William Clark managed to leave quite a lasting legacy considering he was only in Japan for eight months.
The Sapporo Center will re-open December 1st, which not quite incidentally is also the date of the Hokkaido promotion.
Full Merchandise Line-Up
Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
2,376 yen each
Mascot Plush: Pikachu, Alola Vulpix, Popplio
1,296 yen each
Squeezey Pikachu Mascot
Snowball Plush: Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon
648 yen each
Posted on November 14, 2016
I am back two nights in a row, slowly getting caught up with my Pokemon Center Reports!
The latest release from San-ei’s All-Star series was originally scheduled for the 12th (same day as December’s Monthly Pair Pikachu and New Years 2017) but because San-ei doesn’t really like to follow release rules, they came out a week early. Why not?
The release consisted mostly of a bunch of regular sized plush, a couple medium and large sized plush (some bigger versions of previously released Pokemon) and three cushions from the fluffy and soft (mochifuwa) cushion collection.
So what all was included? Let’s take a look!
Posted on November 13, 2016
We had a fairly low key release this past Saturday with the Pokemon New Years 2017 promotion. Which was fine by me considering how stressful next week’s release is probably going to be!
First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu plush for December came out on the 12th! These two Pikas are going snowboarding and nothing is getting in their way of having a good time.
The first thing that surprised me about the plush was the snowboard – based on the previous plush and their accessories, I thought the snowboard would be made out of a felty cardboard sort of material that could bend easily, but actually it’s made of plastic. Second, the fabric they used for the jackets feels very much like the type of fabric commonly used for jackets worn for winter sports or I guess sports in general, which I thought was a cute touch.
The tag is just as adorable as the real plush! There have been some cute pair plush in the past, but this pair might be one of my top favorites from the set.
The second main event for Saturday was the New Years merchandise. I’ve noticed that most New Years merchandise gets overlooked, and I have a feeling this year will face the same fate, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of cute items included in the line-up.
With the cutest item being the plush! It’s actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It seems like recent plush are either smaller than expected or bigger, but no middle ground…which is fine when it’s bigger!