This past Friday (August 18th), there were no merchandise announcements, and the only release for Saturday (August 19th) was the blind-packaged Hoenn region can badges.
But! This year’s Dot Sprite promotion was released last Wednesday (August 16th), along with a couple random items.
There were no plush or cushions with this year’s release, but there were hand towels! Pictured here are two of the three designs (the third was dot sprite style pokeballs).
It’s not a Pokemon Center promotion without clearfiles, and this release featured three designs, each with multiple pockets!
There were two memo pads in cute boxes (one design with just Pikachu and one with the main group illustration) and an unboxed pad of sticky notes.
If notebooks are more your style, there were two Pokeball die-cut notebooks.
One of the cutest items from the merch list was this set of three clear pouches. Use them together or separately (or keep them minty fresh and safe in your collection!)
Coinciding with the opening of the very limited Isetan x Pokemon store, available exclusively at the main Shinjuku Isetan building (which includes a super cute cafe with Pokemon themed food and drink), an Isetan themed Pikachu plush was also released at Pokemon Centers on the 16th.
Last but not least, this rather unique “multi-ring” for smartphones was released recently as well. Available in three designs (Alola Vulpix, Snorlax, and Eeveelution), you can attach this ring to the back of your phone and use it to…I’m not exactly sure. Hold it better? Attach it to things? Clip it to a string and swing it around your head like a deadly Pokemon themed projectile? Whatever your heart desires I guess!
It’s so weird to have only one release per day after this pretty busy summer, but once again we have one major release for this past Saturday: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
The theme for this promotion was, unsurprisingly, sweets and Pokemon, and everything was beyond adorable.
Unlike a lot of Pokemon Center promotions, this one had a bunch of highlights so let’s go through them one by one.
First up: mascot plush!
These plush were actually described in the original Pokemon Center announcement as “Marzipan Mascot Plush”. I’m not sure what about them looks like marzipan but that’s not important. The charm point? How grumpy all these plush look. For supposedly being a cute and sweet promotion, everyone for the most part looks done with life. Charizard is my favorite.
Next: blind packaged figures! I love the tiny Pokemon Center figures in general, but these Pokemon are also sweets so that makes them 100% more cute. Look at them! I ordered 1 through Japan Stuffs, and I’ll be sure to make a tiny opening post for my one figure (I know so exciting) and I know it’s going to be Blastoise because that’s literally the only figure I don’t want, but honestly, even Blastoise is adorable. They’re all adorable.
These stickers! I can’t get over them! A part of me is regretting not getting any even though what would I do with them? But look! At! Them! They’re so cute?!
This pancake cushion! A little hard to see but there is a grumpy Venusaur on it, which just makes it better.
This Tea For Two teapot set! When you want a pot of tea but only for yourself. It’s a small teapot that fits in a small tea cup, and it’s so cute aaa
(Get a grip, Miki)
Moving on! There were other more “normal” items too, although just as cute, such as these two pouches. The blue pouch is a smaller “mini size” while the pink pouch is a more “normal size”.
More cute items of note: a flip-phone case with a strap, memo pad in a cute little box, gift bags so you can send gifts to your friends and have them die from cuteness before they even see what the gift is, and little towels that when folded up (see photo) are supposed to look like little cupcakes.
This promotion was an all around winner, proving the Pokemon Center can still give us super cute promotions full of super cute and original items.
The Pokemon Center gave us two cute promotion announcements on Friday, and I already can’t wait until the release!
First up, the promotion I’m most excited for: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
This promotion, featuring a bunch of sweets themed merch, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 5th (Saturday).
There are two items that were most intriguing to me: 8 mascot plush, blind packaged figures, and what appears to be, based on description alone, a teapot/teacup set …none of which had pictures because the Pokemon Center is currently being really annoying with their news. Why not give us pictures of the stuff we want the most? Also, I’m not sure if it’s a temporary thing and someone just forgot or if it’s the new trend but none of the pictures this time had labels, which is usually fine, but sometimes what the item is can be ambiguous at best and the labels were helpful. So I dunno… thanks, Pokemon Center??
Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, Snorlax, Eevee, Vulpix, Alola Vulpix) – 1,080 yen each
Pancake Cushion w/ Venusaur – 3,240 yen
Mini Figure Collection (Blind Packaged) – 594 yen
Tea For One – 3,024 yen
Cupcake Hand Towel (Pink / Blue) – 594 yen each
Face Towel – 1,080 yen
Mini Tote Bag – 1,944 yen
A4 Clearfile Set – 497 yen
Memo Set w/ Case – 864 yen
Sticker Assortment – 648 yen
Mini Pouch (Blue) – 1,296 yen
Pouch (Pink) – 1,728 yen
Flat Case (Pink / Blue) – 648 yen each
Mini Gift Bag (Pink / Blue) – 540 yen each
Apron – 2,700 yen
Universal Flip Phone Case – 3,456 yen
A5 Note Book Set – 626 yen
Thermos – 2,700 yen
For those who love Japanese style merchandise and Pokemon, the return of the Japanese Style Pokemon promotion will sure to be right up your alley! It features some of the usual Pokemon Center items, such as plush, towels, stickers, and pouches, along with some unique items, such as a curtain, traditional Japanese clothing, fans, and a plethora of other neat stuff.
This promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 29th (Saturday).
Crepe Material Style Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,512 yen each [Not Pictured] Crepe Material Style Mascot Plush (Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio) – 1,080 yen each
Mini Clasp Purse (Rowlet / [Not Pictured] Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen each [Not Pictured] Mini Clasp Purse (Candy) – 1,188 yen
Clasp Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 2,052 yen
Set of 3 Clearfiles – 756 yen
Hand Towel (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 540 yen each [Not Pictured] Handkerchief (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 1,404 yen each
Decoration Tape (Candy / Rowlet) – 648 yen each [Not Pictured] Gold Lacquer Sticker (Mt Silver) – 540 yen [Not Pictured] Stickers (Candy / Rowlet) – 486 yen each
Set of 2 Small Plates (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Hanko Case – Candy / 1,188 yen | Rowlet – 1,080 yen
Drawstring Pouch (Candy / Rowlet) – 1,296 yen each
Pouch (Mt Silver) – 1,080 yen
Door Curtain (Mt Silver) – 3,780 yen
Paper Craft Theater (Mt Silver) – 2,160 yen
Jinbei Set (Shirt / Pants | Medium / Large) – 5,184 yen
Traditional Boxers (Rowlet – Mens / Ladies) – 3,024 yen each
Traditional Boxers (Candy | Small / Medium) – 3,024 yen
Arare Tins (Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 648 yen each
Sticky Notes (Candy) – 540 yen
Hand Bound Notebook (Rowlet) – 648 yen
A5 Notebook (Mt Silver) – 410 yen
Mini Envelope (Set of 4 Patterns) – 648 yen
Folding Fan (Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 2,376 yen each
Chopsticks (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Tea Cup (Rowlet) – 1,836 yen
Mini Rice Bowl (Rowlet) – 1,080 yen
Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Non-hole Piercings (Candy) – 1,296 yen
Bag Keychain (Candy) – 1,728 yen
Noodle Cup (Rowlet) – 864 yen
Chopstick Rest (Rowlet) – 648 yen
Charm Collection (Blind Packaged) – 540 yen each
Pokemon TCG Card Sleeves (Pack of 64 | Candy / Rowlet / Mt Silver) – 777 yen each
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case (Rowlet) – 2,160 yen
Thanks to the lovely Jen from Japan Stuffs, I can include photos of the posters the Pokemon Center put up on Saturday for both the Dessert Plate and Japanese Style promos, which include labels for things as well as pictures for the items everyone is excited about: the plush, the mascot plush, and the figures! The only thing we’re missing is the tea for one set and the mysterious “Charm Collection” from the Japanese promotion. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
As always, thanks for reading and until next time~
Movie related Pokemon Banpresto prizes continue into July, increasing the hype for the Pokemon summer movie for 2017 coming out in theaters July 15th!
The series of larger Pikachu plush wearing Ash’s hats from different generations continues with two new sets. All Pikachu plush are about 24 cm tall.
Unova Pikachu and Kalos Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 6th (Thursday).
Alola Pikachu and “I Choose You!” Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday).
Two larger sized plush (Ho-oh and Pikachu) will also start appearing in game centers from July 13th (Thursday), with Ho-oh measuring 32 cm from wing tip to wing tip and Pikachu measuring 23 cm tall.
If you love Charizard and Charmander, July is your month!
A set of larger sized sleeping Charizard and Charmander plush will start appearing in game centers from July 4th (Tuesday).
Both plush are about 28 cm from nose to tail.
A super large Charmander plush, measuring about 34 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers starting July 11th (Tuesday).
July gives us a second part to the movie themed Pokemon Korotto Manmaru plush with a new set featuring Charmander, Charizard, Butterfree, and Caterpie! Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall and they will start appearing in game centers July 13th (Thursday).
Another set of larger sized plush of Piplup and Lucario will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday). Each plush is about 26 cm tall.
The super adorable sweets themed Pokemon Tea Party series continues in July with two new larger plush.
Extra large ice cream Pikachu plush (roughly 38 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 4th (Tuesday).
A cute Pikachu plush holding ice cream (roughly 24 cm tall) will start appearing in game centers July 20th (Thursday).
Finally, we also have a couple Namco Game Center exclusives!
From the Pokken series, a 23 cm tall Pikachu Libre plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from the beginning of August.
Two super sweet (and large – 35 cm from nose to tail) Pikachu plush will start appearing in Namco Game Centers from July 22nd (Saturday).
That wraps up this month’s Banpresto Pokemon releases! Until next time ~