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 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.
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!
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.
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.