Friday Pokemon Announcements – Okinawa Center Renewal + Pokeball Plush + 7-11 Exclusive Plush

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Okinawa Center Renewal + Pokeball Plush + 7-11 Exclusive Plush

Hello everyone!

This week’s announcements were a little lackluster, and to add insult to injury, the Okinawa Store Renewal and Reopening promotion is really cute! … and only available in Okinawa!?

To celebrate the reopening of the Ryubo Store on June 17th and the grand opening of the Pokemon Store location in Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom, a small selection of Okinawa exclusive Pokemon merchandise will go on sale from July 15th (Saturday). The merch line-up features Pikachus dressed in traditional Okinawan dance clothing and Eevees dressed as Shisa (symbolized by Arcanine), a famous dog/dragon hybrid from Okinawa mythology.

This is the first time we’ve had an entire small promotion be exclusive to that Pokemon Center, instead of just one or two items, which is kind of a shame. They want people to visit the Okinawa locations, but not everyone can just up and go on vacation. With that said, if you live in Okinawa and plan on going to one of the Pokemon Store locations, please get in touch with me! I need to get my hands on one (or both) of those Eevee plush ❤

Okinawa Promotion Line-Up

Pikachu Plush – 2,376 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen

Eevee Plush (Normal / Smile) – 2,160 yen each

A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Chinsuko Cookies (similar to shortbread) – 842 yen

Next up, a new type of merchandise: mini Pokemon plush in Pokeballs! This is a little similar to a previously released line of merch that had mini Pokemon in eggs, but of course different as these are Pokeballs and not eggs. These new plush will also go on sale at Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday), with each pokeball & plush set costing 864 yen.

The line-up will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix

Mew, Snorlax, Gengar, and Eevee.

Three plush similar to the plush featured in the recently released Pokemon Collection Kuji 2017 will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Japan 7-11 on-line store.

Male Pikachu and Eevee will be available in limited numbers and can be pre-ordered between July 5th (Wednesday) at 10 am and July 17th (Monday) at 11:59 pm.

Female Pikachu will only be available for pre-order on July 11th (Tuesday) from 10 am until 11:59 pm.

These plush are big, and the price reflects it. All three plush cost 12,000 yen each, including tax.

Last but not least! These cute magnets will go on sale in Japan (not exclusive to Pokemon Centers) sometime in the beginning of July. Each magnet costs 1,080 yen after tax. The magnet line-up includes Pikachu, Meowth, Slowpoke, Mew, Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.

The little tails can be kept as is or bent upwards so you can use these magnet Pokemon as hooks to hold things, like keys, scissors or other household/kitchen items. Cute and useful!

That wraps up Friday’s announcements.

Until next time ~

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Okinawa Center Renewal
Pokeball Plush
7-11 Plush

Merchandise Overview – July

July

[Pokemon Kids] Pikachu I Choose You Edition (Ash’s Pikachu, Butterfree, Charizard, Piplup, Lucario, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)

7.1

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Marshadow)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu in the Forest
[Pokemon Center] Jumbo Ho-oh GX Card Set

7.3

[Candy Toy] Pikachu Loves Ketchup Figures (8 designs, no secrets)

7.4

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Extra Large Plush (Ice Cream Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Lucario, Piplup)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Charmander, Charizard)

7.6

[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 3 – 2 designs)

7.8

[Bandai] Pre-order start for Substitute Doll Keyboard Plush

7.11

[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Charmander Plush

7.13

[Takara Tomy] Pop’n Step Figures (Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Rowlet Plush
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mini Ash’s Pikachu Plush (7 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush (Charmander, Caterpie, Butterfree, Charizard)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ho-Oh, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Movie: I Choose You! Large Plush (Ash’s Pikachu Vol 4 – 2 designs)

7.15

[Pokemon Center] Alola Festival Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball & Mini Pokemon Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Vulpix, Gengar, Eevee, Snorlax, Mew)
[Pokemon Center] Okinawa Center Promotion
[TCG] “Shining Legends” booster packs
[TCG] Pikachu Hat Card Sleeves (6 Designs)
[TCG Campaign] Buy 20 packs of Shining Legends to get 1 promo shiny Ho-oh card
[TCG] Dex Rotom Mini Card File, Lana’s Vacation Card File
[Takara Tomy] Mini Size Shoulder Pikachu (Original Cap, Hoenn Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap, Kalos Cap, Alola Cap)
[San-ei] All-Star Plush Part 6 (Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Cerebi, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Plusle, Minun, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, Victini, Hoopa)
[MonColle] Ho-Oh (I Choose You! Ver.), Ash’s Pikachu Set (6 Figures), Primarina Z-Move Pose, Incineroar Z-Move Pose, Decidueye Z-Move Pose
[MonColle 20th Anniversary Sets] Kanto Region + Pikachu, Johto Region
[MonColle Get] Vol 9 (Charmander, Incineroar, Entei, Piplup, Metamon, Makuhita)

7.17

[Candy Toys] Pokemon Chocolate Eggs – Sun & Moon (Ash’s Pikachu, Leafeon, Glaceon, Ditto, Lucario, Porygon 2, Poliwag, Magikarp, Machamp, Lapras, Flygon, Charizard, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Secret)

7.20

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Plush (Pikachu)

7.21

[Sekiguchi] Moko-Moko Pokemon Plush (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Marshtomp, Slowpoke)
[Sekiguchi] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Ash)

7.22

[Pokemon Center] Squishy Pokemon Center Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Mimikyu, Lapras, Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Wartortle, Ivysaur, Charmelon, Sandygast, Slowpoke, Larvitar, Alola Exeggutor, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] We Love Pikachu promotion
[Collaboration] Pikachu Polaroid Camera
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Extra Large Sleepy Pikachu Plush (2 designs)

7.24

[Candy Toys] Pikachu Magnets (8 designs, no secrets)

7.29

[Pokemon Center] Japanese Style Promotion

Pokemon Center Report – Pikachu Collection + Takara Tomy Plush + New Pokemon Center Plush

Pokemon Center Report – Pikachu Collection + Takara Tomy Plush + New Pokemon Center Plush

Hello everyone!

I thought this past Saturday would be fairly quiet, but actually, there was a bunch of releases (I forgot about oops) and to make things even more exciting, the extra large Pokemon Center On-Line Lapras plush started shipping! If you placed an order for one of these giant monsters a while back, your plush is probably on the way to you.

Before we get into the release news, I have a small aside. As everyone who follows me knows, I am very active on Twitter and I’ve been using it to share Pokemon photos for years now. Recently, Twitter started implementing changes to how their system filters not safe for work or “sensitive content” media and will auto-tag photos as NSFW or “sensitive” based on algorithms that I don’t understand. Completely innocent videos and images have started being incorrectly marked as “sensitive” which in and of itself seems more like an amusing annoyance, but apparently Twitter can now mark your entire account as containing sensitive material based on the system auto tagging photos or posts.

Over the past two weeks, a couple of my Pokemon Center photos on Twitter were tagged as containing sensitive content when it was literally just Pokemon plush, and then it was brought to my attention that my entire account (@zombiemiki) has been marked as an account containing sensitive material. My account does not contain sensitive material at all, but if you don’t know me and go to my profile to follow me, you’ll be faced with a pop-up stating my account may contain sensitive material, and might be scared off. I’ve tried contacting Twitter support (although it seems like it’s a bot so whats the point of even having it), and I tried submitting a ticket, and I’ve tried checking and unchecking the “my account contains sensitive material” option multiple times, and my account is still tagged as NSFW.

If you’re seeing this and don’t follow me yet, don’t be scared! I’m doing my best to get this fixed; my account does not contain NSFW anything. As stated in my profile, I post about Pokemon and food, and that is not a lie. If you’re already a follower, thank you for your continued support! And to anyone who maybe has friends who work for Twitter, or if you yourself work for Twitter, or know of a way I can potentially get this issue fixed, please let me know.

If you’re a Twitter user, I strongly urge you to: go to settings -> privacy & safety -> under Safety, check the option that says “display media that may contain sensitive material”. A lot of people are being affected by this new change that of course no one has bothered to proof before rolling out, and this helps slightly.

Moving on to Pokemon!

Saturday, June 24th saw two new Mimikyu and Bewear plush, and a bunch of Pikachu stuff in preparation for the summer Pokemon movie. First up, we have three new fuzzy Takara Tomy plush! They all come in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon era boxes and are super soft. If the rumors I heard are correct, Mimikyu is slightly posable, in that you can make him stand up straight or slump over and be creepy.

We also got a super surprise release: more Pokemon Center mascot plush! These are basically tiny versions of previously released Pokemon Center plush, in this case, Mimikyu and Bewear.

Not a surprise: new Pokemon Center plush! This latest batch included Meowth, Corsola, Mareanie, and Charjabug (because why not). For those wondering, the new Marshadow plush will be coming out July 1st.

June 24th gave us two surprise Pikachu plush and two announced plush! The surprise plush are the Pilot and Train Driver Pikachus, and the announced was the gigantic Pikachu plush phone case and (not photo-ed but similar) a plush Pikachu tissue box cover.

Last and certainly not least, the big promotion for June 24th was the Pikachu Album Collection, featuring a cute sort of old-fashioned sepia theme with Ash’s Pikachu. There was a bunch of items designed to look like paper lunch bags, which I think is really cute, including a literal lunch bag that can be used to keep your food cold.

Along with the items photographed here, there was also a cute Pikachu gacha with little Pikachus wearing little hats.

Was there anything from this weekend’s promotion and releases that you were looking forward to? What are you hoping for release wise over the summer?

That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report! As always, everything listed here (and more) can be found for purchase through Japan Stuffs. Check them out if you haven’t already!

Until next time~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Alola Festival! + We Love Pikachu

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Alola Festival! + We Love Pikachu

Hello everyone!

We got two new promotion announcements on Friday, both of which involve a lot of Pikachu (and Pyukumuku!)

First up – Alola Festival! This Alolan centric promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 15th (Saturday). Of note are the several Pyukumuku items that aren’t pictured (yet), such as the plush dice bag and the tissue box cover. If you love Alola, and if you especially love Pyukumuku, then this promotion was made for you.

The Alola Festival promotion has 1 main Pikachu plush and four mascot plush (Pikachu, Pyukumuku, Alola Exeggutor, and Alola Marowak).

The Pikachu plush will cost 1,944 yen after tax. Mascot Pikachu plush will cost 1,296 yen and the other three mascot plush will cost 1,080 yen each after tax.

Incidentally, check out this adorable Pikachu plush! Love his outfit? You can wear it, too, as all of the clothing items, including both shirts and the hat, will be available in actual human size person form as well!

Alola Festival also features a blind packaged acrylic charm collection, which, for the first time in a seemingly long time, includes a secret design, for a total of 10 charms!

Each charm will cost 540 yen, and an entire box of charms will be 5,400 yen.

Merchandise Line-Up

Pikachu Ear Hat (54 cm / 58 cm) – 3,672 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Pyukumuku T-Shirt (Child Size) – 2,700 yen

Long Towel w/ Pocket – 1,080 yen
Handkerchief (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 368 yen each

Not Pictured

A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
Pencil Board – 270 yen
Notebook – 184 yen

Pyukumuku Plush Dice Bag – 864 yen
Mini Towel (Alola Festival / Alola Sunset) – 410 yen each
Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 4,320 yen
Mini Tote-Bag by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 3,456 yen
Pouch by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. – 1,944 yen
Pyukumuku Tissue Box Cover – 2,160 yen

In honor of the annual Pikachu Invasion event held in Yokohama, Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan will sell a variety of Pikachu-themed merchandise starting July 22nd (Saturday).

There are a bunch of neat items included in this promotion, including but not limited to a bunch of clothing items with Pikachu ears or tails attached and a little combo fan and water bottle to keep you cool in the summer heat!

The Pikachu promotion will feature a blind packaged figure collection (not gacha for once!) Each blind box will cost 500 yen including tax, with 1 box of 10 figures costing 5,000 yen. There will be 10 figures in total which means there are 2 others not pictured here that will be included as part of the set.

Another pretty unique part to this promotion: shoulder plush! These plush are mascot plush that come with an extra part so you can attach each plush to your shoulder and carry it around with you.

This batch of plush includes Pikachu (of course), Ditto, Mew, and Rowlet, with each plush costing 1,800 yen including tax. Admittedly, the inclusion of Ditto is a little odd. His shape is a little awkward for shoulders, but I’m sure there are Ditto fans out there who are happy.

Merchandise Line-Up

Pikachu backpack (Small) – 4,540 yen
Pikachu Backpack (Medium) – 4,860 yen
Pikachu Ear Headband (Kids Size / Adult Size) – 1,200 yen

Long Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Kids Size) – 2,160 yen
Hooded Pikachu Towel (Adult Size) – 2,700 yen

Not Pictured

Hand Towel – 540 yen
Pikachu / Ribbon Mascot Plush – 760 yen each
Hair Scrunchie w/ Mascot Plush – 760 yen

Pikachu Tail Mascot Plush (Male / Female)
Available with a carabiner clasp (1,080 yen) or with a chain clasp (660 yen)
Pikachu Stickers – 540 yen

Waterproof Pouch – 1,620 yen
Mist Fan – 1950 yen
Shopping Bag – 1,080 yen
Photo Postcards (10 Designs) – 200 yen each

Not Pictured

Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Pikachu Face Design T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Child) – 2,700 yen
Lots of Pikachu Pattern T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Child) – 3,240 yen
Hooded Pikachu T-Shirt (Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen

Photo Frame – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 500 yen
Pikachu Ear Hat (Small / Regular) – 3,240 yen

There will also be two items exclusive to the Yokohama Pokemon Center.

Yokohama Photo Postcard – 200 yen
Set of 2 Square Can Badges – 650 yen

Finishing up with some TCG!

A brand new booster pack – SM3+ / “Shining Legends” (featuring a shiny Mew card) will go on sale starting July 15tth (Saturday). Each pack will cost 248 yen including tax and includes 6 random cards, with 1 guaranteed holo card.

Customers who buy 20 packs of cards at a designated Pokemon Gym store (including Pokemon Centers and Stores) will get a special Shiny Ho-oh promo card.

Two mini card binders will also be coming out July 15th (Saturday): Dex Rotom and Lana’s Vacation. Each card binder will cost 515 yen after tax and can hold about 104 Pokemon cards.

That wraps up Friday’s Pokemon merch announcements!

Until next time~

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Alola Festival
We Love Pikachu

UFO Catcher Adventures – Kororin Friends: Pikachu Line

UFO Catcher Adventures – Kororin Friends: Pikachu Line

One of a couple catch up posts from when I was in Japan!

Some new plush from the popular “Kororin Friends” Banpresto prize plush series were released near the end of May.

One of these releases was a larger size Pikachu plush.

As with everything related to the Pokemon franchise, there can never be too many Pikachu plush.

Three smaller plush (Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu) from the same Kororin Friends series also came out at the same time.

I tend to have difficulty catching the smaller sized Kororin Friends plush because of their round shape. How easy or difficult they are to catch is completely dependent on how nice the staff at the game centers are. For the mountain set-up, they can be super easy to catch if placed in the right spot of the mountain or incredibly difficult if at the wrong spot. For the other set-up photoed here, from Round 1, this can either be an easy 1-3 play win if the claw is strong or a waste of money if the claw is too weak to do anything.

I won the majority of my Kororin plush from this type of set-up, with the grabby claw. This is yet another instance of “this will either go well or horribly wrong” depending on how strong the claw is. If it doesn’t lift at all, you’re probably better off saving your money. If it’s strong enough to lift the plush a little, you can move it forward (or to the side depending on where the plush is in the machine) and win it in a few tries or if you’re really lucky, the claw will lift the plush up entirely and you’ll win instantly.

As an aside, the Raichu is super cute! I won one for myself because I couldn’t resist. You can see him here with my other Raichus (and Alolan Raichus) in the top right corner of the shelf.

Until next time~

Pokemon Center Report – Lillie & Gladion + Colorful Trip

Pokemon Center Report – Lillie & Gladion + Colorful Trip

This weekend started off the busy first half of the summer at the Pokemon Center with a super cute travel themed Pokemon Center promotion called “Colorful Trip”, along with a Lillie and Gladion themed promotion.

Starting with Lillie! Out of the two promos this weekend, only the Lillie promo had a plush: a Clefairy based on her much loved in-game doll. As anyone knows who follows my blog, I love Clefairy, so it’s no surprise I was especially excited for this doll for my collection. I assumed it would be about pokedoll sized, even with the price. It ended up being double (triple?) that size, but I’m not complaining. The more Clefairy the better!

The Lillie promotion offered a bunch of unique items that aren’t usually seen in Pokemon Center promotions, such as these paper craft sets.

Can badge sets! Not only are the sets themselves fairly original, but the shape of the badges as well are not the typical round can badge shape.

A lot of items featured the main Lillie and Cosmog illustration. Half of those items also featured a Gladion and Silvally version. There were a couple items that only came in one variation (Lillie, Gladion, or Lusamine) and this flat pouch is one of the few Lusamine items, along with a handkerchief.

For people who loved the illustrations themselves, they were available in “mini” sized poster form. There were five designs in total – Lillie & Cosmog, Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala, Gladion & Silvally, and Lusamine & Nihilego. The Lillie with legendary designs are somehow even more adorable since they both feature child Lillie.

Moving on to the travel promotion! All of the merchandise in the line-up is travel inspired and there was so many pouches, bags, and other travel related accessories. Perfect for the Pokemon lover who travels a lot! These six stickers feature the six main illustrations.

The merchandise line-up was not super big, but this promotion also featured a bunch of original items mixed in with some traditional promo stuff (like this pouch).

This pouch, appropriately named a “travel pouch”, was pretty neat! First, it was bigger than I was expecting, but also it folds out and can be used to store a bunch of items in different compartments.

There was a bunch of old-fashioned trunk inspired merch, both cute and functional. This “suitcase” is actually a shoulder bag. Also of note is the promotion hang tag, which looks like a ticket. (Too cute?!)

This adorable lunch-box themed cookie tin is filled with chocolate Pokeball-shaped cookies.

Last but not least, you can’t travel without actual luggage. There were two suitcases available for purchase, both with a Pokemon theme. The downside is Pokemon Center suitcases are too small for international travel, especially for the price, which is a shame. If it was cheaper or bigger, I would snap one up in a heart beat.

That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center report!
Did you get anything from either promotion? What were you looking forward to the most?

Until next time~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Pokemon Center Plush + Pikachu in the Forest + Pokemon With You Can Badge Renewal

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Pokemon Center Plush + Pikachu in the Forest + Pokemon With You Can Badge Renewal

Hello everyone!

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

Not Pictured
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

Not Pictured
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

Not Pictured
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 432 yen

That concludes today’s merchandise announcement round-up!

Until next time~

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New Pokemon Center Plush
Pokemon With You badges
Ho-oh Jumbo Card Set
Pikachu in the Forest

Pokemon Center Report – Socks and Charms!

Pokemon Center Report – Socks and Charms!

We went into this weekend thinking there wouldn’t be any releases aside from the Anker collaboration Pokeball and Pikachu themed portable phone chargers, and the Center decided to surprise us with some unannounced merch: charms and socks!

The socks are typical Pokemon Center socks, with the usual deal of get three pairs for 1,080 yen (including tax).

The non Eeveelution socks are all basically stock art, which means they look a little derpy, although still cute! This release includes: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Alola Raichu, and Alola Vulpix.

There was also three non-stock socks: Pikachu’s face, Mareanie, and Pyukumuku.

And of course not forgetting the line-up of Eeveelution socks, which are all adorable and feature the Pokedoll graphics from the Colorful Eevee collection.

I was really excited for the bell charms when I saw images of them. Pokemon Center bell charms are one of my favorite non-promo product because they’re so cute and tiny and round and adorable! I call them bell charms because each charm is a little bell. The line-up this time includes: Pikachu (as always), Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.

I really hope they give us more bell charms in the near future, especially Alola Vulpix!

We also got a full set of Pikachu alphabet keychains, with one letter of the alphabet per charm.

(Pictures from Daisuki Club)

As a reminder, all of these items (and more) can be purchased through Japan Stuffs!

Until next time ~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Tohoku Center Reopening + Pokemon Colorful Trip + Pikachu Album Collection + Kotobukiya Lillie

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Tohoku Center Reopening + Pokemon Colorful Trip + Pikachu Album Collection + Kotobukiya Lillie

The Pokemon Center either gives us no news or dumps all the news possible on us all at once. Friday was one of those barfing up news days!

First up, and maybe the most exciting news from Friday: we finally have a list of merchandise coming out as part of the Tohoku Pokemon Center re-opening promotion! As a Victini collector, and a fan of the Tohoku Center in general, I’m super excited. Most of the items in the promo will be available everywhere in Japan, but the Jirachi poncho plush and mascot plush, along with the Tohoku Center logo pin, will be exclusively sold at the Tohoku Center.

The Tohoku promotion will start June 30th (Friday) and will feature a return of the ever popular Pikachu Poncho plush.

Pikachu Poncho Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 2,160 yen each
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Victini, Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Kokeshi Style Plush (Pikachu, Victini, Jirachi) – 1,080 yen each
Jirachi Pokemon Center Plush – 1,620 yen
Kokeshi Style Metal Charm Set – 864 yen

Acrylic Charm Collection (10 designs total) – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Sticky Note Set – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Deck Case & Card Sleeve Set – 1,080 yen

Not Pictured

Mug – 1,296 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Metal Charm Set (Pikachu/Jirachi) – 594 yen each
Poncho Pikachu Metal Charm Set (Rowlet, Victini, Jirachi) – 972 yen
Post Card – 162 yen

Tohoku Center Exclusive Items

Pikachu Poncho Plush (Jirachi) – 2,160 yen
Pikachu Poncho Mascot Plush (Jirachi) – 1,296 yen
Pokemon Center Tohoku Logo Pin – 680 yen

A cute travel themed promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 17th (Saturday). Along with a general travel theme, the majority of items included in the promo are travel related items, such as bags and even two suitcases.

Pikachu Suitcase – 16,200 yen
Trunk Style Suitcase – 19,440 yen
Foldable Boston Bag – 3,240 yen
Suitcase Style Cookie Tin – 1,058 yen
Travel Pouch – 2,160 yen
Coin Case – 1,404 yen
Clear Case Set – 864 yen

Luggage Tags (Pikachu Pair / Ticket) – 1,296 yen each
Hand Towel – 540 yen
Travel Stickers (Suitcase / Ticket / Pikachu Pair / Piplup & Rowlet / Pikachu & Stufful / Rowlet & Stufful & Pikachu) – 324 yen each
Album – 1,080 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
Double Pocket Clearfile – 400 yen
T-Shirt (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,240 yen

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Suitcase Style Pochette – 2,808 yen
Multi-Use Case – 1,728 yen
Memo Pad – 432 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,160 yen

A cute promotion featuring Ash’s Pikachu will go on sale June 24th (Saturday). The promotion features a variety of items, including cork coasters, wooden clips, a mug with a matching wooden box, and a bunch of items styled to look like paper bags to fit the nostalgic theme.

Die-cut Sticky Note Set – 735 yen
Photo Frame – 1,944 yen
Coaster Set (A / B) – 729 yen each
Clip Set – 918 yen
Croquis Sketchbook – 540 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Face Towel – 1,080 yen

Mug with Wooden Box – 1,620 yen
Pouch – 1,620 yen
Lunch Bag – 1,728 yen
Flat Case – 1,728 yen
Coin Case – 1,296 yen
Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen

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Set of 2 3-Pocket Clearfiles – 756 yen
Sticky Notes – 540 yen
Wood Stickers (A / B) – 486 yen each
Dice Bag (Medium) – 648 yen
Dice Bag (Large) – 1,080 yen

As part of the Pikachu Album promotion, there will also be a new set of gacha figures, selling for the usual price of 300 yen per play. The set will have 6 figures in total with no secrets.

A beautiful Lillie (and Cosmog) figure from Kotobukiya is scheduled for release February 2018.

Pre-orders for this figure will start June 17th (Saturday) and run until August 31st (Thursday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, as well as the Japanese On-Line Pokemon Center. As a note, the final product will be colored.

Two plush Pikachu cases were announced that will both go on sale June 24th (Saturday).

One plush is actually an iPhone 7 phone case. The other plush is designed to fit over tissue boxes to make them softer and cuter.

Last and certainly not least, these adorable bell charms were released as a semi-surprise Saturday June 10th. I call them bell charms because each charm has a little bell inside, meaning if you attach them to your phone or bag, your presence will never be a surprise!

This release features: Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Mimikyu, Bewear, Cosmog, and a pokeball.

I will have more pictures from this weekend’s very small release up tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Until next time~

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Tohoku Center Promotion
Pokemon Colorful Trip
Pikachu Album Collection
Pikachu Plush Cases
Kotobukiya Lillie

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Lillie Takeover in June + Lifesize Eeveelution Plush + Tohoku Center Campaigns

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Lillie Takeover in June + Lifesize Eeveelution Plush + Tohoku Center Campaigns

After two very long weeks of waiting, we finally have information on the previously teased 1:1 size Eeveelution plush!

These life-size Eeveelution plush will be sold exclusively through the Japanese Pokemon Center On-line Store. The pre-order period starts June 10th (Saturday) at 10 am and ends July 31st (Monday) at 11:59 pm. The plush will start shipping out in late October (incidentally, around my birthday!)

Sizes for the individual Eeveelutions are as follows:

Eevee, the smallest, measures in at 30 cm.
Jolteon and Glaceon both measure 80 cm.
Espeon and Flareon are both 90 cm.
Vaporeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, and Sylveon are the tallest at 100 cm each.

Keep in mind that the height also accounts for the ears, so the plush itself will be a little smaller than the measurements given.

Eevee’s price is 3,240 yen. All the other Eeveelutions are 21,600 yen each.

We finally have a photo of the previously hyped Lillie Nendoroid, along with a pre-order period and release date!

Pre-orders for the figure will start June 15th (Thursday) at Good Smile and other stores, and June 17th (Saturday) at Pokemon Centers and Stores. The figure will start shipping out around November.

Pre-order bonuse parts and figures are as follows:

++ Customers who pre-order from Goodsmile’s On-line Store will get a potion bottle and an extra hand to hold it.
++ Customers who pre-order from Pokemon Centers or Stores will get a tiny Clefairy doll figure

Lillie Nendoroid figure comes with 3 different face plates and her bag and hat are removable. Her price is 4,800 yen including tax.

Next up ~ A Lillie (and family) promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting June 17th (Saturday). This series of items will mainly feature illustrations of Lillie with Cosmog, Solgaleo, and Lunala, along with Gladion & Silvally and Lusamine & Nihilego.

Lillie Knapsack – 4,320 yen
Lillie’s Beloved Clefairy Plush – 2,160 yen
Square Can Badge Sets (2 badges per set) – 648 yen each
Paper Theater Sets: Lillie & Cosmog, Gladion & Silvally, Lusamine & Nihilego – 1,404 yen each | Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala – 2,160 yen each

Acrylic Stands – 864 yen each
Flat Pouch (Lusamine & Nihilego) – 1,620 yen
Big Bath Towel (Lillie & Cosmog) – 3,780 yen
Tote Bag (Lillie & Cosmog, Gladion & Silvally) – 3,780 yen each
Mini Posters – 432 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set w/ Case – 1,620 yen

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Croquis Sketchbooks (Lillie & Cosmog, Lillie & Solgaleo, Lillie & Lunala, Gladion & Silvally, Lusamine & Nihilego) – 735 yen each
Hand Towel (Gladion & Silvally) – 540 yen
Handkerchief (Lusamine & Nihilego) – 1,080 yen
Sticker Set (5 stickers per set, 2 sets) – 864 yen each
Postcard Set (5 postcards per set, 2 sets) – 756 yen each
Playing Cards – 1,350 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (3 clearfiles featuring quotes from the Pokemon Sun & Moon game) – 972 yen
Sticker Set (3 stickers featuring quotes from the Pokemon Sun & Moon game) – 1,080 yen

Pokemon TCG Items
Lillie & Cosmog Sun & Moon Special TCG Box – 3,024 yen
Lillie & Solgaleo & Lunala Double Deck Case + Card Sleeve Set – 3,024 yen
Gladion & Silvally / Lusamine & Nihilego Deck Case + Card Sleeve Sets – 1,080 yen each

Pokemon Center On-line Exclusive

Lillie & Cosmog Music Box – 9,180 yen

Last and certainly not least! The Tohoku Pokemon Center in Sendai will be moving to the 8th floor in Parco (shopping mall) oand as always happens when a Pokemon Center moves and re-opens, we get a Japan-wide promotion. The promo will start June 30th (Friday). A this point, we don’t have any information on merchandise, but there will be some special campaigns along with the re-opening.

Starting June 30th, customers to Pokemon Centers and Stores will receive a free little illustrated clear card, with the designs rotating out at specific time periods.

The Tanabata design (with Victini, Jirachi, and Cosmog) will be available from June 30th until July 7th.
The Snack Time design (with Victini) will be available from July 8th until July 16th.
The Ocean Fun Time design (with Lapras) will be available from July 17th until July 23rd.

The final Sleepy Time design will be available from July 24th until supplies run out but only at the Tohoku Center. Note that this is the only Center exclusive design.

As usual, all Pokemon Centers and Stores will have special Tohoku themed shoppers, featuring Victini and Jirachi. These shoppers will be available starting June 30th until supplies run out.

Starting June 30th, all customers at the Tohoku Pokemon Center store will receive a Tanabata Pikachu Pair charm for every 5,000 yen spent.

Also starting June 30th, customers at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan will get a special Rowlet poncho Pikachu card for every 5 packs of booster cards bought, while supplies last.

I have a feeling we’re going to have Victini, Jirachi, and Rowlet Poncho Pikachu plush in our future, but if we end up with no merch for this re-opening, I’ll be very sad.

What do you think about today’s announcements? Will you be buying one of the life-size Eeveelution plush?

Until next time~

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Life-Size Eeveelution Plush
Lillie Nendoroid
Lillie Promotion
Tohoku Center Re-opening