Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon New Years 2017 + December Monthly Pair Pikachu

I thought we would have another uneventful Friday with no updates, but the Pokemon site decided to wait until the moment I left the house to give us news, because they’re nice like that.

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I can’t complain much with a Darumaka Pikachu plush that looks as adorable as this, though!

The 2017 New Years merchandise will come out November 12th at all Pokemon Stores and Centers around Japan.

Pikachu Darumaka Plush
1,728 yen

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Pikachu Darumaka Tea Cup
1,080 yen

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Metal Charm Set
778 yen
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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Mario x Pikachu Collaboration + Christmas x Winter Promotion 2016

Sorry for the late update!

This past Friday gave us two very exciting announcements and I’m even more excited to share them with you!

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First up – the collaboration you probably never knew you wanted but: Mario Pikachu!

The majority of items from this promotion will be available at all Pokemon Centers around Japan starting October 29th (incidentally the day before my birthday), however a portion of items will be sold exclusively through the Kyoto Pokemon Center, as well as the on-line store.

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Mariochu / Luigichu Plush
2,376 yen

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Mariochu / Luigichu Mascot Plush
(Kyoto / Online Exclusive)
1,296 yen

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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Redesigned Pokemon Center Logos + Sapporo Center Reopening

We didn’t get much on Friday, but the Pokemon Center did give us a little tease for the Sapporo Center Re-opening promotion happening December 1st.

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The promotion will be based on this graphic, which is unfortunately a little small and blurry, but! We better get a plush version of that Vulpix!

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We got information on everything but the goods. First up, all Pokemon Centers will be giving away these limited Sapporo Center shopping bags with every purchase.

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Sapporo keychains will also be given out to customers, 1 per every 4,000 yen spent. This design will be available at all Pokemon Centers

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While this design will only be available at the Sapporo Center.

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The Sapporo Center will also be giving out these mini art cards for free to all visitors (while supplies last).

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A special Sapporo illustration card will be given out for every 5 booster packs of cards bought at any Pokemon Center around Japan.

(And if you have your Moon/Sun game, you’ll be able to pick up an Alolan form Vulpix for your game!)

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As an aside, all the Pokemon Centers with three Pokemon in their logos will get re-designed logos from November 18th featuring the new Sun and Moon starters.

The next time I update, I’ll be back in Japan! Until then~

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Sapporo Center Move and Re-opening

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ukiyo-E + Sun/Moon 2DS + TCG Anniversary Festa + Ichiban Kuji

Nothing too big in tonight’s announcements, but better than nothing!

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These two traditional Ukiyo-e Pokemon prints will be available for pre-order, in limited quantities, from the official Pokemon Center On-Line store. The pre-order period starts October 15th at 10 am and ends December 18th at 11:59 pm. There will only be a pre-determined number of prints sold, and pre-orders will close once that number is reached, even if it’s earlier than December 18th.

Each print will be 48,600 yen after tax, and prints will be shipped out at the beginning of March.

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Next up, this limited edition Pokemon Sun & Moon 2DS will go on sale in Japan starting from December 8th.

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The system comes with:

* 1 Nintendo 2DS
* 1 New Nintendo 3DS AC Adaptor
* 1 touchpen
* 1 4GB SDHC memory card
* 6 AR cards
* A starter guide
* An instruction manual
* A warranty

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The system does not come with either Sun or Moon pre-installed, so if you’re interested in this system, you’ll have to buy the games separately. The system costs 10,584 yen after tax.

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This super cute card will be given out free to all participants of the Pokemon Card Game 20th anniversary festival. There are currently two dates at two different locations: October 10th in Nigata prefecture and October 23rd in Aichi prefecture.

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Last but not least, official pictures of the prize line-up for the next Pikachu Nebukuro Collection Ichiban-Kuji have gone up, and they all look adorable! As usual, 1 play is 620 yen, and the line-up includes a last one prize and a double chance prize.

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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).

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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

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[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)

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

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

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[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

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[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

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

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

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[Collaboration] Spinns clothing sale starts