It’s been a few months since I was able to attend a Pokemon Center release myself.
Before we head into the new items, here is a little catch up from last weekend.
Mystery Mansion came out (sold out, was restocked, sold out, and was again restocked) on the 19th!
Umbreon watches seemed to be one of the most popular items from the promo, along with the blind packaged charms.
The notebooks, while maybe not the most popular, are still cute in my opinion.
These cookie tins came out as well, as a surprise. They are, unsurprisingly, coffee flavored!
These 3DS and LL cases and face plates also come out the same weekend.
This past weekend was card sleeves and the new Break series! These three designs were Pokemon Center exclusives.
We also got these special packs, which each come with either a Raichu or Noivern break card…
Along with the actual Break expansion packs.
Next up: My Pokemon Collection – Generation 2 Starter plush!
This past Friday gave us two new promotion announcements, as well as official site information on the Monthly Pikachu for November.
Whether intentional or not, Hip Hop parade is all about the butts.
We had a feeling today’s update wouldn’t bring much news, but we did get a TCG related campaign.
The Golden Present Campaign is a mail-in campaign celebrating the start of the brand new Pokemon Card Game XY Break series.
Spend 1,000 yen (or more) on Pokemon Card Game merchandise and mail in the barcode(s) between September 26th and October 31st to be entered for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.
1) Set of 4 golden MonColle Figures
These figures can only be won through this campaign, and there will only be 5 sets. The set includes Zoroark, Chesnaught, Raichu, and Noivern.
2) Gold deck case, card binder, and playmat
Keep your brand new Break! series cards clean and in order with these flashy accessories.
This prize is limited to 30 sets.
3) Set of 3 energy cards
You can’t go wrong with gold-edged energy cards.
Each type set will be limited to 2,500 winners, for a total of 5,000 sets.
See the official page for more information on what TCG items are included in the campaign and how to enter (Japanese)
Aside from cards, these Pokemon themed New Nintendo 3DS LL hard covers will go on sale sometime during mid-September.
And if you can’t wait, this set of 3 mini towels from the Pokemon We Meet Again series is currently on sale!
Last but certainly not least, a reminder that the Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection kuji starts on the 19th, a little over a week! Click the above image to jump to the official Banpresto page.
Golden Present Campaign
New Nintendo 3DS LL covers
Pokemon We Meet Again mini towels
The Pokemon Center’s first (and quite possibly the most anticipated) of this year’s Halloween promotions came out this past Saturday in Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.
Titled “Halloween Parade 2015” (so as not to be confused with any other parades from previous years), the main theme is Pikachu dressed up as various ghost type Pokemon…and Golbat…in preparation for Halloween and trick or treating.
One of the only full sized plush was Pikachu dressed as Golbat, looking very vampiric and even a little goth with his cutie bat top hat.
There was also 4 smaller sized plush, also known as mascot plush, with Pikachu dressed up as Mismagius, Duskull, and Gengar, as well as a smaller Golbat Pikachu. Aside from the Pikachu plush, there was also both a mascot size version of a Pikachu jack-o-lantern…
…and a larger size version of the same design. The Pikachu jack-o-lantern plush was especially popular among collectors, as the Center has released different versions of this similar design throughout the years.
As always, what would a Pokemon Center promotion be without blind packaged somethings. You could try your lack with loose packs, costing about $3 each, or buy an entire box, guaranteeing a full set of 10 different designs of rubber straps.
The Joltik train pass cases were, unsurprisingly, another popular item from the day.
If plush and stationary weren’t exactly your thing, the promotion also had free size Gengar hoodies, Pikachu jack-o-lantern t-shirts in sizes small, medium, and large, and incredibly adorable Drifloon hats.
The Drifloon hats were yet another popular item, and rightly so! Not only is it designed to keep your head warm in winter, but you can use it without the fear of ghostly abduction.
Last but not least, we got a surprise cookie tin! The tin has a bunch of cute ghosties around the sides, including Litwick, Chandelure, Gengar, Mismagias, and Duskull, among others, and contains caramel rusk cookies.
I was especially excited for the Mismagius Pikachu and was not disappointed. This was a great start to the upcoming Halloween season, and we still have Mystery Mansion to look forward to!
As hoped, we finally got information on, up until now, mysterious Mystery Mansion promotion.
The line-up is not quite as large as Halloween Parade 2015, but items include…
Train pass case
Flip case for iPhone 6
Set of glasses
Along with the items pictured, there will also be:
Clearfile set (2 versions
Gold leaf stickers (Banette, Froslass, Chandelure, Umbreon)
Metal strap collection
We also finally have an official announcement for the dot sprite series update, featuring the gen 1 starters.
Most of the items are stationary based, but there will also be cute keychains, pouches, and as always, train pass cases.
Finally, we also got an official announcement for October’s Monthly Pikachu: Artist-chu!
All of these items are set to come out in Pokemon Centers on September 19th, which incidentally, is also the same day of the start of the pre-release for the Banpresto Mew plush from the up-coming I Love Mew series as well as the Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection kuji.
Dot Sprite Series
The 41st official Prize Fair, show chasing claw machine prizes set for release from December to February of 2016, started today (September 3rd) in Japan and photos are slowly leaking onto the internet.
In contrast with the complete lack of Pokemon news from the last couple of prize fairs, it’s the end of the first day and we already have photos! If you are not able to get one of the limited number of Mew plush available as part of a pre-release campaign starting September 19th, never fear, as the large sitting plush, along with the lying down plush (and who knows what else!) will be available again in January and February as part of the official release of the “I Love Mew” series.
February will also feature the release of this large Pikachu die cut cushion, part of the “Pikachu We Meet Again” series.
Note: This post will be updated if new photos and information surface over the new few days.
[Pokemon Center] Halloween Parade 2015
[Gacha] Mini Gacha Machines (Chespin, Dedenne, Eevee, Fennekin, Froakie, Mewtwo, Pikachu, Rayquaza)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Plush pass case
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Pikachu plush
[Game] Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
[Merchandise] Pokemon Dungeon New 3DS plate
[Merchandise] PokeToru Nintendo 3DS/DS game cartridge case
[Merchandise] PokeToru Nintendo New 3DS LL decoration stickers
[Merchandise] Poketoru Nintendo New 3DS LL soft cover
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Mystery Mansion (Halloween Promotion)
[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Merch (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] From 9.19 ~ 9.23, spend 500 yen or more and get 1 Pikachu outbreak sticker
[MonColle] Mega Sableye
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan 44
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection
[Banpresto] (Advance Release) I Love Mew – Large Size Plush
[Banpresto] Namco Exclusive! Pokemon XY ~ Large Pokeball and Masterball plush
[Banpresto] My Pokemon Collection ~ Travel Companions ~ 2 (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Feraligatr, Meganium, Totodile, Typhlosion)
(32 pack non-exclusive) Mega Mewtwo X / Mega Mewtwo Y
(32 Pack Exclusive) Mega Absol, Zoroark Break
(62 Pack Exclusive) Pixel Pikachu, Substitute Plush, Pikachu Tail – Brown version
[TCG] Expansion Packs: Blue Shock / Red Flash
[TCG] Break Evolution Packs: Raichu Break / Noivern Break
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Buy 2 boxes of Blue Shock or Red Flash expansion packs and get 1 Premium Skyla card
Compared to last week’s Halloween Parade announcement, this week’s Pokemon news is a little lackluster…but at least we got something as opposed to nothing, so it could be worse!
We already knew about these Pokemon Center exclusive card sleeves coming out September 26th, but now we have higher quality photos of them.
Spinns clothing company is stocking three items from a mini collaboration between Pokemon and Nicole Fujita, a Japanese model. The skirt and t-shirt are already on sale, and the cardigan will be available sometime at the beginning of September.
New additions to the Dot Sprite series will go on sale in Pokemon Centers on September 19th. Up until now, the Dot Sprite series has mainly featured Pikachu and pokeballs, so the inclusion of the gen 1 starters is a welcome update.
The keychains are especially adorable.
The sticker sheets are also very cute, offering multiple sticker sizes for all your stickering needs and potential stickering situations.
The full line-up of this mini promotion includes:
A4 size clearfiles
The next HG figure, Misty (Kasumi) is officially on pre-order at the Premium Bandai website, and will be available until October 30th.
Hopefully they won’t stop at Misty and will continue to bring out figures of the Red/Green gym leaders (because I want Sabrina!)
Incidentally, Brock is still available for pre-order, but time is running out; the pre-order cut off is August 31st.
Do you live in Japan and like temporary tattoos and Halloween? These “body stickers” are probably right up your alley!
Last but not least, if you live in Japan nearby to a Pokemon Center but not Yokohama and were bummed that you couldn’t see any of the cute Pikachu mascots, never fear! Between September 19th and the 23rd, otherwise known as “Silver Week”, various Pikachu mascots will be visiting all of the Pokemon Centers around Japan. On top of this joyous news, during this time period, you will get 1 of the 4 stickers shown in the photo if you spend 500 yen or more at the Pokemon Center.
Dot Sprite Series
Pokemon x Fujita Collaboration
Silver Week Pikachu Campaign
It looks like the Pokemon Center will be having 2 separate Halloween promotions this year!
Along with Mystery Mansion (coming out September 19th), Halloween Parade 2015 will be released in all Pokemon Centers around Japan on September 5th.
The theme for this year is Pikachu dressed up in costume, going trick or treating.
There is 1 normal sized plush (Pikachu dressed as Golbat) as well as 4 mascot sized plush (Pikachu dressed as Golbat, Gengar, Mismagius, and Duskull)
Along with the plush, there will also be a Gengar hoodie, t-shirt (not pictured), Drifloon hat, plush badge sets you can attach to your bag
Earrings, phone case, handkerchiefs, pin sets
And what would a Pokemon Center promotion be without metal charms and blind packaged rubber straps? No promotion at all, that’s for sure.
There will also be a memopad, notebook, mug, and a variety of stickers!
Not part of the promotion, but equally as spoopy, these Halloween themed pouches and dice bags will also be available at Pokemon Centers.
Yay for Halloween, the best time of the year!
A brand new Pokemon Store is opening in Gotemba City in Shizuoka prefecture on August 29th.
Gotemba City is famous for it’s amazing view of Mt Fuji, so it’s no surprise that Gotemba Pokemon Store’s Pikachu mascot would also include Mt Fuji!
The cherry blossoms are included for an even bigger Japanese feel, making these exclusive items perfect as souvenirs.
The red Mt Fuji included in the design is supposed to resemble Mt Fuji at sun rise!
Gotemba is only 2 ~ 2 1/2 hours away from Tokyo, so if you live in or are visiting that area of Japan, don’t pass up the chance to visit!
Exclusive merchandise includes:
Pikachu Mascot Plush
Canvas Tote Bag
Acrylic Key Holder
Gotemba Pokemon Store Opening