Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Era, Ojagadesign, Sleeping Bag Kuji Update

Today’s update brought us two collaboration announcements.

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New Era x Pokemon collaboration

These hats go on sale in all Japanese Pokemon Centers from August 8th, and each design comes in 3 different sizes (7 1/4 - 57.7cm, 7 3/8 - 58.7cm, 7 1/2 - 59.6cm).

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Ojagadesign is a Japanese company that specializes in leather goods (mostly bags and accessories) hand-made in Japan. Pokemon is only one of the many collaborations the company has participated in. Due to the nature of how they make their products, the items are a little pricier but should also be higher quality.

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Last but not least, the Ichiban Kuji website updated the Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection kuji home page! We now have nice quality images of the entire prize list, including more details on the double chance prize, which is a 25 cm Pikachu plush that comes complete with a set of 3 different sleeping bags.

As a reminder, this kuji comes out September 19th!

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Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection

Upcoming Gacha Releases: Sleepy Pokemon, Metal Figures, Charms

The following three Pokemon gacha sets are due for release sometime at the end of November.

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Sleepy Pokemon Friends

In honor of Pokemon Red and Green’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the third set of the very popular “Sleepy Pokemon” gacha series will feature Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, along with Pikachu and a currently unknown “New Pokemon”. Whether or not this mystery Pokemon will be the strange green blob that appeared at the very beginning of the 2016 movie trailer is yet to be seen (but I kind of hope it’s a new Pokemon we don’t know yet).

1 try / 200 yen

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Silhouette Charms

Gacha charms for people who want cute accessories but didn’t want to spend $150+ on the Eeveelution necklaces! Although if you do want to use these charms as necklace charms, you will have to buy your necklace chain separately. The line-up includes Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Eevee, Dedenne, Serena’s Pancham, and a mystery “New Pokemon” (most likely the same as from the Sleepy set).

1 try / 200 yen

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Pokemon Metal Charm Collection – XY6

Finally, we have the 6th set of Pokemon XY metal figures. Metal figures are always highly sought after, mainly because they are so difficult to find on sale! There will be 4 metal coins (pictures currently unknown) and 4 metal figures, with each figure and coin having a gold, silver, copper, and brass variant.

1 try / 100 yen

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Gacha Set/Bulk Pre-order

Pokemon Center Report – Pikachu Carnival + Gotochi Pins

This past Saturday marked the start of August and what will probably be the slowest month, merchandise wise, of the summer.

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The main release for August 1st were the Pikachu Carnival mascot plush.

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Although all the mascot plush were roughly the same size, the two carnival Pikachus were slightly more expensive than the rest of the batch (maybe due to the clothes?)

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The set also included Mudkip

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Goomy

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Dittochu (with his cute little ice cream)

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And not forgetting Slowpoke, who arrived a little early for Slowpoke Day on August 10th!

The Carnival plush also arrived just in time to celebrate the start of the Pikachu Outbreak! event going on in Yokohama all throughout the month of August. If you are around the Yokohama area and love Pikachu, I highly recommend stopping by as the event is mainly lots of costumed Pikachus walking around, dancing, posing for photos, and just being adorable in general.

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The brand new regional pins also came out on Saturday, but unlike every other regional item to date, for some reason the pins are gacha (grumble grumble). They’re still cute, but would have been nice if you could just get the one you want. Why must everything be gacha or kuji, Pokemon Center?!

Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the heat and humidity continues…

Merchandise Overview – August

Beginning of August

[Merchandise] Pokemon mugs (Pikachu, Gengar, Gen 1 silhouettes)

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[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Carnival mascot plush (Carnival Pikachu female/male, Dittochu, Goomy, Mudkip, Slowpoke)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Tohoku Tanabata campaign starts

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[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large squishy cushions (three versions)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot plush (five versions)

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[TCG] M Master Deck Builder Box “Power Style”/”Speed Style”
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Receive a set of 32 card sleeves for every M Master Deck Builder Box bought at Pokemon Centers starting August 7th.

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Sketch promotion
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] New Era x Pokemon collaboration hats
[Pokemon Center] Center Exclusive Plush: Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Yokohama sticker campaign starts
[Moncolle] Hoopa Unbound, Mega Salamence, Mega Altaria

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[Pokemon Center] Slowpoke Pokedoll re-release
[Pokemon Center] Slowpoke tail phone strap (big size – 30 cm)
[Pokemon Center] Slowpoke lazy plush

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[Pokemon Center] Lazy Plush Round 2 (Charmander, Espeon, Espurr, Mudkip, Umbreon)

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[Banpresto] Pokemon XY ~ Large Mudkip Plush ~

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[Merchandise] PokeToru Deco tape

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[Pokemon Store] Gotenba Premium Pokemon store grand opening

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Mugs, Plates, Kuji

August tends to be a slow month for Pokemon releases, so it’s not surprising today’s update was fairly lackluster.

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Along with the upcoming Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game coming out September 17th (Thursday), this set of plates for the New 3DS will also come out on the same day. Retail price is 2000 yen before price, and the plate is number 63.

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Not related to any sort of promo, these mugs will start appearing in Pokemon Centers (and other stores in Japan that stock Pokemon merchandise, such as Kiddyland) during the beginning of August.

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Unrelated to the main Pokemon site, Banpresto updated the Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection ichiban kuji page! The list of prizes in this kuji is no longer available, but we have much nicer photos of the top three prizes.

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…as well as an explanation of the plush themselves. Each of the sleeping bags for the top three prizes can be removed from the Pikachu plush. At this time, it’s not confirmed if the smaller mascot plush will be designed the same way, but there is a good chance that due to the size, the Pikachu plush will be attached to his sleeping bag.

The Sleeping Bag kuji starts from September 19th.

Kuji Prize Line-Up
A – Pikachu w/ Charizard sleeping bag
B – Pikachu w/ Ekans sleeping bag
C – Pikachu w/ Eevee sleeping bag
D – Bath towels
E – Socks
F – Mascot plush (Charizard, Eevee, Ekans)
G – Rubber strap collection (Charizard, Eevee, Ekans, Gengar, Golbat, Snorlax)
H – Mini towel collection (same as G)
Last One – Pikachu w/ Charizard sleeping bag (sleeping version)

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Mystery Dungeon 3DS plate
Pokemon mugs

Wonder Festival Summer 2015 – Pokemon Report

Wonder Festival is in full swing and the internet is being flooded with tons of images of new figures! In Pokemon related news, we have the following plush and figures to be excited about.

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Pokemon is collaborating with the famous Steiff German-based plush toy company to bring us these amazing high quality Pikachu plush. For those unfamiliar with the company, Steiff is credited with creating the teddy bear in 1902. They previous collaborated with Hatsune Miku through Good Smile, and based on the price tag for that teddy bear, it’s likely the Pikachu plush will sell for around the same price ($300+).

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Preorders for the Pikachu plush will start this summer on the Good Smile official online shop. Release date is currently unknown.

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Images of the Megahouse G.E.M series Jesse and Wobbuffet figures have been circulating Twitter since the beginning of the weekend, but now we have a photo of the actual figures. Jesse and Wobbuffet are billed as Part 1, leaving hope for a James and ?? figure for Part 2. At this time, we only know a release date of spring 2016, but hopefully we will have more information soon.

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Kotobukiya announced a collaboration with Pokemon for a new series of figures, with the first figure in the series being Red. No pictures aside from this announcement poster. Currently in production, so no date either.

This post will be updated if/when more figures or plush are revealed.

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Jesse/Wobbuffet figure 2
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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Lazy Plush, Monthly Chu, Village Vanguard Exclusive

Today’s announcements didn’t bring us much actual news, unfortunately, just new photos.

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One piece of news that was actually new: Village Vanguard is once again exclusively selling a series of Pokemon items, this time featuring Goomy (in space!). All of the items pictured will go on sale in select Village Vanguard stores from July 25th, except for the pouches, which go on sale starting July 31st.

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As part of the news that isn’t new, we got the official announcement for Lazy Plush Round 2. These plush will come out August 15th, except for the Slowpoke plush, which will come out August 10th along with a couple other Slowpoke items in honor of Slowpoke Day (August 10th).

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Also not new, the Pikachu Carnival mascot plush! Although part of the Pikachu Carnival promotion which came out July 18th, these plush will appear in Pokemon Centers on August 1st.

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While we’re talking about news that isn’t new, we can’t forget the ever popular Monthly Pikachu! Gordon Ramsay Chu will be released at all Pokemon Centers in Japan on August 8th. We also learned that October Monthly Chu will come out September 19th but otherwise no other information for now.

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In celebration of Tanabata, the Tohoku Pokemon Center will be giving out these special Tanabata themed shoppers to all customers who buy something from the Tohoku Pokemon Center. Also, for every 5,000 yen spent at the Tohoku Center, customers will receive a pair of these very cute Tanabata Pikachu charms.

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On a parting note, for anyone who has been keeping up with all the merch releases for July 18th, I neglected to mention these two Pikachu MonColle figures! Both the Ash Pikachu and Battle Pose Pikachu came out on the 18th.

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Lazy Plush Round 2
Pikachu Carnival Mascot Plush
Tohoku Center Tanabata Campaign
Village Vanguard Goomy Collaboration

Pokemon Center Report – Lazy Plush, Monthly Pikachu, New Plush + Pokemon Cafe

July 18th is a day that will live down in infamy as that fateful summer day when everything came out all at once.

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The big sellers of the day, hands down, were the lazy plush. Featuring Pikachu, Raichu, Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon, the set was so popular that they sold out at the Mega Tokyo Center (as well as other Centers) within a few hours. Although staff said that was it, the plush were sold out, they were not being restocked, it turned out to be a lie as all of the plush in the set were fully restocked before the end of the day. (Pichu was originally in this set but the release for the plush was suddenly delayed. As of now, we still do not have a new release date.)

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Posters were already up showcasing volume 2 of the lazy plush. This set, featuring Charmander, Espeon, Espurr, Mudkip, Slowpoke, and Umbreon, will be released August 15th (except for Slowpoke, which will come out August 10th along with the other Slowpoke Day merchandise).

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The Monthly Pikachu for August also came out and unlike every other Monthly Chu release to date, these Pikachu plush did not sell out within a day. In fact, it’s now almost the end of Sunday and the stock at the Mega Tokyo Center is still standing strong. Did the Center finally realize how popular this series is and made more or did customers not buy as much as usual because there was so much else to chose from? We’ll get a better idea next month…

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…which we know is Pastry Chef Pikachu (or as I affectionately refer to him, Gordon Ramsay Chu). The September Monthly Pikachu is set to come out August 8th.

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Another very exciting release was the latest batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush, including the very first plush ever for Ninetails.

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If not obvious, foxes are my favorite animal and Vulpix (along with Eevee) were two of my very original favorite Pokemon, so I was especially enamored with how perfect the Vulpix plush turned out.

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The Snorlax plush, while not life size, turned out to be very large.

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This might also be one of my favorite Mewtwo plush!

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Every so often, the Pokemon Center will sneakily add new souvenir cookie tins to their cookie tin line-up, and so of course the 18th was a perfect day to do so. This tin might have been my favorite simply because of the inclusion of my number 1 favorite Pokemon – Minccino! Not only was he included in the main illustration, but the cookies are milk tea flavored, one of my favorite flavors. Everything about this tin is adorable!

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The Pokemon Center also had this poster on display, showcasing the upcoming Pikachu Carnival mascot plush coming out August 10th.

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Along with all the craziness at the Pokemon Center, the Sweets Paradise collaboration limited run Pokemon Cafe also opened it’s doors!

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Unlike the last limited run Pokemon Cafe in Shibuya, this cafe has a forest theme with tons of in-store decoration aside from just Pokemon plush.

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Similar to the Shibuya cafe, there is plenty of cute artwork adorning the walls, offering a perfect backdrop for food pictures (or pictures of your friends when they aren’t paying attention).

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The placemats feature the three main mascot Pokemon (Dedenne, Meowth, and Pikachu) and it’s perfectly okay to take these mats with you when you leave.

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The menu is a little pricey, but all the food is Pokemon themed and may be too adorable to eat.

If you live in the Tokyo area, or will visit between now and August 31st, I definitely recommend not passing up the chance to visit and eat at the cafe!

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Special thanks to Max for sharing photos from the Pokemon Center and the Cafe! Check out his store if you are looking to buy stuff from the Pokemon Center.

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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Gotochi, Pokemon Sketch, Slowpoke Day, 7/11 Campaign

Tonight’s update mainly included a bunch of Japan only campaign information and up-coming merchandise, but we got some semi-exciting (?) Pokemon Center news as well.

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The Gotochi line of Pokemon merchandise is a sort of souvenir series. Different items are available exclusively to the region the item represents, so for example, you can usually only buy the Pikachu Maid charm, representing Akihabara, in Tokyo. The Gotochi line up until now has only had figure straps and keychains, but now we have a brand new type of item: pins! These pins will go on sale in their respective regions starting from the end of July.

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Every summer, 7-11 has some sort of Pokemon related campaign. This year’s campaign has two parts. The two Pikachu charms (Magician / Summer Festival) are fairly easy to get: visit a participating 7-11 and buy 2 onigiri or 2 Pokemon products and you can get 1 charm (until supplies run out). The plush are, of course, raffle prizes with only 300 winners across Japan. Customers receive a serial number worth 1 point for every 200 yen spent on selected ready to eat foods or Pokemon products. 2 points are required to apply to win either the Magician or Summer Festival Pikachu plush.

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If you live around the Yokohama area, visit the Yokohama Pokemon Center between August 8th ~ August 16th and spend at least 500 yen to get 1 of these Pikachu Carnival themed stickers.

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In honor of August 10th being “Slowpoke Day”, the Pokemon Center is giving us a re-release of the Slowpoke pokedoll, a semi re-release of the Slowpoke tail charm (but in a bigger size), Slowpoke lazy plush, and the Pikachu Carnival Slowpoke mascot plush (release date: August 1st). There is a good chance the Slowpoke lazy plush will not be released on their own, so hopefully we will get more information soon on what other Pokemon will be included in Round 2!

Last but not least, a new series of merchandise: Pokemon Sketch!

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This series, coming to Pokemon Centers August 8th, is targeted at adults and features items that can be used for work, at home, or at school.

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Yokohama Sticker Campaign
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Pokemon Center Report – Legendary Cry + New Pokemon Petits

July 11th was originally going to be a fairly slow Saturday with only the Legendary Cry mini promotion coming out.

Then the Pokemon store on Amazon.jp updated with unannounced petit plush.

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The new set included Chandelure, Dragonite, Jirachi, Litwick, and Victini. A little early for Halloween, but Litwick line merchandise is always popular regardless of the season!

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Although the Legendary Cry promotion did not feature any plush, it had 2 sets of charms and as usual, the Pokemon Center had full sets available for purchase, as well as individual blind packaged charms.

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Mew, Lugia, and Rayquaza are featured on these soft fabric bracelets.

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No promotion is complete without a cookie tin! These tins were larger than expected and each contain 18 cookies printed with a Pokemon from the Legendary Cry promotion.

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The mugs from the promotion are always noteworthy – a decent size for morning coffee or just to include in your collection.

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Posters for the N Nendoroid are also now up in Pokemon Centers. Don’t forget – reservations start July 25th!