This post will focus on the Pokemon Center releases from December 3rd!
The star of the day was the January Monthly Pair Pikachu. Dressed as Meowth while also imitating the traditional Japanese “maneki-neko“, these Pikachu are perfectly posed to both welcome in the New Year and bring good luck to the owner.
As with all Monthly Pair Pikachu, one is a boy and one is a girl (as evident by their tail shapes) and as an added bonus, their little Meowth hoodies can be lowered and raised.
Next up, brand new Pokemon With You charms! I guess the badges are out with only new metal charms being made, which is fine, although I do sort of miss those mini badges. At any rate, this release featured Litten
and Popplio, along with…
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush (Litten, Lunala, Popplio, Rowlett, Solgaleo)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Pokemon Give-Away Starts
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss Art Card Campaign Starts (1 of 6 cards given randomly for every 3,000 yen spent at Pokemon Centers in Japan)
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Pokemon Evil Organizations Boss TCG Campaign Starts (1 half-size original playmat given away for every 5 expansion packs bought)
[Merchandise] Mokomo Meowth, Mew
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Gengar, Growlithe)
[Banpresto] Large Great Ball Plush
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru Re-release (Zygarde Core, Ash’s Greninja, Dedenne, Pikachu)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Charizard Edition (Charizard Sleeping, Charizard Sitting, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Pouches (Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur)
[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – November
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Evil Organizations / Villains
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Team Rocket Takeover Starts
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Venusaur, Blastoise)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru – Large Charizard Plush
[Banpresto] Pikachu Nebukuro Collection – Dragonite Line (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite)
[Pokemon Center] Mario Pikachu
My birthday was October 30th, and as a present to myself, I went on a mini trip to Miyagi prefecture. My main objective was to visit the famous Fox Village, but I was also looking forward to stopping by the Tohoku Pokemon Center in Sendai. As my luck would have it, there was a semi-big release on October 31st, and not only did I get to visit the Tohoku Center, a Pokemon Center I’ve wanted to visit for years, but I also got to experience a special release day at my special Pokemon Center!
My home Center is the Mega-Tokyo Pokemon Center, and it is reknown for being the busiest and where everything sells out the fastest. In comparison, Tohoku was incredibly laid back. I always get to the Mega-Tokyo Center several hours in advance, but at Tohoku, I arrived half an hour early and was still the first into the store. I guess unsurprisingly, there wasn’t that many people there, and I was able to take my time browsing, picking out the perfect plush, and taking photos without getting in anyone’s way or vice versa.
The main release for Saturday was the Christmas and Winter promotions for 2015. Christmas featured Pikachu and Eevee plush, dressed up in cute winter appropriate capes, while Winter’s main merchandise was Pikachu snowmen, reminiscent of last year’s XY snowman starter plush.
The Christmas Pikachu was itself a remake of a similar Santa Chu that came out in 2012.
Eevee ended up looking even more adorable in person as opposed to the stock photo.
The cookie tin from the Christmas promo came out looking very festive as well!
On the Winter promotion side, the snow Pikachus came in two different styles and types. There was 2 different normal size plush, with one wearing a red snow cap and scarf, and one wearing a yellow beret and matching cape…
And of course smaller mascot sized versions of both of the snowman ‘Chus.
We also got the release of the third batch of Lazy, or Kuttari, plush! This batch included Sylveon
To make the day even more exciting, we got a surprise release – Pokemon Center exclusive plush! It seems like the I Love Mew feeling is infecting the Pokemon Center releases as well as Banpresto because suddenly we are getting a lot of new Mew merchandise (I am not complaining!)
Along with the Mew plush, very adorable, we also got Dragonite
And Dragonair! The best part of this plush, aside from the ultra adorable face, is the body has a wire running through it, making it easily poseable.
Happy early holidays!
[TCG] Playmats (Forest Birthday | Mega Mewtwo X & Y)
[TCG] Golduck Break + Lugia EX
[Pokemon Center] Hip Pop Parade
[Pokemon Center] Living With Pikachu (ピカチュウと暮らす) Part 2
[Pokemon Center] November Monthly Pikachu
[Banpresto] Large Espurr plush
[Banpresto] Espurr and Meowstic (male/female) mascot plush
[Pokemon Game] Pre-orders start for cartridge version of Pokemon Rumble World
[Pokemon Merchandise] Mini Round Plush (Charmander, Eevee, Pikachu, Squirtle)
[Pokemon Center] K.Uno necklace orders start (until December 6th)
[Pokemon Merchandise] Eevee plush
[Pokemon Merchandise] Pikachu plush
[Campaign] Spend 4,000 yen or more to receive a Pokemon Chiku-Chiku Sewing charm
[Ichiban Kuji] I Love Pikachu Can Badge Kuji – Namco Exclusive –
[Banpresto] Namco Exclusive! I Love Pikachu ~ Large Plush ~ Lying Pose Pikachu
[Banpresto] PokeToru Face Cushion ~ Pikachu
[Pokemon Center] Lazy Plush Part 3 (Cyndaquil, Glaceon, Leafeon, Lucario, Mew, Sylveon)
[Pokemon Center] Christmas + Winter Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You badges (Ash’s Greninja, Cherrim, Croagunk, Maril, Slowpoke, Snorlax, Togepi, Zygarde Core ) + tote bag and pouch
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center exclusive plush: Dragonair, Dragonite, Mew
[Gacha] Lots of Ghosts (Banette, Gengar, Litwick, Mismagius, Pumpkaboo)
[Gacha] Pokemon Character Watches – Partners Edition