The weather is staying fairly nice in the Tokyo area, and for this I am forever grateful. If there’s anything I hate more than rain, humidity, and heat…well, actually there is a bunch of things I dislike but rain, humidity, and heat are up there.
This past Friday and Saturday (April 21st and 22nd) had two releases: two new booster packs and some TCG related merch on Friday and new Pokemon Center plush on Saturday.
Starting off with TCG. There were two booster packs that came out on Friday.
“Beyond New Challenges” is a holo only booster set, with each pack containing 5 random holo cards, including 1 energy card.
“The Best of XY” was basically a re-release of cards from the XY generation, with each pack containing 15 random cards, with 2 holo cards and 1 EX, Mega, or Break guaranteed per pack.
No card sleeves this time, but we got a battle set and a special card set featuring an Alolan Vulpix holo card that you can only get from buying the set.
Saturday’s release was fairly quiet, with the highlight being brand new Pokemon Center plush of the final evolution Sun & Moon starters.
Here we have Incineroar, the resident grumpy kitty.
An adorable water prince.
And everyone’s favorite sniper owl!
Of the three plush, both Primarina and Decidueye have wires in their arms so they can be posed, which is a neat touch.
All plush are made of minky so are the usual Pokemon Center softness.
There was also a quiet Takara Tomy release of a new shoulder Pikachu, wearing Ash’s hat from the Alolan region. This plush has clips on his front paws so he can be attached to your shoulder or a bag, or basically anything. It’s cute!
I’ll hopefully have a UFO Catcher Adventures report shortly so stay tuned.
Until next time!
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!
[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
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 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.
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!