Merchandise Overview – June

6.1

[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi-Mini Plush (Pikachu, Gengar, Jigglypuff, Snorlax)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Pokeball)

6.8

[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Plush (Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Pikachu Crepe, Pikachu Shaved Ice)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Large Plush (Pikachu)

6.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Plush (Treecko, Chikorita, Turtwig)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Bulbasaur)

6.16

[TCG] “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” / “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs
[TCG] Special Card Set – Charmander
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Snorlax, Lana & Wishiwashi, Marshadow)
[TCG] Marshadow / Ho-oh Deck Case
[TCG] Necrozma card collection folder
[TCG Campaign] Buy 1 box of “Fighting Rainbow” or “Light-Consuming Darkness” and get either a promo Lucario card or promo Porygon-Z card
[TCG Campaign] Guaranteed Rare card with every first edition box of new booster packs
[TCG Campaign] Lawson Convenience Store campaign starts

6.17

[San-Ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions Part 5 (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)

6.19

[Candy Toy] Big Eraser Figures (Pikachu, Pikachu w/ Ketchup, Pikachu w/ Pokeball, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Gengar)
[Candy Toy] Pikachu’s Cafe (8 sets, no secrets)
[Candy Toy] “Pikachu I Choose You” Pokemon Style Figures (Ash’s Pikachu, Ho-oh, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)

6.22

[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Original, Hoenn)

6.24

[Takara Tomy] Ash’s Pikachu, Bewear, Mimikyu
[MonColle] Alola Sandslash

6.27

[Banpresto] I Choose You! Bath Towels (Ash’s Pikachu, Pikachu, Ho-oh)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Sinnoh, Unova)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru “I Choose You!” Edition (Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, Luxray)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Ultra Ball)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Psyduck)

6.30

[Nanoblock] Gyarados, Psyduck

Friday (?) Pokemon Announcements – New Booster Packs + Card Sleeves + Card Promotions

Friday (?) Pokemon Announcements – New Booster Packs + Card Sleeves + Card Promotions

This past week has been a roller coaster of releases and information!

I’m currently back in the States so things will be getting back to normal (for now) and I’ll have time to get caught up on a backlog of Pokemon Center Reports. We actually didn’t get any big news announcements this past Friday, but card information came out on Tuesday if I remember correctly, so let’s go with that!

The next set of booster packs will be released June 16th (Friday). The two sets are named “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” (SM3H) featuring a Ho-oh GX card, and “Light-Consuming Darkness” (SM3N) featuring a Necrozma GX card.

Each pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contains 5 random cards.

Of note, these new booster packs will contain the first official card of Marshadow, who features prominently in the up-coming summer Pokemon movie.

Along with booster packs, a couple other card related goodies will also be released June 16th (Friday), including a new special promo card set. Similar to previously released sets, it includes a promo Charmander card that can only be obtained via this set, as well as 1 pack each of Fighting Rainbow and Light-Consuming Darkness. Each card set will cost 378 yen after tax.

Card sleeves return on the 16th with five new designs, some of which we’ve seen before (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Sleepy Snorlax), and two brand new designs (Lana and Marshadow)!

All designs will be offered in full set sizes (64 sleeves) and will cost 777 yen after tax.

A new deck case, featuring Marshadow and Ho-oh, and a card folder featuring Necrozma, will also go on sale Friday, June 16th.

The deck case will cost 390 yen after tax and the folder will cost 1566 yen after tax.

Moving on to the card campaigns!

As always, card players will be rewarded for buying a lot of cards. Starting June 16th and while supplies last, customers will get 1 holo promo card for every box of cards bought (30 packs) at a certified Pokemon Gym, which includes Pokemon Centers and Stores. Buy 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Fighting Rainbow” to get Lucario, or 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Light-Consuming Darkness” to get Porygon Z.

Along with this campaign, customers who buy a legit first edition box of cards will be guaranteed 1 SR, HR, or UR card.

You’ll know if the box is first edition because it will have this mark on the front of the box.

Last and certainly not least, the convenience store chain Lawson will have a Pokemon card campaign starting June 16th while supplies last. For every 5 booster packs bought, customers will get a random blind-packaged card of three possible designs (Alola Sandshrew, Mareanie, or energy). In case you were curious, the theme for these three cards is “blue” as that is the Lawson brand color. This card campaign should be available at all Lawsons across Japan, but excluding Natural Lawsons and 100 Yen Store Lawsons.

And that wraps up the news report for the past week!

I will do my best to start getting Pokemon Center reports up starting tomorrow or the day after.

Until next time!

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Pokemon TCG News

Merchandise Overview – May

5.1

[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)

5.11

[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)

5.13

[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3

5.16

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo

5.18

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush

5.20

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)

5.23

[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush

5.25

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

5.27

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Eevee Armageddon: Prepare For The End Of Days

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Eevee Armageddon: Prepare For The End Of Days

Not sure if this is amazing or horrifying news but let’s dive in shall we.

Starting with Eevee-pocalypse!

First of all, new Pokedolls! The Pokemon Center is giving us re-releases (sort of?) of all 9 Eeveelutions.

These plush come out May 13th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.

And if that wasn’t enough plush for you, never fear, because we have *tada* mascot versions of all 9 Eeveelution Pokedolls plus mascot size versions of Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.

These plush also come out May 13th (Saturday) and each mascot plush will cost 864 yen after tax.

Along with the plush, there will also be a variety of merchandise that will all come in 9 different varieties, and as far as I can tell, nothing is blind packaged. Amazingly??? Is this the real world or is hell coming later?

There are two parts to the merchandise section (also May 13th release!): Colorful Friends and Pokedolls. Each “section” has different items and different illustration styles.

Colorful Friends Merchandise List

Colorful T-Shirts (9 Types) (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Colorful Hoodies (9 Types) (Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen
Colorful Hats (9 Types) – 3,240 yen
Long Towels (9 Types) – 1,080 yen
Tote Bags (9 Types) – 3,780 yen
Can Badges (9 Types) – 324 yen
Pins (9 Types) – 648 yen
Pokemon Card Game Deck Cases (9 Types) – 2,160

Pokedoll Merchandise List

Eeveelution Shaped Cookies – 1,055
A4 Clearfile (9 Types) – 260 yen
Memo Can (9 Types) – 702 yen
Frixion Light Pens (9 Types) – 216 yen
Frixion Light Pens Set – 1,782 yen
Pouch – 1,512 yen
Assorted Stickers (9 Types) – 540 yen
Pokedoll Pins (9 Types) – 432 yen
Small Drawstring Pouch (9 Types) – 972 yen
Hand Towel (9 Types) – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel (9 Types) – 2,074 yen

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more…

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UFO Catcher Adventures – Vulpix & Vulpix + I Love Eevee + Kutsurogi Time

UFO Catcher Adventures – Vulpix & Vulpix + I Love Eevee + Kutsurogi Time

A bunch of cute Pokemon plush came out in game centers on the 25th (Tuesday) and the past two days, I’ve been running around Tokyo catching everything I could! I finally had a little bit of free time to share some photos.

First up, Kutsurogi (Relax) Time plush! This release featured four sleeping Pokemon: Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. These plush are what I consider a medium sized claw machine prize; they’re bigger than mascot size, but smaller than large plush size. Generally, these plush can be some of the biggest pains in the butts to catch, depending on the machine and setting, especially Bulbasaur because of his bulb, but I lucked out big time as the Round 1 I went to had their setting down to super easy beginner level.

Next up, Eevee! From the most recent I Love Eevee releases, this Eevee is bigger than the other Eeveelutions (by a little), standing at 30 cm or almost a foot.

Finally, the stars of the day, Vulpix and Alola Vulpix!

All the game centers I visited over the course of two days either had the Vulpix on a D-ring (pictured right) or over some sort of gap (pictured left) where you have to push the plush down into the gap to win. Usually I’m really bad at the gap settings, but maybe because of the shape of the plush or the way that game center set up their claw strength, it ended up being the easiest for me.

I only caught 2 out of the 4 plush (due to I only got orders for Bulbasaur and Charmander) so unfortunately, I only have close-ups of these two, but they’re still very cute!

Some downsides for picky plush collectors: the fabric is the usual Banpresto velboa, so they’re not as soft as they could be, and the stitching is very blunt, which is something I hate. But the tag art is cute!

Eevee, on the other hand, is amazing. The newest I Love Eevee plush are super duper soft, so if you love soft plush, these plush are for you. The butt tag is cute and stylized with the I Love Eevee logo, and the hang tag is colorful and features all of the Eeveelutions. Note: they use this same illustration on all the I Love Eevee plush in this release.

The downside is the weird wiring in the ears. It’s to help the ears stand up, but on a lot of the plush I won, I had a hard time rebending the ears, and a lot of Eeveelutions ended up with ears going in different directions.

Still soft!

I can’t get over the Vulpix! They’re both perfect and adorable with their little foxie facies!

Even though they’re both made of velboa, so definitely nowhere near as soft as the Eevee plush, I still love both more than the official Pokemon Center plush. The overall shape is nicer, the seams are blended in a little better, and they have little footpads!

That concludes today’s exciting UFO Catcher Adventures! Until next time~