Pokemon Center Report – Pokedex Metal Charms + Pokemon With You + Lillie Card Sleeves

This past Saturday was Metal Charm Lollapalooza at the Pokemon Center.

But before we dive into metal charms…

The very popular Lillie and Nebby card sleeves were re-released with a higher quality matte finish the first weekend of March. Unlike the original release, these sleeves did not sell out in milliseconds. The artwork is still adorable.

Metal charms!

The Pokedex metal charm release covered all Gen 7 Pokemon + mythical beasts and all Alolan Forms.

Pokemon were grouped together based on evolutions or formes, so depending on the Pokemon and the evolution chain, some were sold in singles, or doubles, or triples (or more!)

Here are three examples of a three part evolution set.

The Rockruff set included both Midday and Midnight forms.

Mimikyu was all by himself (but I promise he was surrounded by his friends!)

The Alolan Forms were not sold as a single (or double) set. All Alolan Form Pokemon were included in a set with their original forms. In this case, you can see both types of Vulpix and Ninetails here. For Pokemon who have three evolutions plus three Alolan evolutions, all of those Pokemon were included in one set for a total of six. Which is kind of annoying if you already had the previously released charms and only wanted the new ones, but such is life.

One thing of note: maybe it’s just my imagination but I feel like quality has gone down for the metal charms. Agree or disagree?

Moving on!

One of my favorite series, Pokemon With You, had a new release of merchandise on Saturday the 11th as well. Incidentally, the anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake back in 2011. (For more information on the history of Pokemon With You, check out this past blog entry.)

The theme for this year’s Pokemon With You line-up was a flowering garden, with one of the items on sale being a seed set so you can grow your own flowers, and the main Pikachu being a topiary hedge…which is cute in real life but maybe didn’t translate so well into merchandise. Hashtag they tried.

Some of the items from the release included (the aforementioned) topiary Pikachu mascot plush

Cute stickers and postcards (note: I always recommend the stickers from the Pokemon With You series because they almost always if not always use non stock-art poses)

A handkerchief

And a memopad, including four different paper designs.

We also got some new Pokemon With You metal charms! The three Johto starters (Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita)

Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Bewear

Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite!

And that concludes today’s Pokemon Center Adventures.
A special shout out to Jen from Japan Stuffs for being a hand model in the majority of these photos. So professional, she makes it look easy.

Until next time!

Merchandise Overview – March

3.7

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)

3.8

[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

3.9

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)

3.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.

3.14

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)

3.16

[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)

3.17

[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought

3.18

[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee

3.22

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)

3.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)

3.25

[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat

3.28

[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush

3.31

[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Pikachu’s Easter + PikaPika Spring Time + Pokedex Metal Charms + Pokemon With You

After two weeks or so of no news, the Pokemon Center decided to bless us with a couple exciting announcements today!

Pokedex metal charms are back with all the new Generation 7 and Alola Form Pokemon! These metal charms are sometimes the only merchandise certain Pokemon get, so if you tend to like less popular Pokemon, your time has come. The newest batch of metal charms will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on March 11th.

Overview of Charm Sets

1 Charm (194 yen)
Comfey
Oranguru
Passimian
Pyukumuku
Komala
Turtonator
Togedemaru
Mimikyu
Bruxish
Drampa
Dhelmise
Tapu Koko
Tapu Lele
Tapu Bulu
Tapu Fini
Nihilego
Buzzwole
Pheromosa
Xurkitree
Celesteela
Kartana
Guzzlord
Necrozma

2 Charm Set (378 yen)
Yungoos/Gumshoos
Crabrawler/Crabominable
Cutiefly/Ribombee
Wishwashi
Mareanie/Toxapex
Mudbray/Mudsdale
Dewpider/Araquanid
Fomantis/Lurantis
Morelull/Shiinotic
Salandit/Salazzle
Stufful/Bewear
Wimpod/Golisopod
Sandygast/Palossand
Type:Null/Silvally

3 Charm Set (550 yen)
Rowlet/Datrix/Decidueye
Litten/Torracat/Incineroar
Popplio/Brionne/Primarina
Pikipek/Trumbeak/Toucannon
Grubbin/Charjabug/Vikavolt
Rockruff/Lycanroc (Midnight/Miday)
Bounsweet/Steenee/Tsareena
Jangmo-o/Hakamo-o/Kommo-o
Cubone/Marowak/Alola Marowak
Exeggcute/Exeggutor/Alola Exeggutor

4 Charm Set (713 yen)
Oricorio
Cosmog/Cosmoem/Solgaleo/Lunala
Rattata/Raticate/Alola Rattata/Alola Raticate
Pichu/Pikachu/Raichu/Alola Raichu
Meowth/Persian/Alola Meowth/Alola Persian
Grimer/Muk/Alola Grimer/Alola Muk
Diglett/Dugtrio/Alola Diglett/Alola Dugtrio
Sandshrew/Sandslash/Alola Sandshrew/Alola Sandslash
Vulpix/Ninetails/Alola Vulpix/Alola Ninetails

6 Charm Set (1,026 yen)
Geodude/Graveler/Golem/Alola Geodude/Alola Graveler/Alola Golem

8 Charm Set (1,296 yen)
Minior

Pokemon With You returns on March 11th to Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, coincidentally on the anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The Pokemon With You series was originally created as a way to raise money for children affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and 100% of proceeds from Pokemon With You merchandise goes to charity, so it’s a nice way to donate and get cute Pokemon stuff at the same time.

The newest batch of metal charms includes a mix of Pokemon, including: Snorlax, Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Lapras, Dragonite, and Bewear. Each charm costs 270 yen after tax.

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Banpresto – Upcoming March Releases

Hello everyone!

This post will cover all the Banpresto Pokemon game center prizes for the month of March.

The I Love Gangar (*internally raging*) line will officially start March 7th with the re-release of the high quality and super soft Gengar plush. Limited (?) amounts of this plush were originally available at game centers back in December 2016, although I use the term limited loosely as these plush were around for a while and didn’t seem to be super in demand.

Along with the large plush, there will also be smaller Gengar plush, similar in size to the Korotto Manmaru series. With three different designs to choose from, these plush will start appearing in game centers from March 9th.

More Alola region plush will be coming out in March as well!

Large versions of Bewear and Mimikyu will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 14th, with each plush measuring roughly 26 cm or a little over 10 inches.

Semi large size plush of Bounsweet and Steenee will be available at game centers around Japan starting March 23rd, with each plush measuring roughly 17 cm or 6.5 inches.

Note that none of these plush will be made of the softer minky fabric.

A new type of prize will also come out in March: acrylic charms! Most Pokemon Banpresto prizes are plush, but not all; we just don’t see them very often, making them extra special. Each charm measures roughly 7 cm or a little under 3 inches and will start appearing in game centers from March 22nd.

A very large Wobbuffet plush will also be available at game centers starting from March 23rd. This plush will be about 40 cm high, or a little under 16 inches.

Finally, the popular PokeMikke line of up until now mostly stationary, pouches, and charms, will be expanding out into plush.

For March releases, there will be two types of PokeMikke plush. One set of mascot plush, measuring at 10 cm or roughly 4 inches each, and featuring Mew, Meowth, Pikachu, and Gengar, and two larger size plush, measuring at 29 cm each, or a little under 1 foot, featuring Pikachu and Ditto.

All the PokeMikke items will start appearing in game centers around Japan from March 16th.

Until next time!

Pokemon Center Report – New Plush Galore + Pokedolls Revived Part 2

Hello everyone!

Since tonight was severely lacking in Pokemon merchandise news (all the news fit to tell was TCG related and I posted about it yesterday), today we will play catch up with a little Pokemon Center Report covering some recent releases.

Once again, I have to apologize for being confused! I thought the Monthly series started from March, but really it was April. Up until just now I thought this set of plush was the last one, but really, it’s the April plush that should be last, so technically speaking, we still have one more set of plush to look forward to (huzzah!) At any rate, the March Monthly Pair Pikachu were released February 4th and feature the two Pikas dressed as Hina Matsuri dolls.

The most surprising part of this release was that they sold out. They didn’t seem popular, or even a little popular, when the announcement for them came out, which leads me to think the scalping situation is getting worse…as in scalpers are now just buying everything thinking everything sells.

Pokedolls came back to Pokemon Centers February 11th! This second batch featured Pikachu

Ditto

and Bewear.

Out of the batch, Bewear turned out incredibly adorable, and I wasn’t the only person to think this as he sold out quickly. Eagle eye observers will also notice that both Pikachu and Ditto’s designs are basically the same as the previously released Secret Base plush, which sort of seems like cheating, but you do you, Pokemon Center.

Hopefully the next batch of Pokedolls will include the missing Rockruff, Alola Raichu, and Alola Vulpix plush.

Finally, February 11th also gave us brand new Pokemon Center exclusive plush from the Alola region, including… Torracat

Brionne

Edgewort… I mean Dartrix

Jangmo-o

Passimian

Lycanroc Midday Form

And Lycanroc Midnight Form.

From what I remember, the two Lycanrocs sold out first on-line, but in general this batch of plush did not go quickly (sorry guys!)

At this point, there is no more Pokemon Center releases for the rest of the month of February, so hopefully that means I’ll actually get completely caught up with my back log of Center reports (and I might have time to throw in some UFO Catcher Adventures as well!)

Until next time. Have fun playing Pokemon Go!