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!
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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!
Along with my usual commissions, I am offering two types of Valentine’s Day related commissions.
If interested, contact me via the form on this site, send an email to mikitzune (at) gmail (dot) com, or get in touch with me on Twitter @zombiemiki.
Until next time!
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!)
Until next time ~
Sun & Moon Booster Pack
Sun & Moon Special Sets Starters | Other
Sapporo Celebration Continues
No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!
This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.
Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.
Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.
If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!
Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.
Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.
It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.
Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)
Alola Meowth, looking super sassy
And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
[Pokemon Center] Special Skytree Center Moving Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Skytree Center Sun and Moon Pokedoll Pre-release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemeon Center] Spring Spring Spring! Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2 – Gacha Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags
[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – February
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball Promotion
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Sun and Moon Pokedolls Nationwide Release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Alola Ninetails, Alola Sandshrew, Fomantis)
[Pokemon Center] Original Phone Cases (Snorlax + Sleeping Pokemon, Alola Pokemon Collection, Mimikyu)
[Merchandise] MonColle Get Vol 4 | Electric Types (9 Varieties)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Pikachu Candy Plush (3 Varieties)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Large Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Electric Type Plush (Ampharos, Pachirisu, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Large Pikachu Mascot Plush (3 Types)
[Merchandise] Pokemon Desktop Figures (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Gengar, Mew, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Big Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Leafeon, Glaceon)
[Banpresto] Large Rockruff Plush
[Banpresto] Rockruff Evolution Line Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush
[TCG] Sun & Moon Booster Pack
[TCG] Sun & Moon Special Set (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[TCG] Sun & Moon special Set (Rockruff, Turtonator)
[TCG] Popular Card Sleeve Re-Release (Subway Bosses, Steven w/Metagross, Champion Steven, Chandelure, Eeveelutions)
[MonColle] Bewear, Zygarde Perfect Forme
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Halloween Circus
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Petit Pastel 2 (Ampharos, Cyndaquil, Gengar, Mudkip, Raichu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Metal Charms (Ditto, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Mew, Pichu, Raichu, Umbreon)
[Collaboration] Pre-orders start for Chan Luu bracelets (Espeon, Mew, Pikachu, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Gengar Plush
[k.uno] Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur rings go on sale
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Korotto Manmaru Plush (5 Types)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Plush – (Absol, Chandelure, Zorua)
[TCG] Pokemon Card Game Art Collection (Book)
[TCG] New Card Sleeves (Pokemon Center Exclusive – 32 sleeves) Mega Mawile, Chansey, Misty + Psyduck, Charizard
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack
[TCG] 20th Anniversary Special Pack: Mega Slowpoke EX + Surfing Pikachu
[Merchandise] Pokemon Themed Portable Phone Chargers
[Pokemon Center] Masquerade Party
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Banette, Chandelure, Drifloon, Litwick)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – October
[MetaColle] Iron Tail Pikachu, Snorlax, Charizard
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania – Pikachu Face Cushions (2 Types)
[Pokemon Center] Hiroshima Carp Baseball Team x Magikarp Collaboration Re-release
[Collaboration] Spinns clothing sale starts