Friday Pokemon Announcements – April TCG News + Kuttari Plush Series + Little Tales

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s update includes a lot of info and photos, so let’s get started beginning with the most recent TCG news.

The next booster pack set was announced, with a release date of April 21st (Friday). Called “Beyond New Challenges”, is the second holo exclusive Sun & Moon set (SM2+) and the cards in this set are designed to be used alongside “Awaiting Islands” and “Alola Moonlight” to create stronger decks.

Each booster pack will cost 248 yen after tax and includes 5 random holo cards.

A special card set will go on sale April 21st as well. This set features a promo Alolan Vulpix card that you can only get via this set along with 2 “Beyond New Challenges” booster packs. This set will cost 550 yen after tax.

A two player 30 card deck battle set will also go on sale April 21st. As this set is designed for two people to be able to battle each other right out of the box, there is 2 sets of 30 card decks as opposed to the usual 1 set, and features 1 Pikachu GX card and 1 Mimikyu GX card. The set also includes:

44 damage counters / 2 markers / 1 sheet
2 GX markers
1 Pokemon coin
1 playmat
1 instruction manual
1 players guide

This special two player set will cost 1,782 yen after tax.

As with most (if not all?) booster pack releases, there will be a special card campaign starting April 21st. Customers who buy 20 packs of “Beyond New Challenges” or 1 box will receive 1 Olivia promo card, which you can only get from this campaign.

Moving on!

The ever popular Kuttari Plush series is returning with a brand new array of non-plush (and some plush) items, including a cookie tin, towels, bags, and charms. This mini promotion will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and stores in Japan on April 15th (Saturday).

The fourth installment of Pokemon Tales was also announced, with a release date of April 8th (Saturday). The theme for this iteration is forest living, focusing on Pikachu and their friends everyday forest lives, including little forest parties and picnics. Along with Pikachu, some of the Pokemon included in the item illustrations are: Pichu, Tympole, Bonsly, Hoppip, Skiploom, Clefairy, and a very tiny, hidden Minccino!

The Ditto Transform promotion came out today (March 25th) in Japan, and I already have photos so be on the lookout for the next Pokemon Center Report coming soon!
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Pokemon Center Report – All-Star Plush + Fluffy & Soft Cushions

I am back two nights in a row, slowly getting caught up with my Pokemon Center Reports!

The latest release from San-ei’s All-Star series was originally scheduled for the 12th (same day as December’s Monthly Pair Pikachu and New Years 2017) but because San-ei doesn’t really like to follow release rules, they came out a week early. Why not?

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The release consisted mostly of a bunch of regular sized plush, a couple medium and large sized plush (some bigger versions of previously released Pokemon) and three cushions from the fluffy and soft (mochifuwa) cushion collection.

So what all was included? Let’s take a look!

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Merchandise Overview – November

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[Pokemon Center] Christmas 2016
[Pokemon Center] Snowseason

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[Ichiban-Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection

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[Banpresto] I Love Mew Big Plush

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[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)

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[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu

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[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Big Cyndaquil Plush

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[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)

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

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

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[Banpresto] I Love Gengar Big Plush

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[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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Friday Pokemon Announcements – Evil Organizations + Portable Phone Batteries + Sapporo Center + All-Star Plush

Tonight’s announcements were mainly re-caps of previous announcements, but none the less still exciting.

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First up, Pokemon Evil Organizations finally got their announcement on the official Pokemon website. Although the information is still basically as the same as when I originally reported on this promotion a few weeks ago, we do have more pictures of merchandise included in the promotion, so that’s exciting! Along with the promotion, which will start October 8th, there will also be a bunch of Team Rocket themed campaigns all throughout October and into November (see my previous post for more information).

Full Line-Up

Villain Pikachu Plush – 2,160 yen
Villain Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen

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Pins Collection (blind packaged) – 410 yen

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T-Shirt Collection (blind packaged) – 1,620 yen

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Team Rocket Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Team Rocket Tie Pin – 2,106 yen

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Team Rocket Necktie – 4,104 yen
Team Rocket Card Case – 8,640 yen

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Team Rocket Wallet – 16,200 yen
Team Rocket Wristwatch – 5,400 yen

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Team Rocket Fountain Pen – 4,320 yen
Hand Towel (Team Rocket) – 540 yen

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Hand Towel (All Team Design) – 540 yen
Team Rocket Phone Case (iPhone 6 / 6s) – 3,240 yen

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Team Rocket Cap – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Knapsack – 9,180 yen

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Magic Ink Set (All Teams) – 2,160 yen

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Team Rocket Handkerchief – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Mug – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket 4 Color Ink Pen – 1,620 yen

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