The usual Friday Pokemon Announcements actually came out on Thursday as Friday (August 11th) was a public holiday in Japan (Mountain Day, for the curious cats out there).
I so naively thought August would be slow and boring merchandise wise. So of course the Pokemon Center pulled a “hold my beer” on me by giving us the return of the Eeveelutions with Eevee Collection: The Return of The End (I’m joking – this release shouldn’t be so bloodthirsty), set to go on sale at all Pokemon Centers and Stores in Japan starting August 26th (Saturday).
The main items from this release is once again the plush; this time we get larger cushion type plushies, all in adorable sleeping poses.
Each plush will cost 4,104 yen after tax, and look incredibly soft so perfect cuddle buddies.
The following Eeveelution themed items will also go on sale alongside the plush:
(Not Pictured) A4 Clearfiles (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 260 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 5 Books (A / B) – 800 yen each
Campus Notebook Set of 3 Mini Books ( A / B / C) – 486 yen each
Bic Ballpoint Pens (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 324 yen each
Hand Towel – 1,404 yen
Mini Plates (Eevee / Flareon / Jolteon / Vaporeon / Espeon / Umbreon / Leafeon / Glaceon / Sylveon) – 756 yen each
And yes, you read all of that correctly: there are no blind packaged items in this release. And the peasants rejoiced!
It only took forever but the Pokemon Center is finally cashing in on plush they can dress-up, specifically Pikachu, because of course.
For this August 26th (Saturday) release, we’ll get the base naked Pikachu plush and two clothing sets. Clothing and Pikachu plush are of course sold separately.
The Pikachu plush will cost 3,780 yen after tax.
The Pajama Set of clothes will cost 3,456 after tax, and the Artist/Autumn Set of clothes will cost 4,104 yen after tax.
Expect more clothes in the future!
Last and certainly not least, a collaboration between Pokemon and the high-class Isetan department store was announced.
There is going to be a special Pokemon Store set-up in the main Shinjuku Isetan location from August 16th (Wednesday) until August 21st (Monday). (See this website for more information – note: Japanese only) There will be a special cafe with Pokemon themed foods and a variety of items on sale that will only be available through Isetan, including bags and pouches, jewelry and accessories, and stationary, among other items.
To celebrate, two items will also go on sale through Pokemon Centers and the On-Line Pokemon Center store (in this case, Pokemon Stores will not receive these items).
A Pikachu plush carrying a paper Isetan shopping bag and wearing a dot sprite scarf featuring original Pokemon artwork that includes an Isetan department store, will go on sale at all Pokemon Centers, the On-Line Center, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store from August 16th (Wednesday). Each plush will cost 2,160 yen after tax.
An adult sized version of the Isetan x Pokemon dot sprite scarf will be available for pre-order starting August 16th (Wednesday) from the On-Line Pokemon Center Store, the Isetan Pokemon store, and the Isetan on-line store, with a release date set for end of August. The scarves will cost 21,600 yen each after tax.
That wraps up the main Pokemon Center merchandise news from Thursday!
Are you excited for more Eevees? Which plush are you going to get? (All of them?!)
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~
It’s so weird to have only one release per day after this pretty busy summer, but once again we have one major release for this past Saturday: Pokemon Dessert Plate!
The theme for this promotion was, unsurprisingly, sweets and Pokemon, and everything was beyond adorable.
Unlike a lot of Pokemon Center promotions, this one had a bunch of highlights so let’s go through them one by one.
First up: mascot plush!
These plush were actually described in the original Pokemon Center announcement as “Marzipan Mascot Plush”. I’m not sure what about them looks like marzipan but that’s not important. The charm point? How grumpy all these plush look. For supposedly being a cute and sweet promotion, everyone for the most part looks done with life. Charizard is my favorite.
Next: blind packaged figures! I love the tiny Pokemon Center figures in general, but these Pokemon are also sweets so that makes them 100% more cute. Look at them! I ordered 1 through Japan Stuffs, and I’ll be sure to make a tiny opening post for my one figure (I know so exciting) and I know it’s going to be Blastoise because that’s literally the only figure I don’t want, but honestly, even Blastoise is adorable. They’re all adorable.
These stickers! I can’t get over them! A part of me is regretting not getting any even though what would I do with them? But look! At! Them! They’re so cute?!
This pancake cushion! A little hard to see but there is a grumpy Venusaur on it, which just makes it better.
This Tea For Two teapot set! When you want a pot of tea but only for yourself. It’s a small teapot that fits in a small tea cup, and it’s so cute aaa
(Get a grip, Miki)
Moving on! There were other more “normal” items too, although just as cute, such as these two pouches. The blue pouch is a smaller “mini size” while the pink pouch is a more “normal size”.
More cute items of note: a flip-phone case with a strap, memo pad in a cute little box, gift bags so you can send gifts to your friends and have them die from cuteness before they even see what the gift is, and little towels that when folded up (see photo) are supposed to look like little cupcakes.
This promotion was an all around winner, proving the Pokemon Center can still give us super cute promotions full of super cute and original items.
The last of three May 20th releases – the Pokemon Line Art Promotion.
This is not the first line-art promotion, but I feel like both were easily overlooked because there were no plush and when you get down to it, it’s all stock art but in lined form.
With that said, I still find this series to feature plenty of neat looking items so it’s kind of a shame it’s not more popular. Also, this is a good way to get merchandise with your favorite Pokemon on it if it’s not one of the more popular ‘mons as each item includes so many.
Don’t like white? No problem! A lot of the items included in the line-up had a black background counterpart.
The line-up of merch featured a ton of items for everyone’s every day life style, like train pass cases and two types of phone cases: a hard shell type for iPhone7 and a flip-case type designed to fit a variety of medium sized phones.
There were also a couple different size pouches.
Pens and sketchbooks for the more artistically inclined.
And duffel bags and backpacks, so you can show off your love for Pokemon while also being fashionable!
My favorite item from the entire promotion were the stickers. This pack of die-cut stickers contains a different combination of Pokemon per pack and are made of a neat sort of cloth-like material that shimmers in the light (I did my best to show off the shimmery effect!)
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the tag art. Pretty snazzy, right? I love it!
That wraps up the final May 20th Pokemon Center Report post.