Pokemon Center Report – January Monthly Pair Pikachu + Pokemon With You + 5103 + Surprise Plush

This post will focus on the Pokemon Center releases from December 3rd!

The star of the day was the January Monthly Pair Pikachu. Dressed as Meowth while also imitating the traditional Japanese “maneki-neko“, these Pikachu are perfectly posed to both welcome in the New Year and bring good luck to the owner.

As with all Monthly Pair Pikachu, one is a boy and one is a girl (as evident by their tail shapes) and as an added bonus, their little Meowth hoodies can be lowered and raised.

Next up, brand new Pokemon With You charms! I guess the badges are out with only new metal charms being made, which is fine, although I do sort of miss those mini badges. At any rate, this release featured Litten

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and Popplio, along with…

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and Togedemaru!

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Merchandise Overview – December

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[Pokemon Center] Sapporo Center Re-opening Promotion

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Charms: Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru
[Pokemon Center] January Monthly Pair Pikachu
[Collaboration] 5103 Pokemon Necklaces

12.5

[Blind Packaged] Welcome to Pikachu’s Room! (8 Types)
[Candy Figure] Pokemon Style Figure (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlet, Solgaeo)

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[Banpresto] Pokemon Plush – Litten, Popplio, Rowlet

12.9

[TCG] Sun and Moon Expansion Pack
[TCG] Sun and Moon Starter Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Incineroar/Decidueye/Primarina, Bounsweet/Steenee, Lillie/Cosmog)

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[Pokemon Center] Varsity Pikachu
[Merchandise] Rotom Pokedex

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[Candy Figure] Pokemon Kids Sun & Moon (Dex Rotom, Komala, Litten, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Togedemaru)

12.15

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Chimchar, Cyndaquil, Torchic
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Charmander Big Plush
[Merchandise] Pokemon Mocchi-Mocchi Style (Pikachu, Pikachu Face, Eevee Face)

12.16

[Pokemon Store] Pokemon Store sticker campaign starts

12.17

[Pokemon Center] Rowlet’s Garden
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Fashion From Alola
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Team Skull Pikachu)
[TCG Campaign] Receive 1 random half size playmat for every 5 expansion packs bought at the Pokemon Center or from the on-line store. 7 designs total.

12.20

[Banpresto] Big Rotom Plush

12.21

[Merchandise] Poketabi Wonderful Collection

12.22

[Banpresto] Relax Time – Pikachu Big Plush
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Growlithe, Ninetails, Vulpix
[Banpresto] Large Pokeball Plush – Pokeball, Master Ball

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[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Sun and Moon (Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush: Gold and Silver (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Original 151 Pokemon Big Badges
[Pokemon Center] Johto Can Badge Collection
[Pokemon Center] Alola Friends
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Johto Badge Complete Collection Pre-order Starts
[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Big Size Pikachu Plush (2 Types)
[Collaboration] Magikarp Taiyaki

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[TCG] Card Sleeves (Rotom Dex)

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[Takara Tomy] Alola Vulpix Plush
[MonColle] Mimikyu, Lycanroc (Midday/Midnight), Pikachu (Z-Pose), Snorlax, Tapu Koko
[MonColle Get] Volume 1, Volume 2

12.30

[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Pass Cases (2 types)
[Banpresto] I Love Mew – Big Sleeping Mew Plush

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Varsity Pikachu + 5108 Necklaces

Here I am, right on time!

Today’s announcements were sparse for merch, but hope is not lost as Pokemon threw us a small bone.

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Varsity Pikachu goods! The theme is based on a sort of Japanese “vintage” view of American universities, and the merchandise has a semi scholary feel to it, with a bunch of notebooks, folders, pens, and of course, the Pikachu varsity jacket. Not only can you buy a little Pikachu plush wearing one, but you can buy a human sized version of the jacket and match!

The Varsity Pikachu promotion comes out December 10th at all Pokemon Centers and Stores around Japan.

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For fun, here is a small announcement from last week. These necklaces are a collaboration between Pokemon and 5108. The 5108 name is pronounced “kotoba“, meaning “word” or “phrase” in Japanese. This is not a coincidence as the company specializes in necklaces with charms that are words or phrases, in English, Japanese, and French (among other languages). These necklaces of course will have a Pokemon flair to them. (Check out the 5108 official website for more examples of their work!)

The Pokemon collaboration necklaces will go on sale starting December 3rd at all Pokemon Stores and Centers in Japan. Each necklace costs 4,104 yen.

There are 22 necklaces as part of this set, so instead of listing all of them, here are a couple of my personal favorites.

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Ditto!

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Share this necklace with a person you like a lot.

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Eevee~

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And my number one; give this as a gift to someone you know who sleeps all the time (like me).

(Continue reading for more information on the Varsity Pikachu promotions)
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Merchandise Overview – November

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[Pokemon Center] Christmas 2016
[Pokemon Center] Snowseason

11.5

[Ichiban-Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection

11.10

[Banpresto] I Love Mew Big Plush

11.12

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu December
[Pokemon Center] New Years 2017
[San-ei] All Star Collection (Audino, Axew, Croagunk, Chikorita, Cubone, Cyndaquil, Darumaka, Diglett, Dragonite, Eevee, Emonga, Greninja, Lucario, Meowth, Misdreavus, Pikachu, Togepi, Totodile)
[San-ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions (Chansey, Spheal, Slowpoke)

11.15

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu

11.17

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Big Cyndaquil Plush

11.18

[Pokemon Game] Sun / Moon Release
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Time Vol. 10
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush
[Pokemon Center] Welcome to Alola! merchandise + Rotom Dex merchandise
[Takara Tomy Plush] Eevee, Litten, Rowlet, Pikachu, Popplio, Rockruff
[MonColle] Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rockruff, Rowlet, Solgaleo, Togedemaru, Turtonator
[MonColle Set] Journey’s Start Set (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Rotom, Tapu Koko)

11.22

[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Big Pichu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)

11.23

[Banpresto] Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Mascot Plush

11.26

[Banpresto] I Love Gengar Big Plush

11.28

[Candy Toys] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mascot Charms

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Ukiyo-E + Sun/Moon 2DS + TCG Anniversary Festa + Ichiban Kuji

Nothing too big in tonight’s announcements, but better than nothing!

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These two traditional Ukiyo-e Pokemon prints will be available for pre-order, in limited quantities, from the official Pokemon Center On-Line store. The pre-order period starts October 15th at 10 am and ends December 18th at 11:59 pm. There will only be a pre-determined number of prints sold, and pre-orders will close once that number is reached, even if it’s earlier than December 18th.

Each print will be 48,600 yen after tax, and prints will be shipped out at the beginning of March.

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Next up, this limited edition Pokemon Sun & Moon 2DS will go on sale in Japan starting from December 8th.

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The system comes with:

* 1 Nintendo 2DS
* 1 New Nintendo 3DS AC Adaptor
* 1 touchpen
* 1 4GB SDHC memory card
* 6 AR cards
* A starter guide
* An instruction manual
* A warranty

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The system does not come with either Sun or Moon pre-installed, so if you’re interested in this system, you’ll have to buy the games separately. The system costs 10,584 yen after tax.

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This super cute card will be given out free to all participants of the Pokemon Card Game 20th anniversary festival. There are currently two dates at two different locations: October 10th in Nigata prefecture and October 23rd in Aichi prefecture.

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Last but not least, official pictures of the prize line-up for the next Pikachu Nebukuro Collection Ichiban-Kuji have gone up, and they all look adorable! As usual, 1 play is 620 yen, and the line-up includes a last one prize and a double chance prize.

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