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?
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!
We had a fairly low key release this past Saturday with the Pokemon New Years 2017 promotion. Which was fine by me considering how stressful next week’s release is probably going to be!
First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu plush for December came out on the 12th! These two Pikas are going snowboarding and nothing is getting in their way of having a good time.
The first thing that surprised me about the plush was the snowboard – based on the previous plush and their accessories, I thought the snowboard would be made out of a felty cardboard sort of material that could bend easily, but actually it’s made of plastic. Second, the fabric they used for the jackets feels very much like the type of fabric commonly used for jackets worn for winter sports or I guess sports in general, which I thought was a cute touch.
The tag is just as adorable as the real plush! There have been some cute pair plush in the past, but this pair might be one of my top favorites from the set.
The second main event for Saturday was the New Years merchandise. I’ve noticed that most New Years merchandise gets overlooked, and I have a feeling this year will face the same fate, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of cute items included in the line-up.
With the cutest item being the plush! It’s actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It seems like recent plush are either smaller than expected or bigger, but no middle ground…which is fine when it’s bigger!
[Pokemon Center] Christmas 2016
[Pokemon Center] Snowseason
[Ichiban-Kuji] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Big Plush
[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)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Big Cyndaquil Plush
[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)
[Banpresto] Kutsurogi Time – Big Pichu Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Big Plush (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Banpresto] Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Mew Mascot Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Gengar Big Plush
[Candy Toys] Pokemon Sun & Moon Mascot Charms
I thought we would have another uneventful Friday with no updates, but the Pokemon site decided to wait until the moment I left the house to give us news, because they’re nice like that.
I can’t complain much with a Darumaka Pikachu plush that looks as adorable as this, though!
The 2017 New Years merchandise will come out November 12th at all Pokemon Stores and Centers around Japan.
Pikachu Darumaka Plush
Pikachu Darumaka Tea Cup
Metal Charm Set
Tonight’s announcements were mainly re-caps of previous announcements, but none the less still exciting.
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).
Villain Pikachu Plush – 2,160 yen
Villain Pikachu Mascot Plush – 1,296 yen
Pins Collection (blind packaged) – 410 yen
T-Shirt Collection (blind packaged) – 1,620 yen
Team Rocket Hoodie (S/M/L) – 6,048 yen
Team Rocket Tie Pin – 2,106 yen
Team Rocket Necktie – 4,104 yen
Team Rocket Card Case – 8,640 yen
Team Rocket Wallet – 16,200 yen
Team Rocket Wristwatch – 5,400 yen
Team Rocket Fountain Pen – 4,320 yen
Hand Towel (Team Rocket) – 540 yen
Hand Towel (All Team Design) – 540 yen
Team Rocket Phone Case (iPhone 6 / 6s) – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Cap – 3,240 yen
Team Rocket Knapsack – 9,180 yen
Magic Ink Set (All Teams) – 2,160 yen
Team Rocket Handkerchief – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket Mug – 1,080 yen
Team Rocket 4 Color Ink Pen – 1,620 yen