Pokemon Center Report – Pocket Monsters Star Series (Showa Note)

Pokemon Center Report – Pocket Monsters Star Series (Showa Note)

Hello everyone!

This post will briefly cover the release of a small zodiac and Pokemon crossover promotion “Pocket Monsters Star Series” from the Showa Note company.

Although not exclusive to Japanese Pokemon Centers, there is a bunch of really cute items and I hope you find them as neat as I do.

Any promotion worth it’s salt will offer some sort of acrylic charm selection or plush (or both if they’re feeling spicy enough!) For this promotion, we got 1 acrylic charm for each zodiac sign.

The zodiac signs are as follows:

Aries (Mareep & Pikachu)
Taurus (Tauros & Pikachu)
Gemini (Pikachu + Plusle & Minun)
Cancer (Krappy & Pikachu)
Leo (Shinx & Jigglypuff + Pikachu)
Virgo (Eevee & Pikachu)
Libra (Togepi & Pikachu)
Scorpio (Gengar & Gligar + Pikachu)
Sagittarius (Pichu & Pikachu)
Capricorn (Skiddo + Pikachu Male & Female + a very tiny Mimikyu)
Aquarius (Squirtle & Pikachu)
Pisces (Lapras & Staryu + Pikachu)

I really like the Pokemon groups they picked to represent each star sign, and as a Scorpio, I’m especially pleased with Gengar and Gligar (Gligar is a cutie!)

Along with the charms, there was also two types of pouch. One was a smaller “tissue pouch” designed to hold packets of tissues, and was available in two designs.

There was also a more traditional pouch pouch for non tissue items, although I’m sure you could fit tissues in this pouch as well if you wanted. This type of pouch was also available in two designs.

Glasses are kind of hard to take pictures of, due to their very nature, but it’s similar to the pouches shown above with the same designs per color.

There were two types of clearfiles, both available in two designs. The type of clearfile shown here are the usual A4 sized clearfiles. The other type was a 3 pocket A5 size clearfile.

My favorite type of memo pad was included in the line-up as well! Each memopad contains 72 pages, and includes all 12 zodiac star signs.

The last item with Pikachu on the front is actually not a memopad set but a compact mirror.

Unsurprisingly for a company that specializes in stationary type merchandise, there was a bunch of stationary related stuff in the line-up as well!

Along with sticky notes and stickers pictured here, there were also two types of decoration tape, two types of A5 size notebooks, as well as four types of hand towels, two types of drawstring pouches, and two types of tote-bags.

You can see more photos of the merchandise here on the official Showa Note webpage.

That wraps up today’s Pokemon Center Report! Until next time~

Merchandise Overview – August

August

[Gacha] Halloween Pumpkin Charms (Pikachu x 2, Mimikyu, Bewear, Gengar)

8.3

[Banpresto] *Namco Exclusive* Pokken Pikachu Libre Plush
[Banpresto] Large Ditto Plush

8.4

[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Mascot Plush (5 Designs)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Mania! Large Sitting Pikachu Plush

8.5

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Dessert Plate
[Pokemon Center] Putitto Eevee Collection Volume 1 & 2
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon x Nippon-Ham Fighters Collaboration (Sapporo Exclusive)
[Pokemon Center] Momo-Taro Pikachu Plush (Okayama Store Exclusive)

8.7

[MonColle Get] MonColle Get Vol 11 (Primarina, Machamp, Bounsweet, Golbat, Mudsdale, Jangmo-o)

8.8

[Pokemon Center] PokeSPedia Special 20th Anniversary Art Book

Mid-August

[Gacha] We Love Ash’s Rowlet Collection (4 Designs)

8.9

[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Plus Deluxe Set
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Go Merchandise (Yokohama / On-Line Store Exclusive)

8.10

[Bapresto] Large Pokeball Plush (Great Ball, Masterball)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Piplup, Totodile, Mudkip)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Squirtle Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Large Plush (Alola Exeggutor, Slowpoke)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 4 (Sinnoh – Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig)
[MonColle] 20th Anniversary Set Vol 3 (Hoenn – Torchic, Mudkip, Treecko)

8.11

[Pokemon Center] Yokohama DeNA Baystars Collaboration

8.12

[Ichiban Kuji] Eevee & Flowers

8.14

[Candy Toy] Terranium Collection (Pikachu, Lapras, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, Eevee)

8.16

[Pokemon Center] Dot Sprite Series
[Pokemon Center] Kutani Porcelain Pokemon Plates (Pikachu, Eevee, Gyarados)
[Collaboration] A Bathing Ape x Pokemon T-Shirts

8.19

[Pokemon Center] Hoenn Can Badges

8.22

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Lapras Plush

8.25

[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobe (Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon)

8.26

[Pokemon Center] Eevee Collection Part 2
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Plush + Dress Up Clothes
[MonColle] Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap Version), Alola Exeggutor EX, Alola Marowak EX

8.29

[Bandai] Pokemon Pokeball Collection

8.31

[Merchandise] Snow Slow Life Snowglobes (Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander)

Banpresto August Prize Overview

Banpresto August Prize Overview

Believe it or not, it’s already closing in on the end of July, and so here we are with an overview of Banpresto claw machine prize releases to look forward to in August!

There will be three main releases under the general Pokemon Sun & Moon label, with two extra large plush and two large plush.

Super large Ditto (measuring around 42 cm or roughly 16.5 inches across) will start appearing in game centers from August 3rd (Thursday).

The super large Pokeball plush (Great Ball & Masterball – both measuring around 35 cm or a little over a foot) will start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Alola Exeggutor and Slowpoke (both measuring around 30 cm or a little under 1 foot) will also start appearing in game centers together from August 10th (Thursday).

The Kororin Friends series continues through August with a water Pokemon theme!

The set of three normal sized plush (Totodile, Mudkip, and Piplup, all measuring about 13 cm or 6 inches) will start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Squirtle (measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches) will also start appearing in game centers from August 10th (Thursday).

Lapras (measuring about 26 cm or 10 inches) will start appearing in game centers from August 22nd (Tuesday).

Last but not least, Pikachu fans will rejoice with a couple more additions to the Pikachu Mania series!

A set of 12 cm (5.5 inch) tall Pikachu mascot plush (5 designs in total) will start appearing in game centers from August 4th (Friday).

A larger 24 cm (9 inch) Pikachu plush will also start appearing in game centers from August 4th (Friday).

That wraps up the Pokemon Banpresto releases for August!

For those who might be a little disappointed with August’s releases, never fear, for we have Halloween and more Eeveelutions in the near future.

Until next time!

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Adults Love Pokemon, Too! | Banpresto Prize Page

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Pokemon Center Report – New Pokemon Center Plush + Mascot Plush + Pokedolls + We Love Pikachu

Hello everyone!

July 22nd had a bunch of plush releases, along with the We Love Pikachu promotion and a couple surprise items that hadn’t been announced.

First up, new Pokedolls were released! Pokedolls is one of the most popular staple of Pokemon Center merchandise and everyone always gets excited for them.

This batch included Mimikyu, Lapras, and Wobbuffet (because there’s always one odd one).

Along with Pokedolls, a fresh batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush were also released.

The line-up included three Pokemon I never thought I’d see in plush form: Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle. Of the three, I think Wartortle came out the cutest.

Along with the three second evolution forms, there was also Alola Exeggutor, Ditto, Slowpoke, Larvitar, and Sandygast, doing a good imitation of the aliens from Sesame Street.

As an aside, the Alola Exeggutor necks are bendy so you can pose them if you so desire.

(Also for those curious, here is the tail!)

New, squishy Pokemon Center mascot plush also came out July 22nd!

This newest batch of mascot plush included Pikachu, Alola Raichu, Ditto, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, and Bewear.

A super cute Pikachu themed promotion, called We Love Pikachu, came out July 22nd in honor of the Pikachu Invasion Yokohama events that run through summer.

The line-up of merch included a bunch of wearable and everyday use items, like backpacks, shirts, headbands, and even scrunchies with little Pikachu plush on them.

The backpacks are some of my favorite Pikachu backpacks that I’ve seen so far. They’re soft, have little ears, come with tiny Pikachu tail charms on the zipper, and include the little back stripes!

The collection of postcards is a neat item as well, especially if you love the Pikachu costumed characters.

Along with the line-up, there was also a blind-packaged figure collection, featuring a bunch of super adorable Pikachus (and a Mimikyu on a skateboard!)

There was also a bunch of un-announced items that appeared in Pokemon Centers this past Saturday. These were all smaller stationary-esque items, but that doesn’t make them any less cute.

Pictured here from left right and top to bottom:

A collection of colored pens and a pen pouch to store them in, all featuring adorable artwork with Pikachu and Mimikyu.

A Frixion 3 ink erasable pen in two designs: Lots of Pikachu and the same adorable Pikachu & Mimikyu artwork.

An item called a Stickyle, which is a pocket sized foldable pair of scissors also available in two designs: Line Art Pokemon and Pikachu & Mimikyu.

More surprise items!

Correction tape in three different designs: Pikachu & Mimikyu, Eeveelution Pokedolls, and Pikachu in the Forest.

Regular tape! in three different designs: Eeveelution Pokedolls, Pikachu Face, and Pikachu in the Forest.

That wraps up this weekend’s Pokemon Center Report!

What do you think of the new plush? Which is your favorite?

Until next time!

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Plush + Pokedolls + Cameras

Friday Pokemon Announcements – Plush + Pokedolls + Cameras

Lots of exciting plush news with tonight’s update!

First up: new pokedolls! The next batch of Pokedolls will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).

The line-up includes Mimikyu, Wobbuffet and Lapras, and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.

Along with the Pokedolls, brand new extra squishy mascot plush (based on pre-existing Pokemon Center exclusive plush) will also go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday).

The line-up includes Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto, Rockruff, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Raichu, and each plush will cost 1,058 yen after tax.

But wait, there’s more! A new batch of Pokemon Center exclusive plush will go on sale starting (wait for it) July 22nd (Saturday)!

Alola Exeggutor, Charmelon, Ivysaur, and Wartortle will all cost 2,160 yen after tax.

Sandygast, Slowpoke, Ditto, and Larvitar will cost 1,620 yen each after tax.

Last and not least, a cute Pikachu Polaroid camera will go on sale in Japan starting July 22nd (Saturday)!

This camera features an adorable Pikachu design 10,800 yen after tax.

That wraps up tonight’s main announcements. Until next time!

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Pokedolls & Mascot Plush
Pokemon Center Plush – July
Pikachu Camera