We only got one merch announcement yesterday, but it was exciting.
A third part of gacha figures from the popular Ditto Transform! series is coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting May 13th (Saturday).
This gacha set will include Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Espeon, and Umbreon (along with Ditto) with no secret figures. As usual, one play is 300 yen.
Not announced on the Pokemon Center website, but new Takara Tomy plush are scheduled for release sometime in June.
The release batch includes Ash’s Pikachu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
Ash’s Pikachu and Mimikyu will retail for 2,160 yen each, while Bewear will retail for 1,944 yen.
Last but not least, a reminder that we’re still accepting orders over at Japan Stuff for the Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar plushies coming out Saturday, April 22nd. Check it out if interested!
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Gacha Part 3
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!)
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.
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?
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)
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!
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)
[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)
[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.
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)
[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
[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
[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)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat
[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush
[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)
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)
2 Charm Set (378 yen)
3 Charm Set (550 yen)
4 Charm Set (713 yen)
Rattata/Raticate/Alola Rattata/Alola Raticate
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)
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.