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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Gotochi Goods
Pokemon Sketch
Slowpoke Day Goods
Yokohama Sticker Campaign
7/11 Summer Pokemon Campaign

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!

Pikachu Carnival Promotion – Update

The Daisuki Club updated with new photos of the merchandise from the 7/18 Pikachu Carnival promotion!

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In keeping with the carnival theme, items from this promotion feature Pikachus in festival costumes and other Pokemon dressed up as Pikachu.

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The illustrations on this mini hand towel are especially adorable!

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This mini memopad is not only cute…

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…but useful, too! Each page can be torn out and folded…

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…so each page can stand up on their own!

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The most exciting news was the introduction of these mascot plush, which Pokemon did not tell us about with the initial announcement of the Pikachu Carnival promotion! Unlike the rest of the Carnival merchandise, the mascot plush will be released August 1st. The mascot plush line-up includes Carnival Pikachu (female/male), Dittochu, Goomy, Mudkip, and Slowpoke.

Banpresto Site Update – Pikachu Mania!

To coincide with all the Pikachu centered events happening at the end of summer, Banpresto is releasing a “Pikachu Mania!” line of Pikachu plush and other prizes.

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Squishy cushions and mascot plush will start appearing in game centers on August 6th.

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A large Pikachu plush and plush pass cases will be released in the beginning of September.

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And if you like Mudkips, then good news! This large Mudkip plush will pop into claw machines starting August 20th.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – N…endoroid!

Today’s announcements were pretty quiet…

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Except for the sudden news of an up-coming N Nendoroid figure!

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Along with the usual replaceable faces, arms, and legs, N will also come with a pokeball and a Pokemon companion: Reshiram.

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Although Reshiram doesn’t have replaceable parts, his arms (wings), legs, and head are poseable!

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Not big news and semi lost in the shuffle, these hand towels are currently on sale in Pokemon Centers. These designs are perfect if you love more artistic Pokemon designs.

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Finally, a Ghost type addition to the “Pokemon Ippai” gacha line will go on sale across Japan from October 31st. 1 try should be 300 yen and there are 5 possible figures (Banette, Cofagrigus, Gengar, Litwick, Pumpkaboo)

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A surprise set of petit plush appeared on the Pokemon Amazon site for pre-order and should already be available to buy directly from the Pokemon Center starting from 7/11 (today in Japan).

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The newest set features Chandelure, Dragonite, Jirachi, Litwick, and Victini.

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Everything and then More Things

The Pokemon Center dropped all the merchandise on our laps with today’s update, and the release date for everything is the same: July 18th.

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One of the most exciting news was this announcement for new Pokemon Center exclusive plush and metal charms. Although most of the Pokemon shown already have plush, this will be the first official plush for Ninetails (and, of course, Hoopa Unbound).

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Merchandise Overview – July

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[Pokemon Game Campaign] Pre-orders start for Super Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

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[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie – XY Bath towels ~2015~ (Hoopa/Hoopa Unbound, Legendaries, Pikachu Outbreak)

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[Bandai] Pokemon Kids XY First Appearace! Hoopa Ver. (Arceus, Dialga, Frogadier, Lugia, Mega Latias, Mega Latios, Palkia)

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[Banpresto] Pokemon The Movie XY – Large size Kyogre plush
[Banpresto] (Re-release) I Love Pikachu + HQ Pichu Plush

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[Pokemon Center] Legendary Metal Charm Mini Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Petit plush (Chandelure, Dragonite, Jirachi, Litwick, Victini)

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[Banpresto] Large size Hoopa plush

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[TCG] Shogakuen Book Fair exclusive Altaria card

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[Magazine] Pokemon Fan Magazine Vol 43
[Moncolle] Arceus, Hoopa Unbound Special Pack (Dialga, Groudon, Hoopa Unbound, Kyogre, Palkia), Pikachu (Ash’s Pikachu, Battle Pose)
[Merchandise] Pokemon Band Singing Face Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Dedenne, Frogadier)
[Merchandise] Kuro Toga mechanical pencils (Eevee, Eeveelutions, Pikachu, Pokeball, Substitute Plush, Umbreon/Espeon)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Lazy Plush Batch 1 (Pikachu, Pichu, Raichu, Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon)
[Pokemon Center] Lots of Pikachu promotion
[Pokemon Center] New plush: Hoopa Unbound, Snorlax, Mewtwo, Vulpix, Ninetails, Gengar
[Pokemon Center] New metal charms: Hoopa, Hoopa Unbound
[Pokemon Center Campaign] TCG card gift campaign (buy 1,000 yen and get 1 blind packaged card; 4 variations including Rayquaza EX card)
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game XY Concept Pack – Legendary Holo Collection
[TCG] 7-11 exclusive special Hoopa card pack
[TCG] Movie Theater and Pokemon Center exclusive Legendary Holo album set
[TCG] 7-11 exclusive Groudon EX and Kyogre EX card campaign
[TCG] Embroar vs Togekiss Starter Set
[Gacha] Desk Pikachu Helper figure set
[Collaboration] Pokemon x Sweets Paradise cafe opens
[Pokemon Game Promotion] Special Tohoku Center Jirachi distribution starts

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[Pokemon Center] Pre-orders start for N Nendoroid figure
[Collaboration] Village Vanguard exclusive Goomy promotion

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[Magazine] Pokemon Life Vol 1

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[Merchandise] Fluffy Eevee Plush
[Collaboration] Village Vanguard exclusive Goomy promotion (pouches only)