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.
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?
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)
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!
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Large Plush (Rerelease)
[Pokemon Candy] Pokemon Pokeball Collection
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar – Plush (3 Versions)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You ~Always With You~
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Gen 7 Pokedex Metal Charms
[Event] Masuda will be at the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center collecting donations for children affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake from 3-4 pm.
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Bewear, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru (Popplio, Litten, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Mascot Plush (Mew, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth)
[Banpresto] Pokemikke Large Plush (Pikachu, Ditto)
[TCG] Awaiting Islands / Alola Moonlight Booster Packs
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Mimikyu, Ditto Transform, Lycanroc, Alola Vulpix + Ninetails, Wild Ride)
[TCG] Deck Boxes (Normal: Lycanroc, Double: Lycanroc, Mao’s Cooking)
[TCG] TCG Special Sets (Jangmo-o, Pikachu, Komala)
[TCG] Tapu Bulu EX Starter Set
[Campaign] Buy 5 booster packs to receive 1 special promo pack
[Campaign] Special holo promo card given for every box of booster packs bought
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu’s Easter
[Pokemon Center] Shiny Tapu Koko Metal Charm + Miscellaneous Stationary
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Tapu Koko, Shiny Tapu Koko, Stufful, Alola Persian, Alola Dugtrio)
[All-Star Cushion] Pikachu, Eevee
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Acrylic Charms (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala, Solgaleo, Tapu Koko)
[Candy Figures] Pokemon Kids (Tapu Koko, Gumshoos, Bounsweet, Alola Raichu, Alola Rattata, Pyukumuku, Mimikyu, Bewear)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Bounsweet, Steenee)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mega Big Plush (Wobbuffet)
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform! Part 4
[Takara Tomy] Snorlax Plush
[MonColle] Brionne, Dartrix, Komala, Tapu Lele, Torracat
[Merchandise] Meowth PC Plush
[Merchandise] Art Jigsaw Puzzles (Pikachu, Eeveelutions, Alola)
After two weeks or so of no news, the Pokemon Center decided to bless us with a couple exciting announcements today!
Pokedex metal charms are back with all the new Generation 7 and Alola Form Pokemon! These metal charms are sometimes the only merchandise certain Pokemon get, so if you tend to like less popular Pokemon, your time has come. The newest batch of metal charms will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on March 11th.
Overview of Charm Sets
1 Charm (194 yen)
2 Charm Set (378 yen)
3 Charm Set (550 yen)
4 Charm Set (713 yen)
Rattata/Raticate/Alola Rattata/Alola Raticate
Meowth/Persian/Alola Meowth/Alola Persian
Grimer/Muk/Alola Grimer/Alola Muk
Diglett/Dugtrio/Alola Diglett/Alola Dugtrio
Sandshrew/Sandslash/Alola Sandshrew/Alola Sandslash
Vulpix/Ninetails/Alola Vulpix/Alola Ninetails
6 Charm Set (1,026 yen)
Geodude/Graveler/Golem/Alola Geodude/Alola Graveler/Alola Golem
8 Charm Set (1,296 yen)
Pokemon With You returns on March 11th to Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan, coincidentally on the anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The Pokemon With You series was originally created as a way to raise money for children affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and 100% of proceeds from Pokemon With You merchandise goes to charity, so it’s a nice way to donate and get cute Pokemon stuff at the same time.
The newest batch of metal charms includes a mix of Pokemon, including: Snorlax, Alola Vulpix, Alola Raichu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Lapras, Dragonite, and Bewear. Each charm costs 270 yen after tax.
No Pokemon Center updates for today (maybe tomorrow?) so have a Pokemon Center Report instead!
This post will cover the releases that came out December 23rd. Christmas weekend was especially hectic for Pokemon Centers in Japan as the 23rd was a public holiday, meaning most people took advantage of the three day weekend and were on vacation. When this happens, the Pokemon Center likes to stack a bunch of popular releases all on the same day, because they love chaos and disorder I guess, since the Centers are usually unprepared and have a bad habit of not having enough stock or putting all the popular stock in one corner, making it difficult to get to and easy for a couple people to swoop in and take everything.
Of the new plush that were released, Mimikyu ended up being the most popular by far, maybe even more so than the Center was anticipating in my opinion. The limits of 10 per plush per person were back, but it hardly slowed down the rabid purchases of this not-Pikachu plush, with Mimikyu selling out on Amazon within 15 minutes, selling out on the Pokemon Center on-line site within 4 minutes, and selling out at most “brick and mortar” Pokemon Centers within an hour.
Which leads me to an important word of advice from your friendly neighborhood Miki for the up-coming year. We’re coming out of a lull where things were not selling out instantly and I think everyone has grown a little complacent, but times are a changing. If you want a plush or a figure or an anything of a Pokemon that you know is very popular (Mimikyu and Alola Vulpix are prime examples) do not wait until the last minute to order. By pre-ordering, you guarantee that you will get the thing that you want. If you wait for popular items, there is a good chance they will sell out within the first day and there is no guarantee that shops that offer pick-up services will have extras. Again, if you really want a thing, there is no point in waiting. If it’s very popular, you will be able to sell it afterward if you end up changing your mind, but if you wait, you risk losing out or having to pay scalper prices (sometimes triple or more shelf price), and no one wants that.
If you order directly from Amazon or the JP Pokemon Center On-line website, make sure you’re on the site at midnight (for Amazon) or 10 am JP time (for the Center store). If you order through a pick-up shop (like Japanstuffs) make sure you pre-order, and again, if it’s something you really want, make sure you place the order well before the release date. I’m sure things will calm down again over time but I have a feeling with how popular Pokemon has suddenly become again, things might get a little hairy in the up-coming year, so again, if you really really want the thing, don’t wait!
Moving on to the actual Center Report 😉 There were two sets of new Pokemon Center exclusive plush that came out December 23rd. The first batch included a couple new Sun and Moon related Pokemon.
Mimikyu was, as previously mentioned, the most popular plush from the day by far. For a Pokemon who just wants to be loved, he sure is.
It’s a little bit of a surprise to me how popular Bewear is (especially over Stufful) but no one can deny his popularity! And he makes for a cute plush, too.
Alola Raichu was another popular plush, although still not as popular as Mimikyu (nothing is!)
Alola Meowth, looking super sassy
And not forgetting Alola Marowak!
First of all, a big apology for slacking in the news. The past week especially has been a little hectic but I am once again back in the US. Now that things are settled on various fronts, expect to see some changes which have been in the works for months now. But in the meantime…part 1 of some amazing Pokemon merch announcements!
First up and perhaps most exciting of all, new Pokemon Center exclusive plush were announced last week! This newest set of plush will go on sale December 23rd (Friday) and includes Alola Marowak, Alola Meowth, Alola Raichu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
All plush included in this set will cost the same price: 1,620 yen including tax.
If you’re more of a Gen 2 person, then I have exciting news for you as well! First up, brand new Gen 2 Pokemon Center exclusive plush will also be going on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan on December 23rd (Friday). The line-up for this set includes: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Espeon, Slowking, Totodile, and Umbreon. Each plush will cost 1,620 yen except for Slowking who is a little bigger and will sell for 2,160 yen after tax.