Pokemon Center Report – Eevee Collection (Pokemon Time)

Eevee Collection was released in Pokemon Centers June 6th (Saturday), which was, concidentally, the same day as a huge Love Live event happening in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro – the same building where the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center is! My friend arrived around 6 am and was second in line but there was already about 100 or so people lined up outside for Love Live.

There was more than enough people waiting in line for Pokemon that the staff opened an hour early, and it was about the same chaos as most popular promotions.

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The highlight of the merch line-up was definitely the mascot plush. Although half the size of the normal Pokemon Time plush, the Eevee plush are minky, so they are softer than the previous Pokemon Time plush releases and they still have the super cute eyes that are a trademark of the line, so I can’t complain about the tiny size too much.

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The figure straps, another staple of the Pokemon Time line, are equally adorable, with one big bonus to them being they’re not blind packaged. You want Umbreon? Buy three! The blind packaged rubber charms underneath the straps are a different story. You can buy them individually or packaged together as a box. Each box comes with 10 charms – 1 of each Eeveelution and 1 out of 3 of the secret designs (sleeping Eevee, alternate pose Espeon, and alternate pose Umbreon).

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Half the merchandise uses the Eevee Collection tiled pattern, including the phone cases designed for iPhone 6…

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…and expensive bags. Not only are you paying for the brand name of the bag, but the Pokemon brand name as well.

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These little stickers were advertised as perfect for decorating phones and 3DS cases.

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Sticky notes and stickers, also ideal for decorating!

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The surprise for the day was the Eeveelution cookie tins.

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The tins feature this very cute artwork all over and are perfect for Eeveelution collectors. Use them after eating the cookies to store items, or add them to your collection displays!

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The cookies are generic chocolate flavor in the shapes of Eeveelution faces, bringing up the real question: to eat or not to eat?

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The shirts were the big sellers, and several Pokemon Centers sold out by mid-day, with no plans for restock. The tote bag pictured next to the Flareon shirt was a bonus item given out at all Pokemon Center locations. You received 1 bag per 10,000 yen spent at the Pokemon Center, with a cap at 3 bags per receipt.

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Aside from the cookie tins, the biggest surprise was this poster advertising the next big Pokemon Center promotion. These Kuttari Plush, or Lazy Plush, sneakily reminiscent of Disney tsum tsums, will be released in Pokemon Centers on July 18th, incidentally the same day as the August Monthly Pikachu. Also, this is Part 1 of the Kuttari plush…more information coming soon!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Hiroshima Center Opening, T-shirts, Stationary

Today’s Pokemon Site update brought us a lot of new up-coming merchandise announcements… but lacked any information on the Idol Pikachu x Female Protagonist promo coming out later this month! Maybe next week.

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First up, the official announcement for July’s Monthly Pikachu. July’s Pikachu is wearing a happi, which is traditional festival clothing – very appropriate for July since that’s when summer festival season starts! Pikachu goes on sale June 20th.

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Another official announcement for items we already knew about – card sleeves! The two sleeves in the top row are new, while the three on the bottom are re-releases but with different coloring around the edges than the original release. These sleeves will also go on sale at Pokemon Centers from June 20th.

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If Pikachu plush and card sleeves aren’t your thing, these slightly expensive t-shirts featuring the POKÉMON GRAPHIX logo go on sale at Pokemon Centers June 20th. If you buy a shirt, you will get a special pouch, also with the logo, for free!

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Need to get your summer homework done? Never fear, for Pokemon is here to help with these new sets of stationary featuring Pikachu and legendary Pokemon from the up-coming summer Pokemon movie. These items also go on sale from June 20th.

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Last but certainly not least, we finally have a merch line-up for the Hiroshima Center Grand Opening!

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Of the items available, the following will be exclusive to the Hiroshima Center:

    Hiroshima Center Logo Pin
    Hiroshima Center Pikachu Theme Playing Cards
    Shiny Pikados – A4 Clearfile
    Shiny Pikados – Plush
    Shiny Pikados – Mascot Plush

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Along with the usual items (charm sets and blind packaged charms, plush, tote bags, etc), the Pokemon Center will also be offering two special items. The first is a collaboration between Pokemon and Casio. This digital camera will retail for 23,000 yen + tax.

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This special TCG box set will also be available! 1 box set contains:

    Premium holo cards – Karpchu + Pikados
    5 packs from the “Bandit Ring” expansion set
    1 deck case
    1 full set of card sleeves (62 sleeves)
    Long card box

All Hiroshima merchandise goes on sale from June 26th (Friday), which is also when the Hiroshima officially opens.

I Love Eevee (Especially Umbreon and Sylveon!)

I’ve been looking forward to June 4th since before I even knew the release date for the Umbreon and Sylveon mascot plush.

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Pet peeve: I greatly dislike all the Espeon and Umbreon paired merchandise. I understand why Pokemon does it, and I assume a lot of people like it, but Umbreon is my favorite, not Espeon, and although I collect Umbreon merchandise, I tend to stay away from forced pairings with Espeon. On the other hand, I really love Umbreon and Sylveon together, especially after seeing the Eevee summer short film (Eevee & Friends) from 2013, and so I was both thrilled and upset that Umbreon and Sylveon were included in the same set of mascot plush.

Upset, of course, because of all the three sets of plush, I wasn’t going to be in Japan for the 1 set that had 2 out of 3 of my favorite Eeveelutions!

Thankfully, my husband (Adam) is still in Japan and he was willing to head out to the game centers before heading off to work today.

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Game Centers open around 10 am, but because today was the release date for the last batch of mascot plush from the I Love Eevee summer line, most of the centers didn’t have the plush out yet in the machines!

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A couple places had their shipments delivered as Adam was standing around, waiting for plush to appear.

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Waiting patiently. Or more like impatiently in my case.

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This is better!

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From what I heard, it sounds like the machine difficulty was similar to how it’s been for the past two releases: not easy. It should get a little easier over the next week or so, but considering how popular Sylveon is (and Umbreon!) I’m not sure how long these plush will last.

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Adam was able to win at least 1 of each plush! I especially love this Sylveon because of the head tilt.

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All the Umbreons have tiny frowns, which is perfect. I love how grumpy he looks!

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And of course, Espeon. As mentioned, I’m not an Espeon fan, but her little smile is still cute.

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The release of the I Love Eevee mascot plush starts the Eeveelution weekend a little early. Saturday will bring us the Pokemon Time promotion, and pre-orders for necklaces start as well. Stay tuned for more Eevee!

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(Speaking of Pokemon Time, there is still time to order Eevee plush from the Pokemon Time promo! Check out my friends store – Hoshiiya.com and satisfy your Eevee craving)

Merchandise Overview – June

This post will be updated as information is released.

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[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Mascot Plush Set 3 (Espeon, Umbreon, Sylveon)

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[Pokemon Center] Hoopa Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You badge additions (Ampharos, Arceus, Ditto, Gardevoir, Hoopa, Jigglypuff, Minun, Pichu, Plusle, Raichu)
[Pokemon Center] Petit Figure straps (Absol, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Mawaile, Milotic, Squirtle)

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[Collaboration] Village Vanguard exclusive umbrellas (Pikachu / Rain)

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[Banpresto] Eevee Plush Pass Case

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[Gacha] Putitto Pikachu figures

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[Campaign] Namco exclusive kuji starts (6.19 ~ 8.18)

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[Pokemon Center] POKÉMON GRAPHIX t-shirts
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Secret Base Pokedolls (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Swablu, Totodile)
[Pokemon Merchandise] Giratina Moncolle Figure
[Pokemon Merchandise] Moncolle Special Collection (Arceus, Hoopa, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Shiny Rayquaza)
[Pokemon Merchandise] Pikachu + Hoopa/Legendary Stationary
[Pokemon Merchandise] Talking Hoopa Plush
[Takara Tomy] Hoopa, Latias, Latios
[TCG] Bandit Ring Expansion Pack
[TCG] Deck Sleeves: Hoopa, TC XY ~Heroine~ (Re-release) Mega-Tokyo Pikachu, Pikachu Tail, Pokeball

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[Banpresto] My Pokemon Collection ~ Pokemon The Movie XY 2015 ~ (Hoopa, Dedenne, Pikachu, Lugia, Latios, Latias)
[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY – Large Size Plush – Primal Groudon

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[Pokemon Center] Hiroshima Pokemon Center grand opening

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Eevee Jewelery, Hiroshima Grand Opening Teaser, Pokemon With You

The Eevee hype train keeps rolling!

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These Eeveelution necklaces will go on pre-order at all Pokemon Centers in Japan from June 6th until July 12th. These necklaces will be made to order and will be sent directly to customers starting in early August. Each Eeveelution charm and necklace comes in three types: silver (15,000 yen), yellow gold (49,000 yen), and pink gold (65,000 yen).

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If Eevees still aren’t your thing, along with the Hoopa plush coming out June 6th, these new additions to the Pokemon With You charity line also come out June 6th!

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These cute Pikachu gacha figures will be released sometime in early June. They are designed to easily clip onto the rims of glasses, making your drinks extra cute and electrified! 1 gacha turn = 300 yen.

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On the heels of the popular ghost-type bags, Village Vanguard is offering another batch of exclusive Pokemon collaboration items, this time umbrellas! Available in two designs, they will go on sale from June 8th, just in time for rainy season.

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Finally, we still don’t have merchandise aside from the Karpchus announced yet, but the Pokemon site did announce a special campaign available at the Hiroshima Center only. The bag on the left will be given to the first 10,000 visitors to the new Hiroshima Pokemon Center, and if you spend over 4,000 yen, you can get 1 of the charms pictured on the right.

May we get photos of the Eevee plush between now and June 6th!

Narita Airport Pokemon Store – No Need to Fear Flying!

I have been flying on my own since I was 5, but my fear of flying only seems to get worse as I get older. I realize it’s not rational but that doesn’t stop me from getting nervous weeks before.

With that said, having the Pokemon Store in the airport for me to visit before boarding helped me a lot! It gave me something to look forward to (other than of course arriving at my final destination), and I was really excited to see the Narita exclusive Pikachu plush in person.

The Pokemon Store is located in Terminal 2, which is important to know because Narita has 3 terminals and most international flights go through Terminal 1. There is a shuttle you can take, for free, that goes between the terminals, which is incredibly helpful. My flight went through Terminal 1, but I had more than enough time to go to the wrong Terminal and then go back. Once in Terminal 2, head for the check-in floor, and then look for the letter P (for Pokemon!) Almost directly in front of the P, past the check-in counters, there is an escalator that goes up to the fourth floor (check-in is on the third). Turn right at the top of the escalator, and the Pokemon store is right there! It’s pretty difficult to miss, because once you find the P, you can probably already see the Pilot Pikachu mural on the wall at the top of the escalator.

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The Stores are designed to be a tiny versions of Pokemon Centers, but I still felt this one had a lot of stuff and wasn’t cramped, but it also helped there wasn’t that many people around.

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The first thing you see upon entering the store is this large display of the Narita Airport exclusive items, including the two Pikachu plush and smaller mascot versions, cookie tins, handkerchiefs, and more. Every time you would take a plush from this display, a staff would hurry over to fill the hole, making sure it always looked full (and perfect for picture taking).

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The Pilot Pikachus have NRT stitched onto their coats, which are the initials for Narita. I was especially happy to get this version of the plush since I already own a Pilot from one of the Kansai region airports, but Narita is and always will be my airport!

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Although there are several Airport Stores, only Narita offers the Cabin Attendant variation. Not only does she wear a scarf, like CAs for most (if not all) Japanese airlines, but the CA is definitely female because she has the heart tail!

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Here is a close-up of the smaller Pilot…

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…and Cabin Attendant. Both are just as adorable as the larger size versions, but easier to carry around since you can attach them to your bags!

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Along with the limited items, they also have general Pokemon Center merchandise, as well as stocking the newest promotions. I was surprised to see the Trainers Collection, and they should have the Pokemon Time ~ Eevee Collection ~ goods as well when it comes out June 6th.

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There were some Pokemon With You badges that are currently not available at the Mega Tokyo location.

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I was especially surprised to see the My Dearest Meowstic cups, which sold out ages ago.

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This was my favorite part of the store! Although they have displays at the Tokyo Pokemon Center for what the cookies look like, they don’t have samples you can actually eat. But they did here! Since I bought so much stuff, I didn’t feel guilty taking a sample, and it was really delicious… if the box of cookies weren’t so expensive, I probably would have bought one.

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I’m really happy there is finally a Pokemon Store in Narita! I was hoping one would appear ever since the initial Kansai region airport stores opened, but a part of me wasn’t sure it would happen. Apparently this year is the year for dreams to come true!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Eevee and the Torrid Tale of Too Many Blind Packaged Goods

The merch list for the highly anticipated 2015 Pokemon Time ~ Eevee Collection ~ promotion was announced!

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The focus in the main image seems to be the t-shirts, which are blind packaged. For the first time ever, in the history of blind packaged merchandise, blind packaged t-shirts?! Each shirt is roughly $10 before tax, but considering there are nine Eeveelutions, that $10 can add up quickly if you are trying to get a specific one and don’t have much luck.

Everyone was expecting plush, but there are no pictures of them! They are mascot plush so will be tiny, as opposed to the plush released last year and the year before.

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The t-shirts are cute, simple, and free-size, meaning it should be big enough to fit a variety of sizes.

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Along with t-shirts, there are also lanyards with card sleeves (blind packaged), rubber straps (blind packaged), an iPhone case, die-cut stickers…

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…two types of towels (a small but long towel designed to be used like a scarf and a towelket, which is a blanket made of towel like fabric), headphones…

…and a bunch of items which we don’t have photos for at this time including:

    mascot plush
    figure straps
    clear files
    gold-leaf stickers
    memo stand
    sketchbook
    hoodie
    pajama pants
    a set of bed sheets
    pokemon time mini tins (blind packaged)
    backpack
    shoulder bag

Hopefully we will get pictures of, at the very least, the plush before release date. Hopefully!!

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For those going to the Pokemon Center on Eevee Collection day who spend more than $100, you can get this limited Eeveelution bag (until supplies last!)

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If Eevees aren’t your thing but you still want to spend money, this Pokemon Center exclusive Hoopa plush is also coming out on the 6th, just in time for the movie!

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Last but not least, an official picture has surfaced of the Hiroshima Center Karpchus. These plush, along with other merch so far unannounced, will go on sale in Pokemon Centers starting June 26th, which is also when the Hiroshima Center will open!

Pokemon Center Report – Rainy Day Pikachu + Trainers Collection

This past Saturday brought us two new releases: the third month’s Pikachu from the Monthly Pikachu series and the Trainer’s Collection ~ XY Heroine ~ promotion.

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I arrived at the Pokemon Center at around 9:30 am, assuming there would be almost no one in line and that the Center would open at the actual opening time of 10 am. I was met with a decent sized line of people, enough so that the staff had already decided to open early, or in other words, almost the exact same time I arrived. It was obvious that everyone was there for Monthly Pikachu, though, because as soon as they let us in, that’s where everyone went.

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Not surprising, since June’s Pikachu, wearing a raincoat and carrying a tiny umbrella, is incredibly adorable. Out of three months released so far, he might be my favorite!

The Monthly Pikachus have been disappearing from shelves fairly quickly. The original Business-Chu (aka Tanaka) I think made it to Sunday (or even Monday/Tuesday). May Pikachu lasted about as long. This time, the Center must have wanted to try and prolong the stock as much as they could, because right next to the Pikachu display was a sign saying “10 per customer”. Regardless, the Chus were gone by the end of Saturday. (Here is a thought, Pokemon Center: instead of limiting people, why not just make more?)

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While everyone was scrambling for Raincoat Pikas, I mosied over to the pretty much empty section of the store where the Trainer’s Collection was set up.

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In general, I am not a huge fan of people merch, but the illustrations for this promotion are so cute. Another plus to the promo, unlike a lot of past promos aimed at girls, there wasn’t any hair scrunchies or nail polish!

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The tote bag is a very decent size and perfect for a more pastel outfit.

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iPhone 6 cases featuring the main promotional artwork.

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One of the most unique pieces – a 3D poster. Maybe not as big as some people were expecting, but still nice! I wish the Center would make more posters like this.

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Of course, the item I wanted most from the promotion, the die-cut charms, were blind packaged, as if everything in Japan. There were 10 designs in total – 5 die-cut and 5 picture frame designs. Each box contains 1 random charm out of the 10, and you won’t know which one until you buy it and open it. To get a full set, you can always buy a box, but if you are like me and just want 1, then buying an entire box can sometimes not make much sense.

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Thankfully for me, out of the 5 I chose, 1 contained the exact one I wanted! And by the time we left the Pokemon Center, it had stopped raining (I love Rainy pika but I dislike rainy days!)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Hiroshima Pokemon Center, Pokemon Time

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No merch news this week, but we finally have an official date for the grand opening of the Hiroshima Pokemon Center (June 26th)!

Although the merchandise list for the opening is “in progress” and will be available later, they did share with us these adorable Pikachus wearing Gyarados and Magikarp ponchos. There is a 99.9% chance plush based on these illustrations will be sold as part of the opening promotion. Most likely if they make all three versions, the shiny Gyarados poncho Pika will be a Hiroshima exclusive (so maybe Mega Tokyo won’t be as crazy as usual for once?!)

The opening of the Hiroshima Center will also mark the opening of the very first Pokemon Center in the Chūgoku/Shikoku region of Japan. Huzzah!

Update!

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A sneaky sneak-preview of some of the merch from the up-coming Pokemon Time – Eevee Collection – was shared via the Pokemon Daisuki Club email sent out today. So far we have charms, a pair of headphones, and cell phone case confirmed! I know there will be plush, I just can’t wait to see what they look like (other than adorable, of course).

Pokemon Center Report – Clefairy Day is Best Day

Ever since the Secret Base Doll series started along with the release of the Ruby and Sapphire remake, I have been hoping that they would create a Clefairy Doll. It looks so cute in the game, and Clefairy is one of my favorite Generation 1 Pokemon, but a part of me thought this would never happen.

And then yesterday, while sitting around with my friend, Max, I casually flipped through my Twitter timeline and saw a blur of pink. Could it be? No way. BUT THEN IT WAS.

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The Clefairy of my literal dreams was not only going to be a real thing, but the release date was… tomorrow?!

We were so excited that we decided we were getting to the Pokemon Center at 8 am the next day. It was happening. My time had come.

After getting only 2 hours of sleep the night before, I made my way on over to the Center. As I’m getting closer and closer to the store, a part of me thought, wow, it’s kind of really early. Watch us be the only crazy people in line. And then we were. But none of that matters because we were first for Clefairy!

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