Posted on August 6, 2016
We finally have more information on the Pokétabi line of regional merchandise!
Each set of goods are exclusive to a specific area, and the Pokemon featured on each set differ per region.
Each set includes the following:
Pikachu Cushion – 3,240 yen
Clearfile (2 Designs) – 432 yen
Hand Towel (2 Designs) – 810 yen
Postcard (2 Designs) – 216 yen
Dice Bag (2 Designs) – 648 yen
Metal Charm Straps (3 Designs) – 540 yen
Collection Can Badges (Gacha | 8 Designs + 1 Secret)
Tokyo Charms: Pikachu, Mew, Vulpix
Tokyo Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ditto, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Charmander, Vulpix + Secret
Yokohama Charms: Pikachu, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female)
Yokohama Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Ducklett, Meowstic (Male), Meowstic (Female), Tynamo, Drifloon, Cleffa + Secret
Nagoya Charms: Pikachu, Sylveon, Sentret
Nagoya Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Sentret, Swablu, Clauncher, Oddish, Stunfisk, Gulpin + Secret
Osaka Charms: Pikachu, Octillery, Slowpoke
Osaka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Chikorita, Totodile, Inkay, Togepi, Slowpoke, Cyndaquil + Secret
Fukuoka Charms: Pikachu, Milotic, Minccino
Fukuoka Can Badges: Pikachu x 2, Mudkip, Torchic, Treecko, Drifblim, Minccino, Goomy + Secret
Posted on August 5, 2016
Friday Pokemon Announcements – Kanto Can Badges + Monthly Pair Pikachu + Ditto Campaign + Sepia Graffiti + New Store
A couple small announcements from tonight’s Pokemon update!
A set of can badges, featuring Pokemon and Trainers from the Kanto region, will go on sale at Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 20th. These badges will sell for 300 yen each and there will be 17 designs in total. Based on the price, I have a sneaking suspicion these will go on sale as gacha prizes, but either way, they will be blind packaged, so good luck getting the design you want!
Along with the badges, these cute collection binders will also go on sale starting August 20th. These binders will sell for 864 yen each.
Use them to neatly organize your collection of charms and badges!
The September Monthly Pair Pikachu plushies will also go on sale August 20th. These cuties are dressed up ready to celebrate Tsukimi. Male Pikachu is holding a traditional decoration of Japanese pampas grass (susuki) and female Pikachu is holding tsukimi dango, delicious rice dumplings that are eaten as part of the festival.
Each plush pair will sell for 2,808 yen.
The JP Pokemon Center On-Line store will be having a special Ditto Campaign during the month of August. Along with the exclusive sale of an extra big size Ditto plush, customers will get a random Ditto Transform! clearfile for every 2,000 yen spent on the on-line store. As with the previous Magikarp postcard campaign, the clearfile designs will change every week.
Week 1 Designs: Pichu, Raichu, Espeon, Umbreon, and Vulpix
Week 2 Designs: Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Gengar, Poliwag
Week 3 Designs: Pikachu, Clefairy, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle
Clearfiles are capped at 10 clearfiles per order.
Posted on August 1, 2016
[Campaign] Tohoku Pokemon Center campaign starts
[Collaboration] Its’Demo bracelets, necklaces, and hair ties
[Pokemon Center] Hiroshima Magikarp Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Part 3 (Espeon, Pichu, Raichu, Umbreon, Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu of the World Part 1
[Collaboration] Sepia Graffiti Line-Up Additions
[Pokemon Center Online] Super Big Ditto Plush
[Pokemon Center Online Campaign] Ditto Transform! Clearfile campaign starts
[Collaboration] Its’Demo Sylveon x Eevee Pair Mascot Plush, Espeon and Sylveon Slippers
[Merchandise] Pikachu & Pokeball 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
[Merchandise] Pikachu 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
[San-Ei] Plush Coin Pouches (Electrode, Magikarp, Pikachu, Poliwhirl)
[Pokemon Store] Centrair International Airport Grand Opening
[Ichiban Kuji] Sleepy Time Kuji
End of August
[Collaboration] Sepia Graffiti additional items
Posted on July 29, 2016
Today’s Pokemon Center announcements were fairly quiet, but we did get two potentially exciting releases.
A super big size and extra squishy Ditto plush will be sold exclusively through the Japanese Pokemon Center Online store starting August 6th.
Each plush weighs close to 4 kg and will cost 13,000 yen with free shipping within Japan.
An addition to the popular people-centric merchandise like, “Trainers Collection” is returning to Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on August 20th. The theme for this new set of goods is Black & White trainers, specifically Cynthia and Caitlin, and include a variety of items, from clearfiles, towels, and blind packaged charms, to t-shirts, glasses, and bags. If you love Generation 5 trainers / gym leaders, this promotion is for you!
Posted on July 28, 2016
A new site has launched celebrating the magical Magikarp, with a bunch of cute illustrations and information on this weird little fish.
At the moment, the site has three sections: Introduction to Magikarp, Magikarp’s Secret, and An Introduction to Fishing. A fourth section, which will include some sort of Magikarp song, will open up at a later date.
Along with the Hiroshima exclusive Carp merchandise mentioned previously, a special “I Love Magikarp” campaign will run through the Japanese Pokemon Center’s on-line store from July 30th until August 31st.
Get cute Magikarp merch simply by purchasing items from the on-line store during this time period!
For every order made, you will be entered into a raffle to win either a t-shirt or a towel. There will be 10 winners in total for the t-shirt (A Prize) and 100 winners in total for the towel (B Prize).
Furthermore, you will receive 1 postcard for every order made between July 30th and August 5th. The postcard design you get depends on what day you order.
Kind of a random Pokemon to have a mini promotion for but if you love Magikarp, this is for you!
Posted on July 25, 2016
Pokemon Center Report – Kuttari Plush Part 6 + Pikachu Invasion + SkyTree Opening + All-Star Part 3 (and more!)
The marvelous Meep is back in Japan and was able to swing by the Pokemon Center a few days ago to take some photos, and so here we are with a recap update!
This post will cover a bunch of releases from July 16th and a little before, so hold on to your butts and get ready for a mountain of photos.
Let’s start with the July 16th releases! There was a bunch of items that all came out on the same day this year’s summer movie opened in theaters (intentionally because the Pokemon Center loves chaos) including new Monster Collection figures, a new expansion set for TCG, the latest issue of Pokemon Fan, and the start of the pre-orders for the two New 3DS LL game systems, among others. One of those others was the August Monthly Pair Pikachu plush! These two cuties are all dressed up for a fun vacation trip to Alola.
Another big release for the 16th was the return of the Pikachu Invasion items. There were a couple things I was especially looking forward to seeing, and this hat was number one. Look at it! It’s so cute! It’s a hat with little Pikachu ears!
The Center also brought back the very popular headband with Pikachu ears, which is also cute, but for some reason the hat is cuter to me.
The Center previously sold large Pikachu tails that you could clip to your bag or belt, and for this promotion, they sold a female Pikachu version.
…Along with smaller versions of the Pikachu tails, which were available in both male and female versions.
Another of my favorite items from this promotion: the Pikachu backpacks! This one is actually a small pouch that can hold items like maybe your phone if it’s not gigantic, change, your keys, etc.
As well as a larger version you can actually use to carry bigger things. This backpack would definitely make a good accessory for Pokemon Go-ing!
There were also a couple of stylish t-shirts, including this one with a little fake Pikachu tie print down the front.
Posted on July 23, 2016
Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ditto Transform Part 3 + Pikachu of the World + Hiroshima Collaboration + Pokétabi
Pokemon gave us a couple exciting up-coming merch announcements this past Friday!
First up, the very popular Ditto Transform! series returns August 6th with a new batch of derpy looking plush. This newest set (third in the series) will include Pichu, Espeon, Umbreon, Raichu, and Vulpix (or at least Dittos pretending to be them).
As with previous releases, there will be a normal plush version and a smaller mascot plush version of each Pokemon. Normal size plush will retail for 1,296 yen and mascot size plush will retail for 864 yen each.
In honor of the 1st year anniversary of the Hiroshima Pokemon Center, Magikarp x Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team collaboration items will be sold exclusively at the Hiroshima Center starting August 5th.
T-Shirt (Child) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt (S/M/L) – 3,780 yen
Acryclic Charm – 778 yen
A4 Clearfile – 280 yen
Sticker – 238 yen
Long Towel – 1,080 yen
Phone Case (iPhone 6/6s) – 2,030 yen
Posted on July 15, 2016
We got a couple exciting announcements for up-coming merch tonight as well as one disappointing announcement for an unforeseen merchandise cancellation.
Bad news first.
These adorable mini pass cases scheduled for release tomorrow (July 16th) have been officially canceled and at this point there is no plan for a future release. Of course, this could always change, but at the moment, we’re simply out of luck for reasons that we will never know.
But don’t be sad! We have good news as well.
A brand new Its’Demo x Pokemon collaboration line-up will go on sale starting July 19th and will feature Pikachu at the beach and the ever popular Eeveelutions. As with most Its’Demo promotions, items will include mini towels, candies, and make-up, among other every-day use items.
A5 Notebook – 410 yen
B6 Ringed Notebook – 735 yen
Set of Vinyl Pouches – 2,700 yen per set
Face Powder – 1,620 yen
Eyeshadow Palette – 1,944 yen each
Water Tint Lip Gloss – 1,512 yen
Nail Polish – 486 yen
Polish Base Coat – 864 yen
Nail File Sets – 735 yen each
Body Cream – 1,404 yen
Lip Cream – 648 yen
Body Stickers – 648 yen
Icing Jelly – 173 yen
Flat Pouches w/ Marshmallows – 486 yen
Tin w/ Chocolates – 756 yen
Eco Bags – 1,512 yen
Mini Towel – 540 yen
Face Towel – 1,620 yen
Body Towel – 3,240 yen
Towel w/ Hood – 3,240 yen
Towel Headband – 1,404 yen
Round Boxes w/ Cookies – 540 yen
Tea Bags (Caramel | Apple) – 324 yen
Mini Tote Bags w/ Cookies – 843 yen
Ear Pens – 594 yen
Memo Pads – 410 yen
Stationary Book – 540 yen
Bic Ballpen – 291 yen
Posted on July 8, 2016
Friday Pokemon Announcements – Kuttari Part 6 + Poncho Pikachu Part 2 + Japanese Style Merch + Regional Pins + K.Uno Jewelry
We got a bunch of exciting announcements today, including more merch scheduled for July 16th since there’s not already enough stuff coming out on that day!
The Pokemon Center is on the ball this time with the next set of Kuttari plush already announced and set for release on the 16th! This Pokemon featured in this set seem a little random, but it seems like a lot of people are excited, so that’s all that matters.
This 6th set includes Absol, Cubone, Growlithe, Jirachi, Quagsire, and Zorua. All Pokemon will have both an awake and sleeping version (similar to the Zorua pictured here) and each plush will retail for 928 yen.
As previously mentioned, the Poncho Pikachu plush returns with a new set of Pikachus dressed up as mega evolved Pokemon! This mini promotion will consist of normal and mascot size plush, gacha figures, and stickers. The Mega Pokemon featured in this set are Mega Ampharos, Mega Diancie, Mega Gallade, Mega Gardevoir, Mega Lopunny, Mega Mawile, and Mega Rayquaza.
Gacha figures will be 300 yen per pull.
Regular sized plush will be 2,376 yen each.
Mascot plush will be 1,296 yen each.
The stickers will be 216 yen each.
Posted on July 4, 2016
This post will cover a brand new stationary x every day use item mini promotion that just came out, called “Pokemon Kana?”
The name of the series can have two meanings. In Japanese, “ka na?” can be used at the end of a sentence to signify uncertainty, with a rough translation being “maybe?” The Pokemon pattern created for this series when viewed from afar doesn’t automatically look like Pokemon, so the casual observer might do a double take and think, “Wait, was that Pokemon?!”
Kana is also how we refer to the characters used in written Japanese. There are three forms of kana: kanji, hiragana, and katakana. The designs used in this series uses a combination of Pokemon and objects to form the first hiragana character of that specific Pokemon’s name. In the example here, if you look closely, Pikachu, combined with the electric cord, form a ぴ (pi) for Pikachu. (Isn’t that cool!)
It’s a very unique and interesting addition to the Pokemon family of merchandise, and that the items are handy and useful only makes the line-up better.
The majority of items in this series come in both black and white versions. I prefer the white background because I find the designs easier to read and recognize against white. With that said, the Pokemon kana have a more neon feel on the black background, which is kind of neat and probably unintentional.
The exception to this rule would be the postcards and stickers which have a rainbow effect, making them look especially nice on the black backgrounds!
What do you think? Which Pokemon design is your favorite?