Pokemon Release Report – Pokemon Love Its’Demo

Pokemon Release Report – Pokemon Love Its’Demo

Hello everyone~

We’re back with another catch-up release report post – this time with the early summer Pokemon Love Its’Demo release for 2017!

Before we delve into the Pokemon…

What is Its’Demo?

Its’Demo is a chain of small stores, typically in or close by to train stations, that caters specifically toward working women. The brand, which bills itself as a fashion store, sells clothes as well as cosmetics, snacks (chocolate, candy, health snacks, etc), jewelry and accessories, and other miscellaneous items like stationary, bags, and umbrellas that can be used in day-to-day life. Their prime location usually inside train stations is strategic to make it more convenient for women to visit before or after work, and as I learned during this release, Its’Demo stores tend to stay open late (the one near my apartment is open until 10 pm – in comparison the majority of stores in Tokyo, for example, close at around 8 pm.)

Are Its’Demo items available at Pokemon centers, too?

Since I get this question fairly often, I want to point out that Its’Demo collaboration items are only sold in Its’Demo stores. Pokemon Centers do not carry any items from the Its’Demo line. This can make it sometimes difficult as there is only 58 stores throughout Japan. If you live or stay in the Tokyo area, or in a big city, then it’s generally not a problem, but the further out in the country you are, the harder it is to find a store location.

There is an on-line store, but sell less than a quarter of the available items from any given Pokemon promotion so have fun with that. Recently, a lot of the Its’Demo items have become available for purchase on the Japanese Pokemon Center On-Line store as well.

But wait, there’s more!

Its’Demo releases are always fraught with confusion and trepidation from me because for reasons I don’t understand, Its’Demo doesn’t like to disclose all the items they’re selling from the Pokemon promotion. Ever. When this latest release was announced, first we got a teaser poster in some Its’Demo stores, but not all. Then the Official Pokemon Center site updated with a small list of items. The Daisuki club updated next with another list of items. There was also a foldable pamphlet given out in stores that had other items not listed on either site. Then on release day (May 16th, Tuesday) we got surprise mascot plush, acrylic charms, slippers, tupperware, and a bunch of other items that weren’t listed anywhere and would have been nice to know about. More plush, also not announced, along with some necklaces and a couple other items were released two weeks later.

To make things even worse, it’s a complete shot in the dark if Its’Demo will stock things well or not. As noted from the January 2016 Valentine’s Promotion, the Pikachu plush were adorable and incredibly limited, to the point where every store had either 1-2 sets of the very large plush, and basically sold out everywhere within a day, and we’re not even talking about the necklaces that sold out in mere minutes because there was like one of each design per store. And not all stores carry all the items from the line-up!

Then, moving on to the actual Its’Demo stores themselves, since they’re located in train stations, they’re generally small; some smaller than others. The smaller the store, the less stuff they can fit. Also, depending on the store, sometimes the staff get really angry about you taking photos of merch, to the point where I’ve had some stores put signs up basically because of me that say “don’t take photos”. Thankfully, I didn’t have any problems this time.

Stop blah-blah-blahing and get to the photos!

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Its’Demo Tuesday morning were the mascot plush! There were three sets of plush, with two plush per set: Bulbasaur & Chikorita, Pikachu & Shaymin, and Pikachu & Oddish. Like previously released mascot plush, they’re soft but pretty flat, and kind of pricey for their size.

Next up, more surprises: acrylic charms! Similar to the mini slide mirrors but charms, there were five different charms: Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and a group charm with Oddish, Shaymin, and Whimsicott.

This release had a lot of items, including a bunch of different size bags and pouches.

There was canvas tote bags, foldable eco bags, towel pouches, normal pouches, and vinyl pouch sets (we heard you like pouches so we took a pouch and put a smaller pouch inside).

There was also a variety of towels in different sizes, from smaller hand towels to large beach towels that are designed for you to wear (where else) at the beach!

There was a bunch of miscellaneous and stationary type items as well.

Along with the staple memo pads, there were also mini bottles with paper clips shaped like Pikachu, two sets of wooden clips featuring different Pokemon per set, a variety of decoration (washi) tape, pens, clearfiles, and stamps.

One item of note: a mini blackboard that you can leave cute messages on to yourself (or someone else if you don’t live alone).

Also of note: umbrellas (rainy season is just around the corner)

More notes: slippers! There were two types of slippers and both were adorable.

Final note: tupperware! There were two sizes of tupperware sets, and aside from them being a little small, they were adorable and perfect for keeping your food fresh while also keeping it looking cute.

It’s not an Its’Demo release without a large selection of candy and sweets, and this release was no exception.

Along with the usual jars of mini jelly sandwich cookies, marshmallows, and print cookies, there were also jelly lollipops, small tins of candy, pouches and mini tote bags with marshmallows.

I love the little jars, plus you can use them to store things once the cookies are gone, but I couldn’t justify getting one this time as I don’t collect grass type Pokemon. I did get one of the print cookies, though!

Last and certainly not least, there was plenty of make-up. As someone who doesn’t use make-up, I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between all of these (sorry!) but one is a circular foundation (?) compact, the square items contain different palettes of color (?), and the last item I actually know what it is: eye liner in three different colors!

There was also some other items mixed in with the previous photos, such as nail polish in different shades and sparkles, lip related make-up, and several different skin lotions in some weird scents.

On that note, let me rant briefly about these weird scents. Obviously they were going for a grass theme here, and the scents they picked for the hand creams and other items reflected this, but as someone who is pretty sensitive to smells, the ones they picked were just flat out weird and not good smelly. Maybe it doesn’t help that I don’t like citrusy or grapefruity smells? I’m not sure, all I know is I didn’t like any of it.

To make matters worse, Its’Demo had a special campaign where customers would get a free little body spray for every purchase over 3,000 yen. Between my purchases and helping out with Japan Stuffs, I ended up with a bunch of these little sprays. The bottle itself was cute as it was decorated with Pokemon but wow, the smell was just wow. At first I was like, what… is it???? It smelled like body odor but not the good kind. I kept spraying it so I could try and figure it out and it was just awful. I ended up asking one of the staff and they said it was supposed to be flowers, but I guess the flowers had died and they used that as a scent?? I smell this smell in my nightmares.

And that concludes our Its’Demo adventure! I hope you had fun.

Until next time~

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)

6.10

[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pre-orders start for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush
[Pokemon Center] Anker portable chargers (Pokeball / Pikachu Pattern)
[Pokemon Center] Bell Charms (Pokeball, Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Mimikyu, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Alphabet Keychains
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon socks (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikachu Face, Pyukumuku, Mareanie, Bewear, Mimikyu, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Eevee, Leafeon, Glaceon, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Sylveon)

6.13

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Plush (Treecko, Chikorita, Turtwig)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Bulbasaur)
[Good Smile] Pre-order starts for Red Figma (excluding Pokemon Center)

6.15

[Good Smile] Pre-orders start for Lillie Nendoroid (excluding Pokemon Center)

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

[Pokemon Center] Lillie & Gladion Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Colorful Trip
[San-Ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions Part 5 (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Lillie Nendoroid
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Red Figma
[Kotobukiya] Pre-order starts for Lillie figure

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

[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Mareanie, Meowth, Charjabug, Corsola)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu plush phone case & tissue cover
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Album Collection
[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

[Pokemon Center] Tohoku Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Badges (Pikachu, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Jirachi, Victini, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pyukumuku, Tapu Koko, Cosmog, Charizard)
[Nanoblock] Gyarados, Psyduck

Banpresto June Prizes

Banpresto June Prizes

Hello everyone~

This blog post will cover all the Banpresto prize plush announced for June.

The summer Pokemon movie is just around the corner, and the movie related merchandise is starting to pick up steam. We should continue to see movie merch until the end of summer.

First up, we have the first in a series of Pikachu plush wearing different Ash hats, which is the big gimmick for the summer movie.
Original hat Pikachu and Hoenn Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 22nd (Thursday).
Sinnoh and Unova hat Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).

All of the Pikachu plush measure roughly 24 cm tall.

3 bath towels will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each towel measures roughly 60 cm by 120 cm and the three designs are Ash’s Pikachu, Lots of Pikachu, and Ho-oh.

June will also give us two releases from the Pokemon Sun & Moon extra large plush line-up.

The Pokeball and Ultra Ball plush, both measuring roughly 35 cm tall, will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Extra large Psyduck, measuring in at about 37 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).

The Pokemon Tea Party series continues into June with two sets of plush.

Three smaller plush will start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).
The three designs are Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Shaved Ice Pikachu, and Crepe Pikachu, with each plush measuring roughly 15 cm tall.
The larger Pikachu plush, measuring at around 24 cm, will also start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).

Last and certainly not least, we have some new Kororin Friends and Korotto Manmaru plush to look forward to!

Bringing Korotto Manmaru and the summer movie together, Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, and Luxray will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall.

From the Kororin Friends series, we have a large Bulbasaur plush (measuring roughly 26 cm long) that will start appearing in game centers from June 13th (Tuesday).
The smaller sized Treecko, Torchic, and Turtwig plush will also come out June 13th (Tuesday), with each plush measuring about 12 cm.

That wraps up the new plush for June!

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing at least one new Lycanroc plush for July or August.

Until next time~

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

Pokemon Center Report – Pokedex Metal Charms + Pokemon With You + Lillie Card Sleeves

This past Saturday was Metal Charm Lollapalooza at the Pokemon Center.

But before we dive into metal charms…

The very popular Lillie and Nebby card sleeves were re-released with a higher quality matte finish the first weekend of March. Unlike the original release, these sleeves did not sell out in milliseconds. The artwork is still adorable.

Metal charms!

The Pokedex metal charm release covered all Gen 7 Pokemon + mythical beasts and all Alolan Forms.

Pokemon were grouped together based on evolutions or formes, so depending on the Pokemon and the evolution chain, some were sold in singles, or doubles, or triples (or more!)

Here are three examples of a three part evolution set.

The Rockruff set included both Midday and Midnight forms.

Mimikyu was all by himself (but I promise he was surrounded by his friends!)

The Alolan Forms were not sold as a single (or double) set. All Alolan Form Pokemon were included in a set with their original forms. In this case, you can see both types of Vulpix and Ninetails here. For Pokemon who have three evolutions plus three Alolan evolutions, all of those Pokemon were included in one set for a total of six. Which is kind of annoying if you already had the previously released charms and only wanted the new ones, but such is life.

One thing of note: maybe it’s just my imagination but I feel like quality has gone down for the metal charms. Agree or disagree?

Moving on!

One of my favorite series, Pokemon With You, had a new release of merchandise on Saturday the 11th as well. Incidentally, the anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake back in 2011. (For more information on the history of Pokemon With You, check out this past blog entry.)

The theme for this year’s Pokemon With You line-up was a flowering garden, with one of the items on sale being a seed set so you can grow your own flowers, and the main Pikachu being a topiary hedge…which is cute in real life but maybe didn’t translate so well into merchandise. Hashtag they tried.

Some of the items from the release included (the aforementioned) topiary Pikachu mascot plush

Cute stickers and postcards (note: I always recommend the stickers from the Pokemon With You series because they almost always if not always use non stock-art poses)

A handkerchief

And a memopad, including four different paper designs.

We also got some new Pokemon With You metal charms! The three Johto starters (Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Chikorita)

Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Bewear

Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite!

And that concludes today’s Pokemon Center Adventures.
A special shout out to Jen from Japan Stuffs for being a hand model in the majority of these photos. So professional, she makes it look easy.

Until next time!