Pokemon Center Report – All Star Plush + Fluffy Cushion Plush + Surprise Eeveelutions & Arcanine

I woke up early to head over to the Pokemon Center for the slightly earlier than expected release of both the All-Star plush line and the related fluffy cushion plush, but the Center decided just those plush was not enough for a Saturday release, and gave us four surprise Pokemon Center exclusives as well!

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Flareon

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Jolteon

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Vaporeon

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and Arcanine! The three Eeveelutions are, as expected of Poke-Cen exclusive plush, very soft and adorable, but having Arcanine in the surprise line-up was the most exciting, especially considering his lack of merchandise. He is extra fluffy and fierce and all Arcanine collectors should look into adding him to their collections!

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The All-Star plush came out great, maybe even better than I could have hoped for! All the plush are made of a soft minky fabric and are the perfect size to hold and cuddle. As opposed to the usual Poke-Cen plush, the All-Star collection plush have beans inside them, which makes them sit up easier. Also, Eevee is surprisingly dense! I have no idea what they stuffed him with, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was bricks.

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My favorite plush from the line-up (in no particular order): Buneary! I’m very picky with my Bun plush, but this guy just seems like one of the most perfect of the Bunearies. I didn’t get one today, but there is a chance I might cave next time I visit the Center.

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Psyduck! Another plush that is easy to derpify, but this one came out pretty much perfectly.

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Altaria! Yet another Pokemon that is easy to mess up in plush form, and once again, this plush came out great, with just the right amount of fluff.

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Poliwag! I’m not a huge fan or a collector, but the eyes looking up at you. You can’t resist!

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Last but not least, Dedenne! Dedenne suffers from “all of my merchandise looks the same” and with so many Pokemon in the All-Stars collection, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him or not, even though I am a collector. Seeing him in person changed my mind: this plush is perfect. Perfect Dedenne plush! On par with the Pokemon Center exclusive!

“But wait!” you might be saying. “The All-Star Collection had 15 plush, there’s only 14 here! What gives!”

Well, for reasons I will probably never understand, the Pokemon Center is not carrying Espurr. (LE GASP) I know. Why would they leave out one of the most popular Pokemon from the line-up?! He’s still available through general toy stores (although I checked Toys R Us in the same shopping mall as the Mega Tokyo Center and their selection of Pokemon toys was pitifully small) as well as Amazon, but the best part of new releases is being able to pick out your perfect plush by hand.

At any rate (grumble grumble)

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I haven’t forgotten the cushions! There were three types of fluffy cushion plush in this release: Pikachu (the most cushion-like out of the three), Wailord, and Gulpin. They are all incredibly soft and incredibly huggable, so if you have the dough to drop, and you like hugging plush that’s as big as half of you, then I say go for it!

Get ready for next week’s big Pokemon Center update when the Mega Pikachu campaign starts. Until then!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – All Star Collection + Steiff Pikachu + Sleeping Plush

A bunch of great announcements from the Pokeon site today, although most we already knew about.

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First up: the All-Star Collection is finally coming out, and it’s coming out tomorrow instead of the original release date of December 12th (surprise!) The large cushions (Pikachu, Wailord, Gulpin) are also coming out tomorrow.

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Adding excitement to more excitement, Sanei announced over their official Twitter account that there will be a part 2 to the All-Star Collection as well as the fluffy cushions line-up, which will include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Mew, Snorlax, and Ditto (among others?) with an estimated release date of February 2016.

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As previously mentioned, these four large size sleeping plush will be available starting from December 12th at a retail price of 3,800 yen each, plus tax.

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Also previously mentioned, a bunch of stationary related merchandise featuring Ash’s Greninja and a block-style Pokemon design will come out in Pokemon Centers and stationary / bookstores on December 19th.

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4 new metal charms (Ash’s Greninja and the various Zygarde formes) will also be available for purchase from Pokemon Centers on December 26th.

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Last but not least, the Steiff Pikachu plush is currently available for pre-orders, with an estimated release date starting in February.

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There will only be 1,000 of this first edition Pikachu plush and it is a Japan exclusive, retailing at 45,000 yen.

Still no word about the New Years promotion, but hopefully next time!

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Steiff Pikachu
Stationary Merchandise + Metal Charms
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Merchandise Overview – December

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[Merchandise] Reservations start for Steiff Pikachu plush

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[Pokemon Center] Zygarde Core Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
[Pokemon All-Stars Plush] Altaria, Buneary, Dedenne, Eevee, Espurr, Gengar, Goomy, Gulpin, Jigglypuff, Lucario, Oddish, Poliwag, Psyduck, Skitty, Wailord, Wobbuffet

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[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Zygarde Core Plush
[Banpresto] Charizard Night Bath Towels (3 designs)

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[TCG Card Sleeves] Mega Gyarados (Pokemon Center Exclusive) Mega Scizor, Slowpoke, Garbodor
[TCG] Mega MewTwo X / Y Jumbo Card Pack
[TCG] Rage of the Broken Sky expansion pack
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Rage of the Broken Sky campaign starts

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu – January
[Pokemon Center] Large Sleeping Plush (Bulbasaur, Ditto, Mudkip, Pikachu)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Mega Campaign
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu #025
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu and Friends: Japanese Modern Art

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[Merchandise] Sepia Graffiti additions
[Collaboration] Its’Demo x Pokemon Part 3

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[Pokemon Center] Block Style Art Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Ash’s Greninja Promotion

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[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Air Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] Pokemon XY & Z Air Plush – Pokeball
[Banpresto] Rolly-Polly (Korotto Manmaru) Plush: Partners Edition (Ash’s Greninja, Dedenne, Pancham, Pikachu, Zygarde Core)

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[Pokemon Center] Steven Stone Promotion
[Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush] Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%
[Pokemon Center] Metal Charms (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Core, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Perfect Forme)
[Merchandise] Talky Pikachu Plush
[TCG Card Sleeves] (Premium + Pokemon Center Exclusive) Hypno
[TCG] Battle Sets: Grass/Fighting, Fire/Electric, Water/Psychic
[MonColle] Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Special Pack, Zygarde 10% Forme, Pokemon World Map
[Takara Tomy] Zygarde Core Plush
[Pokemon Game] Pre-orders start for Pokemon 2DS Bundle

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[Pokemon Merchandise] Fuzzy Dedenne, Fuzzy Eevee (Mascot Size), Fuzzy Pikachu Female (Mascot Size), Fuzzy Pikachu Male (Mascot Size)

Pokemon Center Report – Fluffy Bathtime + PokeMikke + Zygarde Core + Ash’s Greninja Promotion

This Saturday saw the release of the relatively low key “Fluffy Bathtime” promotion, along with a couple smaller releases.

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The main attraction for Saturday, November 28th, was the Fluffy Bathtime promotion. The lineup featured items with a bath time theme, all designed to be used in the bathroom and shower or bath.

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There were cute towel hangers

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Shower poofs, along with a shower safe Pikachu plush

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Cute drinking glasses for brushing your teeth and holding your tooth brush

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Soap dishes

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And bath bombs!

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The bath bombs have 1 out of 5 possible figures hidden inside, and you reveal the figure by either throwing the soap into a bath and having it melt, or if you’re like me and hate baths, just running it under hot water in the sink. The 5 possible figures are: Mudkip, Goomy, Piplup, Psyduck, and Pikachu, and they’re all in tiny bathtubs.

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The full line-up for the third installment of the PokeMikke stationary and miscellaneous goods series also finally became available for sale at the Pokemon Center, in a way more timely manner than the last PokeMikke set!

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This current set features a lot of very cute and useful items, including an eyeglass case and contacts case and some acrylic charms that weren’t announced.

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An official Zygarde Core Pokemon Center exclusive plush also came out on the 28th.

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The little plush is roughly 5-6 inches tall and is very soft.

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Some new socks also (and finally) appeared. There are three designs and each features three Pokemon in a PokeToru style. Design 1 has Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

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Design 2 has Pikachu, Pichu, and Raichu.

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And Design 3 has Fennekin, Chespin, and Froakie.

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Last but not least, a new poster appeared at the Center, announcing two up-coming mini promotions.

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A bunch of items featuring Ash’s Greninja are set to come out in Pokemon Centers on December 19th.

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December 19th will also give us a bunch of mostly stationary related items with this block style Pokemon design.

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And everyone’s favorite: metal charms! These four charms will come out on December 26th, just in time for New Years.

The poster semi makes up for absolutely no news this past Friday, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed we finally receive news on this year’s New Years special this upcoming Friday.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pikachu Mega Campaign + Steven Stone + Pikachu MegaStore

As expected, the Pokemon site gave us more information on the up-coming Pikachu Mega Campaign coming out December 12th!

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Along with official photos of each of the main Mega Pikachu plush

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Mascot plush are confirmed for each Mega Pikachu

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Along with acrylic charms, and a couple other surprises!

Merchandise Lineup
Prices do not include tax

Mega Pikachu Plush – 2,000 yen (each)
Mega Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,200 yen (each)
Poncho w/ Hood (Mega Charizard X | Mega Charizard Y) – 3,600 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 1,680 yen
Die-cut Acrylic Mega Pikachu Charm – 650 yen (each)
Die-cut Acrylic Charm Collection – 500 yen
Die-cut Masking Tape (Mega Charizard X | Mega Charizard Y) – 800 yen
Mega Pikachu Sticker – 200 yen (each)
Sticker Sheet – 500 yen
Mega Pikachu Hand Towel – 500 yen (each)
Pass Case (Mega Charizard X | Mega Charizard Y) – 930 yen
Pouch – 1,500 yen

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For all the Steven Stone lovers out there, your time has come. A bunch of Steven Stone goods will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers across Japan on December 26th.

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The mega lapel pin is the gem of the promotion

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But there will be other neat things as well, such as mugs, charms

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And card sleeves, among others!

Merchandise Lineup
Prices do not include tax

Mega Lapel Pin – 8,000 yen
BIG Rubber Keyholder Collection – 650 yen
Print Metal Charm set – 600 yen
A4 Clearfile – 240 yen
Comic Style Stationary Set – 500 yen
Comic Style Memopad – 480 yen
Postcard Set (4) – 500 yen
Sticker Set – 600 yen
Hand Towel – 500 yen
Stainless Steel Mug – 1,200 yen
iPhone 6/6s Phone Case – 1,880 yen
Can Badge Set (3) – 750 yen
Glasses Case – 2,000 yen
T-Shirt (S|M|L) – 3,000 yen
B2 Tapestry – 3,000 yen
Card Sleeves – 362 yen

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Last but not least, a special Pikachu Mega Shop will begin operating alongside the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center from December 12th until January 31st. The mini store will offer regional Pikachu merchandise and will also have a special showcase corner of previously released Pikachu merchandise.

Photos and news from the latest issue of Pokemon Fan coming soon!


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Pikachu Mega Campaign – Special Report

The Pokemon Site uploaded a new video to their official YouTube account earlier today with exciting news on the up-coming Pikachu Mega Campaign!

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The campaign is set to begin December 12th and promises a bunch of presents as well as incredibly cute merchandise

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Including, of course, the ever popular Mega Evolution poncho wearing Pikachu! The first part of this campaign will give us plush versions of Pikachu wearing poncho’s of Mega Charizard X and Y, Mega Sableye, Mega Lucario, Mega Audino, Mega Altaria, and Mega Slowbro. I am sure we will get more information on what other merchandise will be included, but my guess is figure straps/keychains, mascot plush, clearfiles, a cookie tin (most likely featuring art of all the Mega Evolution Pikachus), stickers, and maybe a phone case.

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As mentioned, along with merchandise, there will also be a bunch of presents! Present campaign 1: for every 2,000 yen spent at the Pokemon Center, you will receive 2 random Mega Pikachu business cards.

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As a double present, if you pull the special Mega Rayquaza card, you will also get a bonus card folder, to help keep your mega cards in order!

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Campaign 2: For every 1,000 yen you spend at the Pokemon Center on TCG related merchandise, you will receive 1 Pikachu card, featuring Mega Audino, Mega Lucario, and Mega Slowbro.

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Campaign 3: Shiny Diancie will be distributed via the Pokemon Centers from December 12th until December 31st. If you are in Japan during this time and have a Japanese game, definitely don’t miss out on this chance to add another shiny legendary to your collection!

I’m hoping Part 2 of the Pikachu Mega Campaign will give us plush versions of Mega Lopunny Pikachu, as well as some of the other Pikachus featured in the promotional artwork but not in part 1 of the campaign, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. This Friday will hopefully give us more news on the exact merchandise line-up, as well as the release of the next issue of Pokemon Fan, so tons of exciting news ahead (I hope!)

Stay tuned~


Pokemon Center Hot Information

December Banpresto Prizes + Ichiban Kuji (Pokemon + Neko Atsume)

The official Banpresto website updated recently with the up-coming prize list for December.

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Since the reveal of the different Zygarde Formes, we’ve gotten an influx of up-coming Zygarde Core merch, and here is another to add to the list.

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The Charizard Night mini series continues with these three towels. Both Zygarde Core and the towels will start appearing in game centers from December 10th.

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These two air cushions will start appearing in game centers from December 23rd. They’re called air cushions because they’re inflatable cushions.

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The next installment in the Pikachu & Friends Ichiban Kuji series comes out December 12th and will be available at book stores, Animate, hobby shops, game centers, pokemon centers, etc., with 1 try costing 620 yen.

Prize Lineup

A Prize – Pikachu Plush
B Prize – Swirlix/Sylveon Blanket
C Prize – Naptime Cushion
D Prize – Totebag (4 designs)
E Prize – Round Pouch (2 designs)
F Prize – Coin Purse (2 designs)
G Prize – Stationary (4 designs)
H Prize – Hand Towel (6 designs)
I Prize – Cushion Mascot Plush (12 designs)
Last One Prize – Special Tote Bag
Double Chance – Girl version of the A prize Pikachu plush (100 in total)

Next up – Neko Atsume!

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These 4 mascot plush sized cats (Callie, Ms Fortune, Shadow, Ginger) come out November 26th

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On December 8th, three different types of Neko Atsume merch will be released in game centers. First up, this set of mascot sized face plush (Snowball, Sunny, Fred, Spud, Misty, Pepper, Conductor Whiskers, Sassy Fran)

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These three face pouches (Marshmallow, Gozer, Spud)

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Last but not least, a large plush version of Ms Fortune!

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December 17th brings us the release of Bolt and Misty

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Along with the final set of mascot plush for the year of 2015 (Spooky, Sunny, Princess, Mr Meowgi)

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Incidentally, the Neko Atsume Ichiban Kuji also comes out December 12th. The Kuji will be available at Sankusu, Mini Stop, Daily Yamazaki, bookstores, hobby shops, game centers, etc., and will cost 620 yen per play.

Prize Lineup

A Prize – Tubbs Plush
B Prize – Tubbs Blanket
C Prize – Socks Mascot Plush
D Prize – Bolt Mascot Plush
E Prize – Mack Mascot Plush
F Prize – Tsum Tsum Style Plush (Ginger, Marshmallow, Pumpkin)
G Prize – Mini Towels (6 designs)
H Prize – Drinking Glasses (4 designs)
Last One Prize – Large Tsum Tsum Style Sunny Plush
Double Chance – Set of F prizes

If you notice I mixed up one of the cat’s names, please let me know via comment! There are a lot of cats and I’m not 100% familiar with the English names.


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Pokemon Center Report – December Monthly Pikachu

Today was a fairly quiet release day, with the only new merchandise being December’s Monthly Pikachu plush.

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December Chu is dressed in a thick blanket/coat and holding a Darumaka doll, a play on the traditional New Years Daruma Doll.

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Buy him now so you’ll have him to hold on New Years to help bring in a warm new year!

I was meeting up with a friend at around 3 pm and had time to kill, so I ended up making a quick trip over to Tokyo Station to visit the Tokyo Pokemon Store located in Character Street. I’ve only been to the store once or twice, and always with people who know where they’re going, so it was a mini adventure of getting lost several times (my sense of direction is on par with Ryoga from Ranma 1/2).

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Once I saw this display, I knew I was headed in the right direction!

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The Pokemon Store had an adorable set-up with the new plush around the station master Pikachu, and they even had a mini Christmas tree, which is the Mega-Tokyo Center does not have (maybe soon?)

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As always happens on Monthly Pikachu release days, posters went up advertising for the next Monthly Pikachu. With a January theme, we have a second New Years related Pikachu, this time dressed up as a lion. He is pretending to do the Lion Dance, usually performed in celebration of New Years; definitely a must buy especially if you love Entei!

What do you think of the December Monthly Pikachu? Excited for January? Have a general question about Pokemon merchandise? Leave a comment!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pikachu’s Mega Campaign + Zygarde Core Plush + Sepia Graffiti + Nintendo Direct

Let’s jump right into the biggest news from today’s announcements

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The “Strong ★ Cute Pikachu’s Mega Campaign” will start in all Pokemon Centers across Japan on December 12th.
The campaign will involve a variety of wonderful presents and more Pikachus wearing hoodies of Mega Pokemon.
More information will be announced through a “Pokemon Center Hot Information” video uploaded to the official Pokemon YouTube channel on Wednesday, November 18th, so stay tuned!

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A Pokemon Center exclusive Zygarde Core plush will go on sale in all Pokemon Centers in Japan starting November 28th.

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New additions to the popular stationary and every day item series of merchandise, Pokemon Sepia Graffiti, will hit Pokemon Centers plus stationary and toy stores November 20th!

Merchandise Line-up
(Prices do not include tax)

Mug – 1,500 yen
Coaster – 680 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,800 yen
Free Use Pouch – 2,100 yen
Coin Purse – 2,100 yen
Foldable Mirror – 2,100 yen
Tote Bag – 3,500 yen

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Last but not least, some announcements from today’s Nintendo Direct! Pokemon Picross will be available to download from the on-line Nintendo store in December.

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Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow will be available on the virtual console on February 27th of 2016. The game will be available in Japan as part of a special bundle that includes a cartridge shaped magnet, map, and player’s manual.

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A Dark MewTwo Amiibo card will be included along with Japanese first press releases of Pokken Tournament on March 18th, 2016.

Don’t forget, December Monthly Pikachu comes out tomorrow! What will January’s Pikachu look like?


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