Merchandise Overview – January

January Release – Date Unspecified

[Gacha] Can Badge Collection XY&Z (Ash’s Greninja, Braixen, Chespin, Dedenne, Eevee, Mega Charizard X, Pikachu, Sylveon, Zygarde Core, Zygarde Perfect Form)

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[Pokemon Center] New Years Monthly Pikachu Set (2 plush = 2,500 yen)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Market
[Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo] New Years Lucky Bags (5,000 yen)
[TCG] Pokemon XY Break Special Card Box (Pikazard X | Pikazard Y) (1 box = 2,500 yen)
[TCG] Card sleeves (Mega Lucario Chu | Mega Slowbro Chu | Mega Sableye Chu | Mega Audino, Mega Altaria, Mega Diancie) (1 pack of 32 sleeves = 362 yen)
[Kuji] Pokemon Card Game Kuji
[Campaign] Distribution start for the second set of Pikachu Mega Campaign illustration cards

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[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Large Mew Plush

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[Pokemon Center] February Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Part 9
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Sketch
[Pokemon Center] 20th Anniversary Clearfile

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[Collaboration] Its’Demo Valentine’s

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[Gacha] Mega Pikachu Gacha Figures (Mega Altaria, Mega Audino, Mega Lucario, Mega Sableye, Mega Slowbro, Pikazard X, Pikazard Y) (1 try = 300 yen)
[Merchandise] Ash Plush

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[Banpresto] I Love Mew – 4 Mew Plush
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Valentine’s (Pikachu Plush, Slippers, and Pair Mascot)

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[Banpresto] Charizard Sleeping Bag Pikachu Plush

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[MonColle] Reshiram (Overdrive), Zekrom (Overdrive)
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Necklace Restock

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[Banpresto] We Meet Again Pikachu Plush

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[TCG] Poke-Kyun Collection
[TCG] Premium PokeKyun Box Set
[TCG] PokeKyun Mini Binder Set (Pokemon Center | 7-11 Exclusive)

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[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu Sleeping Bag Collection – Nuku Nuku Style –
[Collaboration] Pre-sale of All-Stars Second Wave plush at Kiddyland starts

Pokemon Center Report – *gasp* Steven! + Zygarde + Battle Sets

This past Saturday had the very last big (ish) Pokemon Center merch promotion of 2015.

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The main attraction for the day was… Steven!

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Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki in Japanese) is a Champion, a steel-type trainer, and everyone’s boyfriend

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Who can resist his piercing steel-grey eyes?! No one, that’s who.

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This promotion had a wide variety of items all featuring the gorgeous main artwork, from post cards and a metal charm set

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To eyeglass cases (complete with cleaning cloth), hand towels, clearfiles

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Larger than usual rubber charms, for your phone (if you have a large phone or are adventurous) or bag

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To stainless steel cups! Yes, they went there.

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Each cup comes in a box covered in comic-style art.

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The star of the Steven show, and the most expensive piece from the collection, was the mega evolution stone lapel pin. At 8,000 yen (+ tax) per pin, this piece of jewelry is sure to compliment any steel trainer’s outfit!

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Along with Steven, there was also a bunch of new Zygarde related merch, including a brand new Zygarde Core plush that shakes and is squishy.

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A special MonColle (Monster Collection) set of figures, with all four Zygarde forms, came out on Saturday.

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Although if you don’t like or want all four forms, you can buy them separately as well

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This Zygarde Core figure is my favorite.

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There was also a metal charm set

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And a new Pokemon Center exclusive plush for Zygarde 10%.

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Ash’s Greninja also got his own Pokemon Center exclusive plush

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And a metal charm.

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Last and certainly not least, a couple card game related items also came out on Saturday. Along with the Steven sleeves, a semi creepy Hypno design went on sale

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As well as Darkrai double deck cases

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And not forgetting the three different Pokemon XY Break Battle Sets.

The countdown to New Years is beginning! Here is to hoping the Pokemon Center on New Years day will not be as crazy as I am afraid it will be.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Time + Pokemon Sketch + Little Tales + 2DS Bundle

Welcome to the very last Pokemon Friday Announcements post in 2015! (applause, cheering, a little sadness)

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Let’s start off with one of the biggest news: Pokemon Time Part 9! Our last Pokemon Time installment was only about 6 months ago, so it’s a little surprising they’re bringing out the next round so soon (January 9th), but otherwise, no complaints!

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This set seems to have a clear focus on Piplup (and Lucario) for most of the items, including pouches

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Bags, cups

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Plates, and phone cases.

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As usual there will also be clearfiles

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All the clearfiles come in a set of 2

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And feature 11 different Pokemon!

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Of course, what is a Pokemon Time promotion without blind packaged something (at least they’re giving us a break from the summer when it seemed like half the items were blind packaged!)

Merch Line-Up
Prices do not include tax

Figure Straps – 11 types | 560 yen each (Budew, Buizel, Chimchar, Garchomp, Lucario, Piplup, Shaymin, Shinx, Starly, Togekiss, Turtwig)
Plush Cushions – 3 types | 4,800 yen each (Budew, Buizel, Togekiss)
A4 Clearfile Set – 11 types | 400 yen each (Budew, Buizel, Chimchar, Garchomp, Lucario, Piplup, Shaymin, Shinx, Starly, Togekiss, Turtwig)
Gold Lacquer Stickers – 6 types | 500 yen each (Budew, Lucario, Piplup, Shaymin, Shinx, Togekiss)
Masking Tape – 600 yen
Towel Handkerchief – 2 types | 1,500 yen each (Lucario, Piplup)
Pouch – 2 types | 1,850 yen each (Lucario, Piplup)
Tote Bag – 2 types | 3,000 yen each (Lucario, Piplup)
Melamin Cup – 2 types | 500 yen each (Piplup, Group)
Melamin Plate – 2 types | 700 yen each (Piplup, Group)
iPhone 6 / 6s Phone Case – 2 types | 1,880 yen each (Lucario, Group)
Rubber Strap Collection – 500 yen
Puchi Tin Collection – 380 yen

Pokemon Time Socks (3 pairs for 1,000 yen)
9 types | (Budew, Chimchar, Lucario, Pikachu, Piplup, Shaymin, Shinx, Togekiss, Turtwig)

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Next up, Pokemon Sketch – another January 9th release!

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This time, the Sketch series will focus on Mudkip, Eevee, and Lucario, and will include (unsurprisingly) sketch books

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Train pass cases

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Dice bags, in two different sizes

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Pouches, mini hand towels

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And the ever popular “free box”, which isn’t actually free.

Merch Line-Up
Prices do not include tax

6 Pocket Clearfile (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 470 yen each
Stickers (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 300 yen each
Sketchbook (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 400 yen each
Mini Dice Bag (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 400 yen each
Dice Bag (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 600 yen each
Pouch (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 1,200 yen each
Pass Case (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 930 yen each
Hand Towel (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 500 yen each
Free Box (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 1,000 yen each
Memo Stand (Eevee, Lucario, Mudkip) | 500 yen each

2DS

Coinciding with the official release of the 2DS console in Japan, there will be 4 special 2DS Pokemon Bundle Packs coming out February 27th.

Each pack will include:

1 2DS (clear blue, clear green, clear red, or clear yellow, depending on the game)
1 4GB Memory Card (with a virtual console version of Pokemon Blue, Green, Red, or Yellow)
1 Town Map
1 Mew Download Code
1 Mew Ticket
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The bundle packs will be available for pre-order from December 26th.

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If the New 3DS is more your thing, we’ve got news for you as well! 2 New 3DS plates are coming out February 27th featuring generation 1 Pokemon sprites. Each set of plates retails for 2,000 yen + tax.

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In TCG news, the next concept pack has been announced (Cute Pokemon Collection) and will come out January 29th.

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Last but certainly not least, the ever popular Pokemon Little Tales collaboration series is returning for a third time on February 6th! More information coming soon ~

What was your favorite Pokemon Center promotion from 2015? What was your favorite piece of merch? Your favorite plush? What was your least favorite? What are you hoping to see in 2016?


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Pokemon Sketch
2DS Pokemon Bundle
New 3DS Plates
Cute Pokemon Collection
Little Tales

Its’Demo x Pokemon Collaboration – Part 3

We received a brand new line-up of Its’Demo x Pokemon collaboration merchandise semi-suddenly and without much warning this past Friday.

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Unlike the last collaboration, which had a very clear “summer” theme, this time the theme seems to be “cute” and “pink” Pokemon, with the main Pokemon featured, aside from Pikachu, being Mew, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, and Audino.

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The line-up includes a lot of very cute every-day use items, such as memo pads, stationary and mini letter sets

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Compact mirrors in three different designs

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Pens and rolls of decoration tape.

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This is one of my favorite tape designs (because I love Clefairy and Mew!)

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There are two different types of pens, with each pen having 3 variations each. These are normal ball point pens

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While these pens have 2 different colors: black and red. The color is dependent on which ear is pushed down.

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There are also phone cases and multi cases (basically a phone case with a couple pockets on the inside to hold cards, like train passes)

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“Eco bags” that are designed for use when you’re shopping to replace plastic bags. The bags themselves are pretty big and can hold a lot.

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Stackable cups in two different designs: Pikachu by herself

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And two Pikachu together.

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10 different types of nail polish, with some being glitter polish and some solid color polish.

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And towels! There is one type of long towel

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Along with three types of smaller hand towels.

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Although the line-up was officially released on Friday, individual items have been appearing slowly throughout the week. The Its’Demo near my house didn’t stock the Pokemon collaboration until Sunday, and they didn’t get the towels until today. The first location I visited didn’t have the nail polish or eco bags until Monday. There are apparently necklaces as well, featuring three different charms (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Mew) but I’ve checked 4 different stores and I have yet to see them. (Maybe over the next week, distribution will improve.)

These collaboration releases can be easy to miss, but they can have some of the cutest items!

Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Block Style + Ash’s Greninja + New Mechanical Pencils

Two mini promotions came out this weekend: Pokemon Block Style and Ash’s Greninja, along with some un-announced mechanical pencils featuring artwork from previous popular promotions.

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Both of the mini promotions dealt mainly with stationary and related merchandise, such as pencils, rulers, school notebooks, etc. with some miscellaneous items like handkerchiefs thrown in for fun.

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Pokemon Block Style had a more cartoony and simple design, and covered a wider range of Pokemon, including the Zygarde formes

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Along with Ash’s Greninja.

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As usual with this type of promotion, we got these little plastic cups with the main design

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And a bonus lunchbox!

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Ash’s Greninja promotion had pretty much all of the same items, with the main difference being the featured illustration.

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The Greninja promo also had a shirt, which Block Style did not.

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Last but not least, pencils! I’m a huge fan of these pencils because they’re fun to draw with and have really cute designs on them.

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This latest batch included designs from Chiku-Chiku Sewing, Life With Pikachu, Mystery Mansion

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Pikachu in the Farm, and Eeveelutions.

This weekend wasn’t super busy, Pokemon wise, but next week leading into the weekend will start to get more exciting. A new set of rolly-polly plush (korotto-manmaru) will start appearing in game centers around Japan on the 23rd and then the 26th will have the Steven Stone promotion, 2 card sleeve designs (Steven and Hypno), 2 Pokemon Center exclusive plush (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde 10%), metal charms (Ash’s Greninja, Zygarde Core, Zygarde 10%, Zygarde Perfect Forme), a Takara Tomy Zygarde Core plush, several new MonColle figures, a new talky Pikachu plush, and 3 Pokemon Card Game battle sets.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Plush + Pokemon Market + TCG Kuji + Its’Demo + Monthly Pikachu

Surprise! Pokemon came through for us with a couple merch announcements for us.

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Along with the much anticipated Steven Stone promotion, December 26th will also give us two new Pokemon Center exclusive plushies: Ash’s Greninja and Zygarde 10%.

Ash’s Greninja: 3,200 yen + tax
Zygarde 10%: 2,000 yen + tax

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We also have the official announcement for the New Years special Monthly Pikachu pair plush, going on sale from New Years Day. The Pikachus will be sold as a set for 2,500 yen + tax.

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Incidentally, New Years will be semi busy this year! Along with the special Monthly Pikachu plush, Special Card Boxes, card sleeves, and the start of the Pikachu Mega Campaign Wave 2, the Center is also giving us a new promotion: Pokemon Market. The art style is supposed to be reminiscent of the more old-school Pokemon designs.

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Full Merchandise Lineup
Prices do not include tax.

Mascot Plush – 900 yen each
Lunch Box – 2,000 yen
Chopsticks and Case – 1,000 yen
Stainless Steel Bottle – 1,900 yen
Plate – 1,280 yen
Stacking Mugs (Pikachu | Jigglypuff) – 1,200 yen each
Lunch Mat & Coaster Set (Pikachu | Jigglypuff) – 1,000 yen each
Fork & Spoon Set – 1,000 yen
Hoodie (S/M/L) – 5,600 yen
TShirt (S/M/L) – 3,000 yen
Smartphone Shoulder Bag – 1,900 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,600 yen
Wrist Watch – 4,800 yen
iPhone 6/6s Soft Phone Case – 1,880 yen
6 Pocket Clearfile (Pikachu | Jigglypuff) – 580 yen each
Ball Pen (Pikachu | Jigglypuff) – 500 yen each
Ring Notebook (Pikachu | Jigglypuff) – 560 yen each
Hand Towel (Pikachu | Group) – 500 yen each
Cloth Lunchbag (Pikachu | Group) – 600 yen each
Chocolate Chip Cookies – 980 yen

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To add more excitement to an already jam packed day, the Pokemon Center will also start a TCG related kuji on New Years Day. All prize tiers will feature 1 card inspired item along with 1 actual playing card.

Prize A: Bath Towel

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Prize B: Cushion

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Prize C: Mini Pouches

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Prize D: Double Deck Cases

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Prize E: Key Chain / Charms

1 play / 500 yen

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Last but not least, a new collaboration between Its’Demo and Pokemon came out today (December 18th). More pictures coming soon!


New Pokemon Center Plush
New Years Monthly Pikachu
Pokemon Market
TCG Kuji
ItsDemo Collaboration

Pokemon Center Report – Rage of the Broken Heavens + Card Sleeves

Two Pokemon Center reports in one weekend?! Rare but true.

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I arrived to the Center on Friday 2 hours early and there was no one waiting in line, I guess to be expected on a work day, although a bunch of people seemingly jumped out of no where a few minutes before opening. I noticed, however, strange signs on some of the doors saying the entrance was “over there” which, at the time, made no sense, as the Center wasn’t even open yet.

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Once the Center opened, exactly at 10 am, we entered only to realize part of the store was blocked off and temporarily inaccessible. The staff put up a barricade of posters near the entrance

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And this display is providing a second barricade inside the store. At the time, I thought maybe they were setting up for the Pikachu Mega Campaign the next day, but since we’re currently in the future and I know all the answers, I now understand staff were busy setting up the Pikachu Mega Shop in this location.

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Getting back to cards! Friday marked the release date for the latest Break expansion set, Rage of the Broken Heavens, and along with sales of the actual expansion deck cards, we also got new card sleeve designs, and a deck box. Unlike the last couple of card sleeve releases where we had to go directly to the registers and give our order to the cashier, this time, all the sleeves were on display in the store. The staff had the foresight to put sleeves in multiple areas of the store as well, with the best part being it took a good 5-10 minutes for people to find the alternate sleeve location. This was fine for me, because it gave me time to take photos.

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Card sleeves in no particular order: Mega Scizor

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The main artwork from the Broken Heavens expansion set with shiny Gyarados.

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Slowpoke looking goofy.

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And a not often seen Pokemon duo: Trubbish and Garbodor.

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These two Special Jumbo Mega Mewtwo card packs also came out on Friday the 11th. Each pack comes with 1 jumbo sized card, 1 special card, 4 packs of Blue Shock and 4 packs of Rage of the Broken Heavens.

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The Pokemon Center started a special campaign for the new expansion on Friday as well: for every 2 boxes of cards bought, you get 1 of 2 exclusive card carrying cases. One design features the main artwork from Broken Heavens and the other design is Espeon. (While supplies last!)

With the end of the year quickly approaching and the New Years announcements already made last week, I’m not too hopeful for anything exciting tomorrow, but I guess we’ll see! I wouldn’t mind being wrong.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pikachu Mega Campaign Wave 2 + New Years + Monthly Pikachu + Sepia Graffiti

With the Pikachu Mega Campaign Wave 1 starting tomorrow (December 12th), the Pokemon Center decided to announce some information for Wave 2.

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The most exciting news from what we have so far from Wave 2 are these Pokemon XY Break Special card boxes, which will go on sale on New Year’s Day (January 1st). There will be 2 different designs for the boxes, and although the contents are the same between the two, the general designs will differ, with one box featuring Pikachu dressed as Mega Charizard X and one featuring Pikachu dressed as Mega Charizard Y.

Contents are as follows:

* Premium Holo Card
* Special Holo Card (Pikachu)
* Rage of the Broken Heavens expansion pack x 2
* Rising Fist, Phantom Gate, Emerald Break expansion packs x 1 of each
* Deck Case
* Card Sleeves (1 set of 62 sleeves)
* Long Card Box

Each box is 2,500 yen plus tax.

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Along with the two special card boxes, these four card sleeve designs will also go on sale on January 1st. Each pack of sleeves contains 32 sleeves and costs 362 yen plus tax.

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For people living in Japan, for every 2,000 yen you spend starting on January 1st, you will receive a random card featuring one of these designs.

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Similar to the Pikachu Mega Campaign Wave 1, if you are lucky enough to pull the Mega Rayquaza design, you’ll also receive a card case to keep your cards organized and clean.

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But wait, there’s more! January 16th brings us these very cute gachapon figures: 7 different types, 300 yen per play.

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Moving on from the Mega Campaign, February’s Monthly Pikachu was announced early. This month has Pikachu peacefully asleep under a kotatsu, one of the best things to do during February to keep warm! This Pikachu will be released on January 9th and will cost 1,600 yen plus tax.

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Finally, we have a couple new additions to the Sepia Graffiti series.

Merch Line-Up
Prices are all before tax

Clutch Bag – 3,500 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,400 yen
Mini Carpet – 3,700 yen
Cushion Charm – 880 yen
Cushion Pouch – 1,400 yen
Stickers – 380 yen
Foldable Mirror – 500 yen
B6 Size Notebook – 380 yen

Tomorrow is going to be a little nuts, but stay tuned for the Pikachu Mega Campaign Wave 1 report!


Gacha Mega Pikachu Figures
New Years TCG
Mega Pika Campaign Wave 2 Cards
Monthly Pikachu
Sepia Graffiti

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!