Today’s update is a new kind of blog post: unboxing! I originally had wanted to make a video, but my hair was super not good when my box arrived and I wanted to open it right away, so here is a bunch of photos instead. Note: when I say a bunch of photos, I mean a lot, so be warned before you read more!
This box is actually mostly filled of stuff for my girlfriend, Kerstin, who also placed the order, so a special shout out to her! And of course, shout out to Japan Stuffs for picking up all of these items from the Pokemon Center and being generally awesome.
Both my girlfriend and I generally stick to EMS shipping when sending things from Japan, because of the security (EMS automatically comes with tracking) and the speed (it generally takes between 3-5 days depending on how quickly the box is shipped out from Japan). The package was shipped out on a Wednesday and had already arrived by Saturday. For the most part, the box arrived intact, although there was a small hole on one side, which was the fault of the postal service, but it happens and it’s happened on multiple boxes of mine in the past. However, I will point out that Japan Stuffs individually wraps all items in the box in little bags, so even if the shipping box is damaged in flight, you don’t have to worry about items going missing.
Moving on to what everyone wants to see…what’s inside the box!
Welcome to the New Year everyone!
First of all, a semi big announcement. I have a new photographer for while I am in America: the amazing and super nice Jen from Japanstuffs! Not only does she take photos of plush, but she sells them, too (and other stuff). So if you’re interested in buying stuff from Japan, including anything and everything from this post and any of my future posts, check out her site.
Moving on: Pokemon!
The New Year is bringing the return of the Pokedoll series, which has been dormant for about two years or so. The first three Pokedolls of the new series were released early through the Tokyo Skytree Pokemon Center location only a day or two before January 1st, but if you missed out on this pre-release, do not worry as they will be available everywhere in Japan starting January 14th.
The three Pokedolls were I guess unsurprisingly the three starters: Litten
The dolls seem to be a little bigger than the previous Pokedoll incarnation, and because of this, the price has once again increased (they are now 1,296 yen after tax).
Pokemon decided to change the tags once again, and “Pokedoll” is now “Pokemon Dolls”.
What do you think of the new Pokedolls? Are you happy with the changes or ambivalent? What Pokemon are you excited to see maybe in Pokedoll form?
The big promotion for New Years was…Spring! Spring! Spring! This series looked super adorable from the preview photos and the real items are somehow even more adorable.
[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
Lots of announcements from today, so hold on to your butts and get ready for Pokemon merchandise!
The Alolan hype train continues with more Sun & Moon Pokemon Center exclusive plush! This next batch goes on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan on January 14th and will include Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Ninetails, and Fomantis. Both Fomantis and Sandshrew will cost 1,620 yen after tax, while Ninetails will cost 2,160 yen.
Speaking of hype, get ready for a flood of Vulpix merchandise, starting with these adorable poncho Pikachus! This mini sized promotion is actually a part 2 to the Sapporo Center re-opening extravaganza but will focus exclusively on Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix.
Basically, this promotion is so adorable I can’t handle it, and also not something I was expecting! The promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores across Japan starting February 1st, 2017.
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Plush – 2,160 yen
Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix Poncho Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Metal Charm Set – 648 yen
Pin Set – 680 yen
Vulpix & Alolan Vulpix Ponchos – 5,184 yen each
A4 Clearfile Set – 540 yen
Gold Lacquer Sticker – 972 yen
Sticker Set – 540 yen
Pokemon Card Game Special Box Set – 1,944 yen
First of all, sorry for the late update! This week’s Pokemon Center announcements actually came out on Thursday instead of Friday, to coincide with the release of this month’s CoroCoro magazine.
The next big Break set is scheduled to come out November 20th and includes 14 special cards that you can only get through the purchase of this set. The Double Mega Break Set features a Mega Aerodactyl EX card, a Mega Mawile EX card, and a Luxray Break card and will retail for 2,160 yen.
Halloween is shaping up to be a semi-big release day! These new Pokemon badges will be added to the Pokemon With You collection and go on sale from October 31st. The new additions include: Ash’s Greninja, Cherrim, Croagunk, Maril, Slowpoke, Snorlax, Togepi, and Zygarde Core. Each badge is 258 yen.
Along with the badges, this tote bag and pouch will also go on sale at the same time. The tote bags are 6,480 yen and the pouches are 2,268 yen each. As a reminder, all proceeds from the Pokemon With You merchandise line go toward helping children affected by the Tohoku earthquake from 2011.
This past Saturday marked the start of pre-orders for the cartridge version of the Japanese version of Pokemon Rumble World. The game is set to come out November 19th, and by pre-ordering at the Pokemon Center, you will get 1 clearfile and a set of 3 postcards as a bonus.
Finally, we got the official announcement for the Christmas + Winter promotion, which amusingly enough comes out on Halloween!
“Christmas Illumination” focuses, as one might guess, on a Christmas theme, with the highlights being the Santa Chu and Eevee Chu plushies.
There is also a charm set
A mini wreath, very adorable plate to perhaps eat Christmas cake off of, and many other festive items!
If Christmas isn’t really your thing, there is also “Aurora Tour”, with cute little Pikachu snowman plush.
As well as charms and a variety of items with the Aurora Tour main graphic, such as a blanket and pouches.
Full Merchandise Line-up
(Tax not included in prices shown)
Santa Pikachu Plush – 1,500 yen
Santa Eevee Plush – 1,500 yen
Plush Wreath – 2,000 yen
A4 Clearfile – 300 yen
Metal Charm Set – 960 yen
Logo Pin – 600 yen
Plate – 1,530 yen
Message Card – 450 yen
Stickers – 500 yen
Chocolate Crunch Cookie Tin – 900 yen
Pikachu Snowman Plush (Male/Female) – 1,210 yen
Pikachu Snowman Mascot Plush (Male/Female) – 900 yen
Metal Charm Set – 380 yen
Foot-warmer – 2,800 yen
iPhone 6 Soft Case – 2,000 yen
Flat Pouch – 1,380 yen
A4 Clearfile – 300 yen
B6 Notebook – 500 yen
Stickers – 500 yen
Blanket – 3,000 yen
Handtowel – 700 yen
Diecut Masking Tape – 600 yen
On a parting note, these Mini Round Plush have started appearing in stores! I snapped these guys at the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center, so they should be at the other Centers as well (among other places!)
Christmas + Winter Promotion
Pokemon With You
Pokemon Rumble World Pre-Order
Double Mega Break Set