Pokemon Center Report – Little Tales

Pokemon Center Report – Little Tales

A new addition to the popular Pokemon Little Tales promotion came out Saturday, April 8th, and everything was as adorable as expected!

I’m a personal fan of this series as I love the art, created by Shinzi Katoh, who has a very unique style. If you’re a fan like me, you can check out his website here.

Every year there is a new set of plush and mascot plush. The plush this year are a boy and girl Pikachu pair going berry picking.

While the mascot plush are a boy and girl Pikachu pair holding little balloons, going to a little party.

This year’s release also included a third plush: a bigger sleeping Pikachu cushion!

There was a lot of stationary related items in this release. Along with a cute stationary set, there were also two greeting cards (with envelopes), four different designs of decoration (washi) tape, a sticker roll featuring 100 stickers divided into 5 different designs, and two sizes of notebooks.

What good are notebooks without pencils to write with? There were two different types of pencils available (KuroToga and Delguard), each with a different illustration theme.

The Little Tales series tend to feature home goods that aren’t generally seen in other Pokemon Center promotions, and this release was no exception. Along with a cute wooden fork and spoon set, three was also a pasta bowl and a set of glass tupperware, as well as a more traditional Center item: a mug with one of the main promotion illustrations (shown in the background of this photo).

The home goods continued with this adorable photo frame and three types of towels. There were two smaller sized towels (hand and face) that were both this purple pattern with the sleeping Pikachus, plus a small bath towel with the berry picking Pikachu artwork.

Another staple of the Little Tales series: fashion merchandise! There was a shoulder bag, pouch, wallet, pass case, and card case all with this same pink background illustration. They’re cute and simple designs that can easily be used in every day life while not being necessarily over the top but also still being cute and Pokemon. The charm point for me is the little Whismur in the window.

More fashion goods! There was an earring set, with one pair of dangling charms and one pair of studs, as well as two different sets of metal charms because everyone loves metal charms.

That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report! What did you think of this year’s Little Tales promotion?

If there was anything that piqued your interested, you can still place an order via Japan Stuffs to get the items you desire 🙂

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Sun & Moon Plush + Custom Phone Case Orders + Movie Ticket Campaign

Friday Pokemon Announcements – New Sun & Moon Plush + Custom Phone Case Orders + Movie Ticket Campaign

Hello everyone!

I’m here with news that I think some people have been eagerly waiting for.

The next batch of Sun & Moon plush have been announced and it’s the final evolution forms of the Alola starter Pokemon!

These three plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on April 22nd (Saturday) and shelf price is 3,456 yen after tax.

If you’re interested in buying one (or more) of these gorgeous plush, they’re currently listed on Japan Stuffs here, and as an aside, I will be helping to pick out plush for orders!

Next up, custom order phone cases are returning to the Japanese Online Pokemon Center!

Designs are available for every single Pokemon from Generation 1 and Generation 2, including the legendaries.

The pre-order period starts April 15th (Saturday) at 10 am and ends May 28th at 11:59 pm.

Available phone models are as follows:

iPhone: 5, 5s, SE, 5c, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus
Android: AQUOS ZETA SH-01G, AQUOS ZETA SH-04H, AQUOS SERIE SHV34, AQUOS Xx3 506SH, Galaxy S7 edge SC-02H, Galaxy S7 edge SCV33, Xperia Z3 401SO, Xperia Z3 SO-01G, Xperia Z4 402SO, Xperia Z4 SO-03G, Xperia Z4 SOV31, Xperia Z5 501SO, Xperia Z5 SO-01H, Xperia Z5 SOV32, Xperia Z5 Compact SO-02H, Xperia Z5 Premium SO-03H, Xperia X Performance SO-04H, Xperia X Performance SOV33, Xperia X Performance 502SO, Xperia XZ SO-01J, Xperia XZ SOV34, Xperia XZ 601SO, Xperia X Compact SO-02J

A movie related campaign will start April 15th (Saturday) at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan.
Customers who pre-order a Pokemon movie ticket will get 1 random Pikachu clearfile from a possible 6 designs. Each Pikachu is wearing a different Ash hat.

And that concludes tonight’s announcements!

As a reminder, the newest Little Tales promotion comes out tomorrow (April 8th) in Japan. Little Tales items have sold out fairly quickly in the past, so if there’s something you want, I highly recommend pre-ordering as prices only increase with time. Pre-Order Here!

Until next time~

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New Sun & Moon Plush
Phone Case Pre-Orders
Movie Ticket Campaign

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokedolls (Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Rockruff)

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokedolls (Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Rockruff)

It’s April!

The two main releases at the Pokemon Center for today were new Pokedolls and the large size can badges for Johto region Pokemon. The Pokedolls were especially exciting since we’ve known about them since they were mistakenly announced back in December and now finally all the prematurely announced Pokedolls are out. The Tapu Lele metal charm also came out today, with the release being delayed for some unspecified reason.

(Now that all the known Pokedolls have been released, I wonder if they’ll continue giving us new dolls and what the next Pokemon will be?)

The brick and mortar Pokemon Centers seemed to be fairly quiet, at least in the morning. On-line was a different story with all three plush selling out fairly quickly, with Vulpix of course selling out first.

The new limit for now until who knows when for Amazon seems to be 5 per person. Pokemon Center is still for the most part at 10 per person, although again, for reasons I’ll never understand since the Pokemon Center works in mysterious ways, Tapu Lele was limited 5 per person.

The On-Line Center Store had some fairly big glitches going on with their new releases for today, however…

Usually new items are added to the store at 10 am on Saturday (or Friday, depending on the release date), coinciding with the official opening time for the brick and mortar Pokemon Centers. You can view these items by clicking the “New Item” tab or you can go to a specific Pokemon’s page, and the new items automatically show up at the very top of the page. However, 10 am rolled around and no matter how many times I refreshed, neither the Pokedolls nor can badges were appearing; I just kept seeing the Ditto items from last week. Finally, feeling very confused and worried Vulpix had sold out already, I started searching through the other pages for the “sold out” section and stumbled upon all the brand new items listed on page 5 after the Vulpix Hokkaido promotion items from the beginning of the year.

And to make things even more confusing, all the Pokedolls were listed on the very last page as the very last item on their respectively tagged pages, after all the sold out items. Further complicating things on top of this, you can see there is no “sold out” badge on the item, but it is, in fact, sold out. You can only see the sold out status by going to the individual item page.

So basically it was kind of a mess, and I wonder how many people missed out on their plush because they couldn’t find it before it sold out. I don’t really want to play hide and seek to get my stuff, especially when it’s a battle to see who is the fastest.

The Pokemon Center: adding unnecessary excitement to my life since this morning.

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon The Movie Promo + Pokemon Center Online Campaign

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pokemon The Movie Promo + Pokemon Center Online Campaign

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year where we’re getting closer to summer and the annual Pokemon summer movie. This year’s movie, called Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You, is the first in the Sun & Moon line of Pokemon movies and like everything in the world lately is a remake of an earlier film.

There will definitely be more stuff with a little more variety when the movie is released, with some movie theater exclusive stuff, but for now, here is a taste and a little bit of nostalgia if you’re into that. There are three parts to this promo: Pikachu plush and related items, Pikachu Z-Move items, and the legendary Ho-Oh scene illustrated items. Aside from a clearfile that will be available with the Pikachu Z-Move illustration and the Ho-Oh illustration, the two parts have different items. For example, there is a cup with the Ho-Oh art, but no cup for Pikachu. There is an eraser for Pikachu but not for Ho-Oh. Small stuff.

Of note is the Pikachu main plush, which is going to be bigger than the usual Pokemon Center plush based on the price.

The Movie promotion goods will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).

(If you don’t live in Japan and would like some items from this promotion, check out Japan Stuffs!)

The Pokemon Center On-line Store is adding a new shopping campaign to their 1st Year Anniversary Extravaganza.

Starting April 8th and until supplies run out, the Pokemon Center will be giving away 1 canvas tote bag for every 10,000 yen spent at the on-line store. There are 3 designs in total (the same used for the promotional posters given out previously) and the canvas tote bag you get will be random. Based on previous campaigns, if you spend 30,000 (roughly $300 USD) you should be able to get 1 of each design.

And that concludes the announcements for Friday. Saturday brings us the Beach Party Time ichiban-kuji, new Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu) and the Johto can badges, so stay tuned for photos when I get them!

Pokemon The Movie Promo Merchandise List

Pikachu Plush – 5,400 yen
Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Pikachu Plush Pass Case – 1,296 yen
Pikachu Plush Dice Bag – 864 yen

Not Pictured

Pikachu Metal Charm – 540 yen

Pikachu Z-Power A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Pikachu Z-Power Pencil Board – 270 yen

Pikachu Z-Power Eraser – 162 yen
Sticker Sheet – 432 yen

Not Pictured

Baked Chocolate Cookies – 1,296 yen
Notebook – 184 yen
Mini Notebook – 140 yen
B/2B 12 Pencil Set – 745 yen each
Foldable Ruler – 270 yen
T-Shirt (Child Size) – 2,700 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Handkerchief – 367 yen
Mini Towel – 410 yen

Ho-Oh A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Postcard – 162 yen
Microfiber Towel – 540 yen

Pokemon TCG Deck Case & Card Sleeve Set – 1,080 yen
Mug – 1,080 yen
Hard iPhone 7 Case – 2,030 yen

Not Pictured

A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
Jigsaw Puzzle – 1,728 yen

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Pokemon The Movie Promotion
Pokemon Center Online 1st Year Anniversary Campaign

Merchandise Overview – April

4.1

[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Big Can Badges – Johto Edition
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu & Friends – Happy Beach Time

4.3

[Gacha] Pokemon School Backpack Collection (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Pikachu, Squirtle)

4.6

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush – Komala
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)

4.8

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Little Tales Part 4
[Pokemon Center Online] 1st Year Anniversary Campaign starts: get 1 of 3 canvas bags for every 10,000 yen spent

4.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Mew, Mewtwo)

Mid April

[Gacha] Pokemon Connecting Charms Part 2 (Gengar, Metapod, Mew, Pikachu, Slowpoke)

4.15

[Pokemon Center] Kuttari Series Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You Promo
[Pokemon Center Online] Pre-order period for custom phone case orders starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Movie Pikachu clearfile campaign starts
[Merchandise] Paper Theater (Pichu/Pikachu/Raichu, Mew/Mewtwo)

4.20

[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)

4.21

[TCG] “Beyond New Challenges” Power Booster Pack
[TCG] Special Card Set w/ Alola Vulpix promo card
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Sun & Moon 30 Card Battle Set” – Ash vs Team Rocket

4.22

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[Takara Tomy] Shoulder Pikachu Plush – Sun & Moon Ver.
[MonColle] Moncolle EX Figures (Pikachu, Raichu)
[MonColle] MonColle Get Vol 7 (Meowth, Alola Meowth, Marowak, Alola Marowak, Sandslash, Alola Sandslash + three secrets)

4.25

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Vulpix, Alola Vulpix)
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Pokemon Sun & Moon Pokeball Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Big Plush – Pikachu
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Huge Plush (Eevee)
[Merchandise] Pokemon Kiri-e Series (Alolan Vulpix, Gengar, Mimikyu, Snorlax)

4.27

[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Marill, Psyduck)

4.29

[Takara Tomy] Talky Rotom Pokedex Plush

Merchandise Review – Pokemon Kids (VS Tapu Koko)

Merchandise Review – Pokemon Kids (VS Tapu Koko)

It’s almost the end of the month, and that means…

…the monthly Patreon bump! Supporting me on Patreon, even with only a few dollars a month, helps ensure the continuation of this blog and will also help towards me creating an even higher quality blog with better content.

Of note, I will be in Japan for about a month starting from April 18th, and so I added two Japan exclusive rewards to my current reward tiers!

My Patreon rewards include: access to Japan related blog posts, unwatermarked photos, access to a chat where you can suggest content for my blog or social media accounts as well as specific requests for photos, and cute original postcards created by me, among other fun stuff!

Here is a sample of the Patreon artwork rewards from March.

Along with the postcard artwork for March and two random pictures by me for an idea of the type of art I do.

Any and all support is appreciated! Check out my Patreon here!

And now the main attraction: Pokemon Kids! The Bandai Pokemon Kids series was seemingly discontinued for a long time and we thought we’d never see them ever again (along with Pokedolls) but they made a surprise come back at the end of last year with “Alola Adventure!” Everyone was overjoyed when we heard the news, but then the big day arrived and we realized to our shock and horror, Kids figures were suddenly blind packaged. Kids figures have never been blind packaged, and it made no sense why they would suddenly change it other than for some reason everything is blind packaged. So we were happy but depressed at the same time.

Fast forward to the second set of Sun & Moon Kids figures. We all assumed they would continue to be blind packaged but lo! and! behold! They’re back to being not blind packaged! And everyone rejoiced.

Unlike previous Pokemon Kids boxes, each box does not feature artwork of the figure inside but instead of the main Tapu Koko figure art. However, the name of the Pokemon inside is clearly written in the green bar below Tapu Koko. The name is also included on the top of the box.

Here is the side of the box and the back, which shows all the Pokemon included in this set (Tapu Koko, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Gumshoos, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, and Bewear).

Each figure comes with a little sticker that lists the Pokemon’s name and Pokedex information. The beloved ramune candy has been replaced with gum, so if you hate gum like me but loved the ramune candy, shed a silent tear.

Here are the rest of the figures and their little stickers. For eagle eye observers, you might notice the paint jobs are sort of hit or miss which is pretty normal for Kids figures but is still a little frustrating.

I’m really happy with how Mimikyu turned out in this set! I love my little Mimikyu to be a little pudgier and it seems like most of the official merch makes him too long which makes him a little less cute. Aside from my little 3DS case, this Mimikyu figure is the first official Mimikyu merchandise I own, and it’s one of the cutest so I’m happy!

What do you think of this latest batch of Pokemon Kids figures?

What Pokemon would you like to see in the next set?

Until next time~ (Alola!)

Pokemon Center Report – Ditto Transform! Part 4

Pokemon Center Report – Ditto Transform! Part 4

This past weekend saw the release of the fourth installment of the Ditto Transform! series. Amazingly enough, the release date was almost exactly a year from the release of the very first Ditto Transform set of plush (March 26th, 2016). Funny how time flies!

Unlike the first, second, and third releases, this time we got more than just plush and mascot plush, which was exciting. But we can’t forget the plush so let’s start off with them!

The Pokemon featured in this set of plush were Koffing, Jigglypuff, Magnemite, Gloom, and Snorlax. I forget how cute the Ditto plush are every time until a new batch is released and then it’s a struggle not to buy them even though I don’t even collect these Pokemon. But look at them!

The mascot plush are somehow even cuter just because of the size. They’re so tiny and their little faces! Looook at theeem! I want to say “this Pokemon is especially cute” but honestly they’re all adorable in their own weird way.

Something I wasn’t prepared for: how cute the tissue box cover is?! Look at it! It looks so soft, and that little Ditto and that little Pikachu, they’re just so cute! There is no way to be miserable, even while blowing your nose once every five seconds, when your tissues are covered in this soft cuteness.

There was a bunch of reversible items, playing off the Ditto transformation theme, and one item that surprised me was the reversible drawstring pouches. I assumed they’d be the same size as the usual bags (what I usually refer to as dice bags) but these are huge?! Pikachu can be turned inside out to reveal Ditto and Espeon turns inside out to reveal Umbreon.

Another cute reversible item: this Snorlax cushion can be turned inside out to reveal Ditto (although this Snorlax is precious so you might need two so you can just have Snorlax and Ditto on display at the same time).

More reversible items! Each pouch can be turned inside out to reveal a different design on each side. The Bulbasaur pouch hides Squirtle and Charmander while the Pikachu pouch hides Raichu and Pichu. All the pouches are super soft as well for an added bonus.

The tea cup and bowl set proves that you can eat your soup and drink your tea, too. Or if you want to spice things up, tea soup!

For a while, having earrings in a Pokemon promotion was a rare treat, but it seems like this might become a staple promo item soon if not already (great news for people with pierced ears who like Pokemon!) For this promo, there was also a non-pierce version for people who like earrings but not holes in their ears.

Pokemon Center socks are my favorite socks in the entire world. As with every single sock sale in all of Japan since forever, the Pokemon Center was only selling these in sets of 3 for 1,080 yen (after tax). Get three different socks or get three of the same one so you can have two to use and one to save forever in mint condition.

A couple miscellaneous but equally cute items. Aside from the clearfile set, the small hand towel and phone case were two other items you could buy that featured the main Ditto Transform artwork (which ps is adorable). And speaking of phone cases, it seems like the flip phone case, designed to hold any medium sized phone, is replacing the very specific iPhone cases the Pokemon Center has been selling for years – I guess because they realize people use more than just iPhones? Potentially good news for some people, although in my case, I don’t like flip phone cases.

Also of note, the pens are erasable.

And that brings us to the conclusion of this week’s Pokemon Center Report!

If you’re interested in buying any of the items mentioned in this post, or pre-ordering items coming out at the Pokemon Center, check out Japan Stuffs for all your Pokemon Center needs!

Until next time~

Friday Pokemon Announcements – April TCG News + Kuttari Plush Series + Little Tales

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s update includes a lot of info and photos, so let’s get started beginning with the most recent TCG news.

The next booster pack set was announced, with a release date of April 21st (Friday). Called “Beyond New Challenges”, is the second holo exclusive Sun & Moon set (SM2+) and the cards in this set are designed to be used alongside “Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight” to create stronger decks.

Each booster pack will cost 248 yen after tax and includes 5 random holo cards.

A special card set will go on sale April 21st as well. This set features a promo Alolan Vulpix card that you can only get via this set along with 2 “Beyond New Challenges” booster packs. This set will cost 550 yen after tax.

A two player 30 card deck battle set will also go on sale April 21st. As this set is designed for two people to be able to battle each other right out of the box, there is 2 sets of 30 card decks as opposed to the usual 1 set, and features 1 Pikachu GX card and 1 Mimikyu GX card. The set also includes:

44 damage counters / 2 markers / 1 sheet
2 GX markers
1 Pokemon coin
1 playmat
1 instruction manual
1 players guide

This special two player set will cost 1,782 yen after tax.

As with most (if not all?) booster pack releases, there will be a special card campaign starting April 21st. Customers who buy 20 packs of “Beyond New Challenges” or 1 box will receive 1 Olivia promo card, which you can only get from this campaign.

Moving on!

The ever popular Kuttari Plush series is returning with a brand new array of non-plush (and some plush) items, including a cookie tin, towels, bags, and charms. This mini promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).

The fourth installment of Pokemon Tales was also announced, with a release date of April 8th (Saturday). The theme for this iteration is forest living, focusing on Pikachu and their friends everyday forest lives, including little forest parties and picnics. Along with Pikachu, some of the Pokemon included in the item illustrations are: Pichu, Tympole, Bonsly, Hoppip, Skiploom, Clefairy, and a very tiny, hidden Minccino!

The Ditto Transform promotion came out today (March 25th) in Japan, and I already have photos so be on the lookout for the next Pokemon Center Report coming soon!
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Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Pikachu’s Easter

As promised in my last post, I’m back with the Saturday release: new plush and Pikachu’s Easter!

First up, the new Pokemon Center plush. Although nothing quite as exciting as Alola Vulpix or Mimikyu, this set featured the ever illustrious Alola Dugtrio (maybe he’s born with it)

Alola Persian

Stufful

Tapu Koko

and Shiny Tapu Koko because why not.

The cute thing about Stufful is that he comes with a fake tush tag and a real one, because you can never have too many tush tags when you’re a bear who looks like a stuffed animal.

The big seller, surprisingly (to me) was Pikachu’s Easter. There tends to be an Easter promotion every year, and they tend to be fairly quiet. Not this year. The scalpers were out for blood this year. The cup and the hair scrunchie (???) sold out within 3 minutes on the on-line store. By the end of Saturday, most stores had sold out of their Pikachu plush. The Era of Scalpers is still going strong in Japan, regardless of buying limits.

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Pokemon Center Report – Pokemon TCG Sleeves + Boxes + Goodies

Hello everyone!

As regular readers can tell, the site is different. I’m currently in the process of fixing up the site with a new theme, so I appreciate everyone’s patience as I stumble my way through here.

But in the meantime, we have exciting new releases ahead of us, so let’s dive right in~

Along with the release of the newest set of booster packs (“Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight”) a bunch of brand new TCG related items also came out, including the ever popular card sleeves. There were five designs with this release:

Alola Vulpix & Ninetails

Mimikyu

Ditto-chu

Wild Ride, featuring Tauros and Tapu Koko

And the Lycanroc duo!

This same illustration was also featured on a single deck box.

There were two double deck sized boxes available as well, featuring a slightly different Lycanroc illustration

And a super cute Mallow’s Cooking illustration, with Rockruff, Pikipek, and Bounsweet.

There was also three new Special Sets, each featuring a unique promo card that can only be obtained through these sets. One set featured Jangmo-o

One with Komala

and one with Pikachu!

On a side note, the three special sets plus Mallow’s Cooking deck box were the only items to sell out (as of this posting) from the TCG release, which is interesting considering the Alola Vulpix and Mimikyu card sleeves. I guess to be fair, none of the items that sold out were limited, so I can see card people buying as many as possible, but it was still surprising to me. Of the three special sets, Pikachu sold out first (but also to be fair, that illustration is really cute!)

Pikachu’s Easter promotion came out today (along with a couple other items) so stay tuned for the next Pokemon Center Report hopefully coming soon!