U.S. Pokemon Center – Valentine’s Day Promotion

Hello everyone!

I don’t usually report on the US Pokemon Center releases, but the Valentine’s Day promotion was too cute for me to pass it by without mentioning it.

When the US store first opened up, the majority of items sold were re-releases of previously Japan only items but with different tags. Lately it seems like the US store is offering more and more items that are unique and not available anywhere else, and the Valentine’s Day promotion for 2017 is a good example of this. There are only a few items as part of this promo, but everything is cute and makes great gifts for that special someone in life, even if that special someone is you!

The element that really made this promotion for me was the Slowpoke and his wish for a Happy New Year. Without him, this promotion would be just cute, but he elevates this promotion to something even better.

Everyone loves pins, and these pins are especially cute. The pins are all included in one set, however, each pin is attached to a little cardboard tab that you can rip off and give away.

Like most Valentine’s Day themed goods, the backs of the pin boards offer a place to write your name and the name of the gift recipient. Also, if you’ll notice the pin backings are all die-cut Pikachu heads.

What would Valentine’s Day gifts be without cards? The Valentine’s Day card set comes with 12 cards (3 Pikachu, 3 Eevee, 2 Slowpoke, 2 Umbreon, and 2 Espeon) plus 12 envelopes and stickers.

Tying in to the Sun/Moon theme, there is a set of cups featuring Umbreon and Espeon. Keep them both for yourself and use one for your morning coffee and one for your pre-bedtime coffee, or split them up and give one cup to your true love.

Last but not least, we have this adorable Slowpoke shirt, wishing everyone a Happy New Years in February! Give this to that person in your life who is always late to everything. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the sentiment.

All of the items listed here are, as of the time of this posting (January 28th, 2017) still in stock on the US webstore, so if you’re interested, go and buy! (Link) Note that the US Pokemon Center only ships within the United States at this time.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Center Plush + Pokedolls

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s Pokemon Center update brings us two big plush announcements.

More Pokedolls! These Pokedolls were part of the batch prematurely announced previously, but now we have official release dates for Bewear, Pikachu, and Ditto.

All three Pokedolls will come out February 11th and will cost 1,296 yen each after tax.

No news yet for Alola Raichu, Vulpix, or Rockruff but hopefully soon.

A bunch of Sun & Moon Pokemon Center exclusive plush will also go on sale February 11th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.

This third batch of plush will include: Torracat, Dartrix, Brionne, Passimion, Jangmo-o, and Lycanroc Midday and Midnight forms.

All plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax except for Jangmo-o which will cost 1,620 yen.

Interested in buying any of the Pokemon listed in this post? Check out Japan Stuffs store! (Pokedolls | PokeCen Plush)

Until next time~

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Pokedolls Part 2
PokeCen Plush Part 3

Pokemon Center Report – Alola Sandshrew + Pikachu 025 Collection

Here’s a surprise little Pokemon Center Report to help brighten everyone’s day.

First up, Sandshrews were recently restocked so here is the photo I promised from my last post. They’re pretty adorable and super soft.

Moving on… the Pikachu 025 Collection recently added a bunch of stationary and pouches to their line-up. These new items also feature brand new illustrations: a sweets themed design and a Pikachus in love design. Both are so adorable they will give you cavities (okay I promise this won’t actually happen).

There is actually quite a bunch of items included in the update, but here are some of them. Pouches!

More pouches!

Dice bags, in small

and Medium!

Tote-bags!

Pass cases!

Stationary sets (and pens!)

There are more items than this available (and lunch time related items coming out next month). If you’re interested in buying anything or everything, check out Japan Stuff’s store! (Accessories and Stationary | Lunch Time)

Until next time!

Pokemon Center Report – Pokedolls Again + New PokeCen Plush + Phone Cases

Hello everyone~

This post is a little late (oops) but here are most of the releases from January the 14th!

Valentine’s related merchandise has been on sale since New Years signs were taken down, and the Pokemon Center is no exception. The little sign says “show your love to important people in your life with cute Pokemon stuff” which by the way is great advice 😉

The 14th was the official nationwide release date for the return of one of the most popular lines of Pokemon merchandise: the Pokedoll. I shared photos from the pre-release on January 1st but here are three more because I’m sure no one can have enough Pokedolls. Currently the only three Pokedolls in existence are Rowlet

Litten

and Popplio!

I’ve heard some displeasure over Litten not having a nose but I personally find it cute.

There was also three Pokemon Center Exclusive plush (or PokeCen plush). The Alola Ninetails sold out within 15 minutes on the on-line Pokemon Center store but didn’t seem to sell out as quickly in the actual stores.

Fomantis

…and Alola Sandshrew which sold out so quickly we don’t have photos for you! I was not expecting either Ninetails or Sandshrew to sell out, or if yes, not at least for a week or longer because it didn’t seem like they’ve been popular. From the reports I heard, scalpers jumped all over the Sandshrew plush hardcore, and I still don’t understand why, but this meant every time the plush were restocked they immediately sold out again, so that was exciting.

At any rate, once I get photos, I will of course share them. For now, please imagine something cute and soft.

Continuing with PokeCen plush, Mew and Mewtwo both were re-released on the 14th without any prior announcements. As implied with “re-release” these plush are not new, but the designs are slightly different from the previous releases. Mew’s face is slightly less fat

Mewtwo looks fairly the same but maybe more angry?

This cute clearfile featuring original artwork for New Years also went on sale on the 14th.

Last but not least, phone cases! I love Pokemon phone cases because not only can you cushion your little phone in Pokemon, but the cases usually come with a little spot for hanging phone charms.

This release featured three designs in two styles: a soft case for iphone 6/6s and 7 and a flip-case for other phone models.

My favorite of the three was the Mimikyu + Pikachu design. The iPhone cases was predominantly Mimikyu with one Pikachu

while the flip case was predominantly Pikachu with one Mimikyu.

Personally, I liked the second design the best (with all the Pikachu and one imposter) – it would be nice if they made other items with this same pattern.

Which phone case is your favorite?

Thanks for reading, and until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – March Monthly Pair Pikachu + February Banpresto Prizes

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s announcements were pretty sparse, so I’ll be including the Banpresto update for February as well.

First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu for March was officially announced on the Pokemon website. The theme for March is, unsurprisingly, Hana-Matsuri (Girl’s Day) which is on March 3rd. The pair will come out February 4th and will cost 2,808 yen after tax.

Moving on to the Banpresto side of things!

As a reminder before we dive into prizes, Banpresto is a company that creates prizes for game centers. These prizes are not sold to customers directly; you need to either win them yourself or get them second hand.

The Pokemon Tea Party continues from January with two new plush. The Pikachu Macaron cushion and large Pikachu plush will both be available starting February 21st (Tuesday).

The Nebukuro Collection is not slowing down with more releases into February.

There will be two sets of large plush. Jolteon and Sylveon will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday) and Espeon and Umbreon will be available starting February 14th (Tuesday).
The smaller set of plush, featuring Eevee, Glaceon, and Leafeon, will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday).

Alola Hype continues with some popular Alola type Pokemon plush.

The smaller sized plush, featuring Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Meowth, will be available at game centers starting February 16th (Thursday).
The larger sized Alola Raichu plush will be available starting February 9th (Thursday) and the larger Togedemaru plush will be available starting February 7th (Tuesday).

If you prefer Meowth over his Alolan counter part, you’re in luck, as a fairly big Meowth plush will be available as a prize starting February 23rd (Thursday).
A fairly big sized Magikarp plush will be available as well, exclusively through Namco, starting February 9th (Thursday).

And that concludes our merchandise round-up for today!

Until next time~
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March Monthly Pair Pikachu

Friday Pokemon Announcements – TCG Sun & Moon Booster Pack + Card Sleeves + Socks + Phone Cases

We are finally back with the weekly Friday Pokemon Announcements!

And something I haven’t mentioned in a while…TCG~

The next booster set “Pokemon Sun & Moon (SM1+) is scheduled to drop January 27th. Note that this set is Sun & Moon unlike the last two booster packs that were two mini sets (Sun and Moon). All the cards in the Sun & Moon set are holos and the price reflects it, with 1 pack costing about 250 yen after tax. Each pack contains 5 holo cards, including 1 energy card.

One of the best cards from the set (in my opinion) is this amazing Sylveon GX. I doubt I’ll get it but it’s still lovely <3

Along with the booster packs themselves, there will be five Special Sets that go on sale on January 27th.

These first three sets include 2 Sun & Moon booster packs, 1 Sun booster pack, 1 Moon booster pack, and 1 promo card (Primarina, Decidueye, or Incineroar).

Each set costs 875 yen after tax.

These two sets, featuring Rockruff and Turtonator, will also be available from January 27th.

Unlike the final evolution starter sets, the Rockruff and Turtonator sets only come with 2 Sun & Moon booster packs each, and the price reflects it, with each set costing 550 yen after tax.

What is a booster pack release date without card sleeves? These five designs were voted for re-release and each design will be sold as a full deck containing 64 sleeves per pack. If you missed out the first time these sleeves went on sale, you have a second chance to get them, so don’t delay! Pre-order today!

The five designs are: Subway Masters, Steven w/Metagross, Champion Steven, Chandelure, and Eeveelutions.

Each pack will cost 896 yen after tax.

Moving on from card games… socks! These cute Valentine’s Day themed socks are already on sale at Pokemon Centers in Japan and cost 410 yen each after tax.

Campaign information! The Sapporo Center Re-opening celebration continues starting February 1st. Along with the Vulpix Poncho promotion, customers to Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan will receive 1 of 4 art cards simply for visiting, with 1 random card being given to each customer per visit while supplies last.

Along with the cards, 1 of 5 coasters will be given out randomly to customers for every 2,000 yen spent at any Pokemon Center or Store around Japan. The designs are all really cute, so I’m hoping to get at least a couple to add to my Snowpix collection!

Ending on a non announcement note but still exciting: these phone cases were added to the Amazon store at midnight Japan time tonight and will be going on sale tomorrow (Saturday January 14th). The three designs will be available for iPhone 6/6s and 7 and are freaking adorable. (Get them here if you love them!)

Until next time ~

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Heart Socks
Card Sleeves
Sun & Moon Booster Pack
Sun & Moon Special Sets Starters | Other
Sapporo Celebration Continues

Unboxing – Package from Japan Stuffs

Hello everyone!

Today’s update is a new kind of blog post: unboxing! I originally had wanted to make a video, but my hair was super not good when my box arrived and I wanted to open it right away, so here is a bunch of photos instead. Note: when I say a bunch of photos, I mean a lot, so be warned before you read more!

This box is actually mostly filled of stuff for my girlfriend, Kerstin, who also placed the order, so a special shout out to her! And of course, shout out to Japan Stuffs for picking up all of these items from the Pokemon Center and being generally awesome.

Both my girlfriend and I generally stick to EMS shipping when sending things from Japan, because of the security (EMS automatically comes with tracking) and the speed (it generally takes between 3-5 days depending on how quickly the box is shipped out from Japan). The package was shipped out on a Wednesday and had already arrived by Saturday. For the most part, the box arrived intact, although there was a small hole on one side, which was the fault of the postal service, but it happens and it’s happened on multiple boxes of mine in the past. However, I will point out that Japan Stuffs individually wraps all items in the box in little bags, so even if the shipping box is damaged in flight, you don’t have to worry about items going missing.

Moving on to what everyone wants to see…what’s inside the box!
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Pokemon Center Report – February Monthly Pair Pikachu + Pokeballs

I was hoping the Pokemon Center site might have updated on Saturday since they didn’t update on Friday, but no such luck. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week.

But in the meantime, more Pokemon Center releases!

There were two big releases this past Saturday. Number one was the February installation of the Monthly Pair Pikachu series. This set of plush makes the perfect Valetine’s Day gift for a loved one (or yourself) (or both!)

AOn that note, next month’s release will be the conclusion to the year long series! Can you believe it’s already been a year since the Pair version of Monthly Pikachu started? Time flies.

What do you think the next theme will be? Do you think the series will continue for another year?

The second big release for the day was the pokeball themed promotion. Featuring a wide variety of items, from plush to clothing and bags, although the promo doesn’t have any Pokemon, the items still seemed pretty cute, stylish, and practical.
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Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Alola Friends + Big Can Badges

No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!

This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.

Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.

Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.

If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!

Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.

Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.

It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.

Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)

Alola Meowth, looking super sassy

And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
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Pokemon Center Report – Spring Time For New Years + Pokedolls: The Return

Welcome to the New Year everyone!

First of all, a semi big announcement. I have a new photographer for while I am in America: the amazing and super nice Jen from Japanstuffs! Not only does she take photos of plush, but she sells them, too (and other stuff). So if you’re interested in buying stuff from Japan, including anything and everything from this post and any of my future posts, check out her site.

Moving on: Pokemon!

The New Year is bringing the return of the Pokedoll series, which has been dormant for about two years or so. The first three Pokedolls of the new series were released early through the Tokyo Skytree Pokemon Center location only a day or two before January 1st, but if you missed out on this pre-release, do not worry as they will be available everywhere in Japan starting January 14th.

The three Pokedolls were I guess unsurprisingly the three starters: Litten

Popplio

and Rowlet!

The dolls seem to be a little bigger than the previous Pokedoll incarnation, and because of this, the price has once again increased (they are now 1,296 yen after tax).

Pokemon decided to change the tags once again, and “Pokedoll” is now “Pokemon Dolls”.

What do you think of the new Pokedolls? Are you happy with the changes or ambivalent? What Pokemon are you excited to see maybe in Pokedoll form?

The big promotion for New Years was…Spring! Spring! Spring! This series looked super adorable from the preview photos and the real items are somehow even more adorable.

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