We didn’t get any merchandise related news tonight from the official Pokemon site, so instead of the usual merchandise announcement review post, I come bearing a surprise Pokemon Center Report.
The second part of the Sapporo Center re-opening festivities happened Wednesday February 1st in Japan. Along with the Vulpix Pikachu Poncho promotion, there was also a cute little campaign. Starting February 1st, visitors to Pokemon Centers across Japan would get 1 clear art card featuring 1 of 3 random designs. Also, for every 2,000 yen spent, customers would receive 1 of 4 blind packaged coasters. Usually these randomly given out bonuses are not actually blind packaged but rather in a pile and randomly given out, so it was a surprise and honestly sort of a wasteful surprise since all that packaging is just going to go in the trash anyway, but you do you, Pokemon Center. Also, it seemed like the various Centers did not do a good job of shuffling the designs because a lot of people were getting doubles, triples, and quadruples of certain designs (sometimes even more) while getting very little to none of the others.
With big thanks to Japan Stuffs, I was able to get one of each of the non-exclusive designs.
The main Snowpix x Pikachu illustration
Lavender bed (Hokkaido is famous for lavender)
and ice cream (Hokkaido is also famous for dairy).
The Sapporo Center had an exclusive secret design for both the art cards and the coasters because they needed to do something special that was only for Sapporo.
Moving on to the merch!
Alola Vulpix Pikachu was the big seller of the day.
Both normal and mascot sizes sold out quickly on both Amazon and the online Pokemon Center store.
Regular Vulpix is not quite as popular (which I will never understand because he is my original true love)
and both him and his mascot size companion are still available on-line. To be fair, I think the red/brown color they chose, especially for the smaller mascot, is maybe a little too dark, but that doesn’t change the cuteness level.
[Gacha] Sleepy Friends: Sun & Moon (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Pikachu)
[Pokemon Center] Vulpix Poncho Promotion
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sapporo Re-opening Part 2: Coaster + Art Card distribution starts
[Pokemon Center] March Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Candy Toy] Pokemon Collection Candy Sun & Moon (Solgaleo, Lunala, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Komala, Rockruff, Dex Rotom, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Togedemaru Plush
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Plush (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Alola Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush
[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls Part 2 (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush Part 3 (Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Jangmo-o, Passimion, Lycanroc Midday/Midnight)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Alola Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Pikachu Face Cushion
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Meowth Plush
[Merchandise] Mocchi-Mocchi Cushions (Snorlax, Gengar, Jigglypuff)
[MonColle Get] Part 5 (Lycanroc, Alola Rattata, Absol, Drowzee, Yungoos, plus 3 secrets)
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This past weekend was fairly quiet release wise, but a new booster pack dropped on Friday, January 27th, and as with most booster pack releases, a bunch of other TCG related merch also came out on the same day.
First up, the booster packs themselves! This set contains only holo cards, and the price per pack reflects this, with each pack costing roughly 250 yen.
A couple special card sets were also released, including a set featuring Turtonator
and one featuring Rockruff. Along with the featured cards, each set comes with two packs of Sun & Moon booster cards.
There were also three other special card sets featuring Primarina, Incineroar, and Decidueye promotion cards. Those sets were slightly more expensive and also included more booster packs.
Friday also gave us re-releases of the 5 most popular card sleeve designs from Pokemon TCG’s past catalog of card sleeves. These designs were chosen by a vote. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t mildly salty that Steven ended up with two designs out of the 5, especially considering how many illustrations have been released with some really amazing art. But to each their own.
The Chandelure sleeves are one of my favorites
As are the Powerpuff Girl-esque Eeveelutions.
On a parting note, it’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is approaching!
Along with my usual commissions, I am offering two types of Valentine’s Day related commissions.
If interested, contact me via the form on this site, send an email to mikitzune (at) gmail (dot) com, or get in touch with me on Twitter @zombiemiki.
Until next time!
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!
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~
Pokedolls Part 2
PokeCen Plush Part 3
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!
Dice bags, in small
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!
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
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.
…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!
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~
March Monthly Pair Pikachu
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 ~
Sun & Moon Booster Pack
Sun & Moon Special Sets Starters | Other
Sapporo Celebration Continues
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!