It’s Golden Week in Japan, and that means, Tokyo is full of people (aaaa). This is also the reason why next week won’t have any big releases at the Pokemon Center, and no Pokemon merchandise announcements on Friday, but to make up for it, we got a very cute and original promotion release this past Saturday (April 29th): Pokemon Pop! There were also new Pokemon cushions and three new NanoBlock sets.
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The highlight of the main Pokemon Pop event were the mascot plush. For reasons I don’t understand, the Pokemon Center decided to not show us photos of these plush until very close to release. Because they’re meant to clean your phone screen, they’re not the softest, but they are very cute. As with everything Mimikyu and plush related, these mascot plush probably won’t stick around too long, especially considering we’re now in a vacation week so everyone is out shopping. If you want one, I highly suggest ordering it if you have not already.
There was a lot of incredibly cute merchandise in this promotion, including sticker sets, plenty of socks, a notebook, towels in two sizes, and blind packaged charms (because there is always blind packaged charms).
The backpack is one of my favorite items from the promotion (and I’m still considering getting one…) Not only is it a decent size, but it features the stylized Pokemon print which I adore.
Also…the return of the blind packaged cookies! These $5 cookies contain a random badge, with 10 designs in total (Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Mimikyu, Jirachi, Goomy, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio). I bought four bags of cookies so far trying to get Mimikyu and I have Litten, Eevee, Goomy, and Jirachi…but no Mimikyu.
More cute stuff: phone cases! Pokemon Pop gave us two different styles: a flip case designed to hold a variety of medium sized phones and a hard shell case specifically for iPhone 7. Both designs are cute although as previously note, I really love the print design the best.
Along with the Pokemon Pop promotion, four new Pokemon cushions were released on Saturday. The four Pokemon were Rowlet, Togedemaru, Oddish, and Drifloon. These plush are very similar to the previously released Rowlet’s Garden cushion, except maybe a little fatter. They’re very squishy and soft and perfect for cuddling. Also adorable!
Three new NanoBlock sets went on sale on Saturday as well: Popplio, Litten, and Rowlet! I just wanted to point out how grumpy Litten looks, even in block form.
A brand new Talky Rotom plush came out on Saturday, too! Probably the most over-looked plush, he comes programmed with a variety of phrases and two modes: chat mode and Pokedex mode.
That concludes today’s Pokemon Center Report!
On a parting note, I am currently hosting a giveaway on Twitter. The prize is an Alolan Vulpix plush and to enter all you have to do is follow me and retweet this tweet. Give it a shot!
Until next time ~
[Candy Figure] There Might Be Pokemon Nearby? Pokemon Chikaku ni Iru Kamo? (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, Gengar, Meowth, Pikachu, Psyduck, Squirtle)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Pokemon Center] Eevee & Colorful Friends Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Eeveelution Pokedolls & Mascot Plush + Litten, Rowlet, Popplio Mascot Plush
[Pokemon Center] Ditto Transform Gacha Set 3
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends (Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu)
[Collaboration] Pokemon Love Its’Demo
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends – Large Pikachu Plush
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center plush (Bounsweet, Pyukumuku, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center mascot plush (Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Togedemaru, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Look Upon The Stars
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Line Art Promotion
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Plush (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Bewear, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix)
[Sanei] Pokemon All Stars Part 5 Mascot Plush (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Psyduck, Snorlax, Mew, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Togedemaru, Mimikyu)
[Banpresto] Extra Big Snorlax Plush
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Sandshrew, Alola Ninetails, Alola Marowak)
[Banpresto] I Love Eevee Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Graphix
[MonColle] Alolan Meowth, Alolan Vulpix
Not sure if this is amazing or horrifying news but let’s dive in shall we.
Starting with Eevee-pocalypse!
First of all, new Pokedolls! The Pokemon Center is giving us re-releases (sort of?) of all 9 Eeveelutions.
These plush come out May 13th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,296 yen after tax.
And if that wasn’t enough plush for you, never fear, because we have *tada* mascot versions of all 9 Eeveelution Pokedolls plus mascot size versions of Litten, Rowlet, and Popplio.
These plush also come out May 13th (Saturday) and each mascot plush will cost 864 yen after tax.
Along with the plush, there will also be a variety of merchandise that will all come in 9 different varieties, and as far as I can tell, nothing is blind packaged. Amazingly??? Is this the real world or is hell coming later?
There are two parts to the merchandise section (also May 13th release!): Colorful Friends and Pokedolls. Each “section” has different items and different illustration styles.
Colorful Friends Merchandise List
Colorful T-Shirts (9 Types) (Small | Medium | Large) – 3,240 yen
Colorful Hoodies (9 Types) (Medium | Large) – 6,048 yen
Colorful Hats (9 Types) – 3,240 yen
Long Towels (9 Types) – 1,080 yen
Tote Bags (9 Types) – 3,780 yen
Can Badges (9 Types) – 324 yen
Pins (9 Types) – 648 yen
Pokemon Card Game Deck Cases (9 Types) – 2,160
Pokedoll Merchandise List
Eeveelution Shaped Cookies – 1,055
A4 Clearfile (9 Types) – 260 yen
Memo Can (9 Types) – 702 yen
Frixion Light Pens (9 Types) – 216 yen
Frixion Light Pens Set – 1,782 yen
Pouch – 1,512 yen
Assorted Stickers (9 Types) – 540 yen
Pokedoll Pins (9 Types) – 432 yen
Small Drawstring Pouch (9 Types) – 972 yen
Hand Towel (9 Types) – 540 yen
Mini Bath Towel (9 Types) – 2,074 yen
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more…
A bunch of cute Pokemon plush came out in game centers on the 25th (Tuesday) and the past two days, I’ve been running around Tokyo catching everything I could! I finally had a little bit of free time to share some photos.
First up, Kutsurogi (Relax) Time plush! This release featured four sleeping Pokemon: Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. These plush are what I consider a medium sized claw machine prize; they’re bigger than mascot size, but smaller than large plush size. Generally, these plush can be some of the biggest pains in the butts to catch, depending on the machine and setting, especially Bulbasaur because of his bulb, but I lucked out big time as the Round 1 I went to had their setting down to super easy beginner level.
Next up, Eevee! From the most recent I Love Eevee releases, this Eevee is bigger than the other Eeveelutions (by a little), standing at 30 cm or almost a foot.
Finally, the stars of the day, Vulpix and Alola Vulpix!
All the game centers I visited over the course of two days either had the Vulpix on a D-ring (pictured right) or over some sort of gap (pictured left) where you have to push the plush down into the gap to win. Usually I’m really bad at the gap settings, but maybe because of the shape of the plush or the way that game center set up their claw strength, it ended up being the easiest for me.
I only caught 2 out of the 4 plush (due to I only got orders for Bulbasaur and Charmander) so unfortunately, I only have close-ups of these two, but they’re still very cute!
Some downsides for picky plush collectors: the fabric is the usual Banpresto velboa, so they’re not as soft as they could be, and the stitching is very blunt, which is something I hate. But the tag art is cute!
Eevee, on the other hand, is amazing. The newest I Love Eevee plush are super duper soft, so if you love soft plush, these plush are for you. The butt tag is cute and stylized with the I Love Eevee logo, and the hang tag is colorful and features all of the Eeveelutions. Note: they use this same illustration on all the I Love Eevee plush in this release.
The downside is the weird wiring in the ears. It’s to help the ears stand up, but on a lot of the plush I won, I had a hard time rebending the ears, and a lot of Eeveelutions ended up with ears going in different directions.
I can’t get over the Vulpix! They’re both perfect and adorable with their little foxie facies!
Even though they’re both made of velboa, so definitely nowhere near as soft as the Eevee plush, I still love both more than the official Pokemon Center plush. The overall shape is nicer, the seams are blended in a little better, and they have little footpads!
That concludes today’s exciting UFO Catcher Adventures! Until next time~
We only got one merch announcement yesterday, but it was exciting.
A third part of gacha figures from the popular Ditto Transform! series is coming out at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting May 13th (Saturday).
This gacha set will include Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Espeon, and Umbreon (along with Ditto) with no secret figures. As usual, one play is 300 yen.
Not announced on the Pokemon Center website, but new Takara Tomy plush are scheduled for release sometime in June.
The release batch includes Ash’s Pikachu, Mimikyu, and Bewear.
Ash’s Pikachu and Mimikyu will retail for 2,160 yen each, while Bewear will retail for 1,944 yen.
Last but not least, a reminder that we’re still accepting orders over at Japan Stuff for the Decidueye, Primarina, and Incineroar plushies coming out Saturday, April 22nd. Check it out if interested!
Until next time~
Ditto Transform Gacha Part 3