Pokemon Fluffy Bathtime

The Daisuki Club updated today (incidentally, Pocky Day – 11/11) with a mini announcement of a mini promotion, Pokemon Fluffy Bathtime, coming out November 28th. Unsurprisingly with a name containing both “fluffy” and “bathtime”, the merchandise line-up is full of items that can be used in and around the bath or shower.

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We have soap dispensers and holders, toothbrush holders

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Shower poof with a Pikachu made of a washcloth material

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Bathroom slippers

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And towels, putting the “fluff” in “fluffy bathtime”!

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But seriously, how can you say no to this face? Seriously, this promotion would be perfect if it had more of this stylish Psyduck.

Merchandise Lineup
(Prices are excluding tax)

Bath Bomb – 430 yen
Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap Bottle Pump – 1,300 yen
Toothbrush Stand – 900 yen
Soap Dish – 1,000 yen
Towel Hanger w/Pikachu Plush – 1,200 yen
Acrylic Tumbler – 800 yen
Slippers (Adult Size) – 1,500 yen
Shower Poof – 820 yen
Mini Bath Towel – 2,000 yen
Face Towel – 910 yen


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Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing + New Years 2016

I’ve been looking forward to the Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing promotion since it was announced, and I was not let down!

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The Sewing promotion was created based on a homey sort of hand-stitched mom and pop toy store feel, and all the items in the promotion reflect this, right down to the actual plush. They even sold mini sewing kits with the Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing logo on them!

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The most popular items were, of course, the plush. We got this dapper Pikachu wearing a top hat as both a normal size plush

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And in a slightly smaller mascot size.

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Vulpix was the second normal size plush and as of this post is currently sold out at the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center (although my guess is they will restock at least once).

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There was also three more mascot sized plush: Hoppip

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Skiploom

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And Jumpluff! All three have a very unique semi-stitched together look, which in my opinion is the best part of this entire promotion. Little Jumpluff even looks like he’s wearing little pants!

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Tartan was another big part of this promotion, much easier to see in the other non-plush items, including the flip phone cases, cups and plates

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And, of course, the cookie tins! If you are going to get one item from this promo, aside from the plush, my vote would be the cookie tins. The tins are a perfect size, feature all the main artwork, and the cookies are delicious.

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Along with the Sewing promotion, the Center also gave us a couple items for New Years 2016.

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With the main plush being Pikachu shaped like a kagami mochi. Although I think Dedenne was better suited for this shape, Pikachu still came out pretty cute.

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Another especially cute New Years item was this set of metal charms, featuring the Mochi Chu as well as a hanetsuki paddle charm with Aipom, as 2016 is the year of the monkey.

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Out of both the Sewing and New Years promotions, I was especially looking forward to the Vulpix plush. A part of me was worried the plush would look not as cute in person compared to the stock photos, but my worries turned out to be unnecessary in the end because Vulpix turned out perfectly. He is the perfect size; neither too big nor too small. He is perfectly cuddly, perfectly adorable, and perfectly perfect – the perfect little fire fox!

Next weekend will give us December’s Monthly Pikachu as well as the announcement for January’s Chu, and maybe we’ll get some exciting news on Friday regarding future promotions! We should learn soon what the actual New Years promotion will be. Last year we got a set of sleeping plush of the XY starter Pokemon. Any ideas for what we might see for New Years 2016?

Friday Pokemon Announcements: PokeMikke Part 3, Rage of the Broken Sky

Today’s Pokemon announcements brought us mainly TCG and the next installment of the popular PokeMikke series.

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The “Rage of the Broken Sky” expansion pack is set to come out December 11th. This expansion pack features the very first appearance of a Mega Gyarados card, and as an extra bonus, it’s also shiny!

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Although no set release date (as usual), the third round of the stationary and every-day sundries PokeMikke series, will start to appear in stores around the end of November. Continuing with the sweets theme from the second installment, this set features Pokemon with candy and cakes; a perfect combination!

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Some of the up-coming product photos were released on the official PokeMikke site, including pen/pencil pouches

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Notebooks, memo pads

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Cups

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And the first time ever since the start of this series, rubber charms!

Merchandise Line-Up
(Prices do not include tax)

Standing Pen Pouch – 1,600 yen
A4 Clearfile – 300 yen
A5 3 Pocket Clearfile – 300 yen
B6 Ringed Notebook – 400 yen
Keyboard Memo – 320 yen
Block Memo Pad – 600 yen
Schedule Book stickers – 300 yen
Bookmark / Label – 420 yen
Masking Tape – 400 yen
Melamin Cup – 600 yen
Rubber Charm – 600 yen

Not everything is pictured and there is a good chance there will be more items aside from what’s currently listed, similar to previous releases.

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Last but not least, the Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing promotion comes out tomorrow! I can’t wait to see that cute Vulpix plush in person ~


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Pokemon Center Report – Christmas/Winter 2015 + Kuttari/Lazy Plush + Pokemon Center Exclusives

My birthday was October 30th, and as a present to myself, I went on a mini trip to Miyagi prefecture. My main objective was to visit the famous Fox Village, but I was also looking forward to stopping by the Tohoku Pokemon Center in Sendai. As my luck would have it, there was a semi-big release on October 31st, and not only did I get to visit the Tohoku Center, a Pokemon Center I’ve wanted to visit for years, but I also got to experience a special release day at my special Pokemon Center!

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My home Center is the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center, and it is reknown for being the busiest and where everything sells out the fastest. In comparison, Tohoku was incredibly laid back. I always get to the Mega-Tokyo Center several hours in advance, but at Tohoku, I arrived half an hour early and was still the first into the store. I guess unsurprisingly, there wasn’t that many people there, and I was able to take my time browsing, picking out the perfect plush, and taking photos without getting in anyone’s way or vice versa.

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The main release for Saturday was the Christmas and Winter promotions for 2015. Christmas featured Pikachu and Eevee plush, dressed up in cute winter appropriate capes, while Winter’s main merchandise was Pikachu snowmen, reminiscent of last year’s XY snowman starter plush.

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The Christmas Pikachu was itself a remake of a similar Santa Chu that came out in 2012.

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Eevee ended up looking even more adorable in person as opposed to the stock photo.

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The cookie tin from the Christmas promo came out looking very festive as well!

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On the Winter promotion side, the snow Pikachus came in two different styles and types. There was 2 different normal size plush, with one wearing a red snow cap and scarf, and one wearing a yellow beret and matching cape…

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And of course smaller mascot sized versions of both of the snowman ‘Chus.

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We also got the release of the third batch of Lazy, or Kuttari, plush! This batch included Sylveon

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Glaceon

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Lucario

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Cyndaquil

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And Mew!

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To make the day even more exciting, we got a surprise release – Pokemon Center exclusive plush! It seems like the I Love Mew feeling is infecting the Pokemon Center releases as well as Banpresto because suddenly we are getting a lot of new Mew merchandise (I am not complaining!)

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Along with the Mew plush, very adorable, we also got Dragonite

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And Dragonair! The best part of this plush, aside from the ultra adorable face, is the body has a wire running through it, making it easily poseable.

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Happy early holidays!

Merchandise Overview – November

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing
[Pokemon Center] New Years 2016 Merchandise
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Figure Straps (Chandelure, Cyndaquil, Gardevoir, Lapras, Pichu, Wailord)
[Ichiban Kuji] Mini Kuji – PokeToru Stamps

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[Banpresto] Large Eevee Face Cushion

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu – December

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[Pokemon Game] Pokemon Rumble World (Cartridge Edition)

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[Pokemon Merchandise] PokeMikke Round 3
[Gacha] Putito Pikachu Plus
[Gacha] Sleepy Friends XY & Z (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Squirtle, Zygarde Core)

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[TCG] Double Mega Break Set – Mega Aerodactyl EX + Mega Mawile EX + Luxray Break
[Magazine] Pokemon Fan #45

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[MonColle] Ho-Oh, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y

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[Banpresto] Lizardon Night | Large Plush (Charmander, Charizard)

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[Pokemon Center] Fluffy Bathtime

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[Candy] Candy Figures “The Start of a New Adventure”

Friday Pokemon Announcements: New Years 2016, Banpresto Update, New Merchandise

This past Friday brought us a small announcement for this year’s New Year merchandise, an update from the official Banpresto prize website, and the release of a new Pikachu and Eevee plush.

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Every year, the Pokemon Center offers more traditional Japanese New Years merchandise, with a Pokemon theme. Last year we got kagami-mochi Dedenne, and this year, it’s Pikachu. (Note: kagami-mochi is a common New Years decoration consisting of two mochi, or rice cakes, and often times topped with a small bitter orange.)

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There is also a mini kadomatsu and mini shime-kazari

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And of course New Years postcards, with two different designs.

Astute observers will notice the inclusion of Aipom in this year’s New Year decorations, in honor of 2016 being the Year of the Monkey.

Merchandise Line-Up
Prices do not include tax.

New Years Postcard (Pikachu and Friends and First Sunrise) – 290 yen
New Years Postcard (Year of the Monkey) – 290 yen
Die-Cut O-Toshi-Dama Bag – 320 yen
Stickers – 300 yen
Metal Charm Set – 650 yen
Mini Kadomatsu – 740 yen
Mini Shime-Kazari – 740 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 400 yen
Kagami-Mochi Pikachu Plush – 1,200 yen

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The official Banpresto site updated with 2 Pokemon prizes for November. These large Eevee face cushions will start appearing exclusively in game centers in the Tokyo area from November 10th. The cushion is roughly 29 centimeters or almost 1 foot tall.

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These cute Charmander and Charizard plush will start appearing in game centers as part of the Lizardon Night series from November 25th. Both plush are roughly 28 centimeters or around 11 inches tall.

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Although this Saturday didn’t see any big (or small) promotions at the Pokemon Center, these two Takara Tomy plush came out and both Pikachu and Eevee are adorable. The Eevee plush is especially cute and soft, so if you collect Eevee plush, I would not pass this one up!

Questions about how to get any of the plush or other merchandise mentioned here? Leave a comment, shoot me an email (mikitzune at gmail dot com), or send me a tweet (@zombiemiki)!

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Friday Pokemon Announcements: 2015 Christmas + Winter Promotion, Pokemon With You, Double Mega Break Set

First of all, sorry for the late update! This week’s Pokemon Center announcements actually came out on Thursday instead of Friday, to coincide with the release of this month’s CoroCoro magazine.

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The next big Break set is scheduled to come out November 20th and includes 14 special cards that you can only get through the purchase of this set. The Double Mega Break Set features a Mega Aerodactyl EX card, a Mega Mawile EX card, and a Luxray Break card and will retail for 2,160 yen.

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Halloween is shaping up to be a semi-big release day! These new Pokemon badges will be added to the Pokemon With You collection and go on sale from October 31st. The new additions include: Ash’s Greninja, Cherrim, Croagunk, Maril, Slowpoke, Snorlax, Togepi, and Zygarde Core. Each badge is 258 yen.

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Along with the badges, this tote bag and pouch will also go on sale at the same time. The tote bags are 6,480 yen and the pouches are 2,268 yen each. As a reminder, all proceeds from the Pokemon With You merchandise line go toward helping children affected by the Tohoku earthquake from 2011.

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This past Saturday marked the start of pre-orders for the cartridge version of the Japanese version of Pokemon Rumble World. The game is set to come out November 19th, and by pre-ordering at the Pokemon Center, you will get 1 clearfile and a set of 3 postcards as a bonus.

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Finally, we got the official announcement for the Christmas + Winter promotion, which amusingly enough comes out on Halloween!

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“Christmas Illumination” focuses, as one might guess, on a Christmas theme, with the highlights being the Santa Chu and Eevee Chu plushies.

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There is also a charm set

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A mini wreath, very adorable plate to perhaps eat Christmas cake off of, and many other festive items!

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If Christmas isn’t really your thing, there is also “Aurora Tour”, with cute little Pikachu snowman plush.

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As well as charms and a variety of items with the Aurora Tour main graphic, such as a blanket and pouches.

Full Merchandise Line-up
(Tax not included in prices shown)

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Santa Pikachu Plush – 1,500 yen
Santa Eevee Plush – 1,500 yen
Plush Wreath – 2,000 yen
A4 Clearfile – 300 yen
Metal Charm Set – 960 yen
Logo Pin – 600 yen
Plate – 1,530 yen
Message Card – 450 yen
Stickers – 500 yen
Chocolate Crunch Cookie Tin – 900 yen

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Pikachu Snowman Plush (Male/Female) – 1,210 yen
Pikachu Snowman Mascot Plush (Male/Female) – 900 yen
Metal Charm Set – 380 yen
Foot-warmer – 2,800 yen
iPhone 6 Soft Case – 2,000 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,380 yen
A4 Clearfile – 300 yen
B6 Notebook – 500 yen
Stickers – 500 yen
Blanket – 3,000 yen
Handtowel – 700 yen
Diecut Masking Tape – 600 yen

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On a parting note, these Mini Round Plush have started appearing in stores! I snapped these guys at the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center, so they should be at the other Centers as well (among other places!)

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Christmas + Winter Promotion
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Pokemon Rumble World Pre-Order
Double Mega Break Set

Pokemon Center Report: Monthly Pikachu, Hip Pop! Parade!, Life with Pikachu

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It’s been around four months since I’ve been able to visit the Pokemon Center on the opening day of a merchandise promotion. Unlike the original Life With Pikachu event, there thankfully wasn’t a large amount of people, but still enough that I did not feel alone.

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One of the main releases for the day was the Monthly Pikachu plush for November. Sporting a fashionable duffle coat, this Pikachu is all set to go mushroom picking, a pastime associated with fall and November in particular.

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The next biggest release was butts, aka “Hip Pop! Parade!” (which I’ve been mistakenly calling Hip Hop! Parade, but honestly, either makes sense in context in my opinion). If you were unsure how big the two butt cushions were, well, they’re pretty big, making them erfect for cuddling and sleeping on.

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If you wanted some butts but the cushions were a little too big for you, there was plenty other merchandise that was smaller and easier to carry around, including pouches…

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and mini mascot plush, always a popular item in every promotion worth it’s salt!

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The two foldable tote bags were also popular, but who can resist a bag featuring a Growlithe butt?

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Although not as big as the original Life With Pikachu promo, there were some nice items from Life With Pikachu part 2, including these backpacks and mini backpacks. Attach the mini to your regular sized bag to double your Pikachu fan points!

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The In the Farm bags and cushions were also cute, featuring artwork from the original promotion.

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For those who wanted to stay stylish while showing off their love for Pikachu, there was also a simple sweater and cardigan, along with New Era collaboration hats.

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Last but certainly not least, there were some new posters up at the Pokemon Center! We learned what the December Monthly Pikachu will be (getting ready for winter and New Years Chu) and the release date: November 21st. Edit: The release date for this Pikachu was mistakenly written on the poster as November 21st, but it’s actually coming out November 14th.

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And we got a glimpse at some of the items for this year’s Christmas and Winter Promotion, which will be released in all Pokemon Centers across Japan on Halloween. The Santa Chu will probably be a big seller, as it’s a semi remake of a Santa Chu from a few years ago that sold out fairly quickly.

What up-coming promotions are you especially excited about?

I personally am excited for both the Christmas and Pokemon Sewing promotions. I love the design for this year’s Santa Chu, and I’m head over heels in love with the new Vulpix plush!

Friday Pokemon Announcements: Lazy Plush 3, Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing, K.Uno Necklaces

To make up for last week’s disappointing update, Pokemon graced us with an amazing new collaboration promotion and part 3 of the very popular kuttari (lazy) plush line.

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First up, Lazy Plush! We’ve been waiting for this announcement since the second batch went on sale, and as many predicted, this batch includes the remaining Eevelutions (Sylveon, Leafeon, and Glaceon), as well as Mew. Although none of these plush are Halloween themed, their release date is October 31st.

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These beautiful K.Uno collaboration necklaces will be available for special order from October 24th (Saturday) until December 6th (Sunday).

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Similar to the previous necklace releases, customers can customize the material of their necklace (silver, yellow gold, pink gold). Unlike the previous releases, you get to choose which Pokemon is featured on the main Pokeball charm from a list of all available starters, as well as Pikachu. The type of stone included with the charm also differs depending on which Pokemon is chosen.

Peridot (Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, Snivy, Chespin)
Garnet (Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig, Fennekin)
Blue Topaz (Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Oshawott, Froakie)
Citrin (Pikachu)

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Last but certainly not least, the brand new promotion, Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing! This promotion is a collaboration with the illustrator, Michiko Tachimoto, who is president of the children’s multimedia company [colobockle]. The release date is November 7th.

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The plush are designed to have a stylized hand-sewn feel.

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There are two full size plush (Pikachu and Vulpix) along with four smaller, mascot sized plush (Pikachu, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff), and of course many other items featuring the main sewing room design.

Full Line-up
(Prices do not include tax)

Pikachu Plush (2,000 yen)
Vulpix Plush (2,000 yen)

Pikachu Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Hoppip Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Skiploom Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)
Jumpluff Mascot Plush (1,000 yen)

A4 Clearfile Set (400 yen)
Desktop Memo (550 yen)
Masking Tape (600 yen)
Epo Stickers (500 yen)
Mini Croquis Book (400 yen)

Stationary Set (800 yen)
Square Cushion (2,500 yen)
Blanket (2,800 yen)
Card Case (2,800 yen)

Pouch (3,800 yen)
Pochette (4,800 yen)
Tote Bag (5,800 yen)
Flip Phone Case – iPhone 6 (2,800 yen)

Sewing Set (1,500 yen)
Lunch Box (1,600 yen)
Lunch Cloth (600 yen)
Melamin Cup (600 yen)
Melamin Plate (900 yen)
Melamin Tray (1,500 yen)
Chocolate Pie Cookies (900 yen)

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In honor of this special promotion, Pokemon Centers around Japan will be giving away this special wooden charm. Beginning October 24th, customers will receive one of these charms if they spend 4,000 yen or more at the Pokemon Center.

If you are interested in buying anything from any of these promotions and do not live in Japan, do not fear! Check out Hoshiiya to get the Pokemon stuff that you want.

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Lazy Plush Part 3
K.Uno Necklaces
Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing
Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Charm Promotion

UFO Catcher Adventures: Generation 2 My Pokemon Collection

A new batch of MPC (My Pokemon Collection) plush came out September 25th, featuring the first stage and third stage generation 2 starters.

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Out of the bunch, Typhlosion and Feraligatr seemed to be the most popular, and were the two that started disappearing from machines the fastest.

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When you look this cute, I guess it’s hard to resist. Typhlosion was pretty easy to catch, but Feraligatr was the most difficult from this batch. Not only was he the biggest, but he was also the heaviest and a weird shape, so if the claw was not strong enough, and the staff were unhelpful, you could be in trouble.

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I noticed, however, that Feraligatr was also the easiest to get caught on the claw, like in this picture. If you were able to wedge one of the claws in between his body and arm, you could usually lift him. This happened to me three times. Thankfully, all I had to do was call one of the game center staff over, they would remove little Ferg, and hand him over to me.

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All of the plush are very cute and just the right size to attach to your bag!

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Or just keep in your collection. (Or get 2 of your favorite so you can do both!)