Merchandise Overview – October

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlett, Solgaleo)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Pokemon Give-Away Starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Art Card Campaign Starts (1 of 6 cards given randomly for every 3,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers in Japan)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss TCG Campaign Starts (1 half-size original playmat given away for every 5 expansion packs bought)
[Merchandise] Mokomo Meowth, Mew

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[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Gengar, Growlithe)

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[Banpresto] Large Great Ball Plush
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Re-release (Zygarde Core, Ash’s Greninja, Dedenne, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Charizard Edition (Charizard Sleeping, Charizard Sitting, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Pouches (Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur)

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[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – November
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Evil Organizations / Villains
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Team Rocket Takeover Starts

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[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Venusaur, Blastoise)

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[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Charizard Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Dragonite Line (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite)

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[Pokemon Center] Mario Pikachu

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pastel Petit Plush + Spinns + Team Rocket TCG Playmat

Sorry for the radio silence!

Last week, we didn’t get any Pokemon merch news on the official Pokemon site. Today, along with the update came a semi big design change to the site, so maybe they were focused on that? Either way, this week’s announcements were not too exciting, but we still got some cute stuff.

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First up: pastel petits! The third batch of this popular series, going on sale October 8th, brings us more pastel cuties.
This newest batch will include Eevee, Lapras, Latias, Latios, Pichu, and Shaymin and each plush will be the usual price of 972 yen after tax.

(I’m definitely going to need an Eevee for my collection!)

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Pokemon is having another clothing collaboration with the Japanese fashion company, Spinns, which goes on sale September 30th (today/tomorrow!)
The clothing line-up isn’t extensive, and includes a lot of crop-top sweaters (not a huge fan) but the designs are cute and the prices are semi reasonable.

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Designs for the sweaters include: Ditto, Eevee, Gengar, Mew, Pikachu, and Snorlax and cost 3,887 yen after tax each.

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There will also be two types of Pokeball themed skirts; one white and red and one black, with each skirt also costing 3,887 yen after tax.

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Finally, as mentioned in this post, staring October 1st, go to any Pokemon Center in Japan and purchase 5 card expansion packs to receive 1 Team Rocket themed half-size playmat for free – while supplies last!

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On a final note, the first batch of Sun and Moon plush come out this weekend! As mentioned previously, this batch will include the three starters (Litten, Popplio, Rowlett) and the two legendaries (Lunala, Solgaleo); I will share pictures as soon as I can get them!


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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Evil Organizations + Portable Phone Batteries + Sapporo Center + All-Star Plush

Tonight’s announcements were mainly re-caps of previous announcements, but none the less still exciting.

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First up, Pokemon Evil Organizations finally got their announcement on the official Pokemon website. Although the information is still basically as the same as when I originally reported on this promotion a few weeks ago, we do have more pictures of merchandise included in the promotion, so that’s exciting! Along with the promotion, which will start October 8th, there will also be a bunch of Team Rocket themed campaigns all throughout October and into November (see my previous post for more information).

Full Line-Up

Villain Pikachu Plush – 2,160 yen
Villain Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen

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Pins Collection (blind packaged) – 410 yen

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T-Shirt Collection (blind packaged) – 1,620 yen

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Team Rocket Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Team Rocket Tie Pin – 2,106 yen

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Team Rocket Necktie – 4,104 yen
Team Rocket Card Case – 8,640 yen

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Team Rocket Wallet – 16,200 yen
Team Rocket Wristwatch – 5,400 yen

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Team Rocket Fountain Pen – 4,320 yen
Hand Towel (Team Rocket) – 540 yen

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Hand Towel (All Team Design) – 540 yen
Team Rocket Phone Case (iPhone 6 / 6s) – 3,240 yen

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Team Rocket Cap – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Knapsack – 9,180 yen

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Magic Ink Set (All Teams) – 2,160 yen

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Team Rocket Handkerchief – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Mug – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket 4 Color Ink Pen – 1,620 yen

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Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon Halloween Circus + Pastel Petits

The main Pokemon Center Halloween promotion for 2016, Pokemon Halloween Circus, was released last weekend, and everything was just as cute as one could hope for!

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There were two parts to this promotion, with the first being the Circus Parade themed items, with the highlight being the plush. There were two types of larger sized plush, one being Pikachu dressed as a juggler

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And Eevee dressed as a ghostie pirate.

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Both Pikachu

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And Eevee were available in smaller mascot plush size as well, along with

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Espeon and Umbreon

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Plusle, Minun, and Drifloon (looking extra grumpy and extra adorable with his little bat wings and ears). It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but Plusle and Minun are sold separately and not together.

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Along with plush, there were other cute Halloween themed items including a logo pin

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Two different metal charm sets (the other set has Eevee, Umbreon/Espeon, and Drifloon)

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Here is the display for the blind packaged item for this promo. The set had 10 possible designs (Pikachu, Eevee, Plusle/Minun, Pumpkaboo, Drifloon, Umbreon, Espeon, Electrode, Joltik, Meloetta) and does not include a secret Pokemon.

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The second half of the 2016 Halloween promotion included a bunch of spooky Pikachu jack-o-lanterns!

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Friday Pokemon Announcements – First Sun/Moon Plush + Monthly Pair Pikachu + K.UNO

I was not expecting any official Sun and Moon merchandise until the game release, but I guess because of hype, Pokemon is giving us cute plushies early!

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The first batch of Sun and Moon Pokemon Center plush will be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan October 1st. The first batch will include the three Alolan starters (Litten, Popplio, and Rowlett) along with the two legendaries (Solgaleo and Lunala). The three starters will cost 1,620 yen after tax, and the legendaries will cost 4,212 yen after tax.

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Next up, the November Monthly Pair Pikachus! November has a definite orchestral theme going on, and I’m not sure why but it’s one of my favorite designs out of the Pair Pikachu set to date.

This pair plush will go on sale October 8th and will cost the usual 2,808 yen.

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Last but not least, K.UNO has added these three rings to their official Pokemon jewelry page and they are currently available for order in silver only.

The three rings feature Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur charms and each costs 38,000 yen.

Which plush are you most excited for from the Sun/Moon set?

I will need to get my hand on one of those Littens! I’m also excited to see what Pokemon will be included in the second batch. I have a strong feeling Rockruff will definitely be there!


Sun/Moon Plush – Batch 1
Monthly Pair Pikachu – November

Merchandise Overview – September

9.3

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Halloween Circus
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Pastel 2 (Ampharos, Cyndaquil, Gengar, Mudkip, Raichu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Metal Charms (Ditto, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Mew, Pichu, Raichu, Umbreon)
[Collaboration] Pre-orders start for Chan Luu bracelets (Espeon, Mew, Pikachu, Umbreon)

9.8

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Gengar Plush

9.9

[k.uno] Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur rings go on sale

9.15

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Korotto Manmaru Plush (5 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – (Absol, Chandelure, Zorua)

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[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Art Collection (Book)
[TCG] New Card Sleeves (Pokemon Center Exclusive – 32 sleeves) Mega Mawile, Chansey, Misty + Psyduck, Charizard
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Special Pack: Mega Slowpoke EX + Surfing Pikachu
[Merchandise] Pokemon Themed Portable Phone Chargers

9.17

[Pokemon Center] Masquerade Party
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Banette, Chandelure, Drifloon, Litwick)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – October
[MetaColle] Iron Tail Pikachu, Snorlax, Charizard

9.22

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Face Cushions (2 Types)

9.24

[Pokemon Center] Hiroshima Carp Baseball Team x Magikarp Collaboration Re-release

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[Collaboration] Spinns clothing sale starts

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Masquerade Party + Pokemon Villains

I thought this weekend might be fairly quiet for new Pokemon merchandise announcements, and I was almost right, but we did get two potentially juicy pieces.

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Following in the footsteps of last year’s double Halloween events (Halloween Parade 2015 and Mystery Mansion), the Pokemon Center is bringing us another year of double Halloween promotions. Pokemon Halloween Circus was announced a few weeks ago and was released today (pictures coming soon!) and the Center just announced a more gothic themed Halloween promotion, Masquerade Party, coming to all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on September 17th.

Although the majority of items included in the line-up are mainly focused on Gallade and Gardevoir, there are some items that contain the full Masquerade Party artwork, and the blind packaged charms also feature some of the supporting Pokemon wearing cute masquerade masks. Also of note is the k.uno collaboration necklace, with a charm that has both Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade together.

Full Line-Up

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Wall Clock – 5,400 yen
Tote Bag – 3,780 yen

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Pouch – 1,620 yen
Heat-Changing Mug – 1,404 yen

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Hand Towel – 540 yen
Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen

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Sketchbook – 573 yen
Phone Case (Flip Style) – 3,240 yen

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Acrylic Charm Collection – 540 yen (blind packaged)
Necklace – 27,000 yen

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Framed Illustration – 5,184 yen
Pass Case – 1,620 yen
Wallet – 3,780 yen
Hair Band – 1,080 yen
Foldable Mirror – 1,512 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen

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Not announced on the website but equally exciting, a Villains promotion will be coming to all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan October 8th. Along with super adorable Pikachu plush dressed in outfits from various “evil” organizations (Team Rocket, Team Aqua, Team Magma, Team Galactic, Team Plasma, and Team Flare) there will also be other merchandise featuring logo art of these aforementioned teams.

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Villain Pikachu Plush – 2,160 yen
Villain Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen

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T-Shirt Collection (blind packaged) – 1,620 yen

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Pins Collection (blind packaged) – 410 yen
Team Rocket Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Team Rocket Tie Pin – 2,106 yen
Team Rocket Necktie – 4,104 yen
Team Rocket Card Case – 8,640 yen
Team Rocket Wallet – 16,200 yen
Team Rocket Wristwatch – 5,400 yen
Team Rocket Fountain Pen – 4,320 yen
Hand Towel (Team Rocket | Group Design) – 540 yen
Team Rocket Handkerchief – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Mug – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Phone Case (iPhone 6 / 6s) – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Cap – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Knapsack – 9,180 yen
Magic Ink Set (Group Design) – 2,160 yen
Team Rocket 4 Color Ink Pen – 1,620 yen

There will also be several campaigns alongside this fun promotion, running from October 1st until November 11th.

1) During this time period, bring your 3DS or 2Ds with either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire to Pokemon Centers around Japan for the chance to get one of 6 Pokemon associated with the boss of an evil organization.

The six Pokemon available as random event gifts will be: Nidoqueen (Giovanni), Camerupt (Maxie), Sharknado (Archie), Weavile (Cyrus), Hydreigon (Ghetsis), and Pyroar (Lysandre).

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2) Special mini art cards will be given out randomly for every 3,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers across Japan starting from October 1st until supplies run out.

3) Some Pokemon Center staff members will either dress up in cosplay or wear shirts for each team every weekend between October 1st and November 11th, as well as Monday, October 10th (a public holiday in Japan).

4) Starting from October 1st, customers who buy 5 expansion packs from any card series will receive an original design half-size playmat (while supplies last).

5) Starting from October 8th, Team Rocket will be taking over the Pokemon Center On-Line store, with the design of the on-line store, as well as the boxes used to ship orders out, changing to reflect the take-over. More information on this event will go public September 30th, so stay tuned!


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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ghost PokeCen Plush + Monthly Pair Pikachu + Chan Luu Collaboration + Banpresto

Tonight’s batch of announcements started off with new Pokemon Center exclusive plush!

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In the theme of Halloween, these four ghost type plush (Banette, Chandelure, Drifloon, and Litwick), will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan September 17th.

Each plush will cost 1,296 yen, except for Chandelure, who will go for 2,160 yen due to his slightly larger size.

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Next up: October’s Monthly Pair Pikachu plush!

These cuties are dressed up to go berry picking and will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan starting September 17th.
Each pair plush will cost 2,808 yen.

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Another jewelry collaboration with Pokemon was announced, this time with the Los Angeles based hand-made jewelry company, Chan Luu. There will be four different types of bracelets with four different charms (Pikachu, Mew, Umbreon, and Espeon). Each bracelet will be available in single band and triple band designs.

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Pre-orders for these gorgeous bracelets will start September 3rd. The pre-order period will last until October 30th, and bracelets will start to be shipped out around the middle of December.

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Single band bracelets will cost 15,000 yen each.
Triple band bracelets will cost 25,000 yen each.

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The Pikachu Keyboard plush was popular enough that Bandai is bringing out an Eevee version in November!

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This Eevee plush is the perfect size for cuddling and comes with an adorable keyboard cushion you can use to rest your arms on while using the computer.

Hug the plush, use the keyboard cushion for comfort, or do both at the same time!

Each Eevee + keyboard cushion plush will cost 5,616 yen and will be released in November. Pre-orders for this plush can be made via the Premium Bandai site, or through Japan Stuffs if you don’t have a Japanese address.

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Speaking of cushions, these four smaller sized cushions, made of microfiber, are currently on sale in Japan. Each cushion costs 1,620 yen.

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Last and certainly not least, the Banpresto site updated recently with the prize lists for September and there are a couple Pokemon plush to look forward to.

The Pikachu Mania series continues with 5 Korotto Manmaru Pikachus coming out September 15th and two large size Pikachu face cushions coming out September 22nd.

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The Kutsurogi (or Relax) Time line of Eeveelution plushies will conclude September 8th with Espeon, Umbreon, and Sylveon.

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The Kororin Friends series will also continue with Halloween themed smaller plush (Absol, Chandelure, and Zorua) on September 15th and a larger size Gengar plush September 8th.

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Ghost Type PokeCen Plush
Monthly Pair Pikachu – October
Chan Luu Collaboration
Pokemon Cushions
Banpresto Pokemon Prizes

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon Halloween Circus + Pastel Petits Part 2 + Pokemon With You Metal Charms + TCG 20th Anniversary

To make up for last week’s disappointing zero new merch news, they gave us a bunch of exciting updates today!

Let’s start with the most exciting news first: Halloween!!! I always look forward to the Halloween promotion every year, and 2016’s line-up does not disappoint. The year’s merch has a circus theme to it, with all the Pokemon dressed up in cute, yet spookily appropriate, circus-y outfits. The main Pokemon are Pikachu (of course), Eevee, Drifloon, Espeon, and Umbreon. (Also, based on a lot of the recent merch announcements and releases, it might be fair to say at this point to expect to see more Espeon and Umbreon in the future.)

As a side note, the Halloween promotions usually start coming out in September, with Christmas stuff appearing near the end of October, so this is not earlier than expected.

The 2016 Halloween Circus promotion is set to come out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on September 3rd.

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Merchandise Line-Up

Halloween Circus Plush (Pikachu | Eevee) – 1,944 yen

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Halloween Circus Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Eevee | Umbreon | Espeon | Drifloon | Minun | Plusle) – 1,296 yen
Halloween Circus Logo Pin – 648 yen

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Metal Charm Set (Pikachu | Eevee) – 702 yen

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Hand Towel – 540 yen
Mini Dice Bag – 432 yen

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A3 3 Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen

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Pumpkin Pikachu T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,240 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Hat – 1,944 yen

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Pumpkin Pikachu Plush Dice Bag – 788 yen
Pumpkin Pikachu Socks – 540 yen

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Pumpkin Pikachu Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
Earrings – 648 yen

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Rubber Strap Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen

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Pumpkin Pikachu Mug with Candy – 1,620 yen

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Pokemon Center Report – Skytree + Pikachu of the World + Ditto Transform

The Pokemon Center Report is back with a few previously released promotions!

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A brand new Pokemon Center opened near the beginning of July near the famous Skytree tower in Tokyo. With the logo featuring Pikachu and Rayquaza, it should come as no surprise that a lot of the promotional merchandise featured both Pikachu and Rayquaza. (Check out this previous post for more photos on the Skytree promotion)

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Similar to the Mega Tokyo location, the center piece of the Skytree Center is a statue with the two logo Pokemon, incidentally perfect for taking photos of and with!

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Near the base of the statue is this cute little drawing donated by the Pokemon House tv show cast members.

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Part 1 of the Pikachu of the World series came out August 6th and featured Pikachus dressed up in outfits representing China

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the Netherlands

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England

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the United States

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and Japan.

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This series, which should continue in the near future featuring different countries, includes plush and mascot plush of the five different Pikachus, along with hand towels, cups, and stickers. (See this post for more information)

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The newest Ditto Transform! additions also came out August 6th!

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As with previous releases, each Pokemon was sold in two sizes: normal and mascot. This batch of Dittos included Raichu? Pichu?

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Umbreon? Espeon?

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and maybe Vulpix? They’re all cute but I was a little surprised at how flat Raichu was, which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising as I remember having the same complaint with Pikachu when he was released.

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As an Umbreon collector, I had been looking forward to Ditto Umbreon since the first of the Eeveelutions came out in part 2 and I was not disappointed.

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Last but not least, these pastel petit plush came out a few months back, but I haven’t gotten a hold of photos until now! They look pretty much identical to the previously released petit plushies, but these ones are pastel, so you know, they’re different. This new set includes Dedenne

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Altaria

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Jirachi

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Wailord and (not pictured) Pikachu.

Hopefully we will get some actual merchandise news later tonight!

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Thank you as always to the marvelous Meep for the use of her Pokemon Center photos!