Welcome to September! The month that basically just stands in the way between summer and MY BIRTHDAYHALLOWEEN October.
Before we dive into the Pokemon Merch announcements from Friday, a couple words from the management (aka Miki)
I basically run this blog and all associated social media outlets (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) as a way to connect with other Pokemon merch collectors, and to help share information as well as provide non stock photos of cute Pokemon stuff. With that said, if you find any of the things I share useful, please consider offering support! Not only does this help keep the site up and running, but it also lets me know that my words are not just floating off into the ether of the net.
Currently there are three main ways to help support Mikitzune.com~
Along with offering sneak peeks of my artistic works in progress, Patreon offers a laid-back environment where we can talk about up-coming (and current) merch releases.
I offer a couple reward tiers, one of which includes an original piece of art by request. These two pieces are Patreon rewards for August~
I also send out original postcards (illustrated by me) every month, with a new design each month.
A neat and cute way to help support the site (and also provide me with my much loved coffee)! If you leave the name of a Pokemon in your note when donating, I will draw a little sketch of that Pokemon for you as special thanks
Last and certainly not least, I am always open for art commissions! I accept a wide range of commissions, from simple illustrations and icons to headers, backgrounds, logos, and whatever you want. Although the majority of my most recent work is Pokemon fan art, I am always happy to work with other fandoms as well as original characters.
Now that all the Magikarp Jump updates are out, the Pokemon Center is finally giving us… a small amount of official Magikarp Jump merchandise. (Better something than nothing?) These Karpish items will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 16th (Saturday).
Acrylic Charm Collection (Blind Packaged / 10 Designs) – 540 yen each
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 Clearfile – 260 yen
Deco Tape Set – 648 yen
A new promotion called “Pokemon Yurutto” will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 16th (Saturday). This promo features original artwork from the popular and trendy Japanese illustrator and comic book artist Kanahei. If you love squishy and soft Pokemon with tiny faces, this promo was made for you.
Plush (Pikachu | Dedenne) – 1,620 yen each
Bewear Huggable Cushion – 5,184 yen
Mascot Plush (Pikachu | Dedenne | Rowlet | Croagunk | Bewear) – 1,080 yen each
Trash-Can Shaped Cookie Tin – 972 yen
Sakuma Candy Drops – 432yen
Melamine Cups (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 648 yen each
Hand Towels (Pikachu | Dedenne | Rowlet) – 540 yen each Not Pictured Mini Bath Towel – 2,074 yen
Acrylic Charm Collection (10 Designs / Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Croquis Sketchbook – 572 yen
Pen Pouch – 1,080 yen
Flat Pouch – 2,160 yen
iPhone 7 Soft Shell Case – 2,030 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,240 yen
Lunch Bag – 2,160 yen
Tote Bag – 3,240 yen
A4 Clearfile Set (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 497 yen each
PET Stickers (Blue | Green | Peach | Yellow | Orange) – 378 yen each
Deco Tape (Squishing | Massaging) – 648 yen each
A5 Notebook Set – 540 yen
Acrylic Pass Case – 1,210 yen
Dice Bag (Drifloon | Ludicolo)
Pouch – 1,620 yen
TCG Deck Case (Beach Fun Time | Forest Stroll) – 390 yen each
Pick 3 Socks (6 Designs) – 1,080 yen for 3 socks
TCG Card Sleeves (64 Sleeves Per Pack / Pikachu | Pikachu & Dedenne | Pikachu & Dedenne & Rowlet | Encounter) – 777 yen each
As always, everything listed here (and more!) is available for purchase via Japan Stuffs, an awesome site run by an awesome girl. Keep up to date with releases and news through her Twitter: @jpnstuffs
It’s already almost September?! I swear only yesterday it was the beginning of August!
Two new extra large plush will come out in September!
Ditto-chu (35 cm / 13.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
Mimikyu (28 cm / 11 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
From the general Pokemon Sun & Moon line-up, there will be one set of large plush and one set of smaller plush.
Measuring at around 12 cm each (4.5 in), Meowth, Bewear, and Mimikyu will start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
Measuring at around 20 cm each (7.8 in), Cosmog and too adorable for this world Rowlet will also start appearing in game centers from September 21st (Thursday).
There will be two separate releases from the Kororin Friends series in September.
The first release features a selection of water and normal types.
Large size Snorlax (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 12th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Psyduck, Slowpoke, and Munchlax (12 cm / 4.7 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 14th (Thursday).
The second Kororin batch is all dragon types!
Larger sized Dragonite (26 cm / 10 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Smaller sized Axew, Hydreigon, and Garchomp (12 cm / 4.7 in) will also start appearing in game centers from September 26th (Tuesday).
Last and certainly not least, we conclude the summer with more plush from the Pikachu Mania! series.
Large size baby-doll eyes Pikachu plush (24 cm / 9.5 in) will start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
From the Korotto Manmaur series, smaller sized Pikachus (12 cm / 4.7 in) in 5 different poses will also start appearing in game centers from September 7th (Thursday).
That wraps up the Banpresto releases for September!
Stay tuned for the return of Eeveelutions starting in October (the best month! Hint: my birthday is at the end of it!)
This year’s main Halloween promotion was announced!
Halloween comes super early this year and with almost no warning. The 2017 Pokemon Halloween promotion will drop at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting September 2nd (Saturday), which is technically…next week! (Did August even happen?)
There is a bunch of super cute merch this year and I’m really excited!! Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I’ve felt like the Pokemon Center has semi dropped the ball with the past several promotions. They made up for it this time!
Plush (Pikachu | Mimikyu | Bewear) – 1,944 yen each
Mascot Plush (Rowlet | Litten | Popplio | Eevee) – 1,296 yen each
Metal Charm Sets (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 918 yen each
Logo Pin – 648 yen
Set of 2 Mugs – 2,376 yen
Earrings – 648 yen
Plush Mascot Pin – 756 yen
Plush Pass Case – 1,404 yen
(Thanks to the Daisuki Club updating really quickly with new information, we actually have photos of all the merch from this promo!)
Squishy Mascots (Pikachu | Mimikyu) – 1,080 yen
Die-Cut Memo Set – 734 yen
PET Stickers – 540 yen
A4 3-Pocket Clearfile – 410 yen
Dice Bag – 648 yen
Pouch (Pikachu on one side, Mimikyu on the other) – 1,944 yen
Hand Towel – 756 yen
Of course there will be blind packaged rubber charms! This set features 9 designs with no secrets, and as always, each charm will cost 540 yen after tax.
As part of the Pokemon Center Halloween festivities that will start with Pokemon Halloween Time and run through October, starting September 22nd (Friday) customers at all Pokemon Center and Store locations will get 1 of 3 random clear art cards for every 2,500 yen spent. These cards are given out on a first come first serve basis and once they’re gone there’s no more, so if you’re in Japan around that time, make sure to stop by September 22nd and spend your cash!
In keeping tradition with the past few years, there will be a secondary Halloween/Gothic themed promotion that will go on sale separately from the main Halloween promotion. “Mysterious Encounters” is set to drop in Japan September 22nd (Friday) and we will get more information on the merch line-up September 8th (Friday), so stay tuned!
Moving on from Halloween… a batch of Ruby and Sapphire themed Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores September 2nd (Saturday).
Honestly speaking, this batch is maybe a little disappointing just because all of these Pokemon have plush, and in some cases a lot of plush that look very similar if not basically identical to these ones. I know it’s hard to believe, Pokemon Center, and you might want to sit down for this but there are actually other Gen 3 Pokemon besides the ones you have here, and I’m sure lots of fans would have loved those plush. I hate being that person who is all, “give another Pokemon a chance” but … give another Pokemon a chance?!
This past weekend gave us the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion, this time featuring three different designs: a cute candy style, Rowlets, and a traditional Japanese papercut style featuring Mt Silver. Along with the main line-up, we also got four plush and four mascot plush!
First up, the plush! These plush are designed to look like they’re hand-made of crepe-like material.
Both the plush and mascot plush feature Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
The Japanese Style promotion had a bunch of non-traditional Pokemon Center items, along with some traditional items with a twist.
These coin pouches are not necessarily standard but have been sold before, however, I thought the Rowlet design was pretty cute and original.
Here are some examples of the candy design on some items (bag chain, earrings, and a cute memo-pad). These hard candies are standard fare for traditional Japanese sweets. Made primarily of sugar, the circular flat candies, known as Kintaro-Ame, originally hail from the Edo period and are usually found in most Japanese sweet stores.
The blind packaged charms feature these candy charms mixed with konpeito, another traditional Japanese candy. (Note: these aren’t really sweets! They just look like them!)
Included in this promotion were a bunch of Rowlet themed silverware and kitchen stuff. Most of the items are featured in the banner for this post, but also included were cute and simple chopsticks and chopstick holders.
In keeping with the traditional Japanese theme, the promotion sold jinbei (basically a pajama set) and traditional Japanese pajama shorts (not pictured).
More items! Of course no promotion is complete without some pouches, and here you can see an example of a Mt Silver pouch
Surprisingly, the Pokemon Center decided not to go with konpeito or Kintaro-Ame for their candy tin; instead, they went with soy sauce flavored rice crackers in two different tins (Rowlet and Mt Silver).
That concludes this report of the 2017 Pokemon Japanese Style promotion!