The month of semi boring August starts off with a hiccup.
Can badges return to the Pokemon Center, with a Hoenn spin. These badges are separated into two batches, with a different set of people characters and their companion Pokemon in each batch. They will cost about 300 yen each, which makes me think they will be gacha prizes, but there is a small chance they’ll be blind packaged. Either way, you can’t choose which badge you get because that’s the Pokemon Center for you.
These badges will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 19th (Saturday).
On the heels of last week’s Sapporo Fighter’s collaboration, we have another sports collaboration in the works, this time with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. This promotion will go on sale starting August 11th (Friday) and will be sold exclusively through the Yokohama Pokemon Center, the Pokemon Center On-Line Store, and the official DeNA Baystars stores.
T-Shirt A (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt A (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
T-Shirt B (Kids) – 3,240 yen
T-Shirt B (Small / Medium / Large) – 3,780 yen
Acrylic Charm – 777 yen
Long Towel – 1,296 yen
A4 Clearfile – 280 yen
Twin Sticks – 864 yen
Sticker Set – 475 yen
A special Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan for 9,234 yen starting August 9th (Wednesday).
This set includes:
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus
– 1 Pokemon Go Plus ring setting
– A set of Pokeball stickers to customize your Go Plus
– 1 Pokeball plastic screwdriver
– 1 Pokeball Anker 10000mAH portable charger
– 1 coin sized battery for the Go Plus
Finishing up this post, two bonus announcements!
The next Pokemon All-Star collection from the San-ei toy company is starting to show up for preorders around the internet. This set is scheduled to be released around November 18th, 2017 and includes 18 plush: Charmeleon, Ivysaur, Wartortle, Piplup, Turtwig, Chimchar, Slowpoke, Machop, Raichu, Flaaffy, Wooper, Lapras, Sewaddle, Budew, Drifloon, Chandelure, Absol, and Banette.
Prices are as follows:
Charmeleon: 1,944 yen
Ivysaur: 1,944 yen
Wartortle: 1,944 yen
Piplup: 1,728 yen
Turtwig: 1,728 yen
Chimchar: 1,728 yen
Slowpoke: 1,728 yen
Machop: 1,728 yen
Raichu: 2,160 yen
Flaaffy: 2,160 yen
Wooper: 1,728 yen
Lapras: 2,160 yen
Sewaddle: 1,944 yen
Budew: 1,728 yen
Drifloon: 1,728 yen
Chandelure: 2,160 yen
Absol: 2,808 yen
Banette: 1,728 yen
There will also be 2 cushions from the Mochi-Fuwa cushion series: Magikarp and Swinub. Both cushions will cost 4,860 yen each.
For the Nanoblock fans out there, new Nanoblock sets featuring Cyndaquil, Chikorita, Totodile, and Pichu, will go on sale near the end of September. Each set will cost 1,026 yen each.
That wraps up today’s Pokemon merchandise announcements.
This post will cover the Look Upon The Stars promotion that was released May 20th.
While there were no plush as part of the merchandise line-up, there was still plenty of really neat items with a cute Pokemon night sky twist.
One of my favorite parts of this promotion was the tag art. Lillie’s Bag, originally released as a full-size item when the Pokemon Sun & Moon games were released November 2016, was re-released during this promotion in a smaller pouch form. Personally I thought it was even cuter than the original because I like small things. The tag, if I remember correctly, is the same on both bags.
The Under The Stars hang tag is pretty big, which is both good and bad. Good because you get more art included on the tag, but bad if you like keeping your tags mint and uncreased (the bigger the tag, the easier it is to bend, even just getting it home from the store). To add to it, the tag has a couple bits that stick out, making it even easier to damage. Regardless, I love this art!
The only thing better than the hang tag art, however, is the little Cosmog/Nebby label that appears on most of the items.
I had been pretty excited for this promotion. I love the night, I love night themed stuff, I think Cosmog is a cutie, what could go wrong? Maybe it’s just me but the constellation print they put on most of the items seems oddly blurry, and that coupled with the oddly in focus Cosmog made things look like (to me at least) they weren’t printed well. Jen said it looked fine to her, so it might be that I’m super picky (possible) and in the end it helped me save money, but this cushion is a good example of what I mean by the weird out of focus print style.
Moving on to the merch! Pokemon Center promotions lately have been featuring backpacks as part of their line-up, and Look Upon The Stars was no exception. The backpack features the constellation print and even has little stars on the zippers.
Another neat item: the hoodie! I was conflicted over whether or not I wanted this, as once again, I love constellations and night themed merch, and I also love hoodies, and it’s a dark color which the Japanese Pokemon Center doesn’t make a lot of clothing in darker colors. Plus I loved having the constellation design on the inside.
The downside for me is the print is actually only just behind the zipper and on the hood. The rest of the inside of the hoodie is plain blue, and the material was a little too thin for what I like.
Regardless, it’s still a cute hoodie! And it even features a little Cosmog on the outside.
Some other neat items from the promotion:
A foldable compact mirror featuring the constellation print.
A cute train pass case with the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration
Two types of pens: one featuring the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration and one with the Pokemon constellation art.
A tumbler with an insert that features the Pikachu and Cosmog illustration on one side and the Pokemon constellation art on the other, so you can switch between the two depending on your mood.
That wraps up Look Upon The Stars! Did you get anything from this promotion? What was your favorite item?
Tomorrow is already February and so here I am with my monthly Patreon reminder!
All support on Patreon goes toward new art creations as well as me being able to report on Pokemon merchandise directly from the Pokemon Centers in Japan, which means more pictures and more ufo catching madness. You also get neat rewards like art, phone wallpaper, and postcards!
Check out my page if you haven’t already 🙂
This past weekend was fairly quiet release wise, but a new booster pack dropped on Friday, January 27th, and as with most booster pack releases, a bunch of other TCG related merch also came out on the same day.
First up, the booster packs themselves! This set contains only holo cards, and the price per pack reflects this, with each pack costing roughly 250 yen.
A couple special card sets were also released, including a set featuring Turtonator
and one featuring Rockruff. Along with the featured cards, each set comes with two packs of Sun & Moon booster cards.
There were also three other special card sets featuring Primarina, Incineroar, and Decidueye promotion cards. Those sets were slightly more expensive and also included more booster packs.
Friday also gave us re-releases of the 5 most popular card sleeve designs from Pokemon TCG’s past catalog of card sleeves. These designs were chosen by a vote. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t mildly salty that Steven ended up with two designs out of the 5, especially considering how many illustrations have been released with some really amazing art. But to each their own.
The Chandelure sleeves are one of my favorites
As are the Powerpuff Girl-esque Eeveelutions.
On a parting note, it’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is approaching!
We are finally back with the weekly Friday Pokemon Announcements!
And something I haven’t mentioned in a while…TCG~
The next booster set “Pokemon Sun & Moon (SM1+) is scheduled to drop January 27th. Note that this set is Sun & Moon unlike the last two booster packs that were two mini sets (Sun and Moon). All the cards in the Sun & Moon set are holos and the price reflects it, with 1 pack costing about 250 yen after tax. Each pack contains 5 holo cards, including 1 energy card.
One of the best cards from the set (in my opinion) is this amazing Sylveon GX. I doubt I’ll get it but it’s still lovely <3
Along with the booster packs themselves, there will be five Special Sets that go on sale on January 27th.
These first three sets include 2 Sun & Moon booster packs, 1 Sun booster pack, 1 Moon booster pack, and 1 promo card (Primarina, Decidueye, or Incineroar).
Each set costs 875 yen after tax.
These two sets, featuring Rockruff and Turtonator, will also be available from January 27th.
Unlike the final evolution starter sets, the Rockruff and Turtonator sets only come with 2 Sun & Moon booster packs each, and the price reflects it, with each set costing 550 yen after tax.
What is a booster pack release date without card sleeves? These five designs were voted for re-release and each design will be sold as a full deck containing 64 sleeves per pack. If you missed out the first time these sleeves went on sale, you have a second chance to get them, so don’t delay! Pre-order today!
The five designs are: Subway Masters, Steven w/Metagross, Champion Steven, Chandelure, and Eeveelutions.
Each pack will cost 896 yen after tax.
Moving on from card games… socks! These cute Valentine’s Day themed socks are already on sale at Pokemon Centers in Japan and cost 410 yen each after tax.
Campaign information! The Sapporo Center Re-opening celebration continues starting February 1st. Along with the Vulpix Poncho promotion, customers to Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan will receive 1 of 4 art cards simply for visiting, with 1 random card being given to each customer per visit while supplies last.
Along with the cards, 1 of 5 coasters will be given out randomly to customers for every 2,000 yen spent at any Pokemon Center or Store around Japan. The designs are all really cute, so I’m hoping to get at least a couple to add to my Snowpix collection!
Ending on a non announcement note but still exciting: these phone cases were added to the Amazon store at midnight Japan time tonight and will be going on sale tomorrow (Saturday January 14th). The three designs will be available for iPhone 6/6s and 7 and are freaking adorable. (Get them here if you love them!)