I got a package recently from the always amazing Japan Stuffs, and I wanted to share some of the items I bought over the past few months.
I was excited for everything, honestly, but let’s start with the newest Pokedolls. As advance warning, the majority of this post will be Alola Vulpix and Alola Raichu. Even before Gen 7, I was a Vulpix collector, and as weird as it still is to me that the Alola version of Vulpix would be ice, all things considered, I still think he is a super cutie and have been doing my best to get whatever cute merchandise of his that comes out. (Same for Raichu!)
Like most four legged Pokedolls (notably the Eeveelution Pokedolls), he is top heavy, but can stand on his own thanks in part to the huge tail.
One thing of note is the lack of paw pads, I guess due to size – the paws are very tiny. Also, I noticed on a couple plush that one front leg is shorter than the other. In general this doesn’t affect whether the plush can stand or not, but if you’re into having perfect plush, I can see this being annoying. On the plus side, I noticed far less wonky/crooked noses compared to the original Pokemon Center and Sapporo Center plush.
This is actually the very first Alola Raichu plush I own! My problem with all previously released plush is he hasn’t been fat enough for me, but I knew the Pokedoll would be perfect and it is. I know some people were put off by the lack of nose, but I find it makes his face even more adorable. They even included little fingers and toes with yellow stitching on the paws. He stands easily on his own and is a perfect little bean.
Rockruff actually belongs to my girlfriend but she let me take photos! I don’t collect Rockruff, but I was close to getting one anyway because of how adorable his face turned out. Look at those puppy eyes and little snout! Even with his huge head, he stands fine on his own (although I can see how some plush might be a little top heavy). Also his little fluffy ruff is made of felt, so it could be softer. But he is still too cute for words!
Moving on to more Vulpix! This little guy is a Banpresto claw machine prize and came out in February. Look at his little foxie face: it’s perfect! Although less soft than the Pokedolls, I think I actually prefer this little guy. Also, unlike the Pokedolls, he has little paw pads, and his eyes are blue and green, which is closer to how Alola Vulpix looks in the game. His little tail is also rounder. My little guy stands up fine on his own, which is always a plus.
More Alola Vulpix and Raichu, in Pokemon With You form! As I’ve mentioned multiple times, the Pokemon With You line is one of my favorite lines, and I have a small collection of metal charms and badges of my favorite Pokemon. When I saw they were releasing charms of Vulpix and Raichu, I needed them for my collection.
Last but not least, the so cute I can’t handle it Vulpix and Alola Vulpix Pikachu poncho plush! I know some people are a little tired of Pikachu dressed as other Pokemon and would prefer more plush of the other Pokemon, but I love these plush, and the little ponchos are so soft!
I can’t say enough how soft these plush are. I just want to snuggle them!
Based on photos, I thought the normal Vulpix coloring was a little dark but in person, it’s actually a nice color in my opinion, and I still don’t know why poor Vulpix is less popular than Alola Vulpix. They’re both adorable! Another plus is they both can easily stand (sit?) on their own. And while I’m heaping praises on these plush, the tag art is beyond adorable.
Basically these plush are perfect!
And that concludes this post!
What neat Pokemon merchandise have you picked up recently?
Thanks for reading and until next time~
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!
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
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
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
A5 Ringed Notebook – 702 yen
Jigsaw Puzzle – 1,728 yen
Pokemon The Movie Promotion
Pokemon Center Online 1st Year Anniversary Campaign
[Pokemon Center] New Pokedolls (Rockruff, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix)
[Pokemon Center] Big Can Badges – Johto Edition
[Ichiban Kuji] Pikachu & Friends – Happy Beach Time
[Gacha] Pokemon School Backpack Collection (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush – Komala
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[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
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Plush (Mew, Mewtwo)
[Gacha] Pokemon Connecting Charms Part 2 (Gengar, Metapod, Mew, Pikachu, Slowpoke)
[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)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee – Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)
[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
[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)
[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)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Marill, Psyduck)
[Takara Tomy] Talky Rotom Pokedex Plush
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!)